Monday, June 02, 2008

Gardens of Seattle

Q. We are master gardeners and are coming to Seattle area in June. What gardens should we see? Are there private gardens open to visitors? (We visited back yard gardens in Ireland) Any help you can give on this would be most appreciated.Thank you!

A. The Seattle area has wonderful gardens – here are a few for your gardens-I-must-visit list. (Please check individual garden links for the latest visiting hours!)

The Garden Conservancy Open Days: Seattle, June 8

The Garden Conservancy is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to preserve exceptional American gardens. Gardens of unusual merit across the U.S. are identified and the Garden Conservatory works with their owners and others to ensure the gardens’ futures and to make them permanently accessible to the public. Inspiration came from England’s National Gardens Scheme and its guidebook, Gardens of England and Wales Open for Charity, informally known as the Yellow Book. During the Open Days in the U.S., private gardens are open for self-guided tours, $5 admission fee per person per garden.
· Old Goat Farm Old Goat Farm is a small nursery located in the foothills below Mt. Rainier. The property includes a very small farm with a 100-year-old farm house and a large garden featuring both sun and shade beds.
· Homeranch_Ted Van Velzen & Ruben Corpuz
· The Chase Garden
The garden is also open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from April through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are not required on these days for self-guided tours. Entrance fee is $5.00 per person.

Blodel Reserve

Seattle Chinese Garden

Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens

Kubota Garden

Ohme Gardens

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