After its cancellation last year due to the pandemic, the Woodinville Garden Club Tour of Gardens is returning for the 20th year.
The tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 10 at five locations in the area. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.woodinvillegardenclub.org, Molbak’s Garden + Home, Wells Medina Nursery and McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery.
For the first time, there will also be a pop-up plant sale at the stop on the tour known as “Fat Beagle Farm.” Perennial plants, trees, and indoor plants – all from member gardens – will be available for $5 each, according to tour organizer Judy Orbits.
Proceeds from tickets and the plant sale will go toward the nonprofit club’s efforts, such as community beautification, horticulture scholarships and youth gardening programs.
This year’s tour attendees will experience a wide-ranging array of properties that include elements such as ponds, fountains, rare plants, art and more. This year’s theme is “living in harmony with nature,” Orbits said, so other prominent features will include rain gardens, vegetable gardens and ideal wildlife habitats.
One of the stops, known as “Garden at Novelty Creek,” features three ponds, fed by an artesian well. The garden owner, Joanne White, is from Redmond and isn’t officially a member of the Woodinville Garden Club, she said, but her close friends are and she has a "soft spot" for the organization.
This is her third time participating in the tour and, she said, she enjoys getting to share her space as well as getting a little recognition for all of her hard work.
Tour participants may visit the properties at their own pace, in any order they wish, Orbits said. Docents will be present around the gardens to answer questions and provide more information. The popular event usually attracts around 500 participants.
And although many of the featured properties are large and elaborate, she said, there are still helpful tips and tricks for even casual green thumbs.
“Each time, even if it’s a big one, you can take away some part of that to put in your own garden,” she said.
Although there won’t be a reception held afterwards, as has been the case in past years, there will still be a raffle held with prizes such as for a free landscape consultation, wine tasting certificates, and leafcutter bees from Crown Bees.
The club members and frequent attendees of the tour are excited for its return, Orbits said. And although a few changes the tour were made because of the pandemic, she said, “it’s pretty much the way it’s always been.”