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Five garden spots on display

For the Mirror

Five gardens, ranging from pastoral settings to carefully landscaped formal garden rooms, have been selected for the Federal Way Symphony’s fourth annual Garden Tour July 19.

The self-guided tour of private gardens has proved to be a popular event. The one-day event has drawn more than 800 enthusiasts in past years and is expected to attract more this time.

The gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with master gardeners acting as tour guides and docents. Tickets are $15.

The tour, which will feature live music in the gardens, is a major fund-raiser for the symphony, a 60-member professional orchestra in its 22nd year.

Ciscoe Morris, host of gardening shows on KIRO Radio and KING Television, is scheduled to offer gardening tips at 2 and 3 o’clock at PowellsWood, one of the featured gardens.

Also planned for PowellsWood is a formal afternoon tea served in the garden room by the upper patio. Reservations for the 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. seatings are required by calling 529-1620.

The concept of a formal tea dates back about 150 years to the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who wanted more than just an afternoon snack. As a result, the English know what it is to savor pastries, custards, elegant sandwiches and tiny cakes while enjoying the company of friends.

The tour also will feature artist Sandi Petitt demonstrating and exhibiting her floral and scenic paintings at a Brown’s Point garden, with a “magnificent” Puget Sound view and exotic tropical plants as a backdrop, organizers said.

GARDEN-GO-ROUND

Federal Way Symphony Garden Tour, July 19

Tickets: $15. Sold by phone at 529-9857 (VISA and MasterCard accepted) and in-person at Coffee Europa, Westfair Home Décor and Gifts, Furney’s Nursery, Kelly Gardens, Oriental Gardens, New Lumber Hardware, Archie’s Diner at Brown’s Point, Edgewood Flower Farm and Jan’s Plants.

Garden 1: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Madden, 37323 17th Ave. S.,

Federal Way. An open, unfussy example of Northwest garden style. Paved walkway leads to the broad, sunny back yard with a multiple-use sport court and a barbecue/fire pit, raised planters for vegetables and raspberries and a prodigious growth of blueberry bushes.

Garden 2: Henry Faubert, 1401 S. 289th Pl., Federal Way. For everyone who likes to be the chief do-it-yourselfer. Your host will proudly regale you with composting tips, ecological filtering systems and local resources. If a soggy terrain is your problem, ask about the French drain technique.

Garden 3: Monte and Diane Powell, Powellswood, 430 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way. Three-acre oasis with more than 1,000 trees, shrubs and flowering plants, plus paths and a new, glassed-in garden room and patio.

Garden 4: Georgia Boswell and Jeff Demmon, 416 SW. 46th Pl., Federal Way. Proof that homeowners can design and install a complete and tasteful landscape on their own. A man-made stream with several small waterfalls concludes in a pond surrounded by rustic seating and a fire pit.

Garden 5: The Gundersons, 5466 Hyada Blvd. NE., Brown’s Point. The number of tropic-like plants that thrive in the Northwest is astonishing. From the potting house and manicured putting green, a brick pathway leads to several levels of decks and patios.

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