Seen on the 2018 West Seattle Garden Tour

Some stops along today’s West Seattle Garden Tour are more than just nice to look at … they are functional, too, for people and wildlife. Especially Suzanne Krom‘s garden southwest of The Junction, dubbed “An Oasis for Birds, Pollinators, and People.” This stop is educational, too:

Food is also part of the landscape at Nancy Ritzenthaler‘s “Sidewalk Orchard” in North Admiral – edible (including apple and pear trees) and decorative plants, mostly in the planting strip:

In Fauntleroy, one of the most eye-catching features of Alexis Zolner‘s “Collector’s Garden” is this sea of hydrangea blooms:

In a border, you’ll spot a sculpted peacock:

Twelve gardens are featured this year, listed in the ticket books that have been on sale since spring. Proceeds benefit seven nonprofits:

*West Seattle Junction Association, for mural restoration
*ArtsWest (for its Theater Education Program)
*The Arboretum at South Seattle College (for a new message hub and kiosk)
*Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (for the design and construction of a Victory Garden)
*Little Red Hen Project (for an artistic and functional trellis in its “Winter Feast Garden”)
*PlantAmnesty (to help fund its 10th annual Urban Forest Symposium)
*Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge (to enhance it with three varieties of camellias)

Along with ticket proceeds, those nonprofits are supported by WSGT sponsorships – this year’s sponsors are listed here (including WSB sponsors WEdesign, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NW Real Estate, West Seattle Thriftway, Budget Blinds, Dream Dinners, West Seattle Autoworks, Swedish Automotive, Ventana Construction, Stor-More, Menashe and Sons Jewelers, and Metropolitan Market).

P.S. Want to suggest a garden for a future WSGT? You can do that here.

2 Replies to "Seen on the 2018 West Seattle Garden Tour"

  • Suzanne Krom June 24, 2018 (9:23 pm)

    People were so excited about the opportunities to learn about sustainable gardening today, and it’ s truly inspiring to see the education portion of our garden highlighted in the WSB. While as the owner of the property, I appreciate the credit for the garden, I have to give the real credit to my housemate, Kimberly Leeper, co-owner of Oasis Edible Naturescapes. She completely redesigned and installed most of the elements of my garden.  I am very fortunate to reap the benefits of this now amazing, beautiful, and bountiful yard, but she is the one who did the lion’s share of the work. 

  • BJG June 24, 2018 (9:45 pm)

    Such a treat to be invited into West Seattle gardens each year, so lovely, each so different. These inspired gardeners have found solutions to challenges we have in this climate and topography…and they make it look easy. Thanks again for the inspiration.If you missed this garden tour, for sure don’t miss the next. Great fun!

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