Tickets go on sale July 4th for the 13th annual Garden Rhapsodies Tour that takes place on Saturday, July 26th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Visitors will see unique waterfront gardens, lush plantings of all sizes, colors, and textures, ground covers crawling over impressive hardscapes and an organic hilltop oasis. Featured gardens utilize many Common Sense Gardening techniques such as compost to build healthy soil, native and drought resistant plants, and the replacement of toxic pesticides with traps, weed pullers, and other less-toxic methods of control.
Tickets are $15 and kids under 16 are free. You can purchase tickets at local nurseries, the Olympia Farmer's Market, Olympia Federal Savings branches, Island Market or Yenney's music. Tickets include a shuttle bus that travels to each garden in style and comfort.
Griffin School is the shuttle site and community hub and compost bins will be for sale at that location. Demonstrations include; composting, ivy removal, irrigation to save water, tool sharpening and much more! Musicians and artists in the gardens make this tour unique and provide something for everyone.
The Garden Rhapsodies Tour is a unique partnership between the Thurston County Environmental Health Department, the City of Olympia, Washington State University Master Gardeners, Native Plant Salvage Project, and the Olympia Symphony Guild. Thurston County and the City of Olympia provide educational materials to take home from the tour. Master Gardeners, Master Recyclers, and Native Plant Salvage volunteers offer tours through the gardens, and Olympia Symphony Guild offers musicians adding a touch of rhapsody to the event. In addition, local groups provide garden-related demonstrations and displays, while artists add to the ambience, capturing moments in the gardens.
Don't miss this annual garden event for the gardener in all of us!