Save the Date! The 2014 Garden Tour is Saturday June 28.
We are in the process of selecting the gardens for the 2014 tour. Our goal is to offer a variety of gardening styles and inspiration. From sun to shade, enclosed to expansive, native to Far Eastern, we invite you explore the gamut of gardening on Whidbey Island
The WIGT Board: Candy Charlwood, Mark Dancer, Penny Harger, Elaine Nuerenberg, Lynn Petersen, Linda Walsh, Malin Weiss-Anderson.
Photo of butterfly by Melanie Hester
“Just living is not enough, said the butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
– Hans Christian Andersen
Who Are We?
The Whidbey Island Garden Tour, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group established in 1996. We provide funding to local groups that work to improve Whidbey Island’s common habitat.
Over the past 17 years, the tour has raised more than $300,000 for these groups.
How Many Gardens Are on the Tour?
Each year, the garden tour board selects four or five of Whidbey Island's finest gardens representing a variety of styles, sizes, and design concepts. Our tour is highly regarded for the quality and diversity of the gardens it showcases. Over the years, more than 75 private gardens have been opened to the public for the tour and many of the owners have also continued to participate by serving as volunteers in various roles.
How Many People Attend the Tour?
Photo by Lisa Irwin
The number of tickets, each of which is numbered and controlled, is limited to 1,000. Generally, about 700-800 individuals visit any given garden during the six-hour period the gardens are open on the day of the tour. We make every effort to make this a thoroughly enjoyable and safe event for both the garden owners and the tour patrons. We station our trained volunteers in the adjacent streets and throughout each garden in numbers sufficient to direct parking, control access, manage traffic flow, and provide information. Areas off limits to the tour for safety and/or privacy reasons are clearly indicated.