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Milton to be featured in 16th annual Tour of Gardens

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The city of Milton will be taking part in the Federal Way Symphony’s annual “Tour of Gardens” on July 18, with Milton Community Park and two locations at Surprise Lake being on display.

“It’s just a great way to embrace what we offer to the community here in Milton. Whether it’s to walk through the park or have a picnic in the park, it’s just a great way to bring everyone together and have that focal point. We’re trying to make it beautiful for the community and to educate people,” said Milton Deputy Clerk Kath Horton, who is helping to promote the tour.

The tour is self-guided, meaning you can go from location to location and view beautiful gardens in the Federal Way and Milton areas with no structure or assistance. A map is available at the Federal Way Symphony’s website at The Milton Community Park will be on display for the tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We want people to experience Milton. Fuchsias are a beautiful part of our garden and we want to share that with the community and other communities around us,” Horton said.

Not only will you get a view of beautiful gardens but vendors will also be present throughout the day at Milton Community Park. Everything from food to fresh gardening supplies will be on sale on a hopefully warm summer day.

The Garden Tour is one of Federal Way Symphony’s primary fund raising methods. Though you don’t need to have a ticket to enter the Milton Community Park, donations to the group are appreciated.

The keynote speaker for the event is Susie Egan, owner of Cottage Lake Gardens. She will be at Twin Lakes Golf and Country from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Her subject will be shade gardening, teaching enthusiastic gardeners how to embrace the shade and grow woodland plants that thrive on being protected from the sun.

The reason the team-up exists in the first place is based on a desire to share the beauty of Milton with its surrounding communities.

“Fuchsias are beautiful, and the mayor wants to spread awareness of our little area and it stems from her wanting to make our parks for all ages and community friendly,” Horton said.

Other stops on the tour include The George and Omar Garden in Marine Hills, the Blanchard “Soggy Bottom” Garden at Mirror Lake, the Blair “Last Chance” Garden, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and the Pacific Bonsai Museum, all located in Federal Way.

Andersen’s Italian Escape and Pittman’s Gardens at Surprise Lake are also included on the tour, giving Milton appropriate spotlight for its fantastic garden sites.

For more information on the event, visit To get the complete Tour of Gardens xperience, you may purchase tickets for $20 per person, general admission.