The Federal Way Symphony Garden Tour is celebrating its 14th year. The tour was the brainchild of Monty and Diane Powell after they were approached for a donation to the symphony. The fundraising idea came from trips to England where they attended garden tours that were successfully raising money. The Tour of Gardens has been held every year since then. Different gardens are featured every tour, with occasional repeat appearances of a popular garden. This Saturday, July 20, the public will be able to view 7 private gardens in the Pierce County area on this tour. These tours will be accompanied by artisans, Master Gardeners, and music. The event will begin at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way, Washington.
The purpose of the event is to support the symphony and its many outreach programs: Free concert tickets for children and students, free and low cost performances in the public schools, Summer Academy and camp, with music training and vocal performances, and performances for toddlers. This event provides help to the Symphony and fun and recognition to the community.
Mary Blacker, Chairman of the Federal Way Symphony Garden Tour, gave some details of the event. Artisan vendors will have garden inspired craft items for sale in some gardens, including wood, glass, pottery and metal art, as well as birdhouses. A raffle is being held for 2 large planters.
“Gardens reflect our connection with beauty and civility, which in turn brings peace and joy to our hearts,” Mary concluded.
Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased by visiting: www.federalwaysymphony.org
or one of many local businesses, listed on the website. Tickets will also be sold at the individual gardens on the day of the tour. Tickets are also available by calling 253.529.9857.
The tour must be made by personal vehicles, due to the locations and distance. Wheel chairs and strollers are not advised. There is significant walking involved. Please take these into consideration before purchasing your tickets. Water will be available for purchase.
For further information please call the Symphony office at 253.525.9852 or 253.232.5286.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com