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Five island gardens included in program

The garden of Wendy Burroughs is one of five gardens on this Sunday’s benefit tour for the Garden Conservancy.  - Photo courtesy of the Garden Conservancy
The garden of Wendy Burroughs is one of five gardens on this Sunday’s benefit tour for the Garden Conservancy.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the Garden Conservancy

Five private gardens on Bainbridge Island will open to the public for a benefit for the Garden Conservancy this Sunday.

The special event is part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30.

Admission to each garden is $5, and the event will be held rain or shine. No reservations are required.

Visitors to the garden of Wendy Burroughs (7686 Springridge Road NE) will find a self-taught gardener’s property embellished with perennials and annuals, a vegetable garden, fruit trees, container plantings, and a water feature.

The Holzman Garden (8404 NE Lightmoor Court) is a well-edited, modest-sized space with ornamental borders, raised vegetable beds and cozy sitting areas.

At Leslie Marshall & Herb Hethcote’s Garden (1866 Commodore Lane NW), visitors can admire more than 600 varieties of ornamentals, herbs, vegetables and fruits, including natives and exotics, shade-loving species, and drought-tolerant succulents.

The Skyler Garden (9734 Manitou Place) features pathways through garden rooms under tall fir trees with many woodland shrubs, hostas and more than 90 varieties of ferns.

Also included is the Mahnken Garden (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), an unusual mix of temperate and subtropical plants within 28 landscape beds and wood-chipped forest trails; directions to this garden will be provided at each additional location.

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