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30th annual garden tour is Sunday, July 27 
SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Garden Tour is hitting its 30-year milestone later this month.
The tour’s organizers believe its longevity comes from a winning combination of gardener generosity and tourist enjoyment.
The tour draws as many as 400 people from all over the region.
This year’s tour, set for Sunday, July 27, will feature five new gardens never seen before on the tour. 
The Snohomish Garden Club, turning 77 this year, funds and organizes the tour.
Committee chair Fred Rowe said this year the club predicts the tour will draw in between 400 to 600 people to Snohomish that weekend.
The tour has eight stops to it this year: Four of the gardens are located in historic downtown, three are in the Dutch Hill area and one is located in the south Machias area, Rowe said.
“People come in from Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Marysville, Mount Vernon – it’s a regional garden tour,” Rowe said. “There are gardeners from all over the area. Because we do it every year, people have built up a following.”
The tour is rain or shine, and the tickets help the club keep up many activities that benefit the community.
The tour’s fundraising efforts go toward three main things the Snohomish Garden Club facilitates: The Martha Perry Veggie Garden that helps feed local food banks, local school scholarships and grants for youth interested in horticulture or gardening, and funding the planning and maintenance for downtown Snohomish’s flower baskets.
Rowe said the tour became more structured and fundraiser-focused beginning in the early ‘90s.
There are small urban gardens, and “one large garden surrounding a stately Victorian house. All of these gardens are generally owner-maintained gardens, with no gardening staff,” he said.
The 30th annual Snohomish Garden Tour takes place on Sunday, July 27 from noon to 5 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at leading up to the event (click on “Public Events” in the website menu), but if you’ve got an itchy green thumb that Sunday, and want to join in on the day of the tour, tickets are at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., starting at 10:30 a.m. as well as plants for sale and raffle tickets.
Tickets also are available at McDaniel’s Do-It Center, Annie’s on First, Joyworks, McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery and many other local stores.
“The in-town houses are no more than two or three blocks from each other. The out of town gardens do require a drive,” Rowe said.
The wristband tickets and event programs will give the addresses of the gardens and basic directions to those gardens. 
Tour tickets are $12, while children 13 and under can take the tour free of charge and do not need a wristband ticket.

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