West Seattle Garden Tour 2012: Blossoms brighten the day

July 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm | In Gardening, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
The clouds made the colors and patterns stand out just that much more during today’s 18th annual West Seattle Garden Tour. WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams visited some of the nine featured gardens; above, Barbara Post and Margie O’Coyne walked through the Pollinators’ Paradise (Davis & Plucinski) garden, admiring the fireglow. Also from that garden:

Next stop:

Participating gardener Sarah Cecil Martin answered Chris Porter‘s questions about a rose bush in her garden (Urban Growth), which is also where visitors saw this glass/stone path:


Another splendid stop: The Rohwer garden:

This one, for the tour, was dubbed “Perennial Plush”:

In the Houghton/Wong garden, tour-titled “North by Southwest,” a bee headed for the sea holly:

Another view from NxSW:

WSB co-sponsored the WSGT again this year; net proceeds go to local nonprofits (here are this year’s beneficiaries).


  1. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Thanks to all involved, it was a lovely event. Your photos highlighted our favorites. :)

    Comment by add — 6:59 pm July 15, 2012 #

  2. Thanks for sharing the photos – what inspirational yards!

    Comment by pam — 7:38 pm July 15, 2012 #

  3. Beautiful photos!

    Comment by Maggie — 8:25 pm July 15, 2012 #

  4. It WAS actually great weather to bring out the colors of a NW garden — not hot with bright sun, but comfortable and mostly cloudy — perfect for viewing and photos.

    Comment by somewhereabovealki — 7:34 am July 16, 2012 #

  5. Does anyone know what those magenta flowers are in the last picture under the title “Another view from NxSW”? Is it sea holly? Once they are established, are they drought tolerant? I’m looking for some pretty drought tolerant flowers for my front yard that aren’t lavender bushes.

    Comment by km — 10:35 am July 16, 2012 #

  6. Sea holly is the shot above. I wasn’t with photojournalist Nick when he took the photos but the ones to which you refer look somewhat like clover. Hope somebody has the ID :) – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:23 am July 16, 2012 #

  7. Looks like allium sphaerocephalon, a flowering bulb in the onion family.

    Comment by waterworld — 4:05 pm July 16, 2012 #

  8. Looks like allium sphaerocephalon


    That’s easy for you to say…. ;-)



    Comment by miws — 6:50 am July 17, 2012 #

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