This year’s garden tour features five magnificent properties that show off the beauty of our island, an Art Bazaar of local artists showing and selling their work in the VCA lobby, and a garden-inspired exhibition of local artists in the Koch Gallery.

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Garden #5

Owners Chris Camarda and Robin Pollard have a special treat in store for Garden Tour visitors this year, as this is the only garden on display attached to a commercial wine-making operation.

The beautiful property, which was recently featured in The Seattle Times, flows gracefully around a stunning Miller Hull designed home and winery, wine storage building and offices. The acreage nestles in a stunning natural setting, surrounded by protected Vashon Island Land Trust property.

Walking the grounds, visitors will experience rich and varied garden environments, including shade garden, diverse creek growth, and even a vast compost pile tucked into the woods. The garden includes lots of vegetables as well as a collection of Asian pear, peach, and cherry trees. The apple tree plantings include rare and historical stock.

Private sitting areas and paths encircle topflight accommodations for chickens and Berkshire pigs. Pollard also planted a micro vineyard for aesthetics, and to transform a grassy area into something more complimentary to the Andrew Will winery. The vined area allows her to experiment with varietals that are designed to thrive in the western Washington climate.

Plantings also serve an environmental purpose – Pollard placed native plants in a river rock bed to help contain and manage the water flow from the working winery. It feeds into a small blueberry patch.

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