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Garden Tour blooms with music and landscapes

The Federal Way Symphony Garden Tour kicks off July 21 with lush landscapes and tuneful tributes.

"I'm really interested in having young people exposed to classical music," said Janice Burgess, co-chair of the Federal Way Symphony Garden Tour.

The average cost of a concert runs about $25,000. Because symphony members perform for local schools, they need funds to maintain their community efforts. The Garden Tour, they have found, is both an enriching and informative way of communicating their passion for music and continuing their benevolent performances.

Not only does the event raise money for the Federal Way Symphony, but it makes community members aware that there is a symphony. Burgess, who serves as a volunteer, speaks for the entire board when she says that their focus is on seeing young people develop that same enthusiasm for music.

One way the symphony has encouraged young people is through the Marjorie Easley Scholarship, which allows aspiring musicians to play alongside the professionals. Many times, past recipients of the scholarship perform at the Garden Tour.

The Garden Selection Committee searched all over Federal Way to select the gardens that will be featured at this year's Garden Tour. They already have enough gardens to provide the Garden Tour until 2011, Burgess said.

The primary criteria for garden selection is diversity, Burgess said. This year, there is everything from small Asian-themed gardens to 5-acre floral landscapes.

They hope the community will take this opportunity to enjoy the local gardens and help support the Federal Way Symphony.

Contact Lyndsey Wilson: lwilson@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565

Check it out

The Garden Tour begins at 10 a.m. July 21. Included with the ticket is a booklet, which contains a map that guides guests to each private garden. Along the way, guests may stop at Metropolitan Market to pick up their pre-ordered box lunch.

At 1 p.m., Seattle PI garden columnist Marty Wingate will give an informative presentation at the Village Green Retirement Campus. Guests are also invited to peruse through the Village Green's beautiful grounds.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Federal Way Symphony office at (253) 529-9857. To learn more, visit http://federalwaysymphony.org.

The Garden Tour Committee is selling tickets for $20 at 12 local venues: Edgewood Flower Farm, Furney's Nursery, Des Moines Drug and Hallmark, Herr Backyard Garden Center, Watson's Greenhouse and Nursery, Portland Avenue Nursery, Archie's Diner, Windmill Gardens, Kelly Gardens, Oriental Gardens, Jan's Plants, Marlene's Deli and Metropolitan Market.

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