Gig Harbor Garden Tour coming up

he Seventh Annual Gig Harbor Garden Tour will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, June 26.

This self-guided tour will showcase six private gardens in the Gig Harbor area; more than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

Programs with maps locating each garden will be distributed at Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor Peninsula Center starting at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Tickets for the tour are available at TCC’s Gig Harbor Peninsula Center, 3993 Hunt St., Gig Harbor, or by calling 253/851-2424. Advance tickets are $18, $20 the day of the event. For more tour information, visit:

Proceeds from the Gig Harbor Garden Tour benefit the Peninsula Adult Basic Education (PABE) program, which provides literacy services to the entire Peninsula area through free one-on-one tutoring.

Since 1989, the PABE program has taught basic life skills that have improved the lives of hundreds of Peninsula adults.

The PABE program works in partnership with the Tacoma Community College Foundation and is administered by Tacoma Community College.

The tour will also feature author and horticulture expert Peter Punzi, who will discuss “Smart Garden Tenets: Ten Principles for Great Garden Results.”
After the talk, Punzi will be available to answer questions.

In addition to his weekly gardening column in the The News Tribune’s Saturday SoundLife section, Punzi has a radio show and TV gardening segments on Comcast cable.

His latest book, “The American Horticultural Society’s Smart Garden Guide to the Northwest,” was published in August 2003.

Tour attendees will have a chance to view artists and musicians at work in the gardens.

Vendors selling garden-related wares will also be present, and a Master Gardener clinic will be ongoing throughout the day to address questions about plants and gardening.

Visitors to the six gardens will spend the day enjoying views and water features, smelling fragrant roses, and discovering new and unusual plants.