The Puyallup Fall Color Gardens Tour, showcasing two private gardens in the South Hill area, is scheduled for Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a benefit for Chase Garden, a non-profit preserve in Graham.
The tour’s $15 admission fee includes apple cider and treats. Fall and winter blooming hardy cyclamen will be for sale.
The tour stops will be the Julie and Ernie Graham garden (13715 Military Road E.) and the Sue Mulcahey garden (12413 136th St. E.). More information is available at www.chasegarden and 206-242-4040.
Chase Garden is under the wings of the Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit organization that helps owners or other non-profit operators of gardens preserve and make them open to the public as cultural heritage and environmental stewardship.
The wooded four acres that Chase Garden occupies overlooks the Orting/Puyallup River Valley and was once the home of Emmott and Ione Chase, who crafted an oasis of native trees and shrubs, groundcover, wildflowers, pathways and Japanese-style ponds and bridges.
A local board of directors oversees the garden’s operations, and volunteers help maintain the grounds and greet visitors. Guided tours are offered at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month from April through October, which means the final opportunity for tours this year is this Saturday. Admission costs $5 per person. More information is available at chasegarden.org.