Here’s some gardening events to offer inspiration, learning or just some good ol’ fun.
Camano Island Home Tour: Camano Island is lovely, and just the drive up there is a good time. The tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, features five homes. You’ll also see some lovely gardens. One of the homes features two 100-year old Japanese maples. (Sarah wrote about the tour.)
Seattle Tilth City Chickens Coop Tours. Yes, I know this is about chickens, not gardens, but I think chickens and gardens go together stunningly. Like peanut butter and jelly. Or a warm day and a cold beer. Anyway, if you’re curious about keeping chickens, or just think small-scale architecture is cool, this tour is for you. Also, this year the event will include homes with goats, ducks and bees.
The tour is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in Seattle. Tickets are $30 for up to four people. For more information, including details on where to buy tickets, visit their Web site.
Lavender Hills Farm festival: Enjoy the sweet sight and scent of lavender along with live music, arts and crafts. The festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the farm, at 7508 108th St. NE, Marysville. The price is just $1 per carload of guests. For more information, call 360-651-2086 or go to www.lavenderhillsfarm.com.
Preserving the harvest and gardening year-round: This free class is part of the Snohomish Community Growing Groceries series. It’s from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hadley Hall, City of Arlington Building’s Community Room, 18513 59th Ave. NE, Arlington. Call 360-435-3892 for more info. Sarah wrote about this program earlier this year.
Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour: Bainbridge is a bit of a trip from Snohomish County, but it is undeniably lovely. This tour features five gardens, conveniently located on a two-mile loop, so the tour is also a nice walk. The tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25. For all the info you need, including where to get the tickets, visit the event’s Web site. Today is the last day to get tickets online or on the phone.
Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour. This self-guided tour features seven private gardens in Edmonds. The tour is on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now at the Frances Anderson Center, Garden Gear and Bountiful Home, all in Edmonds; Sky Nursery in Shoreline; and Wight’s Home &Garden, Emery’s Garden and Espresso Buono, all in Lynnwood. Go to www.edmondsinbloom.com. or call 425-778-4964 for more information.