Five pretty and productive food gardens will open their gates to visitors for the third annual Vegissimo tour on Whidbey Island on Saturday, August 6 from 10 am. to 4 p.m. From a sheep dairy with a stylish root cellar and greenhouse to a vast garden planted to support the local food bank, these gardens are as filled with good ideas as vegetables and fruit. Garden owners will be on hand to answer questions and talk shop
Cost for the five-stop tour is $20 a person, children under 18 free. A $10 sandwich-salad-and-sweet boxed lunch will be available at each tour stop.
Don't even think of leaving the island without taking advantage of the chance not only to visit but to eat dinner at Fox Hollow Farm (see my Seattle Times' story about this spectacular garden here; it was also published last year in Organic Gardening magazine). Enjoy entertainment and an al fresco dinner from 5-10 p.m. at this European-inspired South Whidbey farmstead....The whole, delicious day is a benefit for WIN, Whidbey Island Nourishes, a community group that helps feed hungry people, especially youth, on South Whidbey.
Tickets for the dinner and tour are $75 a person; there's also a special $100 patron package. On the island, you can buy tickets at Cultus Bay Nursery, Clinton; Bayview Farm and Garden at Bayview , In the Country in Langley, and Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank. Tickets are also available at Ravenna Gardens, University Village in Seattle and Park Place, Kirkland.