WEEKEND: Forks garden tour slated Saturday

FORKS — The Bogachiel Garden Club of Forks will present its inaugural garden tour Saturday.

Six gardens will be available for self-guided tours from noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $5. The tour is free for children 12 and younger.

Each ticket includes a brochure complete with addresses, driving directions and descriptions of each garden.

They can be purchased in Forks at Moody’s Nursery, 221 Wood St.; True Value Hardware, 10 S. Forks Ave.; Chinook Pharmacy, 11 S. Forks Ave; Olympic Graphic Arts, 640 S. Forks Ave.; and the Forks Timber Museum, 1411 S. Forks Ave.

One residential garden on the tour contains a small pond with big koi, a covered deck and a potting shed/greenhouse.

Bits of poetry on plaques are hidden among the leaves. Garden art is spread throughout.

Another yard features a manicured lawn, lilies — and alliums, planted to deter deer and elk.

This homeowner also has devised unique traps for slugs.

Sun-loving plants are featured in the front yard of another property, which includes a pond, small waterfall, dry streambed amid tall grasses, sedums, coral bells and iris.

The shady backyard is a grassy lawn with azaleas, Japanese maple, rhododendrons and ferns.

Front and back

Another two-for-one location has a front garden with brick courtyard, water features, arbors and trellises constructed by the homeowner and a back deck decorated for container gardening and a small shade garden.

A small garden features plants collected from friends, forests and rivers.

Another example of gardening in small spaces is found at a local bed and breakfast.

Attendees will see railroad ties used to add height along a fence line and a brick path to a rabbit hutch.

For more information, phone Mary Jacoby at 360-327-3544 or Barbara Scott at 360-374-2126.

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