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Monday, June 27, 2016

Gig Harbor Garden Tour: Garden 1

The garden of Greg and Mary Hoeksema is at the end of the harbor that gives this area its name - Gig Harbor. It was the first garden on the Gig Harbor Garden Tour, a fund raiser for literacy featuring six local private gardens. In other words, these are people's yards, and it's always fun to be invited behind the fences. , 

Each garden also features a local artisan or two. Here is the artist who created the cover design for the tour booklet, Kathy Thurston.
From around the side of this renovated 1910 farmhouse we can get a glimpse of water. 

How about this for a place to settle and watch the action on the harbor. 

Artist's in action also showed up at various sites in the gardens. 

Yes,  I did. Comfy too, and a great view.  

Around the other side of the house, great stonework, 
a vegetable patch, and more vendors. 

On the front of the house was a colorful shrub and perennial garden full of sunshine. 

We spent most of the day visiting all six gardens. I'll post more photos as I get to them.

This is holly hedge pruning week here at the Reeder homestead, and with the temperature rising again, we will be doing the hard work in the mornings and catching up with other tasks as we can. Hopefully we can even enjoy our own garden a bit. 


  1. I don't think I've known you to go to this many gardens in one season. They're all beautiful. Would be very hard to pick a favorite.

  2. I love house tours, garden tours, any kind of a peek into what others are doing. Then I come home with too many ideas and make yet more work for myself. Aren't we all funny that way.

  3. Lovely! I have found what I love to do - gardening. Weeding is probably my favorite pastime. I have a lot of favorites in our small Hawaiian yard that need to be pulled out. Life is good!

  4. Wow, a feast for the eyes. That was an impressive garden.

  5. I love green gardens, looks so cool. it's 79 degrees now at 6 am will be up there again today 109 or so. I'm off to our community pool at 7 am to cool off and walk in the pool.

  6. I look forward to five more of these great gardens. I like the picture of the artist painting. It's definitely summertime around these parts, and the garden shows the beauty of our part of the world. :-)

  7. I love those colorful paintings. Very nicely framed, too.

  8. What a great view from the patio! Old Farmhouse too what a pretty place! :)

  9. Wow, the view and the garden are spectacular. Can't wait to see the rest of the gardens!

  10. Awesome garden. I see why people would take a tour.

  11. I would definitely spend a lot of time by that outdoor fireplace--especially when it gets cooler. What a lovely place.

  12. Stunning. I so love greenery and flowers.


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