By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market 2019
Other than winning the lottery, what could be more rewarding than enjoying a garden you do not have to weed! Make that six gardens, toss in some alfresco shopping and you’ll have a day that has winner written all over it.
Jackpot; a two-acre garden! Garden Six near Martha Lake is A Slice of Serenity in the City! About a year ago, three generations moved into this lovely home surrounded by well-established garden beds consisting of many NW favorites: cedars, azaleas, rhododendrons and conifers. The family enjoys a backyard cabana with a large patio, covered BBQ and dining area. See delightful surprises around every corner: a hidden garden, a dry river rock bed and a woodland setting await your discovery.
Give love a chance! At Heatherwood West’s Garden Four, A Whole Lotta Love is spread around 1/3 acre. This garden personifies joy where conifers, ferns, huckleberry and Oregon grape create a natural background for roses, coneflowers and so much more. These Mill Creek Great Garden Award winning gardeners strive to incorporate annual and perennial flowers among the native species; the challenge is a passion and joy for them.
Dream big! When you design and build every feature in Holly’s Garden Five, you craft A Park with Ambiance. These homeowners built their home in 1984 and it took yards of topsoil and several makeovers to bring their garden to the vision it is today. They removed grass, expanded the garden area, created paths and installed lighting to create a park-like setting to enjoy year-round.
Unlucky 13? Not so at the Lakes and Garden One, Flora Amid the Forest. Wander into the backyard and imagine 13 nine-foot tall arborvitaes—they’re gone! The garden views have expanded as the homeowners set out to make their back yard an extension of their wooded setting, adding color to create endless interest. You might inquire if they like their new viewpoint. That’s another perk of garden tours, you can get practical information from the garden owners and Garden Club volunteers!
Beat the odds! The notorious “Mill Creek soil,” a formidable mix of clay, roots and rocks didn’t deter these homeowners in Parkside’s Garden Two. They envisioned and created a Hydrangea and Hummingbird Hideaway. How did this yard flourish into a floral backdrop for garden parties, bridal showers and celebrations? You’d have to ask the homeowners, but we suspect hard work and some serious soil amendment were involved.
Feeling lucky? Don’t mind the cougars and lions as you approach Brighton’s Garden Three, Made in the Shade. That would be the nearby Cougar Park and the two statuesque lions on the front porch! Trek into the back garden to see a series of multifunctional patios, interesting stone paver walkways, fuchsia baskets, hydrangeas and planting beds, all designed to be a personal sanctuary and entertainment area.
The odds are you’ll have fun when you attend the Mill Creek Garden Tour scheduled for Saturday, June 22, six great gardens open 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and shop from creative Artisans in the gardens.
Tickets: $15 for all, $20 on Tour Day. Tickets available (Cash and Checks only) only at Artisan Custom Framing and University Book Store, both in the Mill Creek Town Center; McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery, Snohomish; Molbak’s Garden + Home, Woodinville and Sky Nursery, Shoreline.
Ante up, take a chance and tour the gardens in any order—it’s your lucky day!
A comfy setting to enjoy the garden and family! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.