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PowellsWood Garden in Federal Way extends Mother’s Day weekend hours

PowellsWood Garden has extended their open hours for Mother’s Day weekend.  - Contributed
PowellsWood Garden has extended their open hours for Mother’s Day weekend.
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PowellsWood Garden has extended their open hours for Mother’s Day weekend.

Garden happenings include short garden tours, tea service in the Garden Room, musical entertainment on the House Garden patio, specialty vendors, and garden and nature resources for all ages.

Visitors are requested to take the shuttle from Sacajawea Park, just east of the garden at 1101 S. Dash Point Road. On-site parking is limited to handicapped parking only. Organizers request event-goers do not park in the neighborhood.

Tours of the updated gardens are available all day. People do not need to book a time, as tours start every 15-20 minutes and can join the next group in the entry garden. Tours cover tidbits of site history, plant profiles, design challenges and successes along with providing visitors an opportunity to ask questions and glean advice from PowellsWood staff.

In keeping with the English influences in the garden, tea will be hosted by Diane Powell in the conservatory style Garden Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An elegant arrangement of tea, scones with clotted cream and jam, cookies and lemonade are served on Diane’s collection of garden china.

The Garden Room is surrounded by the floral displays of the gardens creating an inviting location to visit with a special mother. The House Garden patio will feature musical entertainment from 12-3 p.m. each afternoon.

Saturday, May 10, will feature bluegrass artist Bonnie Zuhnow and Sunday, May 11, will feature harpist Victoria Norman. Bistro seating is available on the patio so visitors are welcome to stay for the whole concert or drop in for a while. The concerts are included in the price of admission.

A few specialty vendors will share their crafts in the Woodland Garden, including local autistic artist Chris Stiles. Stiles will return to PowellsWood with a selection of prints and cards of his original work, which his family describes as “specific to his own outlook and perception.”

Throughout the weekend, PowellsWood gardeners and naturalists will share books and resources on how to create rich experiences in the natural world. Materials for every age and experience level will be featured in the Woodland Garden. A discussion around creating nature education programs will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

PowellsWood A Northwest Garden is located at 430 S. Dash Point Rd. The Northwest garden is tucked away in Federal Way. The three acres of PowellsWood are nestled against another 35 of native successional forest. A series of hedges help define seven garden rooms graced with more than 1,000 varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials.

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