Local artist’s garden featured on WGC Tour of Gardens

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

from Woodinville Garden Club

Orvidas garden sculptureCourtesy Photo. The gardens of illustrator/artist Ken Orvidas and Pat Orvidas are featured in the Woodinville Garden Club’s Tour of Gardens.Ordinarily, if you want to see and appreciate an artist’s work, your choices would include visiting a gallery or a museum. In the case of these Woodinville artists, their garden is their gallery! Over a dozen of Ken Orvidas’ sculptures reside throughout their garden. They range from a few pounds to almost a ton.  Made from welded steel, some have been allowed to rust naturally, while others have been powder coated or painted with automotive enamel.

Illustrator/artist Ken Orvidas and Pat Orvidas live and work on their 1.3 acre property. In the 23 years since they purchased it in 1990, they have planned and developed all of the present garden areas.

Some of the garden design and most of the hardscape was done by landscape architect David Berleth from Vashon Island. As the garden emerged, the homeowners added windows, decks and gabled roofs to capture their new views.

Like many homeowners in Woodinville, when the Orvidas moved in they began by clearing blackberries, trash, old tires and alders. Today, fenced raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and vegetables co-exist with ornamental trees, shrubs and grasses. A black bamboo-shaded garden of perennials chosen for seasonal bloom nestles in stone terraces beside the house.  Hundreds of dahlias bloom throughout the sunniest beds.

Together the gardens and sculptures create a park-like setting where paths, stairs and rock walls connect a combination of mature and new plantings arranged on large terraces. The feeling is informal, peaceful and reflective.

The Woodinville Garden Club’s 14th annual Tour of Gardens will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This self-drive tour features five stunning private gardens in the Woodinville area.

Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online via the club’s website: 

As a bonus, orders placed online will ship with a voucher for a free 2013 tour poster per ticket while supplies last. Tickets sold online after July 12 will be available for pickup at garden number one on the day of the Tour.Tickets are also available at Molbak’s, Classic Nursery (Woodinville), Boxhill Farm Nursery (Duvall), Wells Medina Nursery (Medina) and Ravenna Gardens (Seattle). Your ticket is a brochure that includes garden descriptions and driving directions to all the properties.The Woodinville Garden Club would like to acknowledge the businesses and patrons in our community who have helped support our Tour of Gardens. Your financial support and contributions to the tour are greatly appreciated and allow us to fund our ongoing civic programs and special projects.

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