By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
Gardens and Art come together at the Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market 2019, Saturday, June 22nd. When you enter the six featured gardens, you’ll find a creative artist selling garden-related wares.
Graciously, the artists are donating a percentage of their sales to Mill Creek Garden Club’s Giving through Gardening Grant Program—it’s a win-win for all.
A Charter Member of Garden Club, M. Dianne Astrof, an Impressionist artist who fell in love with our Pacific NW scenery is selling her beautiful Art Note Cards and small Art Prints. A bit of Monet on the Mill Creek Garden Tour!
Garden Club member and business owner, Lynn Menne of Lynn’s Gift and Garden has created special mosaic Love Rocks and beaded Fairy Wands. She’ll bring miniatures and garden bling too. Lynn is a Tour Sponsor, check out her ad in our Tour Brochure.
Coming from Whidbey Island is Freeland Art Shack - Renee Boyce, who brings her unique hand painted Mandala Stones and just for our Tour, Renee has created mini-flower pots for the garden-loving crowd! They are mesmerizing!
A top seller last year, Bayview Welding and Art’s Tom and Camille Williams are selling their popular Bolt Bees, torch-cut house numbers and other functional art for the garden. Tom, who was trained as a welder in the U. S. Navy, credits his success to steady hands and an artist’s eye.
Glass work for gardens continues to reap oohs and ahhs and Garden Club is thrilled to have Marcus Harper of Marcus Harper GlassWorks bring his glass poppies, reeds, agaves and water feature add-ons. Marcus appeared at the NW Flower & Garden Festival 2019 and Sorticulture.
Heading down from the Skagit Valley for her first Tour appearance is stepping-stone maker, Jenn VanBerkum of MilkHouse Stepping Stones. Her family dairy-farming history was the inspiration for her business name. Don’t miss these hand-mixed concrete creations.
From Monroe, we welcome returnee, a Master Gardener who happens to love making pottery—it’s Martha Dankers of Mpressions by Nature. Her work combines her love of plants and clay. She creates pieces with enduring beauty and elegance.
When Dacia Emmel of WHEN PIGS FLY/EMMEL ARTS sailed into retirement she embraced the freedom to do what she wanted. She took several jewelry-making classes and never looked back. Every plant needs a little sparkle to look its best!
Connie Rae Munford of Window Lit Art Studios/Fused Glass Art, who started as a graphic designer, found herself intrigued by fused glass. Inspired by the beauty of the Pacific NW, she brings glass pieces with stakes that can be used in the garden or plant containers.
K & K Wood Product’s Kathy and Keith Dalluge return to our Tour with their garden products made from recycled cedar fences. Kathy is affectionately known as the “Birdhouse Lady,” and Keith says the “fences speak to me, then I go from there.” Another top seller from last year!
That’s quite the array of creative people for your shopping pleasure. Shop as you Tour the six featured gardens, open 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on June 22nd.
Tickets on sale for $15 (Cash or Checks only) in the Mill Creek Town Center at Artisan Custom Framing and University Book Store. Also available at McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery, Snohomish; Molbak’s, Woodinville and Sky Nursery, Shoreline. Tickets are $20 on Tour Day and will not be available in the gardens. Get your tickets soon!
Gardens and art come together for a perfect outdoor experience—rain or shine!
Decorative and functional, a stepping stone from Jenn VanBerkum of MilkHouse Stepping Stones. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.