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 mild winter has set the stage for one of the best gardening seasons in recent memory. There’s no better time to witness the wide range of planting possibilities in the Northwest than at the Woodinville Garden Club’s upcoming Tour of Gardens.
It’s our anniversary, come celebrate with us! Duvall Foundation for the Arts (DFA) presents the 10th annual Art in Bloom Garden Art & Sculpture Event Friday, June 26 — gala starts at 6 p.m. — located at the beautiful Kokopelli Gardens in Duvall. Proceeds benefit DFA’s youth and adult scholarships and community grants awarded each year. Gala guests will enjoy a wine and beer reception, dinner buffet, live entertainment and the ability to view and purchase hundreds of pieces of local art, all for sale at affordable prices. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1437878. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Art in Bloom is free to the public.
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.
When someone says “basil,” what comes to mind? Starts with “p,” ends with “o”?
Basil isn’t just for pesto anymore! A tasty staple of Italian and Asian cuisine, this versatile and easy-care herb is breaking new culinary ground. Gourmets are adding basil’s unique flavors (both foliage and flowers) to frozen desserts, cocktails and even baked goods. Plus, a number of new varieties are available to dazzle the eye and tempt the palate, making this classic herb not only an edible but colorful ornamental and cut flower as well.