Bassetti’s beautiful gardens

by Beth Shepherd
( July 8th, 2014 )

Gardens are the result of a collaboration between art and nature.
-  Penelope Hobhouse

Bassetti's Crooked Arbor Gardens

A good friend of mine, and fellow gardener, invited me to join her at Bassetti’s Crooked Arbor Gardens for their annual ‘Art in the Gardens Event.’ It was my first visit, even though I’ve talked about going for years.

Bassetti’s Gardens are a feast for the senses. Nestled amidst three acres in Woodinville, Washington the gardens, created and cared for by Leanette Bassetti and her husband, Bill Berlemana, include a perennial garden, a Japanese garden, an Italian garden, a garden with herbs and espaliered fruit trees, a woodland garden, and a fern garden. Naturally—given the name—arbors abound, and the gardens are also accented with sculptures of clay, steel and glass.

Bassetti’s father, a cattle farmer, purchased the land in the 1950s. He farmed the land—at that time more than 100 acres—until Leanette took over in the 1980s and turned the property into the artistic garden paradise it is today.

Bassetti's Gardens sculpture

Bassetti's Gardens rose arbor

Bassetti's gardens fern path

Bassetti's Gardens sculpture of woman

Bassetti's Gardens Crooked Arbor

Bassetti's Gardens in bloom

Bassetti's Gardens Milk Barn Annex

Bassetti's Gardens formal walkway

Bassetti's Gardens green arbor

Bassetti's Gardens path

Bassetti’s Crooked Arbor Gardens is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 18th through the end of September, and also hosts classes. The gardens are located at 18512 N.E. 165th. For more information about booking the gardens for events or weddings, upcoming classes and a history of the gardens, visit their website at

Take the road—or the garden path—less traveled, Beth

1 comment

Life is a lot like mountaineering

by Beth Shepherd
( July 4th, 2014 )

The Three Rules of Mountaineering
It’s always further than it looks.
It’s always taller than it looks.
And it’s always harder than it looks.

- Author Unknown

Big Papa at Everest

Fifty years of life is like is a lot like mountaineering. There are the days when you feel like you are on top of the world, and others where everything feels like an uphill slog. You might lose your way or encounter unexpected avalanches. If you’ve got a few decades under your belt, you’ve no doubt experienced incredible highs and epic disasters. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: Life is a journey not a destination.

Happy Birthday, Big Papa!  Whether we’re at 17,000 feet in Tibet or down at sea level in Seattle, being with you sure is grand. Wishing you many, many more trips around the sun.

And Happy Birthday U.S.A.!  From ev’ry mountainside, let freedom ring.

Take the road less traveled, Beth

Add a comment

Tea party alfresco!

by Beth Shepherd
( July 2nd, 2014 )

Tea party alfresco!

“Tea for two, plus me and you,” says Little Bird

Tea party getting started

Big Papa and Maggie agree, “Let’s get this party started!”’

Maggie cat sniffs the tea

Maggie is intrigued, “Are we having catnip teacakes to go with?”

Maggie cat and her bowl of tea

Little Bird is off to take care of her remaining guests.

Pouring tea II

Pouring tea. Now we’re getting down to business.

Drinking tea with bunny

Drinking tea with Bunny (Mr. Fluffles, the heron, is stage right)

Drinking tea close-up

A Loving Recipe for a Perfect Cup of Tea
1 Willing friend who loves to sit and share
1 Grateful heart to have a friend that cares
1 Beautiful garden to show us God is near
Many wonderful memories of times shared throughout the years
Lots of smiles and laughter to brighten up our days
Many prayers that we prayed for each other along the way

I’m so blessed to have a friend like you to share in everything I do. For one special friend sharing a special cup of tea truly makes this a perfect recipe.



Happy Summertime!

Take the road less traveled, Beth


1 comment
Contact Us · About · WanderTales · Advertise · Bhutan Tours · WanderBlogs· WanderTips · WanderGear · Newsletter · WanderGallery · Buy Solo Book · Buy India Book · Book Reviews · Book Signings · Workshops · Speaking · Media · News · Images · Copyright & Privacy · Site Map