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19th annual Gig Harbor Garden Tour returns June 25 & 26

The 19th annual Gig Harbor Garden Tour is set for June 25 and 26, with tickets to the tour going on sale Wednesday (June 1).

This two-day, self-guided tour showcases outstanding gardens the the Gig Harbor area and ticket proceeds benefit literacy programs in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas.

Tickets will be available for purchase in person at the Gig Harbor ACE Hardware, The Garden Room, Wilco, Kaleidoscope, Rosedale Gardens, Tickled Pink and in Lakebay Sunnycrest Nursery, Willow Tree Nursery in Tacoma and Garden Sphere Nursery, also in Tacoma.

Tickets can be purchased online at Online tickets purchased after June 21 will be placed in will call and may be picked up at the first garden on the tour. The cost of a ticket is $25, with a group cost of $20 for groups of 10 or more.

In addition to the garden tour, attendees are invited to attend a free presentation from Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken, owners of Far Reaches Farming Port Townsend, called “Passion and Plants: Too Much is Never Enough” at 7 p.m. June 24 in the Brookside Room of the Best Western Wesley Inn in Gig Harbor.

The official 2016 Garden Tour artist is Kathy Thurston of Ebb Tide Gallery. The poster, “Beneath the Lilies,” will be available for sale during the tour, and Thurston will have a vendor space in one of the gardens on the tour.

The mission of the Gig Harbor Garden Tour is to promote literacy by supporting educational programs for children in the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas.

The proceeds of last year’s tour were distributed to Discovery Elementary School, Communities in Schools of Peninsula, Tacoma Community College High School Completion Program, Reach Out and Read (Pediatrics Northwest), Evergreen Elementary School and Pierce County Library Foundation.

The 2016 Gig Harbor Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26.

More information can be found online at