Open Gardens

Touring private gardens and sharing ideas with fellow gardeners is one of the favorite pastimes of NPA members, and a popular benefit of membership in the NPA.

In 2011, NPA will once again hold its Spring Garden Fling, a festival of Open Gardens that are glorious in the early spring. Members can visit spring gardens for three weekends in April. Learn more.

The 2011 Open Gardens Directory, available exclusively to NPA members, will be mailed to all members in late April. It contains a listing of private gardens, with many open for the first time this year.

A number of the gardens have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, The Seattle Times, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles and Sunset. A few gardens have also been winners in the prestigious Pacific Northwest Gardens Competition.

The self-guided tours, all free, come complete with driving directions and descriptions, and some have photographs. The directory also offers one public garden and 18 nurseries, most with display gardens.

Be sure to look for your 2011 NPA membership card, which is inside the front cover of the directory.

In 2008, NPA began its nursery discount program, which offers NPA members a discount any time they shop at a participating nursery and show their NPA membership card. You will find the list in the back of your Open Gardens directory. You can also find our Nursery Discount list on our website.

Questions? Contact us.

Open your garden next year–share the fun!

Interested in opening your garden next year? Download a registration form. Here's what Open Garden hosts say about the experience:

"Although we thoroughly love our garden, this experience of sharing it with others has allowed us to see it through new eyes. Stepping back to appreciate the over-all effect instead of looking for the work still to be done was refreshing and has served to deepen our joy in its creation. Thanks to NPA for giving us this opportunity." -- Connie Smith and Della Boelke

"The garden tour visitors were wonderful–great fun & perfect weather!” -- Jennifer Carlson

“We had 45 wonderful, knowledgeable visitors. It was a gorgeous day. We so enjoyed opening our garden today.” -- Jean Zook

To see a few of the gardens and specialty nurseries that have been open to NPA members in recent years, click here.

Photos  © Roger McDonald and Gordon Padwick.