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WHEN IS THE TOUR?
The tour takes place on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Five of the gardens open at 9:30 AM and close at 4:30 PM. The Hume Educational Garden, an experiential garden owned by renowned TV and Radio host Ed Hume will not open until 10 AM and closes at 4 PM. The ticket booth at this garden will open at 9 AM.
WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE?
Tickets will be available online at Brown Paper Tickets on the Purchase Tickets Link on the home page starting May 1st. They will be available at local retail outlets starting May 22 (See Where Can I Buy Tickets?)
WHERE CAN I BUY TOUR TICKETS?
You may buy Brown Paper Tickets for $20 at the link above, or at our retail outlets; Watson’s Nursery and Windmill Gardens starting May 22nd. Windmill Gardens accepts Cash Only. Day-of-Tour tickets will be available for $25 at Ed Hume Garden as well as the North Hill Gardens.
I BOUGHT TICKETS ONLINE. WHERE IS WILL-CALL?
If you live outside of the Puyallup area it will be convenient to purchase your ticket online for $20 plus a small transaction fee of $1.99. Click on the Brown Paper Tickets logo to be redirected to the Brown Paper Tickets website. BPT will email you a Print-At-Home voucher. To start the tour you must redeem your voucher for a tour booklet at either the north location in Milton on 28th Ave Ct. just west of Meridian Ave off Milton Way (the site of 2 of the gardens) or the South location at the Hume Educational Garden (also on the tour) at 11504 58th Ave E., Puyallup. This street is one block east of Canyon Rd. off 112th St. E., turn south and follow the road to the end. These ticket booths are open from 9 AM – 1 PM. If you live in the Puyallup area, the ticket booklets are on sale starting May 22 at two local nurseries; Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup and Windmill Gardens in Sumner. Windmill Gardens accepts cash only.
HOW DOES THE TOUR WORK?
The Tour Booklet/Ticket you purchase is a guidebook that will contain the addresses and directions to each private garden site available to tour. At each garden, present your tour booklet/ticket at the check-in table to gain access. Every tour-goer needs a ticket including children.
WHERE DO I START THE TOUR?
You may start the tour at any garden and visit gardens in any order you wish. If you have a Brown Paper Ticket confirmation you must exchange it for a ticket booklet at either the North or South ticket booth before you can start the tour.
IS THE TOUR HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE?
Unfortunately, the gardens are not accessible, and wheelchairs, walkers and strollers are not recommended. Some of the gardens are on hillsides and will require sufficient strength and balance to use uneven walkways and steps
CAN I WALK THE TOUR?
No, The tour route is too long for walking.
DO YOU HAVE A SHUTTLE?
No, we don’t provide transportation, however, the Puyallup Activity Center is offering an opportunity to participate in the garden tour that includes transportation. Call the Activity Center at 253-841-5555 for more information.
HOW LONG DOES THE TOUR TAKE?
That depends on how long you linger in each garden. We would recommend allowing at least 3-4 hours for touring (not counting stops). If you want to go at a leisurely pace, why not devote the entire day to it.
MAY I BRING MY DOG?
Please leave your dog at home.
MAY I BRING MY CHILD?
This tour is not appropriate for small children.
- The Hume Educational Garden will open at 10 AM and close at 4 PM. The other unique feature of this garden is that everyone must tour this garden with a guide. To facilitate organization, FREE timed-tickets are available at both the North and South ticket booths from 9 AM – 1 PM. The tours begin on the hour starting at 10 AM. The last tour will start at 3 PM. Be prepared for a special treat!
- The tour is spread out this year. We suggest you plan on starting either in Milton or at the Hume Garden. The ticket booths where you can pick up your free Hume timed-tour tickets and trade BPT vouchers are in both places.
- There are two gardens south of the Hume Educational Garden, one garden in the downtown Puyallup area and 2 gardens in Milton.
- Weather can be very unpredictable in June. We suggest bringing an umbrella—good for both rain or sun!
- Bathrooms are not available at the gardens. There is a Starbucks and a Safeway at N Meridian and Milton Way, a Fred Meyer at N Meridian and River Rd. and a Safeway and a Starbucks on Canyon Rd near 112th St E. All these locations have restrooms available for use by the public.
- Coffee and food will be available at the Hume Educational Garden.
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