For Immediate Release: May 31, 2017
The 21st Annual Secret Garden Tour
Growing in the Wind: Gardening near the Strait of Juan de Fuca
For the 21st year, the Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation will celebrate the arrival of summer by inviting the public to its annual Secret Garden Tour, Saturday, June 17. The theme of this year’s tour, Growing in the Wind: Gardening near the Strait of Juan de Fuca, highlights the unique microclimates of Port Townsend’s windy north coast. Seven private gardens located within a half mile of the Strait of Juan de Fuca will open their gates to visitors.
Tickets are on sale now at local nurseries and at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will provide admission to remarkable gardens that, like their owners and the rest of us, have survived the coldest winter in more than 30 years. Aside from this bond, and their Port Townsend location, it’s diversity that characterizes their range of elements, plants, and styles. Two showcase North Beach’s world-class vistas, spectacularly accented by landscape art and architectural features. Another is inspired by French country traditions, with food, flowers, animals, and a sense of gracious living that will make visitors want to spend a weekend instead of an hour.
Another garden focuses on growing groceries, with flowers and grassy paths dispelling any preconception that a food garden can’t be gorgeous. Three of the gardens are enclosed worlds in themselves: one filled with pools and birdsong, another with clematis and hydrangea-covered walls, and a third a peace garden, where the owner found inspiration in the pursuit of peace, which like the garden, is always in process. Some gardens are older than others. Two are legacy gardens, where a new generation continues the work of a parent. The youngest garden was started in 2015.
A bonus this year is the orchard at Blue Heron Middle School, which will be open to ticket holders as part of the tour. The school’s 70-tree fruit orchard is maintained by Blue Heron Middle School and Port Townsend High School students. The orchard displays tags identifying species and cultivars, with more information available online.
If you go: The self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday June 17. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Henery’s Garden Center, Far Reaches Farm, Secret Garden Nursery, in Port Townsend; Valley Nursery in Poulsbo, Sunny Farms in Sequim and on-line at brownpapertickets.com. Day-of-tour tickets, if not sold out, will be available at a will-call table at Blue Heron School. Tour participants are strongly encouraged to carpool as parking is limited in North Beach. (The six gardens located in the North Beach neighborhood can be easily walked within a 1.2-mile loop.) The tour’s largest garden, located in Seaview, will include a hospitality table where visitors can learn more about Master Gardener programs.
For more information, contact John Sabella at 206-714-4732, email@example.com.