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 #3

This lovely garden, located in a marine shoreline conservation district, is called Scarlet Oak and is named for the huge oak tree that dominates the first impression of the property.

Creating these gardens has been the family’s “labor of love” for 25 years. Each of the garden spaces is defined by location and purpose in a relaxed country garden theme. A big red mailbox marks the driveway down the hill past the hydrangea border on the left. The English Gates Garden is planted with vegetables, roses, perennials, flowers, and any other vegetation liked by the deer. The Native Garden spreads under the big Douglas fir tree. A new Stump Garden is taking shape where dangerous trees were removed.

The Court Yard Garden is down the brick walk, and through the gate. There is always something blooming year around.

As you leave the courtyard through the old double wood gates, you will step into the Tea Crabapple Way. You may want to try out the chairs on the Seaside Lounge beachside or the swing beneath the 100-year-old+ King Apple tree. Around the deck, you’ll see the Peony Border originating from tubers brought from the Olson family home in Minnesota that were planted in 1925.

There is an active stream that appears above the ground from the west and runs down on the southern border of the property underground to the sound. Out of respect for the shoreline and the health of Puget Sound, the Olson’s use all-organic products.

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