Vashon Island, with its flowering fields, ripe strawberries and glorious gardens, is a paradise in June, and this year's garden tour is perfectly timed for all that gorgeousness. The weekend of June 23-24 is this year's 22nd annual Vashon Garden Tour, a benefit for Vashon Allied Arts, and always such a treat to drive down all those wooded lanes and find creative, personal gardens open for viewing. And tickets are only $20 through May 31 (purchase at brown paper tickets).
Driving around the island, taking in the views of water, mountains, sheep and horses while tracking down the five open gardens is the heart of the experience. From a healing garden sanctuary, to an art-studded stroll garden, the properties are eclectic and quintessentially Vashon. There's even a chicken museum on tour this year!
Your tour tickets include seminars on topics from selecting and installing stonework to distilling essential oils. There'll be live music, a Garden Art Market, and you can't go to Vashon without spending time (and no doubt some money) at inspiring DIG Nursery.
And here's the big draw this year; my friend garden architect David Pfeiffer has opened his garden for the tour for the first time ever. He has a Miller Hull designed house that opens to a mouth-watering kitchen garden (profiled in "The New Low Maintenance Garden"), terraces, a grape arbor be-decked outdoor dining room, one of most beautiful Buddhas ever, sweeps of ornamentals leading your eye to the meadow and labyrinth, and then out to the water view....well, you have to see it. To top it off, David will be lecturing on a topic dear to his heart - Gardening With Weeds (11 a.m. & 3 p.m. both days). A landscape architect advocating naturalism? Yup.
Tour tickets are $20 per person through May 31, $25 after June 1. All Garden Tour proceeds benefit Vashon Allied Arts. For more information, please call VAA at 206 -463-5131.
Here's a preview of David Pfeiffer's garden, which has been described as both sophisticated and sturdily agrarian....
See what I mean? You have to go....David's garden alone is worth the price...and be sure and stop by DIG and say hello to proprietors Sylvia and Ross...