Beautiful plants. Cool shade beside a pond. These are all part of the annual Hospice Pond and Garden Tour, happening this year on Sept. 8. The tour is self-guided, so you can visit each one in any sequence you choose. The featured gardens show a variety of style and plantings, so tour participants can see the work of other gardeners and get ideas to try on their own.

The tour this year includes 10 gardens, each with a water feature. Of these, nine are private homes and one is the garden of a winery. Some are small and quaint, while others are large and majestic. But each offers its own beauty and inspiration reflecting the tastes of the homeowners.

Each garden will have some sort of a water feature, Brad McMasters, Hospice outreach and events coordinator says. “There will be a vendor at each,” Brad says. “None of the gardens have been on the tour in the last seven years.”

The fundraiser for Hospice is a popular event. “We sell upwards of 400 tickets,” McMasters says.

In addition to the gardens, guests have the opportunity to relax along the way, enjoy live musical entertainment and watch artists at work. Todd Telander will be painting at one of the garden locations. Then, at the end of the day, the painting will be given away in the raffle. Master Gardeners will be available to provide information, and vendors will be selling garden art. Refreshments will also be available.

Karlene Ponti can be reached at or 509-526-8324.

Karlene Ponti began as Special Publications Writer in 1999, work includes Lifestyles, The Weekly and Business Monthly. After Wa-Hi, Ponti attended Whitman and is a UW graduate. Later she was ordained a Christian minister at CDM Spiritual Teaching Center.