Slideshow: Pathways to remember: Home Garden Tour runs Saturday

Some of Sequim’s finest gardeners are ready to show you their green space.

Home garden tour

What: 22nd annual Petals and Pathways

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 27

Features: Seven homes in and around Sequim

Tickets: Advance tickets available at and several Sequim businesses; also available at first tour stop, 321 Bon Jon View Way

More information:


Sequim Gazette staff


Some of Sequim’s finest gardeners are ready to show you their green space.

This Saturday, June 27, the Clallam County Master Gardeners present the 22nd Petals and Pathways home garden tour.

From overlooking Sequim on Bell Hill to feeling the breeze of the water in Dungeness, seven gardens in the Sequim area open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Three gardens are within two miles of each other in Dungeness while the other four are within three miles of each other south of Sequim in Happy Valley and on Bell Hill.

Tickets cost $15 per person in advance or $20 on Saturday.

Purchase them at Over the Fence, Sunny Farms, Nash’s Organic Produce, Peninsula Nursery, the Washington Extension Office in the Clallam County Courthouse, and online at

Tickets also are available at the first tour stop: 321 Bon Jon View Way off Kitchen-Dick Road. A map of the gardens comes with a ticket purchase. For the tour, traction footwear encouraged and no pets are allowed unless it’s a service animal. For more information, visit

The gardens:

• Marilyn and Stephen Brock turned a bare and featureless 1.25-acre parcel into an inviting haven. A fire pit surrounded by native trees and a natural rock berm, pathways winding through intimate garden spaces and a custom cedar sauna in a Japanese-inspired area are some of the features that await the garden visitor. A variety of art work complements the textures and shapes of the garden.

• Robin and Ray Bookter made their property a place of hidden treasures. A grape arbor and a walkway with unique stonework and numerous shade plants highlight the home entrance. Beyond the entrance and gazebo, a rose garden with more than 60 roses awaits. Two other gardens feature dahlias and irises while a new compost area is ideal for the home gardener.

• Rob and Renee Johnston overcame two challenges in their garden — the wind blowing across the Sequim Prairie and the lack of plant nutrients in wet clay soil. Rustic structures made of recycled materials help protect the garden from the wind and some plants and trees act as wind barriers. Raised beds full of lush plantings, some in full sun and some in deep shade, are home to a wide variety of plants (photo, above).

• Tanya and David Unruh took an unimproved 5-acre parcel and created several distinct gardens. Native trees and shrubs, wildflowers, shade lovers, perennials, ornamental plants and abundant edibles inhabit a cottage garden, meditation trail, fountain garden, waterfall bed and other areas. The couple said these ever-changing landscapes and the paths that connect them are meant to evoke a sense of calm in the wild. As a bonus: Clallam County Master Composters will be on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge of the science and art of composting.

• Linda and Jim Spreine transformed a 3.5-acre hillside into a tranquil garden overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria. In one area a waterfall flows to a duck pond and gazebo. Nearby is a woodland village of cabins with a treehouse and vintage garden equipment placed throughout the property. Numerous sitting areas throughout the garden invite the visitor to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

• Lony and Gary Huff faced the challenges of a lot sloping down to a greenbelt on a county irrigation ditch. Their efforts resulted in large raised islands of plants surrounded by rivers of grass. The more than 300 plants and trees, irrigated with drip lines, favor red and gold accents, especially with 15 different Japanese maples, plum, redbud trees and smoke bushes.

• Janet and Roger Clark designed their garden to provide color throughout the growing season from early daffodils to tulips, lilacs, flowering trees, rhododendrons, bearded irises, peonies, roses, summer perennials and dahlias. Their range of hues culminates with bright fall foliage. Fenced areas protect a rose garden and patio and a section for vegetables and fruit trees from the ever-wandering deer.