2024 Garden Tour


June 22-23

“Iconic blooms, artwork and inspiration, celebrating Yakima Valley’s finest gardens.”

You have TWO DAYS to PEEK OVER THE FENCE at five beautiful, local gardens  during the Yakima Area Arboretum’s annual Garden Tour.

So grab your hat and walking shoes and get ready to have some fun!


Saturday, June 22  |  10AM – 4PM

  •    Wine-Down Event 4PM – 5:30PM (Details at the below)

Sunday, June 23  |  12PM – 4PM

Tour Tickets:

Adult tickets – $30

Students or children aged 12-17 – $15

Children under 12 – Free

Tour is self-guided. Tickets include garden descriptions, addresses, and a map.  

Tickets can be purchased by cash, check or credit card at the Arboretum, on our website, or for cash or check only at each garden on tour day. Tickets purchased on our website may be picked up at the Garden Will Call or at the Arboretum.

Featured Gardens:

Canyon Blooms

Kara Lolley, Founder
7714 Cowiche Canyon Rd
Yakima, WA 98908

Canyon Blooms Petals for Patients utilizes every inch of their small flower farm efficiently, starting seeds indoors and planting successively for continuous blooms. Perennial beds provide filler and focal blooms, while goats and pigs aid composting by consuming leftovers and fertilizing beds. Volunteers maintain 4-foot-wide annual beds using pulse drip irrigation, which waters frequently for short periods to reduce runoff and increase efficiency. This method supports the production of 90 to 120 bouquets daily during peak season!

Tony’s Dream

Rosemary Saul
6203 Occidental Rd
Yakima, WA 98903

Rosemary and Tony transformed their barren, clay-filled lot into a lush garden retreat. Their garden features a green lawn framed by perennials, delicate blooms along the sidewalk, fruiting filberts and berries, and a prized “Rising Sun” redbud tree. Colorful flower containers add whimsy, while blueberries line the fence. Even after his passing in 2023, Tony’s dream of their garden being part of the Arboretum’s Garden Tour was fulfilled, a testament to his enduring passion for gardening.

Berry Bliss

Pete Helm & daughter Cheree Hutchinson
4151 Fruitvale Blvd
Yakima, WA 98908

Welcome to the enchanting Naches River Gardens! Originally a thriving orchard of golden and red delicious apples, with Italian plums, apricots, cherries, and peaches scattered throughout its 10 acres, traces of this rich past still linger in the old orchard rows. This property features an extensive vegetable garden, a shimmering pond, and enchanting garden rooms structured around the old orchard rows. Experience the allure of this historic landscape, where echoes of its rich heritage resonate at every turn.

Retirement Sanctuary

Michelle Harding
618 N 50th Ave
Yakima, WA 98908

With aging in mind, Michelle set out to create low-maintenance gardens carefully crafted into two distinct styles of landscape design. In collaboration with the Benton Conservation District’s Heritage Garden Program, Michelle’s front yard has been transformed into a waterwise landscape full of magical textures and wildlife. In the back she has drawn on her Master Gardener training to create an evergreen conifer oasis.

The Hostas Hive

Sarah and Timm Wauzynski
5302 Richey Rd
Yakima, WA 98908

Discover the Wauzynski’s garden oasis, cultivated over 15 years by Sarah and Tim. Their chemical-free haven ensures safety for their beloved Cardigan Welsh Corgis. Vibrant perennials and annuals paint a kaleidoscope of colors, with hexagonal beds echoing nature’s harmony. Lush hostas line the fence, adding elegance. Seating areas beckon relaxation, while a raised vegetable garden and composting setup showcase sustainability. Embrace tranquility and creativity in this serene sanctuary of greenery and beauty.

WINE DOWN with us! 

On Saturday, June 22 treat yourself to the afterhours “WINE-DOWN” event surrounded by the beauty of the Naches River Garden from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Listen to the dulcet tones of the Flute Troupe while enjoying wine, nibbling on light snacks, and recapping your day of touring with other garden enthusiasts. 

Tickets to the Wine-Down are $20 and can only be purchased through the Arboretum and our online Tree House Gift Shop.