Summer 2020 Activities

This years unusual circumstances (with Covid-19), Gov Inslee's Stay At Home proclamation, and CDC's Safe Distancing recommendations, has created new challenges for our members,  volunteers and board members.  At this time, our Summer Events have not been scheduled..

As local possibilities evolve, we will keep you posted.  Meanwhile, be happy in your garden and Be Safe.

Summer Open Gardens

From May to September many members invite the Club to visit their gardens.  In addition to showcasing members' lovely gardens these visits offer an opportunity to seek advice, ask questions and find new ways to improve what gardeners are doing.  Recommendations can highlight plant choices and also environmentally friendly ideas for overall landscape, watering, and soil improvement.  In addition to enjoying and learning about gardens, members value the relaxed environment for sharing knowledge and friendship.  The committee encourages participation and coordinates a calendar of visits. 

We all are missing our Summer Garden Tours so much during this Covid-19 summer moment.  We are missing our garden buddies, sharing tips, and admiring the fruits of our labor.   Many of us are spending more time and labor in our gardens during this Covid-19 time. I hope you all have a miracle in the garden or at least many favorites in the garden to share. 

Thank you Jackie O'Malley for suggesting a summer virtual photo share of our club member gardens.

If you would like to take us on a photo tour of your 2020 Summer Garden, drop a note into our club email:   Subject: VMICG 2020 Photo Garden

Please include your phone number for a call back for instructions.

Click on this link to enjoy the member gardens virtual:  

May 20, 2020

Healing Gardens - An invite from Jane and Trudy

 The Camus, native Rhododendron, Allium, false Solomon Seal, Star Solomon Seal, false Lily   of the Valley, Vanilla Leaf, Meadowrue, Fairybells, Bleeding Heart, Columbine and lots more   are in full flower. See attachment to start the visit

 The Gardens will be open Wednesday, May 20  with scheduled times (at 9, 11, 1, 3) for no more   than 4 people. I will say hi but not lead you on the tour. You will have a map and a list of flowers to   look for featuring a  new Meadow in a packet left on the porch by the red door. 


 Please send your request to Trudy Rosemarin <> .  Two options would be   good in case your first choice is taken.  Please plan to stay no more than 1 hour. You can drive in as   there won’t be many cars. Directions attached.

 I hope this gives you an opportunity for a safe outing.

Virtual 2020 Garden Tour

June 17, 2020

Cindy Stockett Open Garden

Cindy Stockett is opening her incredible garden to the club on June 17th from noon until 4:00. For those who have not seen her garden it is very large making social  distancing easy.  She asks for members to park outside the gate. No children or pets and please use the bathroom before coming.-- -- -- 

July 4, 2020

Lavender Wreath Making

Eddy Radar has a huge lavender garden and she has offered the lavender for a wreath making workshop. This would be a fun opportunity to see one another at a safe distance outside. I would like feedback from those of you who would be interested and we will set this workshop  up.

I hope to hear from you soon

There will be 2 workshops. One at 11:00 and one at 2:00. I'm limiting the size to 12 people. Sign up for the time you want. Please bring a chair, pruning shears, gloves, water bottle and wear your masks.

I look forward to seeing you.

Flower Arranging Workshop

July 23 and July 30

Welcome to summer garden club,

Please join Trudy Rosemarin as she teaches us how to make beautiful floral arrangements using flowers from our own summer garden. This workshop will be offered on 2 different dates with a maximum of 10 people per class. Here are the specifics:

Dates:          Thursday, July 23
                     Thursday, July 30

Time:            3:00-4:00pm
Place:           Trudy’s home(outside)
Bring:           Clippers, Vase, and a mask


  •  Assortment of cut flowers 1 - 1.5 feet tall

  •  Line flowers: lineria,snapdragons, clarkia, etc.

  •  Focal flowers: roses, dahlias, zinnias, etc.

  •  Filler flowers: cosmos, daisies, scabiosa, etc.

  • Greenery or leaves: grasses, seed heads, etc.

Sheet Mulch Demonstration With Diane Emerson

Low Maintenance Gardening Without  Chemicals: Sheet Mulching

One key way you can make your gardening life easier is to practice sheet mulching for weedy areas, shrub borders, and new garden beds. Imagine walking around your well-mulched garden, with no weeds or grass poking their heads up and demanding attention. All is peace, while the mulch and cardboard do the work. You need never double dig again, and you can free up shed space by giving your rototiller to the Tool Lending Library.


1:30 am to 12 noon on the following days:


Wednesday, August 12

Wednesday, August 19

Saturday, August 22

Wednesday, August 26

Saturday, August 29


Address: Tree of Life building, 17331 Vashon Hwy SW

My contact phone: Cell: 206-234-4813, if people want to check and see if there is still space for another attendee. Limit of 3 people at first, to see how it goes. I might increase it to 4 if demand is there.

I will have the detailed handout printed for attendees.  

Social distancing and masks required, of course.


Please let me know if you have any questions, or suggestions for changing how this will work. I am really looking forward to it!