West Seattle Garden Tour 2016 scenes, from The Arroyos to Alki

On this perfect sunny Sunday, today’s annual West Seattle Garden Tour drew hundreds to 10 homes. We stopped at three:


In the upper Arroyos, the southernmost WSGT stop was the Off the Grid” bluffside home with a showstopper Puget Sound view that almost overshadowed the garden. Almost, but not quite:


The home was called “Off the Grid” rainwater-storage-and-circulation system and solar power were the draws; the water system supplies indoor uses in the rainy months, as well as garden irrigation when needed.

From there, we headed north to Westwood/Sunrise Heights, and the Little City Farms Hideaway” home:


As described in the Tour guide, this is “a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home surrounded by copious fruit and vegetable gardens”:


Statuary in a corner offered, and brought, a smile:


ALKI GARDENER’S RETREAT: None of our stops were sprawling gardens at mansions – all were at relatively small homes, inspiring dreams of what could be done with even the smallest of spaces.


This home was billed as belonging to “a botanist who was head gardener at Seattle Center for 20 years and goes to plant nurseries for entertainment.”


That was easy to see, with unusual plants and memorable color combinations:


Also from Alki:

WHAT IT TAKES TO GET READY: Local arborist and photographer Michael Oxman sent this photo of the honey locust tree that towers over another stop on today’s tour, “Whitecap,” as Robert Oxman climbed it to prepare it for its day in the spotlight:


As explained in the WSGT guide, the owner is also responsible for the now-iconic ALKI sign spelled out in white rocks at Admiral/59th, not far from Whitecap.

The West Seattle Garden Tour is a fundraiser for local nonprofits. And because gardens are peaking earlier these days, next year’s tour will be in June, not July, according to information circulated to volunteers; thanks to Mike for the tip on this.

4 Replies to "West Seattle Garden Tour 2016 scenes, from The Arroyos to Alki"

  • squareeyes July 18, 2016 (9:51 am)

    In that second-to-last photo there is a blue and cream leafed sedum. The volunteer at the house didn’t know the variety.  This was my favorite plant of the entire garden tour.  Anybody know?

  • Nicole July 18, 2016 (1:00 pm)

    Looks like Sedum Sieboldii Mediovariegatum:  http://landmarklandscapes.us/category/plants-database/perennials/page/17/ (scroll down) 

    Also one of my favorites from yesterday.😉

  • squareeyes July 18, 2016 (1:01 pm)

    Got the answer on Houzz’ gardenweb forum: Sedum sieboldii ‘Mediovariegatum’ aka October daphne ‘Mediovariegatum’.  Now to obtain it!

    • WSB July 18, 2016 (1:09 pm)

      Those two comments came in simultaneously. But thanks, Nicole!

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