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.
Our first garden is nestled among mature fir and maple trees. This one-acre property has been a labor of love since it was purchased in 1991, providing tranquility among the trees.
The yard boasts a variety of shrubs including spirea, rhododendrons and daphne, which add seasonal interest to the garden. Sourwood, stewartia and “Emperor 1” maples surround the quaint patio and expansive deck. The empress tree is a magnificent focal point. A profusion of color is provided by the blooms of hydrangeas, fuchsias, clematis and black-eyed Susans, to name a few.
The owners have incorporated multiple container plantings and vegetable beds, as well as a selection of fruit trees and berry plants. Take a stroll through the one-quarter-acre wooded trail, which is completely surrounded by native growth. There you can enjoy hundreds of ferns, vine maples, oxalis, salal and Oregon grape.
Our second garden was built with purpose: as landscape designers, the owners needed the room for their business. As organic gardeners, they wanted a place to grow their own organic food. The property was overgrown with tall grass and blackberries. After much clearing, they could finally see Bear Creek, which runs through the back of the property.
Their design philosophy was to approach the garden as a series of rooms, each with its own purpose. There is a dining and entertaining area by the ponds, a cottage garden, a place to sleep under the trees, a play yard, a vegetable garden and a greenhouse.
The owners have been organic gardeners for over 40 years, and enjoy their fruit trees and vegetable garden as well as the bounty produced in the greenhouse. They have a collection of citrus plants that come out of the greenhouse to live in the garden during the warmer months.
Tickets for this self-guided tour and reception are $20 and include garden descriptions and driving directions. Complimentary refreshments will also be served during the tour.
Tickets are available at Molbak’s (Woodinville), Boxhill Farm Nursery (Duvall) and Wells Medina Nursery (Medina). Your ticket is a brochure that includes garden descriptions and driving directions to all the properties. For your convenience, tickets can also be purchased online via the club’s website at www.woodinvillegardenclub.org. As a bonus, orders placed online will ship with a voucher for a free 2015 tour poster per ticket while supplies last.
Following the tour, there will be a reception at Molbak’s — a Northwest gardening institution and the Woodinville Garden Club’s sponsor for the last 16 years! — in the Event Stage area from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The raffle drawing for this year’s prizes will take place at the reception. Winners need not be present. Raffle tickets will be on sale at all gardens throughout the day.
The Woodinville Garden Club was established in 1984 as a community organization, whose mission is to offer enrichment through learning about horticulture, participating in civic beautification and enjoying friendships as we pursue these activities.
The Tour of Gardens was organized to showcase the diverse beauty and design of local gardens. A portion of the proceeds of the tour are used to fund ongoing civic projects, including civic beautification, horticulture scholarships and educational activities.
Woodinville Garden Club is indebted to its community sponsors, for their support in the promotion of its activities and projects.