A Found Poem by c 2016 Deborah Kunzie
(Taken from: Vaulted Sanctuaries – published 2016)
An island in Puget Sound
lives the world’s largest stumperies.
A private garden.
built with 175 native cedar stumps
fit snugly into a ravine
beneath a canopy of trees.
The stumps slow into decomposition
teams with frogs, insects and birds
in the deep gully.
A deer path slopes
free of weeds and debris
out of the thick undergrowth.
A bare scar in the landscape.
The naturalistic flow
around the contours of the land
descends into the gully
where planted are tiny ferns and ephemerals.
The spreading tree fern fronds,
burls and roots
provide a favorite spot
to linger longer.
drifts of orchids and masses of hostas
create the fern extravaganza.
Found poem from “Ferns”
The story of a stumpery garden near Seattle, Washington, a list of the tempting fern varieties plus the best stumpery gardens to visit in the UK and the USA.