WGC awards scholarships from Tour of Gardens proceeds

  • Written by Ann Parrish

Bamboo water pipe. Courtesy photo.
The Woodinville Garden Club (WGC) is pleased to announce the winners of their 2011 scholarships. Applications were received from students of horticulture, environmental sciences and landscape design, from throughout western Washington.

The Garden Club has awarded scholarships throughout its 27 year history, recently increasing the number and amount to two $2000 scholarships annually. Promoting environmental education is an integral part of the club’s mission. These scholarships are made possible by the support of the community, participating in our plant sale and Tour of Gardens.

This year’s tour is on Saturday, July 16, featuring six private gardens.

The tour is self-guided, and tickets are available online at, Molbak’s in Woodinville, Classic Nursery in Redmond, and Ravenna Gardens in Kirkland and University Village.

Following the tour, a reception will be held at Molbak’s with wine-tasting provided by Columbia Winery and a drawing for prizes.

Prizes include an overnight getaway at Willows Lodge, Molbak’s $100 gift card, four yards of DeJong’s mulch, original poster art, signed by the artist, an hour of landscape design service by Cain Landscape Design. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Club’s scholarship fund, civic beautification, garden therapy, and youth gardening.

Luba Fetterman will be awarded the WGC Memorial Scholarship. She is working towards a Landscape Design ATA at Edmonds Community College.

Her interests lie in creating beautiful, sustainable, wildlife-friendly gardens that enrich her clients’ lives, while restoring the health of the environment. Besides being a student, she currently works in landscape maintenance, is a Rain Garden Mentor and Master Gardener (both at WSU Extension), and volunteers her time maintaining the gardens at the Bainbridge Library garden. All this, while rearing two teenage children!

Curtis Rusch will be awarded the WGC Founder’s Scholarship. He is a graduating senior at Redmond High School. He will be attending UW in the Fall, where he plans to explore the field of Environment Engineering or Environmental Science, in combination with horticulture. His dream job would be something where he could use horticulture to solve an environmental problem. He has volunteered time at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, keeping the grounds maintained, as well as worked the fields at the South 47 Farm in Redmond during the summer. Curtis has also participated in numerous Stream Restoration Projects and native plant salvages in Redmond and Woodinville.

Each will receive $2000 for college tuition and fees.

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