Floating Home Gardening: Trees on Houseboat Docks

The Willow Tree although it is so big that it is impossible for a camera to do it justice...

Seattle houseboat gardening – what about trees without containers?  It happens…

Every once in a while, I just have to stop and look at some of the most amazing things that can happen in nature. The first time I saw a full grown tree growing out of the water was at a Log Foundation dock in Eastlake and I have been amazed by it ever since. Each year it gets bigger as if it is growing on a hillside instead of in a lake.

Trees add a lot to the landscape of Seattle houseboats.  Having all the greenery somehow magically transports you right out of the city that you happened to be living in the middle of.

Tree trunk on houseboat dock...

Lake Union & Portage Bay houseboats have some fascinating trees – one example is the gigantic willow tree at the entrance to the Willow Dock in Eastlake. This tree is a thing of beauty if you ever get the chance to just walk by and take a peek (2321 Fairview Ave E).  It is actually growing out of the ground on the banks of Lake Union and not on the dock itself, but it is so incredible that I could not just omit it.

There are some other great examples, too. The Old Boathouse Dock over in Westlake near the Aurora Bridge has a whole grove of trees that are flourishing and providing great habitat and natural settings…

Lake Union Views mingle with tree tops on one Westlake Dock

 Share your great Seattle houseboat ideas, too! 

Make sure and send in some of your pictures if you have trees on your docks – I would love to see them or any of your floating garden pictures or ideas!  Seattle houseboaters are among the most creative gardeners I have ever seen!  You can email them to me at courtney@SeattleAfloat.com and thank you in advance!

Sunny Days on the Docks & Lots Of Houseboat Gardening

Seattle Houseboat Gardening – Taking Container Gardening to Highest Level – This last weekend was pretty nice and there was a lot of gardening happening on at least three of the Lake Union docks I was on. Seattle houseboat gardening is actually one of my very favorite things. I have always loved container gardening – going back to my days at Sasquatch Books and reading all about gardening on my breaks, but Houseboat owners are overall extremely creative by nature and the gorgeous gardens reflect that nature. One can’t help but adore the whimsical combination of paint colors and gorgeous plants framing a walkway or float.

Natural settings… Speaking of nature, Seattle floating homes owners in general are highly sensitive to the natural surroundings they have the opportunity of living in and as a result there is a sense of great stewardship for Lake Union and Portage Bay. “You don’t want to mess up the lake – you live here.” Natural and Eco-friendly gardening becomes a must. The plants here seem to thrive – capturing sunlight both from above and also from below off the reflection of the lake. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of walking the docks can tell you that gardening on a Seattle houseboat is superior to most gardening landscapes around the city. Some of the solutions for gardening in a small space are pretty phenomenal, too. Floating tires, roof tops, window boxes, separate dock gardens, dingy gardens, and more.

Do you have great houseboat gardens?  Whether you are on land or on the water, you might take a peek at some of the most fabulous and lush landscapes around Seattle! If you have some floating home gardening you might like to share, please send them to us to publish at tips@SeattleAfloat.com

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