2016 Garden Tour

9th Annual Camano Island Habitat Garden Tour

June 25, 2016

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Ninth Annual Camano Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour!

We accounted for 303 for-sure bodies, but know there were more in the cars, at home waiting, 
or already at the south end of the island who skipped the blue building. Some people even
stopped by the blue building afterwards to say how delighted they were! We had a busy day
handing out maps and wildlife gardening information, including certifying two new yards
so that we are up to 843 habitats on the island. A huge thanks to the gardeners, whose willingness to participate made it possible to
show how to share our space with the wildlife. We are very grateful you opened your
yards to so many people to extend our message of sharing our space with the critters. A special event like our Camano garden tour takes a lot of work and a lot of people
to make the event work. So many, many thanks for all that you contributed to our
Backyard Wildlife Show & Tell Day. Docents and parkers at the gardens made it
possible to go beyond a pleasant stroll through the garden to an educational
opportunity that made all our hard work pay off for the critters!
Thanks also to all who distributed the 100 posters and 900 bookmark fliers,
listed us on calendars, pitched story ideas, and created signage.
We had two feature stories in the Stanwood News and another one in the Everett Herald! A special thanks to Carole and Sandy Ferraud for hosting our volunteer garden party.
It was very nice to sit down and relax in a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
More thanks to Shawn for organizing the party and to all who brought treats for the event. PLUS — MANY MORE THANKS to SHAWN… 15 RAHs for Shawn who jumped in to coordinate our annual garden tour and maintain
our fabulous SHOW and TELL event that truly shows how we can
Create an Island in Harmony with Nature — One Yard at a Time!!! RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH!!! RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH!!! RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH!!! YAY, Shawn!!!!!!!! ADD another 15 RAHS for Roxie, who is our photoshop and map maker pro, which
enabled people to arrive at all the gardens and learn lots! And since we’re RAHing, add another 15 RAHS for Barb, who coordinated the
docents and parkers, as well as helped Shawn with the gardens and signs! AND MANY MORE RAHs for all of you involved who spread the word and made the
garden tour possible! because we all know to — “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead's words of wisdom. Thank you all for caring and sharing your time and space for the critters!!! Val

"Nilsson's bluff garden flourishes in time for Backyard Habitat Tour" features Gail and Rand Nilsson's garden habitat in the June 20, 2016 Stanwood/Camano NEWS.