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A trip to Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens was the first in a series of San Juan Island Garden Club hosted excursions.

The ‘peaceful woodland garden’ is located on Whidbey Island near Greenbank.

The travelers walked onto the 8:05 a.m. ferry. That was after purchasing the return passenger tickets at the kiosk in the ferry building. The first learning experience of the day.

The ferry, in Anacortes, was met by a chartered bus for the ride to the gardens.

The ‘peaceful woodland garden’ comprises 10 acres of gardens surrounded by 43 acres of woodland. During a guided tour the docent gave an overview of the gardens history and pointed out species from Bhutan, Japan and China.

There are areas devoted to Big Leaf Rhododendrons, a Meditation Garden and the Nature Garden all within natural settings. The garden staff opened the original Meerkerk home for the box lunch time. That prepared us for shopping at the nursery.

Our special thanks to the garden staff. It was a delightful learning time in a beautiful outdoor setting.

During the return bus ride, to the ferry, the most often asked question was, ‘Where to next?’ Future excursions, which are open to everyone, will be posted on The San Juan Garden Club web site, www.sjigardenclub.weebly.com. Join us next time.

Yvonne Harold, Friday Harbor


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