Watch HERE: Larry Vogel’s interview with Roger and Candice Belair from the 2014 Edmonds in Bloom garden tour.
Edmonds in Bloom’s 19th annual event was its most successful, with more than 600 tickets sold for Sunday’s self-guided tour that showcased the plantings and landscape design in seven local homes. All money raised will support horticultural scholarships, the street-corner gardens and hanging baskets in in downtown Edmonds, and renovation of the planting beds at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
Roger and Candice Belair on the veranda of their Mediterranean- style home overlooking Puget Sound, stop #4 on the tour. The Belairs transformed this home from a typical northwest mid-century house to a Tuscan-inspired villa complete with wrought iron overhangs supporting a mixture of Clematis and grape vines, archways and paved brick paths meandering through tasteful plantings. (Photos by Larry Vogel)
Roger and Candice Belair show how even a small corner space can be transformed into a visual treat, in this case with a wrought iron archway and a spot of color in an urn.
Sam Christensen proudly stands in a corner of her garden, stop No. 5 on this year’s self-guided tour. “My husband Paul and I bought this place in 2005,” she said. “Gardening is my passion, and we’re so happy to have transformed it into a garden retreat.”
Heather McGilvery uses natural dyes collected from plants in her garden to color original scarves and other woven items. She dyes and weaves the cloth on site, and can’t make items fast enough to keep up with demand. In addition to the Edmonds in Bloom tour, Heather’s studio is a regular stop on the Edmonds Art Studio tour each fall.
All stops on the tour featured live music. Here Michael Martinez plays some catchy Brazilian jazz at the home of Sam Christensen and Paul Kandel.
At Quails’ Run, the home and garden of Gail and Phil Lovell, the plants are all labeled for quick identification by tour participants.