Saturday, June 13, 2009

Gardens Open

Sunday, June 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A low-cost fundraiser to benefit Edmonds Community College's Living Campus Project*

(Suggested Donation: $5 per person)

Don and Mary Hale's Gardens

500 47th Street SE
Everett, WA 98203

These 1 1/2 acre gardens invite both plant lovers and those interested in garden structures. Don and Mary have spent 25 years creating and re-creating garden rooms filled with many, and often unusual, varieties of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Visitors will see a 120 ft roadway border of mixed plantings with an immense 50+ year old willow as a backdrop; an "English style" garden featuring clematis, lilies, and roses; a pond garden; terraced gardens; a 1,500 square ft fenced kitchen garden with old brick pathways and courtyard; and more. Of interest also are a greenhouse and garden workshop, designed and built by Don. Stroll the woodland garden pathways and also enjoy the woodland view from a walkway along the castle walls, a large compost heap enclosure.

Aat Bontje and Pearl Wollin's Gardens

515 47th Street SE
Everett, WA 98203

These 1 1/4 acre gardens grace the remodel of a 1910 era farm house and barn, from mostly recycled materials. Aat is now completing the transformation of the barn into a studio, greenhouse, shop, sauna and tool shed. Visitors will enjoy the park-like setting with mixed plantings of perennials and edibles throughout the gardens. Aat created a terraced wall garden, which includes an outdoor kitchen. Pearl has added 14 garden beds, as well as borders for the house, to the original 2 beds when they moved there 20 years ago and a huge array pot plantings. The beds have rewarded her with gifts of morels and a white truffle!

Driving Directions from I-5 South

Take Exit 192 in Everett. Get in left lane (41st Street West). Go west for approximately 3 blocks to 41st and Evergreen Way/Rucker Avenue. Turn left. Go 6 blocks to 47th Street, SE, and turn right. Park east of dead-end sign (.6 of a mile from Evergreen Way) near Pearl and Aat's gardens. (There's no parking in front of Don and Mary's.)

*The Living Campus Project

The Living Campus project involves planning, design, and campus landscape development to make comprehensive use of the College’s outdoor spaces as a botanical garden that will serve as a catalyst and laboratory for integrated learning and collaborative instruction, a preserve and interpretive center for the natural and cultural heritage of the Puget Sound Bioregion, a refuge for people, plants, and animals, and a model of sustainable practice.

Edmonds Community College

Horticulture Department

20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

(425) 640-1739 |