Rain Garden Arts specializes in alpines, northwest natives and herbaceous perennials. My small plant collection contains plants that possess outstanding attributes for northwest gardens.  A few featured plants push the boundaries for USDA Zone 8b and are included in my “Zonal Denial” category.  I propagate many of the plants featured on the blog.

All plant photos  — unless noted in the caption as a stock photo — are from the garden.  Plants featured on the blog are usually available for trade. My garden is located on Vashon Island, which lies in Puget Sound just west of Seattle, Washington in the United States.

The blog aims to:

  • Feature plants that are remarkable, either in their history or in some garden-worthy or cultivation-worthy aspect.
  • Tell stories of remarkable gardeners, plant collectors and horticulturists that are not widely known.
  • Connect with other plant-a-holics to share our passion for gardens, plants and the natural world.
  • Provide a traditional index, as an alternative to the usual search function, because the serendipity of browsing an index online cannot be duplicated by search.  An index may take you where you haven’t thought you would be headed (only one of its features- for more benefits of an index visit Vashon Island Wordwrights).

Andrea and I are committed to sustainable practices:  Besides ornamentals, natives and alpines, our property features a rain garden, a kitchen garden, solar panels and rain barrels for water catchment. I’m also involved in our local animal rescue group, volunteering with the dog team. Occasionally dogs available for adoption will be featured on the blog.


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  1. Hi Bart….My name is Keith Lindbo. I just happened upon this site and was thrilled to find a picture of Lewisia Tweedii in bloom. I have a couple of them myself…..but more importantly, I have become the proud parent of over 400 potted Lewisias after their owner, Micheal Moshier passed away 2 1/2 years ago. I have since been able to give many of them away to various garden club enthusiasts and have created at least 3 rock gardens with mostly Lewisias as the main plant choice. I still have about 100 or so pots that need a good home. I simply have no more room for them and they really need some tender loving care. If you are interested at all, please contact me. I am willing to simply donate them at this point. I hate to see them go but I really have more than I can manage. Most of the tags are missing so I really couldn’t tell you which is which any more. Lewisias really are not my specialty…..I could not let them be trashed so I rescued them and have done my best to keep them happy. Just in case you are not familiar with Micheal Moshier here is a reminder:
    Micheal did the Lewisia illustrations for the “Lewisia” book written by Roy Davidson. He was also a long-time member of the Seattle chapter of the American Rock Garden Society and also built the rock garden for the Bellevue Botanical Garden. If you cannot take them yourself, perhaps you know others who would be will to do some plant rescuing. Any help at this point is much appreciated. I live in Port Orchard. You may call or text me at 360-801-8383.

  2. Hi Keith,
    Thanks for getting contacting me. I have a modest collection of Lewisias: Lots of cotyledon hybrids and seedlings, and about ten or twelve species, including a few that go dormant (estivate) in the summer.
    I have Roy’s book! I also have Brian Mathew’s book on the Genus Lewisia (Timber Press,1989). Through the years I have often referred to both books. I’ll be in touch soon.

    Best Regards,


  3. Hi Bart! Maria Madrone here… we met yesterday in front of VCA. I’d love to learn a bit more about euphorbia (where found, who grows with it, cost per plant, etc). Please call or email. Great to meet you!

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