Planning Your Visit - Frequently Asked Questions
When is the next tour?
The 2019 Tour will be held on Saturday, June 15.
Where is the garden tour and how do I get there?
The tour is on south Whidbey Island. Tickets provide a map with the garden locations and directions.
How long does the tour take to complete?
That depends on you. There are five gardens on the tour, and you can view them at your own pace and in the order you like. The gardens are open from 10 am to 4 pm.
Do you show the same gardens every year?
There are different gardens on the tour every year. Some may be repeated after several years since gardens mature and change over time.
How do I get my tickets?
Tickets may be purchased at the following locations:
Bayview Farm and Garden
Venture Out Nursery
Flowers by the Bay
Lavendar Wind Nursery
Rain Shadow Nursery
Please see the Buy Tickets page for purchasing information.
The first mailing of tickets will be in mid-May. Thereafter, tickets will be mailed weekly until June 5th. Day of the tour tickets will be available at all the gardens. The ticket includes garden descriptions, driving directions, and a map of the tour. Tickets are nonrefundable (the tour will occur rain or shine). The ticket is your receipt.
Tickets are available for children aged 2 to 12 years old for $10 each.
If the tour is not sold out, on the day of the garden tour tickets cost $25 for an adult and $15 for children. They can be purchased on the day of the tour at Bayview Farm and Garden. Yellow signs will direct you from SR 525 to the gardens.
Tickets are nonrefundable. However, they may be transferred to someone else.
Can I eat in the gardens?
Picnics are not allowed in the private gardens. This year the Master Gardener Garden at the Greenbank Farm will have picnic tables set up for you to have your lunch. We encourage you to contact either Whidbey Pies at the Farm or the Greenbank Deli to pre-order a delightful lunch or bring your own picnic.
Food and Lodging:
Can you recommend a place to eat? Or places to stay?
To find out more about restaurants, lodging, public gardens, farmers’ markets, and our delightful locally owned retail plant nurseries on South and Central Whidbey Island, please visit our 'Buy Tickets page'; or contact:
How do I get to Whidbey Island?
From the south, take I-5 to Hwy 525 and head west to Mukilteo. Follow Hwy 525 all the way to the water and take the Washington State Ferry that goes to Whidbey Island. From the north take I-5 to Hwy 20 (Burlington) and head west. Follow Hwy 20 across Deception Pass Bridge and continue south on Whidbey Island.
Are the gardens accessible for wheelchairs or baby strollers?
Some of the gardens may have sections that are wheelchair accessible, but for the most part they contain steps, paths of varying materials, and hills. Strollers aren’t allowed on the tour.
Where do I park?
Parking attendants at each garden will direct you . The gardens have limited parking, so carpooling is appreciated. At some gardens, you’ll need to park a distance from the entrance, but some close-in parking is available for those with physical disabilities.
What if it rains on the day of the garden tour?
The tour takes place regardless of weather. Please come prepared with good walking shoes and rain gear.
Are public restrooms available on the tour?
There are toilets at the Greenbank Farm, the location of other public restrooms will be shown on the map in your ticket. Private gardens do not have accommodations.
Is photography allowed?
Yes. Photography is allowed, but please be considerate of other garden visitors.
May I take plant cuttings from these gardens?
No. Taking cuttings, flowers, or seedpods from these private gardens is not allowed.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not allowed on the garden tour.
Can my garden be considered for next year’s tour?
Absolutely! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
How do I recommend a friend or neighbor’s garden to be on the tour?
Please email us at email@example.com if you have a garden to suggest.
Can I volunteer to help with the tour and do I need to be an experienced gardener to do so?
Yes, we depend on volunteers and you do not need to be an experienced gardener to do so. Contact us at any time. For more info please see Get Involved.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org