Day Trips for Gardeners

Summer is congested with tours – most of them sponsored by worthy local organizations who work hard and make some money for their causes by convincing local gardeners to open their gardens to hoards of people for (usually) one day.  What fun! – at lest for those of us doing the visiting.

Highlights for this coming weekend include the Woodinville Garden Club’s tour (Saturday, July 18th), where for the price of a ticket ($15) you get not just gardens, but a wine tasting at the end of the day at Molbak’s.  How convenientthat you can also buy plants there.

The Federal Way Symphony tour, also on Saturday and also $15, shows off some lovely suburban gardens. The West Seattle tour on Sunday (July 19th), also $15, almost always includes some fine water-view gardens.

A bit pricier at $75 each – but going to a worthy cause – is the Mediterranean Garden Tour in Edmonds on Saturday (18th).  The proceeds go to the Hunger Intervention Program; you’ll get food and wine, plus a close-up look at the winner of the Pacific Northwest garden contest.

You’ll find loads more tours listed at the Miller Library’s Web site.

Kubota Gardens

Kubota Gardens

Not up for a one-day tour?  Then head to one of Seattle’s fine gardens that are also city parks:  the Japanese Garden and Kubota Gardens.  You’ll be able to enjoy a quiet stroll and fabulous landscapes.  No food allowed in the Japanese Garden, but you can take your picnic to Kubota


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