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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 17, 2006
 Jennifer Johnson, Education and Outreach Specialist (360) 754-4111 ext. 7631

Garden Rhapsodies Tour Set

​This year's Garden Rhapsodies Tour will be held July 29 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Garden Rhapsodies Tour features gardens using integrated pest management, wise watering techniques, with Master Gardeners on hand to answer all of your gardening questions.  Gardens range from an entirely native landscape to a Japanese-style garden, with an expansive oasis right off of the freeway. 

A free shuttle bus is available to help alleviate any parking concerns that might happen when 600 of your friends, family, and neighbors get together for this great community event!  Less time searching for parking means more time enjoying the gardens!

  Six gardens open their private sanctuaries for one day only for this special tour.  You will be surprised and delighted by the wonders that lie behind unassuming garden gates!  The tour provides an opportunity to pick up tips from experienced gardeners and get simple or elaborate ideas for your own design or re-working of that difficult garden area.   Demonstrations in the gardens include: how-tos for successful composting, how to make worms do the work for you, edible flowers, and growing organic grapes in Thurston County . 

Musicians and artists in the gardens truly make this an event with something for everyone. 

Tickets are on sale now, at the Olympia Farmers Market Master Gardener Booth, local nurseries, and Olympia Federal Savings branches.  Tickets will also be on sale the day of the tour in the gardens and at the shuttle location at 2121 Log Cabin Rd.   Tickets are $15 per person and kids under 16 are free.  Contact Jennifer Johnson at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services at (360) 754-4111 ext. 7631, TDD 360-754-2933. See you in the gardens!  

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3