The 18th Annual White Center Garden Tour is Coming July 15 – and it’s FREE!

The 18th annual White Center Garden Tour is coming July 15 – and it’s FREE!

This tour, which runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., has been a much-anticipated annual event for 18 years now, drawing tour goers from the Olympic peninsula all the way to Portland.

“We have so much diversity and creativity in this community and this is a time when we can FLAUNT our stuff!” reads an announcement.

The tour includes private gardens, community projects and schools with a garden focus. Areas covered include from 128th SW north to Thistle (occasionally) and 41st ave to Myers Way/509.

The self-guided tour of home and community gardens is completely free-of-charge and open to everyone.

Free maps will be available in the White Center area at the White Center Community Development Association, the King County Library in White Center, the White Center Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, and can be downloaded from their website after June 30th.

To obtain additional information, or to receive a tour map by mail, call 206.767.7735 or email [email protected], or visit their Facebook page at

Here’s more from the event website:

History of the Tour
In 2012, the White Center Home Garden Tour will celebrate its 18th Anniversary.  What started in 1993 as a small, spontaneous effort to build a more positive community image and encourage  neighborhood activism which has, over the years, brought this small, Southwest Seattle community together around gardening and introduced more than 10,000 people from across the region to all that White Center offers. Because the gardens we feature are rarely repeated, we have introduced well over 100 fascinating and varied gardens, and gardeners, to our residents and visitors, who spend a special day getting to know one another and gathering a wealth of information on botany, horticulture and garden design. Thanks to its low-key, grassroots  nature, the White Center Garden Tour has become a favorite  perennial event that is widely anticipated  year after  year. Because it is free of charge, the White Center Garden Tour attracts  many families and gardeners with limited budgets.

What’s New This Year?
The date of the tour this year is July 15th.

In keeping with tradition, the 2012 White Center Garden Tour will feature several distinctive garden sites reflecting a wide range of approaches to gardening. As always, the tour features a number of residential gardens, but also includes a small enterprise  garden and a community gardening project.

For more info, visit the event’s Facebook Page here, or the event website here.

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