Fat Cat Gardens and Gift is a beautiful little store in rural Sequim, Wa.
The owners Jee and Bruce Miller bought the property in 2000. As soon as they moved in Jee dug up the yard and planted her magnificently landscaped gardens. In the front she has flowers and in the back are herbs and vegetables. A couple of years after moving in she started selling her vegetables at a road side stand. She noticed how popular lavender is in the area and added lavender to her gardens.
Jee opened the store in 2005. She called it “Fat Cat” as the property is located on Fat Cat Lane. The previous owner of the property had about 25 cats and named the road Fat Cat Lane. Jee liked the name of the road and adopted it for her garden and gift store.
She now offers “a little bit of everything”. She still sells her organic vegetables. In addition she has eggs, a variety of herbs and fruit, including raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. All of which are organic. In addition, there are U-pick flowers. She has home-made soaps, soy candles, preserves, honey, cards and much more.
Jee primarily runs the store and cares for the gardens, but has great family support from her husband Bruce and her son. Bruce works as a boat captain. Her mother also comes 3 times a year and helps her.
Jee also loves her animals. She has 2 cats, 2 dogs and a sheep that was rejected by its mother as baby. She took it in and bottle fed it. She affectionately name it Hooters.
There are chickens, roosters and ducks roaming free on the property and a few more in the chicken coop. She has a station set up with organic feed for the fowl, so that her guests can feed them.
The store and property are designed for the patrons to come out and have fun. There are benches and chairs for relaxing, enjoying the gardens and watching the chickens. A picnic table is available, so that families can have a picnic in the gardens.
Jee is originally from southern China where it is very hot and there is no snow. She loves the climate of Sequim. Sequim is in a rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. It averages only 17 inches of rain a year and the temperature tends to be moderate year around. Winter usually brings only an occasional dusting of snow. Generally is able to grow her vegetables year-around.
The store, Fat Cat Gardens and Gifts is seasonal. It is open May through September from 9:30 – 5:00 pm. It is closed on Tuesdays. From October – April the store is open by appointment only.
Since Jee is the only person running the store, in between guests she frequently works in the gardens or cares for the animals. The store is run on the honor system during these times. She frequently comes back in from working and finds money in the refrigerator in exchange for eggs or on the store counter for honey, candles or other gifts.
I thoroughly enjoyed Fat Cat Gardens and Gifts. As you enter the store, the aroma of lavender fills your senses. The gardens outside are in full bloom with the U-pick flowers in the front. As you go around the store, you come upon a little pond full of lily pads. Progressing further back are the chicken coops and vegetable gardens. I was escorted by the roster from the pond back into the gardens. When I reached the chicken coops, the free roaming chickens and ducks greeted me. They all followed close at my heels back to the gardens. I missed seeing the feed station and felt guilty for not giving them all a little snack.
If visiting or passing through the Sequim area, I highly recommended stopping in at Fat Cat Garden and Gifts! It is located at 21 Fat Cat Lane, Sequim, WA 98382 near the intersection of Cays Road and Old Olympic Hwy. It is within a mile of the Olympic Game Farm.