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Garden Tours

Garden ToursGarden Tours

Seattle is blessed with some amazing private gardens.  Fortunately there are times during the year when you have access.  Below is a fairly comprehensive list of when these gardens are open to tours and how to contact people who can get you more information.  There is nothing more inspiring for a gardener than to see how someone else has done it.

May

Federal Way Buds & Blooms — May 10-11, 10 AM. To 4 PM.  Tickets are $5, children are free.  Gardens open plus events throughout the day; free shuttle. Call 253-835-6868  for more information.

Tukwila Certified Wildlife Gardens — May 10, 1-5 PM., free; 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. Pick up garden map at the Backyard Wildlife Festival, 9 AM to -5 PM (pancake breakfast starts at 7:30 AM), shuttle is free.  Call 206-768-2822  for more detailed information

JUNE

Wallingford — June 1, 10 AM  to 4 PM., $15. Walking tour of wonderful private gardens in the Wallingford Neighborhood.  Call the Neighborhood Office for more info at 206-632-3165 or send an Email to WNA@wallingford.org.

Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park– June 14, 10 AM. to 4 PM, Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 the day of tour at Lake Forest Park Towne Centre.  Five gardens with artists and musical accompaniment. The Garden Faire at the town center runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  For more information call 206-366-3302 or go to Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park.

Highline Garden Tour– June 14, 10 AM.-5 PM., $15, groups of four or more $12, day of tour $18; P.O. Box 317, Burien, WA 98062.  Call 206-241-5786 or go to highlinehistory.org/programs.html.  Music, artists and drawing for garden-related items.

Whidbey Island — June 21, 10 AM to 4 PM., $20, $10 ages 2-12; P.O. Box 164, Freeland, WA 98249. Five gardens, including formal, informal and seaside delights.  For more information e-mail wift@wigt.orgo, call  (360) 321-4191 or go to wigt.org.

Vashon Island — June 21-22, 10 AM. to 5 PM., $20 ($25) after May 30.  Five gardens with art; free seminars. Sunset Garden Gala, Friday, June 20, features the garden of Terry Hershey ($55).  Call 206-463-5131 for more information.

Gig Harbor — June 28-29, 10 AM to 5 PM,  $20 before June 20, $25 from then to day of tour. Seven gardens, covering a range of settings including waterfront and farm.  Call 253-460-2399 or go to gigharborgardentour.com for more information

Everett Gardens of Merit — June 28, 11 AM to 4 PM, $10. Six gardens, plus events at Evergreen Arboretum before and after the tour.  Call 425-257-8597 or go to evergreenarboretum.com for more detail

Symphony of Gardens — June 29, 11AM to 4 PM., Tickets are $25 and they are available at Wells Medina Nursery or day of tour at Bellevue Botanical Garden (12001 Main St., Bellevue).  Four gardens in Redmond and Kirkland will be toured. Call 425-455-4171 or go to Symphony of Garden Tours for more details.

Highlands Estates Garden Tour — June 29, 1:30 to 5 PM., $100 for Dunn Gardens members, $150 general public. Three gardens will be toured, with music provided by Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers.  Every summer, one not-to-be-missed garden tour is slipped into the mix, and this year it’s a fundraiser for the Olmsted-designed E.B. Dunn Gardens in North Seattle.  The tour ends with wine and refreshments at the Dunn Gardens with curators and designers Glenn Withey and Charles Price. Call 206-362-0933 or e-mail info@dunngardens.org to make reservations.

JULY

Bainbridge in Bloom — July 12-13, 10 AM to 5 PM., $25, $20 on bike, $10 for under 12 years old. Six gardens with art and plants. Bus transportation is available and on a continual loop. Patron’s day is July 11, with special events, tickets $65-$325. Call 206-842-7901 or go to Bainbridge in Bloom for more information.

Georgetown Arts and Gardens — July 13, 10 AM to 5 PM.   The Garden Walk is a free self guided tour, free maps will be available on the day of the Walk at the Georgetown branch of the Bank of America parking lot located at 1112 South Bailey St, Seattle, WA 98108.  Call 206-763-9895,  or go to Georgetown Garden Walk.

Woodinville Garden Club — July 19, 10 AM to 4 PM.  Tickets are, $15 (available after May 10).  Five gardens showcase landscape design.  Send information requests to tour@woodinvillegardenclub.org.

Federal Way Symphony Garden Tour– July 19, 10 AM to 5 PM.  $15 before June 15, $20 after. Visit six private gardens in the community and the Browns Point Lighthouse and Garden, where Alison Kutz, horticulturalist, will give presentations on “Discovering Nature’s Lessons in Your Garden.”  The presentations will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call 253-529-9857 or go to Federal Way Symphony’s Garden Tour for more information.

Vashon Island Lavender Farm — July 19-20, 10 AM to 5 PM, $5, under 18 free; vashonlavender.com. Tour lavender farms, learn crafts, enjoy a summer day.   Celebrate the joy of lavender! Live music, food, workshops, children’s corner and craft booths. Purchase plants or pick your own. Free gift for bicyclists. Children free. Proceeds benefit Sustainable Vashon to encourage solar energy use.  Fox Farm 17232 107th S.W. Vashon Island, WA 98070.  Send an email to cynthiabjohnson@comcast.net or call 206-408-7126 for more information.

West Seattle — July 20, 9 AM to 5 PM, $15. Nine gardens include Mediterranean style, growing vegetables, using color.  Call 206-938-0339 or go to westseattlegardentour.com for more information.

Snohomish Garden Club — July 27, 11 AM to 5, $15. Gardens are in the historic Snohomish and in the Dutch Hill area.  Call 360-568-2526 or go to snohomishgardenclub.com for more information.

Enjoy…

7 Comments

  1. It was nice of you to advertise the garden walks here. Our area is where the garden walks really broke out across the country and each year there are close to 800 regionally. Buffalo alone has about 400 during their weekend walk. Almost all are free here.
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  2. I’m bookmarking this in case we find ourselves in Seattle any time soon. Thanks for putting together this list.
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  3. Wow, what a beautiful website this is. I only wish I could tour Seattle gardens right about now!

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