Spending time outdoors is a given when summer finally rolls around, but the plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest this time of year beg to be appreciated, so you might as well spend that time in a garden. We recently discovered that there are many, many garden events happening this summer, so we've rounded them all up below—including tours in West Seattle and Lake Forest Park, outdoor art shows like Sorticulture, and a party at the Seattle Japanese Garden. For more things to do in the fresh air, check out our complete outside events calendar.

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Girls Night Out at Windmill Gardens
The gardens and Windmill Village shops will stay open late so you and your best gals can enjoy live entertainment, tasty bites, door prizes, and more.
Windmill Gardens

JUNE 8–9

Open Garden Days
The nursery will be open to the public on these days so you can peruse the grounds for ferns, perennials, shrubs, and more to plant in your own garden, and take a look at the seasonal flora and fauna blooming in the fields.
(Sundquist Nursery, Poulsbo)

JUNE 8-10

Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival
Stroll through display gardens filled with art installations and hear live music performances from a number of local folk artists (including the Side Project, Robbie Egelstad, and the W Lovers).
American Legion Memorial Park


URB Garden Tour & Neighbor Meet and Greet
Follow a map to different Rainier Beach gardens before winding up at a reception for food, drinks, live music, and neighborhood mingling.
Rainier Beach


Garden Walk in Port Angeles
Get the lowdown on Clallam County vegetable gardens and other food crop topics from Washington State University gardening experts.
Fifth Street Community Garden


Garden Party: Festival in the Evening Sun
Enjoy all the usual perks of the tranquil local garden—the bright orange koi fish, the ample greenery, etc.—while enjoying local wine, a curated selection of sake, Japanese beer, and a dinner menu inspired by traditional Japanese summer festivals.
Seattle Japanese Garden


Port Townsend Secret Garden Tour
Tour seven hidden Port Townsend gardens with the Master Gardener Foundation of Jefferson County.
Port Townsend

The Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park
Explore six Lake Forest Park gardens you may have otherwise passed right by, and shop for native plants at a garden market.
Town Center at Lake Forest Park

Whidbey Island Garden Tour
You're bound to get an eyeful of greenery anywhere on Whidbey Island, but these five gardens promise especially lush flowers and shrubs. Check them out in any order on this self-guided tour.
Whidbey Island


For the Love of Plants
Nothing like flowers in spring to make creativity bloom after a dull winter. Buy prints and original works by Seattle artists that celebrate nature, flora, and the season. Your dollars will support both the art community and environmental education. Enjoy music and drinks in the Park's palace of plants.
Volunteer Park Conservatory


Mill Creek Garden Tour and Artisan Market
Tour gardens in Cypress, Evergreen, Fairway, Juniper, River Crossing, and Scarborough, all of which will host an artisan market.
Mill Creek Town Center

JUNE 23-24

Camano Island Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour
Visit a variety of Camano Island gardens to learn about native plants, wildlife, composting, and environmental challenges (and to take in beautiful plants).
Camano Island

Gig Harbor Garden Tour
Eighteen vendors will showcase their wares throughout seven Gig Harbor gardens at this annual tour. Proceeds benefit literacy programs for young students.
Gig Harbor

JUNE 23-OCT 27

Albers Vista Garden Tours
Take seasonal tours of the Bremerton gardens to see June lavender, September conifers, and October foliage.
Albers Vista Gardens


Skagit Symphony Garden Tour
Support Skagit Symphony's musical education programs and concerts by strolling through six gardens on Mount Vernon's east hill.
Mount Vernon

West Seattle Garden Tour
Along with its generous views of the Sound and its fancy houses, West Seattle is also home to notably pretty gardens. Take tours of its lush spaces in support of the neighborhood's arts and horticulture programs.
West Seattle


Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Party
Get gussied up for Kruckeberg Botanic Garden's annual fundraiser, where you can bid on rare plants, garden art, and unique experiences in silent and live auctions.
Edmonds Yacht Club


Point Defiance Garden Tour
If you find yourself in the South Sound, join the zoo's horticulturist to tour the land and learn how the plants interact with the animals.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium


Lush Sounds
Enjoy beer and wine, a live DJ, and luscious plant life at this after-hours fundraiser.
Volunteer Park Conservatory


Georgetown Garden Walk/Cross Pollinate
Artists paint in local gardens and create multimedia installations at this yearly festival of greenery and paint.


Mount Baker Garden Tour
Walk, bike, or frolic through ten Mount Baker estates, outdoor living spaces, and vegetable gardens hidden in plain sight on a self-guided tour.
Mount Baker Community Club

JULY 22-24

VCA Garden Tour
For the 28th year in a row, you can roam across Vashon Island through five beautiful gardens, see a "garden-inspired visual arts exhibition in the Koch Gallery," and shop in an Art Bazaar. On June 22, enjoy food and wine at a garden party.
Vashon Island


Art in the Garden
Purchase art from booths in the charming p-patch while enjoying live music and bidding on pies, wine, and more.
Ballard P-Patch

AUGUST 25-26

Arts in the Garden
Check out garden sculptures and installations (most of which will be available for purchase) from more than 30 artists. While you walk around, enjoy live music, food, and libations.
Bellevue Botanical Garden