Clallam County Master Gardener Garden Tour

Program Contact: Lorrie Hamilton, Master Gardener Coordinator
(360) 565-2679 • lhamilton@co.clallam.wa.us

The Clallam County Master Gardener’s home garden tour will take place in the Sequim area on Saturday, June 24, from 10am to 4pm. This is always a great community event that will fill you with inspiration and new ideas for your own home garden. This year, there are seven private gardens on the tour.

Tickets can be pre-purchased for $15 or will be offered for $20 the day of the tour.

Tickets are now available at the following locations:

  • Sequim: Over the Fence, Sunny Farms, Nash’s, Peninsula Nursery, Wild Birds Unlimited
  • Port Angeles: Clallam County Extension Office, Airport Garden Center, Green House Nursery, Port Book and News
  • Port Townsend: Henerey’s

2017 Petals & Pathways Home Garden Tour Details:

# 1  Surprises in the Garden – In 5 years one acre of grass was transformed into many separate garden areas. Raised beds were built in the rose garden, sedum area, perennial garden, and most of the ornamental garden. The McClung’s mix their own soil to combat the clay soil. Lasagna gardening techniques were used to aid in weed control and enhance fertilization. Drip irrigation is used in the dry season. Fences, arbors and a trellis are used for climbing roses, wisteria and clematis. Wide paths around and amongst all planting beds providing easy viewing for people with walkers and most wheelchairs. Water features are tucked in several locations to provide relaxation opportunities. Special surprise – a living room in the garden – provides a great wind and shade block.

# 2   Recycled Treasures – Mixing a flat grassy backyard, a little ingenuity, a flair for ‘rustic country’ with a passion for plants, the homeowner fashions an intriguing garden design with botanical and recycled treasures. From conifers to sedums and Japanese maples embellishing their collection, variety and abundance abounds. Creativity mingled with serendipity and whimsy and, the patina of well-loved objects, transform their property and garden beds into vignettes with an outdoor kitchen, potting shed, playhouse, green roofed outhouse, Texaco station and so much more.  It’s a visual feast and one of a kind original!

# 3  Produce Galore – Productivity and tranquility on a ¼ acre lot.  Drought tolerant perennials and shrubs as well as a hand painted honey bee hive welcome visitors to the front yard garden. Creative companion plantings of fruits and vegetables and wall hanging pocket planters highlight the backyard.  The vegetable garden is watered from an underground cistern system and demonstrates how a small lot can be attractively and efficiently maintained to yield a wide range of produce (even a mini vineyard). Cherries, an espaliered varietal pear, apples, and hazelnut trees are featured in the orchard. The fish pond with small waterfall adds tranquility to the backyard while the Marionberry arbor provides an attractive walkway to the front yard.  The diversity in this well-maintained garden showcases what homeowners can accomplish in a small parcel that was a barren, weedy lot in 2010.

# 4    Spectacular color – An arborvitae hedge provides both a windbreak and privacy at the driveway.  The front plantings include spring bulbs, 2 lovely Weeping Larches, and a 7-ft high tree peony. Featured in the vegetable garden are tomatoes, zucchini, Walla-Walla onions, and artichoke.   Primroses are tucked beneath blueberry bushes.  Over 10 different herbs, including horseradish, marjoram, rosemary, chives, oregano and dill thrive in a small oval bed.  The laurels, spaced along the fence, have taken on a tree-like quality with years of selective pruning.  Perennials, biennials, and shrubs, including liatris, saxifrage, holly hocks, camellias, burning bush and Callicarpa (Beauty Bush), provide balance to the garden.

# 5     Trailing Wonders – A lot can happen in a 12-year old garden.  This one has it all, including over 10 hydrangea varieties, Cascade Trailing Blackberries (near the garden gate), and a plethora of lilies, peonies, coral bells, and vegetables. There are cherry and apple trees, providing ingredients  for delicious pies. Spectacular color greets the eye during every season, with Virginia creeper on the fence and a gorgeous Stewartia tree.  Hebes, a weeping larch, a corkscrew willow, ceanothus, crocosmia, and a Pagoda dogwood add texture, height and color throughout the back yard.  Volunteer pansies and violas make for a colorful ground cover. Moisture is provided to the entire garden via a drip system.

# 6     This 3 year old garden is an excellent example of small space gardening that pays attention to seasonal color, texture and water-wise, low moisture needing ornamental grasses. Lots of color in the front yard and a raised concrete patio covered with a Pergola in the back. A dry creek bed borders the patio and a small grass lawn is surrounded with plants such as Mexican Feather grass, Japanese blood grass, Nandina and Ferns.  Grape vines adorn the fence.

# 7     Unique Plantings Galore – The homeowner likes gardens but can’t work in theirs so her husband is creating one for her. In this labor of love, his experience, creativity and hard work are creating a garden most people would envy. Not too big, not too small, and packed with color. All the work has been done by the homeowner, with no professional help building mounds and pathways and installing the irrigation system. He put rocks in wire cages (gabions) to form low terrace walls. Many of the plantings are ‘sale’ plants, with the exception being a large, 60-year old rose bush that belonged to the homeowner’s mother.  Plants include: a metasequoia (dawn redwood) tree, ‘Hot Wings’ Tartarian maple tree, Japanese snowbell trees, various grasses, corkscrew willow, Oregon grape, hornbeam, redbud, sunburst locust, and many ornamental shrubs such as vanilla strawberry hydrangea. This garden is still new and a work in progress but we loved his appetite for interesting plants and think you will too.