(Reposted from The Stranger)
Spending time outdoors is a given when summer finally rolls around, but the plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest this time of year beg to be appreciated, so you might as well spend that time in a garden. We recently discovered that there are many, many garden events happening this summer, so we’ve rounded them all up below—including tours in West Seattle and Lake Forest Park, outdoor art shows like Sorticulture, and a party at the Seattle Japanese Garden. For more things to do in the fresh air, check out our complete outside events calendar.
JUNE 23-OCT 27
Albers Vista Garden Tours
Take seasonal tours of the Bremerton gardens to see June lavender, September conifers, and October foliage.
Albers Vista Gardens
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Skagit Symphony Garden Tour
Support Skagit Symphony’s musical education programs and concerts by strolling through six gardens on Mount Vernon’s east hill.
West Seattle Garden Tour
Along with its generous views of the Sound and its fancy houses, West Seattle is also home to notably pretty gardens. Take tours of its lush spaces in support of the neighborhood’s arts and horticulture programs.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Party
Get gussied up for Kruckeberg Botanic Garden’s annual fundraiser, where you can bid on rare plants, garden art, and unique experiences in silent and live auctions.
Edmonds Yacht Club
SUNDAY, JULY 1
Point Defiance Garden Tour
If you find yourself in the South Sound, join the zoo’s horticulturist to tour the land and learn how the plants interact with the animals.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Enjoy beer and wine, a live DJ, and luscious plant life at this after-hours fundraiser.
Volunteer Park Conservatory
SUNDAY, JULY 8
Georgetown Garden Walk/Cross Pollinate
Artists paint in local gardens and create multimedia installations at this yearly festival of greenery and paint.
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Mount Baker Garden Tour
Walk, bike, or frolic through ten Mount Baker estates, outdoor living spaces, and vegetable gardens hidden in plain sight on a self-guided tour.
Mount Baker Community Club
VCA Garden Tour
For the 28th year in a row, you can roam across Vashon Island through five beautiful gardens, see a “garden-inspired visual arts exhibition in the Koch Gallery,” and shop in an Art Bazaar. On June 22, enjoy food and wine at a garden party.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
Art in the Garden
Purchase art from booths in the charming p-patch while enjoying live music and bidding on pies, wine, and more.
Arts in the Garden
Check out garden sculptures and installations (most of which will be available for purchase) from more than 30 artists. While you walk around, enjoy live music, food, and libations.
Bellevue Botanical Garden