Walking Washington’s Gardens

Walking Washington's GardensWalking Washington’s Gardens is a guidebook written by Angie Narus to 30 of the best display gardens, conservatories, and arboreta in Washington State that are open to the public. The book Includes historical information, garden descriptions, hours of operation, contact information, website addresses, driving directions, and 160 color photos. We are proud that, as one of Angie Narus’ favorite gardens, she chose Albers Vista Gardens for the cover of the guidebook.

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Bremerton garden seeks locals’ attention

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Journalist Terri Gleich reviewed the Albers Vista Gardens in her article published on July 24, 2014.

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BREMERTON — Albers Vista Gardens might be the best-kept secret in Bremerton.

Perched on a sunny, southwest-facing slope overlooking the Port Washington Narrows, the tiny garden is an unexpected gem set in a residential area with sweeping views of Mount Rainier and the Olympics.

John Albers designed and built the garden from scratch, starting with a 2-acre orchard and adding 2 acres of horse pasture that was covered with blackberries and Scotch broom. He recently purchased another .2 acres to save a towering California redwood.

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Green uprising: Hillside garden of two physicians is an oasis of botanical diversity

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Article by Craig Sailor published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 on The Olympian.

Albers Vista Gardens

In a shadowy glade near Bremerton, a garden grows. From a small forest of maples and rhododendrons, it rises onto a sunny slope of lavender and citrus trees. From there it climbs through viburnums and rare conifers to surround a gazebo that has a panoramic view of Phinney Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

Just when a visitor thinks the garden can’t possibly go higher, it does. Farther it climbs, now hundreds of feet from where it began. Finally, it ends in a woodland of madrona trees.
Albers Vista Gardens is the vision of two medical researchers who have created a preserve of rare plants and a model for sustainable horticulture.

“We collect, but we want something aesthetically pleasing. I think we’ve accomplished both,” John Albers said.

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John Albers’ garden of rooms is designed to thrive, survive

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Article by Valerie Easton published Sunday, February 2, 2014 on the Seattle Times’ magazine.

John Albers is a research scientist, University of Washington professor of medicine and passionate environmentalist. For years he squeezed horticulture classes into his busy schedule and gardened wherever he lived. Then in 1998, he and his wife, Santica Marcovina, bought a hilltop home near Bremerton. They started with two acres of native woodland and lawn, then bought a weed-infested horse pasture for a total of four acres now in cultivation.

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Book review from The Perennial Bookworm

The Perennial BookwormGardening for Sustainability: Albers Vista Gardens of Kitsap
John J. Albers, 2013
Vista Gardens Press ,
118 pages, 8.25″ x 11.25″, $26.95 (hardcover).

This beautiful book will introduce Albers Vista, a little known botanical gem in Kitsap County, to a wider audience. The first section strolls the reader down each path, highlighting specimen and topography, which brought back fond memories of my visits there.

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