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Garden, home tours offer a mix of summer sites

Jun 3rd, 2017 | Category: Growing

Local residents and visitors have several garden and home tours to choose from this month, offering a variety of garden styles and sizes.

Summer Tour of Whidbey Island Gardens: Hosted by WSU Whatcom County Master Gardeners on Thursday, June 15, participants can see multiple gardens on Whidbey Island. The tour includes Children Garden in Oak Harbor; Island County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in Greenbank, and a private garden in Coupevillle. Registration is $28. The bus will return to Bellingham by 5 p.m. For more information, contact Barb Shickler  at

Orcas Island Garden Tour: Held Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, this tour is the highlight of the year for the Orcas Garden Club. This year the tour includes a mix of five gorgeous gardens – a historical garden, waterfront estate garden, artist’s garden, community-participatory farm, and school garden. Tickets are $20 and available at Darvill’s Bookstore, Crow Valley Gallery, Driftwood Nursery, Smith, Speed Mercantile, and at sites during the weekend of the tour. For more information about the tour and the club, see

A variety of garden styles, sizes and locations are included in local tours.  PHOTO COURTESY OF ORCAS GARDEN CLUB

A variety of garden styles, sizes and locations are included in local tours. PHOTO COURTESY OF ORCAS GARDEN CLUB

Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour: This 15th annual tour presented by Sustainable Connections offers eight stops, showcasing the best in natural, eco-friendly homes and landscapes. For $10, participants can take a self-guided tour – visiting local homes utilizing the latest innovations in green design, reclaimed materials, near zero energy, rainwater harvesting, passive solar construction, rain gardens, low maintenance landscapes, and more.

The VIP Bus Tour offers ticket holders guided stops, transportation, drinks, and a local lunch. All VIP tickets must be purchased by June 19.

A free printed tour guide is available at or some local businesses in Whatcom County. The website also contains mobile friendly Google Maps, photos, downloadable tour guides, site descriptions, and a directory of local businesses related to home and landscape goods and services.

Skagit Symphony’s Gardens of Note 2017: A tour six gardens in south Mount Vernon and Fir Island is available Sunday, June 25, presented by the Skagit Symphony. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for this event are $25, and will be available for purchase at Christianson’s Nursery, “D” Avenue Nursery, Skagit Valley Gardens, and Wells Nursery, as well as through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the Symphony office at (360) 848-9336. For more information, see

Whatcom Horticultural Society 31st Annual Tour of Private Gardens: Various gardens around Whatcom County are included on this tour Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9. This is a ticketed event. For more information, see

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