Question: Hey Valerie - Do you or anyone else you know of publish an accurate list of garden tours in the Pacific NW? I keep missing the ones I'd like to see because I'm not sure where to go to find the info!
Answer: We live in gardening paradise, with a wealth of skilled gardeners creating inspiring properties. But how to keep up with what's open when? One way is to join the Northwest Perennial Alliance; with membership comes the prize of an "Open Garden Directory". Various NPA members open up their gardens every weekend of the season, so pick your geographical area and start touring. It's a chance to move at your own pace, avoid the crowds, see cool plants and meet enthused gardeners.
For a thorough and updated list of area garden tours, see the Miller Horticultural Library's web page. You'll find a handy list of dozens of open gardens, from a midnight pond tour to a champagne gala for the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The staff at the library keep it current, along with a list of area plant sales...beware falling down the wiki-hole of this tempting web page...better yet go on into the library, and discover the riches of this collection, open and available for public use.