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Spring tips to attract beautiful birds to your yard

  • Written by StatePoint

(StatePoint) When hosting neighbors and friends for spring gatherings, your thoughts may dwell on accommodating guests. But how often do you consider your animal visitors?

“During spring, flocks of birds migrate and are looking for places to refuel and rest,” says Spencer Schock, founder of WindowAlert, makers of bird-friendly products for homes. “A few small tweaks to your yard is like placing out a welcome mat.”

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Woodinville Garden Club celebrates 16th year of Garden Tour

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Summer has truly arrived when gardens are full of blooms and visitors. The beautiful weather of late spring guarantees gorgeous gardens this year. The Woodinville Garden Club’s 16th annual Tour of Gardens will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five private local gardens are featured that offer patrons a visual feast of color and texture, unique plant combinations and artistic embellishments.

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Venture behind the garden gate

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Peek into six stunning gardens on the Mill Creek Garden Tour, June 27 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for all ages and go on sale May 15 at the following locations: Artisan Custom Framing, 15111 Main Street, Ste. A104, Mill Creek Town Center; Li’l Sprout Nursery, 17414 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek; Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville, and online at www.millcreekgardenclub.com. Tickets are limited; purchasing in advance is recommended.

It’s behind a garden gate that a gardener’s true nature is uncovered. “Perennial Heaven” features an adventurous gardener who never met a plant she didn’t like. You’ll see proof when you admire the colorful planted window boxes and all the intriguing perennials encircling this beautiful garden — look out for hummingbirds. A peek at the one-acre woodsy “Lakeside Gem” reveals a craftswoman and true gardener as the many paths reveal treasures at every turn. Take your time; don’t miss a thing.

Contemplating vacations and retirement must have been this gardener’s inspiration for the calm and relaxing view from “Par for the Course” on the 13th tee box with its Torii-gated bell, water feature and perennials. A gardener with a decorator’s flair is discovered in a “Terraced Retreat” with an outdoor room created out of a sloping hillside yard. It’s sophisticated and private nestled under the trees.

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