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FW Symphony's Garden Tour will feature master gardeners and amazing views

The Federal Way Symphony Garden Tour lineup has been announced.

The annual event will help support the upcoming 2009-2010 season and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18. There will be several nearby locations this year in the Federal Way and Des Moines area. Tours can start at any location, and routes will be marked in green and white signs along roadways for key turning points.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the following Federal Way locations: Branches Garden Center, Oriental Garden Center, Jan's Plants, Metropolitan Market and Marlene's Market and Deli. To learn more, visit or call (253) 529-9857.


• Burt and Samuelson Gardens: 4027 S 275th Place, Auburn.

This garden has been transformed from a mess of blackberry vines, weeds, ivy and brush into a garden that flow into one another, complete with a creek in the winter. The garden includes ten different types of Japanese maples and various trees and shrubs. Artisans include the MCC Products by Mel and Carol Coffman, which features recycled handmade metal garden art.

• The Edwards Garden: 24834 S Marine View Drive, Des Moines. The garden mixes colors, texture and heights and is mostly colorful foliage and herbs.

• The Sanborn Garden: 2231 10th Ave. S., Des Moines. The half acre garden is right in the middle of Des Moines. The owner is a master gardener and says it’s a continual work in progress. Currently it includes Japanese maples, salvias, sedums, euphorbias and various shrubs and perennials. There is also at greenhouse for starting seeds and wintering plants. Artisans include Dee Miller and her fused glass garden art and Magellanica Gardens and their collection of fuchsias.

• The Morgan-Boyd Garden: 20226 7th Ave. S., Des Moines. Another master gardener-run garden, this one creates individual rooms with colored foliage, flowers and pots of different ecosystems and ambiance. There are rose gardens, meditation garden, hot garden and a bamboo room.

• The Lombardo and Bell Gardens: 21825 and 21827 4th Ave. S., Normandy Park. These gardens include a bonsai collection, old growth tree with a 9-foot diameter and a dry creek bed with an enormous rock sculpture. Artist Dana Lassweel will have her sculptural pottery and garden art there as well.

• Des Moines Beach Park: 22030 Cliff Ave. S., Des Moines, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The park has been listed in the Washington State Historical Registry since 1988 once the city bought it from the Evangelical Church. It recently also made the national registry. The park is known as the birthplace of Des Moines, after John Moore claimed the land in 1872. The first road connecting Des Moines to Seattle is at the North edge of the park. The buildings on the park were built by the church after they bought in 1931.

The horticulturist for the Des Moines Beach Park will be Carolyn Jones, who has over 30 years of experience. She has been the horticulturist at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver BC, the director of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle and Great Plant Picks, a garden education program.

Her talk will give her take on a creative approach to gardening and will include a slide show.

Artisans at this location include Lynn Lee Productions with oils and watercolors and deGro Flower and Garden Company with unusual perennials and annuals.

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