The garden of Emmott and Ione Chase in Orting, Washington, is a testimony to the beauty of the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest, to the modernist, Japanese-inspired design that came into its own in the 1950s and 1960s when the Chases built the house and garden, and to the vision of a couple for whom the creation of the garden was an act of love and personal expression.
Ione and Emmott Chase worked with modernist architect K. Walter Johnson to design their low-slung house, which seems to melt into the surrounding landscape and looks out at a spectacular view of Mount Rainier. The Chases did much of the finish work on the house, including the building of the stone fireplace in the main room of the house.
The lanai and patio were designed in consultation with landscape architect Rex Zumwalt and provide a quiet area for visitors, overlooking a lawn and several simply planted borders. A row of junipers along the ravine’s edge mimics the profile of the mountain range beyond. The Chase Garden is a partner of the Garden Conservancy.