PORT ANGELES — Tickets to Master Gardener’s 27th Annual Petals to Pathways Garden Tour are on sale now.
Six home gardens will be on display next Saturday June 25th. Two are in Port Angeles and four are off State Highway 112 overlooking the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
Petals & Pathways is a self guided tour. From 10am to 4pm, ticket holders can use the map printed on the ticket to visit any or all of the gardens in any order.
Tickets are $15 in advance from local suppliers and $20 on the day of the tour. They can be purchased up until the day of the tour from:
• Sequim: Over the Fence, Sunny Farms, The Co-op Farm and Garden.
• Port Angeles: Harbor Book and News, Swain’s General Store, Airport Garden Center, Fiddleheads Home & Garden.
• Joyce: Art & Antiques.
• Forks: Forks Outfitters, Rusty Gate Nursery.
Online tickets can be purchased through Sunday at clallammgf.org.
The ticket includes directions and descriptions of the gardens. All house gardens were selected by master gardeners according to parking space, accessibility, variety of designs and creativity.
The gardens are named to reflect highlights such as Grandma’s Garden, which is rich in family history, and the serenity of Serenity in Four Seasons.
All gardens have several volunteer master gardeners to help with plant identification questions.
Proceeds from the tour help maintain the Woodcock Demonstration Garden in Sequim and numerous community services for master gardeners such as the Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) and free educational classes at Woodcock Demonstration Gardens and in Port Angeles.
Here are master gardener descriptions of the gardens.
• Grandma’s Garden, in the heart of Port Angeles, was created by the family that originally owned Gross’s Port Angeles nursery.
It shows how a small garden above ground can be transformed with containers filled with uniquely colored annuals and perennials, hanging baskets and trees. The more than 100 hanging baskets are grown from seed every year.
All masonry work in the front and back yards was done by hand by the homeowners.
The family hosted many Fourth of July fireworks shows in Port Angeles. Some of the old firework mortars have been turned into homemade containers and plant stands.
• At Serenity in Four Seasons, textured shrubs, perennials and a rain garden fill the front yard.
The ornate ‘Pebbles’ gate welcomes guests to the side garden with plants such as Cryptomerias, Hebes, Libertia grandiflora and Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’.
The rear garden with its imposing large terrace is in the center of the property and connects the ‘people’ area with the gardens. Large glass-enclosed containers filled with flowering plants adorn the seating area. Agapanthus ‘Rotterdam’, Scheffleria, Leycestera formosa and hundreds of seasonal bulbs create a palette that creates a calm, peaceful environment.
The abundance of flowers and a fountain attract several species of birds that visit daily. On the other side of the yard is the food garden with raised beds filled with asparagus, strawberries, herbs and vegetables. The vegetables and the entire property have drip irrigation to reduce water consumption.
The homeowners moved to Port Angeles in the summer of 2016 and bought a new home with a lot that was a blank slate. They view their gardens as a sanctuary rather than a work project.
• A Place to Reflect is nestled amidst towering evergreens west of Port Angeles. The centerpiece of the compact garden is a multiple cascade water feature that falls about 20 feet into an approximately 80,000-gallon pond that is home to colorful fish. Water is returned from the pond to the top of the cascade.
The planting includes a wide variety of annual and perennial flowering plants, specimens of evergreen and deciduous trees and native fruit shrubs.
The owner’s house overlooks the garden from the east and an adjacent covered patio and fire ring provide an area for al fresco dining and relaxation. Strategically placed boulders around the ring of fire offer an opportunity to “pull up a rock and sit down”.
The semi-rural location means the visitor can spy on local black-tailed deer who offer free, albeit random, but frequent pruning services. Moose, bears and bald eagles are occasional visitors.
The pond features ever-changing reflections of the surrounding trees, passing clouds, and a changing palette of colors as the flowers bloom one after the other.
• Woodland Oasis, a homestead established in 1906, features 50 acres with a small year-round stream that runs through the yard, pasture and an old orchard.
It has always been the favorite place of this third generation. There are pastures and an old orchard. Often they wake up to find a large herd of elk or deer in the field, with fawns playing tag or young bucks playing tournaments.
The homeowners began their ongoing gardening project in 2003 and planted several gardens throughout the yard, some large and some small.
The wooded area was overgrown, so they cleared the brush to create a trail along the creek past the old cedar and through the alders.
The trail extends into a more densely wooded area where you will see stumps of old cedar that the family cut down to build the house and barn. You can still see the old tractor and implements used in the fields. Since being chosen as one of the gardens on the tour, the homeowners have added a few features to make their garden even more entertaining.
• A permaculture garden offers garden visitors a different approach, with an area called the ‘Forest Garden’ featuring 13 fruit trees, berry bushes and hops tended by ducks that keep snail populations in check.
In the adjacent chicken yard there are chestnuts, hazelnuts and various elderberries. A medlar, an unusual fruit tree from Roman times, also grows there.
Beds of salmonberries, blackberries and wasabi were planted to take advantage of the swampy areas of the property. Vegetable gardens and greenhouses are planted in sunny locations. To meet the challenges of our shorter growing season, homeowners grow fig trees and grapes in one of the greenhouses and tomatoes and similar heat-loving vegetables in another.
Other highlights of this garden include the homeowners’ straw bale house, yurt and chicken coop, pallet house, corncob oven, rabbit hutch and runner bean teepee.
• Fairnie Brae is Scottish for a ferny upland rising above the water’s edge. It sits on a sunny cliff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The homeowners have owned the property since 2001 and love the sunny flat lawns, fertile soil and expansive views – just what they wanted when they retired to become gardeners.
In designing the site, they sought to create a natural, open, and aesthetically pleasing environment while incorporating their desire for vegetable gardens, magical groves, park-like meadows, and walking trails.