West Region - open to all members and non-members
Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21
Maples and Gardens and Tours... Oh My!
If you've ever dreamed of spending an entire weekend surrounded by fellow maple lovers, enjoying personal tours of private gardens, lunch amidst the beauty of well-known public gardens, along with a whole lot of geeky maple camaraderie, you'll wish you had attended this two day "spring love affair" with all things maple—when colors were at their most vivid.
We started our weekend at 9:00 am Saturday, May 20 in the garden of one of our Maple Society members, where we enjoyed breakfast beverages while strolling through their beautiful garden.
From there we took a quick drive to Kubota Garden, where we were joined by a tour guide, as well as their recently retired head gardener of 30 years, both of whom revealed the secrets and stories of this magical place.
After a lunch provided at Kubota Garden, we traveled south to Puyallup, Washington to visit five private gardens, some of which are owned by influential horticulturists.
As Saturday drew to a close, we gathered at the home of Camille and Dirk Paulsen in Puyallup for a casual dinner and lively plant auction (photo of their garden below).
On Sunday, May 21 we arranged a special 9:00 am early/private access into one of Seattle’s most beloved Japanese gardens at the University of Washington Arboretum.
This was followed by visits to four very diverse private gardens (with lunch provided at one of them). Finally around 3:00 pm, we would up in Shoreline, Washington to share memories of this incredible weekend event.