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Sanctuary and Stewardship at WGC’s Tour of Gardens

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville Garden Club’s eighteenth annual Tour of Gardens is on Saturday, July 15th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a wine-tasting reception at Molbak’s hosted by Tsillan Cellars. With one ticket, you gain access to five unique properties you would not typically have the opportunity to explore. You’ll discover a totally organic garden and wildlife refuge, an eclectic memorabilia-filled estate, a landscape gardener’s dream realization and two lakeside garden retreats. This year’s gardens offer something to suit every taste and will feed and inspire your creative imagination

garden(Courtesy photo)When the owners of our first garden bought their five acre property in 1983, it was recovering from a previous clear-cut and consisted mainly of blackberries and thousands of alder trees. Their goal was environmental restoration and habitat creation for wildlife. Today, the property has several garden rooms and includes a one-half acre pond, several “pocket ponds,” a wetland and stream corridor restoration, a large organic garden with greenhouse and chicken coop, and several acres of restored woodland garden with walking trails. The woodland restoration took down hundreds of small dead or diseased trees, increasing air circulation and light which enhanced native tree and ground cover growth. Other native species were added to increase diversity. Wood piles were placed to provide habitat for small animals and large diseased trees  were converted to snags that attract woodpeckers and cavity nesting birds. Vegetation introduced around the pond holds the bank and provides food and cover for wildlife. Now home to  land locked  Coho and some trout, the pond welcomes two muskrat families, ducks and occasional river otters. The flower beds are filled with native plants, including favorites Smilacina racemose and Mianthemum dilatatum. This requires less maintenance to this exemplary WDFW certified Urban Wildlife Refuge.

The Woodinville Garden Club would like to thank Northwest artist Kate Larsson for donating the watercolor that graces our 2017 tour poster.

Tickets are available at www.woodinvillegardenclub.org and at Molbak’s in Woodinville, Boxhill Farms in Duval, and Wells Medina in Medina.

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