Despite threatening skies in the morning, more than 300 people turned out to visit 7 properties on the 4th Annual Camano Island Habitat Garden Tour. They were rewarded with afternoon sunshine that gave a special glow to the beautiful and varied gardens on display -- all providing food, water, shelter and places to raise young for wildlife and employing sustainable landscaping practices. This free, educational annual tour is hosted by the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project (CWH) and sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks (FOCIP) to further spread the concept of "an island in harmony with nature".
A huge thank you goes to the homeowners who offered their gardens: Basil Badley and Senator Mary Margaret Haugen; Camano Island Fire District #1-Vista/Madrona Station; Mike Iverson and Hal Rappaport; Scott Lankford of Designs NW - Utsalady Townhomes; Stuart and Kitty Smith; Sole and Dick Switzer; and Linda and Will Webb.
Thanks to the FOCIP and Camano Wildlife Habitat garden docents and parking monitors: Carol Austin, Jean Bach, Terry Brass, Shawn and Bob Brown, Lalee Burrill, Jerry Canady, Pam Fredericksen, Carol Gillespie, Marge Froiland, Erika Lochow, Teri McLachlan, Renee Miles, Jerry Nielsen, Gail and Rand Nilsson, Bev Reaume, Barbara Riffle, Roxie Rochat, Lane Roswell, Gary Skorheim, and Terry Skorheim. Extra thanks to Habitat Steward Roxie Rochat for creating the wonderful interpretative signs that highlighted habitat principles in each garden.
Much appreciation is also extended to Scott Lankford, Landscape Architect-DesignsNW, and to Zsofia Pasztor, CPH and Landscape Designer-Innovative LandscapeTechnologies and her staff, for being on site to give additional information about the gardens they designed. Thanks also to Mark and Lisa Orchard-Orchard's Nursery for providing native plants for educational purposes and to bring a bit of the outdoors into the Camano Multipurpose Center map distribution location.
Many thanks to the Stanwood-Camano News and Everett Herald for feature articles about the tour; to The Crab Cracker, Seattle Times, Skagit Valley Herald, KVOS and Elizabeth C. Miller Garden for event announcements; and to area nurseries and retailers for displaying posters.
Finally, and most importantly, thank you to everyone who helps make Camano Island a community in harmony with nature all year long!
Hope to see you on next year's tour!
Garden Tour Coordinator
FOCIP Habitat Project
PO Box 1385
Stanwood, WA 98292