Stately homes around Gig Harbor will be displayed in true elegance on June 27 and 28 for the 12th annual Gig Harbor Garden Tour. Featuring private gardens cultivated by some of the area's most impressive green thumbs, this year's event includes seven homes scattered throughout Gig Harbor, including the eastside and Fox Island. Exactly which home gardens will be on view is kept a secret until the weekend of the tour, with maps available for ticket holders at the Gig Harbor branch of Tacoma Community College (3993 Hunt St.), starting at 10 a.m. each day. Tours go until 5 p.m. June 27 and 4 p.m. June 28.
The Gig Harbor Garden Tour is also a tour for literacy, with proceeds benefiting the Peninsula Adult Basic Education Program at the Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College (TCC). During the past decade, $60,000 has been raised from the tour for local literacy efforts.
Organizers of the event put great care in choosing the gardens in order to bring variety into the tour. "They really try to do a little bit of everything so people can see the ones they really like," said Laureen Lund, marketing director for the city of Gig Harbor. This year, perennial, waterfront, historic and farm gardens are on the agenda.
Lectures will be given as well featuring famed gardening expert and Gig Harbor resident Susan Goetz, owner of Creative Gardener. Trained in horticulture and design, for more than 14 years Goetz has been sharing her passion for gardening in a down-to-earth approach with audiences all over the Northwest. Her topics are presented with the factual, trusted knowledge of a seasoned gardener who loves what she does. Goetz will speak at 1 p.m. on June 27 at Ace Hardware (4816 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W.) "A Passion for Perennials" will be the topic of her talk. More information about Goetz can be found at www.thecreativegardener.com.
Participants in the garden tour can enter drawings for artist created Adirondack chairs that will be on display in gardens throughout the tour. Painted by nine Gig Harbor artists, these chairs are one of a kind and would fit beautifully into any gardenscape. Raffle tickets will be available at all gardens on the tour and are for sale now at many Gig Harbor businesses. There will be nine drawings held June 28, one for each chair, and winners need not be present to win.
Tickets for the Gig Harbor Garden Tour are on sale now until June 22 by calling (253) 460-2355, then at the Gig Harbor TCC campus each day of the tour. Garden tour brochures containing ticket order forms have been placed at many Gig Harbor businesses. Tickets are $20 if purchased by June 22 and $25 day of event. For more information visit www.gigharborgardentour.com.