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The West Seattle Garden Tour let the public into the backyards of the city's best green thumbs.

West Seattle Garden Tour

If you were in West Seattle this past weekend you might have noticed a gaggle of people wandering around with brightly colored brochures in their hands and cameras hanging from around their necks. That was because the West Seattle Garden Tour was celebrating its 20th anniversary and everyone was taking advantage of the break in the heat to tour some amazing home gardens.

Nine residential gardens were featured on the tour that spanned from Belvedere Park to the Barton Street P-Patch. The gardens included everything from raised beds to granite stepping stones to original plantings dating back to 1949.

The tour also included a lunch lecture by Susie Egan, a landscape designer and owner of Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville, on the topic of cultivating plants that thrive in the shade.

The West Seattle Garden Tour is an annual fund raising event where the net proceeds benefit local community gardens and other non-profit organizations that promote horticulture, education or artistic endeavors.

This year the beneficiaries included ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, Barton Street Community Garden, Highline Botanical Garden Foundation, Plant Amnesty Urban Forestry Symposium, Seattle Children's Play Garden, West Seattle Bee Garden, West Seattle High School PTSA "Steps at Stevens," and the West Seattle Tool Library.