The Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library are sponsoring a Country Garden Tea and Art Tour on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will feature three Snowden area gardens, garden art, music and a book signing.
Tickets ($8 in advance and $10 on the day of the event) are available in White Salmon at the Collage of the Gorge and from the Friends at the White Salmon Valley Community Library. In Hood River tickets are available at Informal Flowers. Maps for the tour will be available from the Friends at the White Salmon Library on the day of the tour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The three gardens featured on the tour include: an artist's garden with a collection of unusual and eclectic plants; a "kid friendly" garden that takes supreme advantage of both topography and expansive views; and a plant collector's haven where you can enjoy wandering the many garden paths after being served tea and refreshments.
Garden art will be on display and for sale. Artists include: Marlyn Bast, metal; Angela Bridges, concrete; Dave Cutler, glass; Jean Hadley, mosaic stepping stones; Jen Hanks, stained glass stepping stones; Tom Herrera, metal; Dennis and Lori Keiffer, birdhouses; Miriam Knowles, concrete.
Featured musicians will be jazz guitarist, Charles Crossman, and Josh Benavides with Scott Head playing jazz, blues, and classical flamenco-based and Latin selections on acoustic classical guitar.
Shatoiya de la Tour, co-author (with husband Richard) of the critically acclaimed book, The Herbalist's Garden: A Guided Tour of 10 Exceptional Herb Gardens and the People Who Grow Them and the Plants That Inspire Them and The Herbalist of Yarrow: A Fairy Tale of Plant Wisdom, will be signing her books.
Shatoiya and Richard de la Tour directed the Dry Creek Herb Farm and Learning Center for 12 years. Shatoiya works her craft as an herbalist in the forested mountains above the Hood River Valley. She has lectured extensively across the country, including the Smithsonian Institute and the International Herb Symposium.
Her next book, Earth Mother Herbal, will be released November, 2002.
For further information about the Garden Tour, call the library (509) 493-1132.