This year’s Phinney Neighborhood Association Garden Tour emphasizes diversity and promises to delight. From an elegant hillside garden with a stunning view to a garden incorporating recycled materials, there is something here for everyone.
The self-guided walking tour includes eight gardens, many of them created with little more than great vision and a lot of hard work. The Garden Tour features a contrast of both professionally designed and installed gardens, and those created by resident gardeners. You will notice an amazing array of plants on the tour and many of the gardens have utilized designs for sustainability, some featuring water catchment systems.
One of the gardens began with the owner's desire to have a garden view from every window. Working with professional salvage landscapers from Green Xross Landscaping, the gardener created a sanctuary. Overgrown ivy, rotting apple trees, untidy shrubs, and old railroad ties were replaced by designed rock beds, curved lawns, metal trellis, patchwork brick pathways and old glass; all creatively applied using reclaimed and recycled materials. Lush and varied mixed borders complete this unique and artistic garden.
In addition to the gardens, the Tour includes an opportunity to purchase $1.00 raffle tickets for a chance to win 1,000 lbs of Zoo Doo! (Thank you to Woodland Park Zoo!) Another exciting addition is a sale of local garden art held at the Phinney Neighborhood Center parking lot; ten percent of the proceeds benefit the PNA.
Gardeners and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions. The Garden Tour is a great learning experience where design ideas abound for both the novice and the experienced gardener. Cameras and notebooks are allowed.
Sponsored by Swanson’s Nursery, the 2008 Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, September 7, rain or shine. Tickets are $10 for PNA members, $15 for the general public and $5 for children ages 2-12. Tickets are available at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, online at www.phinneycenter.org or at Swanson’s Nursery.
This article was written by Joanne Fenn. Photos by Elisa Sherman
You can see more photos of the gardens on the tour here