(2009) Highline Historical Society Garden Tour Is June 13th

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This event listing is for the 2009 Garden Tour. For info the 2010 one, click here.

The Highline Historical Society will be holding a Garden Tour on Saturday, June 13th from 10am to 5pm, where people can visit gardens in Normandy Park, SeaTac and Burien.

Some of Highline’s best gardeners are preparing their homes and gardens for this Garden Tour.  Large or small, traditional or eclectic, there is something in each of this year’s featured gardens that the visitor will find of interest.

The Highline Historical Society‘s cheerful band of volunteers will host visitors at four beautiful gardens and at the Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens.  An added feature is a talk by noted gardener Marianne Binetti, as well as a screening at the SeaTac Community Center of the Seike Garden film produced by documentary filmmaker Ken Slusher.

In addition to gardening tips and ideas, visitors will find an artist in action, a musician, and garden art for sale.  Ticketholders will be able to enter sponsor raffles for garden-related giveaways, and chat with owners about ideas and best practices.

If you are not a gardener, these gardens will give you inspiration.  If you are a gardener, you will find plenty to admire and the opportunity to make like-minded friends.

Advance tickets are $12.00 for parties of 4 or more, and $15.00 for individual tickets.  Day of show tickets are $18.00.  Tickets may be purchased at Grassroots, Burien Bark and Herr Backyard Garden Center.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Highline Historical Society Garden Tour

WHEN: Saturday, June 13th from 10am to 5pm

WHERE: Various gardens in the area, including Seike Garden

COST: $12 per person for groups of four or more; $15 advance purchase, $18 day of tour. Please mail check with name, address, phone, email and # of tickets requested to:

PO Box 317
Seahurst, WA 98062

Or charge via VISA or MasterCard by calling 206-241-5786.

INFO: The Highline Historical Society presents a visit to our neighborhoods for a day of gardening inspiration.

Highline Historical Society invites you to visit our neighborhoods for a day of gardening inspiration. Visit lovely gardens in Normandy Park, SeaTac and Burien, where you will be treated to music and artists-in-action. Visiit the Seike Garden at Highline/SeaTac Botanical Garden, talk with a Master Gardener, attend Marianne Binetti’s program and learn about creating your own show garden.

Music program of “artists in action” by Marianne Binetti.

Special sponsor drawings for gardening gifts.

Former “Lazy Gardener” Stephen Lamphear, whose garden is pictured above, says:

The Highline Garden Tour (originally ‘the Burien Garden Tour”) has been presented since 1996, when a Burien community group [Parks, Arts, and Recreation Council] and I put together the first tour.  We’ve shown gardens from the Grand to the Bland, with each tour an opportunity to get to know the community.  A few years ago, I handed off the tour to the Highline Historical Society to expand it into the Highline Garden Tour as a major fundraiser for HHS.

Attached is a photo of my garden which won the 1997 First Prize in the annual Pacific Gardens Contest (trip to London for the grandest garden event of them all: the Chelsea Flower Show).  It is still the only Highline area garden to win.  After the win, I became garden columnist for the Robinson Newspaper Group as “The Lazy Gardener” for 9 years.

So, the Lazy Garden is still spading away!

“The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied.” – Vita Sackville-West, 1892 – 1962 .

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3 Responses to “(2009) Highline Historical Society Garden Tour Is June 13th”
  1. Stephen Lamphear says:

    Hey folks, the Highline Garden Tour is MUCH more inspiring than this press release. Meeting gardeners, visiting gardens, talking plants — all of it makes for a grand day. When I wrote for the Highline Time as "The Lazy Gardener" I suggested you can always learn something from a garden tour — even what not to do!

    Stephen Lamphear, The Lazy Gardener spading away!

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  2. Alcina says:

    I've gone on the Highline Garden Tour in past years and highly recommend it. I have always come home with some new ideas and it was just fun to see what others are doing with their yards.

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  3. Stephen Lamphear says:

    Oh wow, I'm in the Seike garden video!

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