Homestead Garden Club Tour June 23-24
By Margaret Payne
“Not your ordinary garden club” is an apt description of the Orcas Island Garden Club.
Almost 60 years ago, the group began as an offshoot of the Madrona Club, with a few members meeting in each others’ homes and gardens. It is now 175 members strong and meets monthly, Sept-May, in the Madrona Room of the Orcas Center. The 2012-13 program includes speakers on topics ranging from the impact of climate change on the islands to four-season gardening and worm composting. Membership and Garden Tour proceeds support educational programming and grants to the community for projects such as the current library landscape enhancement and the “Farm to Cafeteria” garden at the public school.
Tickets for this year’s “Homestead Tour,” June 23-24, are $20, available at Driftwood Nursery, Darvill’s Bookstore, and online at brownpapertickets.com/event/243303. For more information, see orcasislandgardenclub.org.