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Stroll in a soothing sport like the one shown here, at the 13th annual San Juan Garden Tour, June 8.    - Contributed photo/SJI Horticultural Society
Stroll in a soothing sport like the one shown here, at the 13th annual San Juan Garden Tour, June 8.
— image credit: Contributed photo/SJI Horticultural Society

It’s more than just about flowers and plants.

The San Juan Island Garden Tour is about ideas and inspiration, and discovering ways to turn a green island thumb that much greener.

The 13th annual San Juan Island Garden Tour will feature four of the island’s finest, a diverse bunch, ranging from a modestly sized garden with raised beds and hoop houses, anchored by a fruit and vegetable enterprise, to one that features flowers, vegetables and a circular walk through a surrounding forest on the grounds of a secluded bed-and-breakfast.

“Each garden has its own personal flair and all are testimony to the persistence and dedication of their owners,” says Fiona Norris of San Juan Horticultural Society, one of the tour sponsors.

The 2013 Garden Tour is June 8. The gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s what’s known as a “self-drive” tour, so, as always, you can spend as much time, or as little, at each of the four as you chose. Directions to the gardens are provided at the time tickets are purchased and docents will be on hand to help guide you through each garden and answer questions.

Garden tour 2The 2013 Garden Tour is presented by the newly formed San Juan Island Garden Consortium, which, along with longtime sponsors San Juan Horticultural Society and WSU Master Gardeners, includes the San Juan Island Garden Club. In addition to being inspiring and a whole lot of fun, the garden tour is a fundraiser as well. Proceeds benefit the Master Gardener’s demonstration garden (located near the intersection of Market and Nash streets, next to the Family Resource Center) and the Flower Hall exhibit at the County Fair. Proceeds also help cover the cost of a printed edition of the Fair’s premium booklet, a cause spearheaded by the garden club.

Tickets are $15 per person, available the week before the tour at: Browne’s Garden Center, Griffin Bay Bookstore, Robin’s Nest and Roche Harbor Resort Grocery.

For more information, SJI Horticultural Society, 360-378-1003.

— Scott Rasmussen


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