Mary Preus, author and owner of Silver Bay Herb Farm in Silverdale, will make two presentations on using herbs in landscaping at the third Lakewood Tour of Gardens.
A Washington native, Mary spent her first 18 years in Silverdale, graduated from the University of Washington and traveled the world, returning to Silverdale 20 years ago to establish Silver Bay Herb Farm and raise her children. She is a senior gardener for the Seattle Parks Department as well as author and herb farmer.
Preus is the author of The Northwest Herb Lovers Handbook, Growing Herbs, A Little Book of Herbs for Cooking and The Leek Cookbook. She has made presentations at Northwest Flower and Garden Show, the International Herb Association, the Junior League of Olympia Gift and Garden Event, Olympic College, the University of Washington Experimental College, and many garden clubs, herb groups, and other organizations.
Her presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 22 will be at Lakewold Garden Estates and are included in the $15 ticket price for the Lakewood Tour of Gardens.
With something to inspire every gardener, the Lakewood Tour of Gardens includes five private gardens with elegant Asian delights, whimsical secret gardens, inviting lakeside havens and a botanists intriguing paradise.
Tickets for the June 22 event are $15 and may be purchased in the Pierce College Foundation office at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood, or at Susan Ford & Company in Lakewood on Gravelly Lake Drive. Tickets can be ordered by mail before June 15, 2002, by calling (253) 964-6441.
Tickets will be exchanged for passports for the tour after 9:30 a.m. June 22 at Pierce College International House, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood.
All proceeds from the tour will benefit the Pierce College tutoring centers districtwide, where students are showered with extra encouragement to bloom and grow. The tour is sponsored by: the Pierce College Foundation, the City of Lakewood, Lakewold Gardens Estate, the News Tribune, KONG-TV, Pollard Group, AT&T Broadband, SouthSound.com, and Hoodsport Winery.
The poster art is a photo of a blue poppy by Cordy Wagner, grandson of the original owners of the Lakewold Estate.
Next years tour will be June 21, 2003, in conjunction with a planned Pierce County Weekend of Gardens, a cooperative effort between Pierce College and other community partners including the American Red Cross.