Garden Tour

Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25, 10 am-5 pm

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Early Bird (Through May 15): $25
May 15-June 25: $30

Garden Party
Friday, June 23, 6 pm 'til moonlight
GARDEN PARTY: PURCHASE TICKETS

All Tickets: $200
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Vashon Center for the Arts
Garden Tour 2017

After a year hiatus, the tour is now on track to be one of the best ones yet! With four amazing gardens, a working farm and a historic landmark in renovation, the stops are breathtaking and unique.

The Gardens

You will fall head over heels as you wander through the beautifully designed garden of Julie King and Lisa Caldwell and enjoy a spectacular view of Puget Sound. Stroll past the smokehouse-inspired studio featuring Willow Street Woodshop.

Discover Blue Moon Farm, the five-acre organic agricultural paradise created by Eddy and Kevin Hoffberg. There you’ll find a labyrinth of lavender, a young orchard of more than 100 fruit trees, organic straw-bale beds, beehives and dozens of chickens and ducks.

Roam the many-tiered gardens of Lisa and Jonathan Morse. From an alpine garden filled with a blanket of succulents to a working potager surrounded by the abundantly colorful perennial borders, every corner of the garden is unique and masterfully cultivated.

Behold the Maury Island art-filled garden of Linda and Richard Sedgley. Marvel at the views of Tramp Harbor and Puget Sound, and relax below the mature maples that fringe the large pond. All the senses are taken into consideration.

Linger in the lush gardens of Shelley and Sam Williams. Meander through shade gardens, past the koi pond, around through the vegetable plots and over to the waterfront yard for a beautiful view of Quartermaster Harbor.

Experience history as you explore the Mukai House and Garden, a site both Landmarked and on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome you to explore this wonderful site-in-restoration as a part of the tour.

Sunset Garden Party

Friday, June 23, 6 pm 'til Moonlight

Join us for an evening of casual elegance at water's edge in the graceful garden of Steve Jensen and Mark Grace. The sweeping yard on the Burton Peninsula overlooks Quartermaster Harbor and the marina. Live music by RiverBend, gourmet cuisine by Herban Feast, wines by Andrew Will and Palouse Wineries and signature cocktails.

Tickets are limited for this popular event.

Featured Artists

As you wander through the gardens, keep a look out for the stunning artwork by Vashon Island artists.Sonja Bergström’s sheep wool and wood footstools will flock in amongst wildflowers.

  • Sonja Bergström’s sheep wool and wood footstools will flock in amongst wildflowers.
  • Steel sculptures by Sue Carette are captivating and strong.
  • Asian-inspired concrete and mosaic statuary by Alex Echevarria peek out of garden beds.
  • Elaine Summers’ charming mosaic statues add a touch of whimsy to the garden.
  • Cast-glass garden artwork by Barbara Wells catches the light and highlights the space.

Garden Talks
Sponsored by Nashi Orchards

The Garden Tour features a full lineup of free Garden Talks presented by landscape professionals and garden hosts offering a wide variety of gardening topics to fuel inspiration and cultivate confidence for tackling garden projects at home. Local blogger and podcast personality Tom Conway reminisces on his favorite recipes for Garden Fresh Jams & Jellies. Soil & water expert Howard Stenn shares the benefits of Drip Irrigation Systems for beating the summer heat. Joshua Barwick, the owner, and craftsman of Noble Stone explores the many ways of Knitting Stone Into the Landscape. Garden Pro Sue Day discusses Sustainable Gardening Methods for the Cultivated Landscape. Award-winning Interior Designer Rachel Waldron of Waldron Designs talks Inside Out – Integrating Interior Design with Outdoor Living. Check out these and a host of other special presentations throughout Tour weekend!

GARDEN TOUR SPEAKERS and MUSICIANS SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 and SUNDAY, JUNE 25

Blue Moon Farm
Saturday, 6/24
11 am – Eddy and Kevin Hoffberg, Straw-bales, Bee Hives and Water Harvesting
1 pm  – Tom Conway, Garden Fresh Jams & Jellies
1:45 pm  – Lady Gator and the Swamp Guise, Cajun music
Sunday, 6/25
11 am  – Eddy and Kevin Hoffberg, Straw-bales, Bee Hives and Water Harvesting
1 pm  – Tom Conway, Garden Fresh Jams & Jellies
1:45 pm  – Arioso Ensemble, classical string quartet

Julie King and Lisa Caldwell
Saturday, 6/24
Noon – Josh Barwick, Knitting Stone into the Landscape
1:00 pm – Ike Harmon, acoustic guitar, and vocals
2:00 pm – Henry Haselton, Living on the Edge: Slope Protection and Preservation
Sunday, 6/25
Noon – Josh Barwick, Knitting Stone into the Landscape

Lisa and Jonathan Morse
Saturday, 6/24
11 am – Howard Stenn, Drip Irrigation Systems
1:00 pm – Roger Taylor and Alexandra Drissell, musicians, Americana
Sunday, 6/25
11 am – Howard Stenn, Drip Irrigation Systems

Shelley and Sam Williams
Saturday, 6/24
Noon – Jerry Gehrke, Mason Bees: Nature’s Gentle Pollinators
2:00 pm – Rachel Waldron, Inside Out: Integrating Interior Design with Outdoor Living
Sunday, 6/25
2:00 pm – Melissa Schafer, Container Gardening

Linda and Rick Sedgley
Saturday, 6/24
Noon  – Sue Day, Sustainable Gardening Methods for the Cultivated Landscape
Sunday, 6/25
11:00 am  – Geordie’s Byre, British folk music and songs of the sea
Noon –  Jerry Gehrke, Mason Bees: Nature’s Gentle Pollinators

Mukai Farm and Garden
Saturday, 6/24
11 am  – Bob Norton, Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
1:00 pm  – Cindy Stockett, Mukai Farm and Garden; a Living Piece of Vashon’s History
Sunday, 6/25
11 am  – Bob Norton, Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
1:00 pm  – Bruce Haulman, Mukai Farm and Garden; a Living Piece of Vashon’s History

 

Raffle

Purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win fun and useful items donated by generous Vashon Island businesses! Tickets available for sale May 1 at VCA, Heron's Nest Gallery and at the Garden Tour gardens.

Drawing at VCA, Sunday, June 25 at 4 pm