1:22 PM: At least, that’s how we’re looking at it, as the West Seattle Garden Tour continues till 5 pm. We just dropped in on the “Whirligig Garden” tour stop near Schmitz Park, lots of visitors, some with umbrellas, more without. What’s perfect about this particular stop, on this particular (rainy) day, is that it’s a garden making good use of rainwater:
At the back of the shot is a 1,000-plus-gallon cistern that holds rainwater for reuse in the garden, which has many beautiful touches – note this perfect squash blossom, encircled by creative stepping-stones:
This is just one of ten stops. They’re all in the ticket book (check West Seattle Nursery and TrueValue to see if they have any left), which you show to the volunteers manning an information table outside each stop (under an umbrella, which MOST years is needed for sun – we’ve heard this is the first rainy July 17th in 34 years!). We’re proud to be a co-sponsor again this year; WSGT proceeds benefit eight local nonprofits.
ADDED 5:17 PM: Brad Lovejoy shared four photos from along the tour:
The other three, after the jump (and if you have a Garden Tour photo to share, we’d be honored to add it – email@example.com – 9:58 PM, added more – MON. AFTERNOON, added even more, thanks for sharing!):
An even-closer look at a flower:
The rain, of course, has its own beauty:
And garden decorations are always a delight at tour stops:
Thanks again to Brad Lovejoy for the preceding four photos!
ADDED 9:58 PM: Mary Sheely shares some of her photos, capturing more of the whimsy you’ll find along with the beauty – these first three were from the Gabion Garden:
And from the Outrageous Waterfront Garden:
ADDED MONDAY AFTERNOON: Thanks to Bruce G. for this photo from the Colman estate in Fauntleroy:
And Tina Doherty shared a beautiful rain-kissed-dahlia closeup:
It won’t be long till the tour organizers start choosing the stops for next year – if you have a garden to suggest, find the form here.
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