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Dr. Hewett
  Dr. Hewett
Bainbridge Island, Wash.—To know Dr. Sally Hewett is to garden with her.

The path to Dr. Hewett’s Bainbridge Island, Wash., practice is nothing less than ethereal, with hollyhocks and hops looming over the walkway that takes patients to their dental visit. Luscious greenery blankets the trail, while pops of color from the lavender and roses sprinkle the scene.

The serenity doesn’t stop with the front entrance; it continues throughout the circumference of Dr. Hewett’s property. While having their teeth cleaned, Dr. Hewett’s patients can peer out the window and see a white archway that frames a weeping pussy willow, flowering plum, Japanese anemone and rugosa roses or a white bench surrounding an apple tree that has been on the property since the house was built in 1912. The tree harnesses hanging baskets filled with fuchsias, petunias and begonias.

A side view of the walkway to Dr. Sally Hewett’s practice in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Garden path: A side view of the walkway to Dr. Sally Hewett’s practice in Bainbridge Island, Wash., showcases the lush gardens of the property.

Upon purchasing the property in 1986, Dr. Hewett lived in the house in front and her practice was based out of the carriage house in the rear. As her practice grew over time, Dr. Hewett connected the two buildings and expanded, eventually moving to a private residence overlooking the Puget Sound.

“I started gardening there because it was home but also because I wanted to create a wonderful environment for patients to come and go,” said Dr. Hewett, who has been a dentist for 25 years and is the current chair of the ADA International Development Subcommittee.

The purpose of the garden was to not only create beauty outside but to act as a peaceful distraction for those patients who may be nervous about going to the dentist, she said. Dr. Hewett worked on her office garden herself for about 15 years but eventually had to turn over the maintenance to a landscaping staff because of her busy schedule.

“Our community is a very big gardening community and so people come by and chat about gardening. We’ll share tips with one another and, other than that, people just really appreciate a beautiful garden,” Dr. Hewett said. “I think that creating as much of a close connection with nature as possible in our lives is both calming and happy.”

And if Bainbridge Island residents are impressed with Dr. Hewett’s work garden, they should see the one at her home.

Hollyhocks and hops line the path to Dr. Hewett’s practice.
Welcome: Hollyhocks and hops line the path to Dr. Hewett’s practice.
A path on the side of Dr. Hewett’s dental office features flowering trees, greenery and tulips.
In bloom: A path on the side of Dr. Hewett’s dental office features flowering trees, greenery and tulips.
The practice is surrounded by flowers and shrubs, showcasing the garden Dr. Hewett started in 1986.
The practice is surrounded by flowers and shrubs, showcasing the garden Dr. Hewett started in 1986.
Dr. Hewett’s garden features beautiful blooms, a bench and unique features like a gingerbread gazebo.
Details: Dr. Hewett’s garden features beautiful blooms, a bench and unique features like a gingerbread gazebo.