Friendships forged through gardening

By Lila Johnson | May 04, 2017
Courtesy of: Mill Creek Garden Club Members of the Mill Creek Garden Club and some invited guests braved the cold for a tour of Cottage Lake Gardens and tea al fresco. Pictured (l-r) are Judy Scott, Lynne Menzies, guest Maxine Mitchell, Susie Egan owner of Cottage Lake Gardens and guest Peggy Estela.

Dressed in jeans, warm jackets, carrying umbrellas and not prepared for a formal tea party, 20 members of the Mill Creek Garden Club and several guests drove over to Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville on a chilly morning excited to tour the garden noted for growing all 50 of the world’s trillium species.

As they neared the two-acre botanical garden, the clouds parted and the sunlight streamed through the tall trees. It was almost magical.  The sun was shining on another fabulous Mill Creek Garden Club excursion. Members half expected to fairies dancing sin the garden.

Before they began the walking tour, the ladies sat down for a tea party.  Tea (or coffee) with pastries and fresh fruit were arranged on a serving table waiting to be served up on the antique Trillium-patterned china plates.  After an informative slideshow, the group ventured out into the garden with owner Susie Egan leading the way and offering helpful commentary.

With cameras in hand, everyone “oohed and ahhed” over the beautiful plants as they wandered the winding paths. Members of the group spotted a gold fairy-dusted pathway leading to a tiny door at the base of a large tree—surely evidence that fairies indeed resided here.  One of the greatest joys of MCGC excursions is the opportunity to visit with fellow members you might not have met at the monthly meetings.  New friendships are forged through the love of gardening.

A covered canopy greeted the group as the tour ended in a Gardeners’ Paradise—what else but a plant sale.   Lots of wonderful trilliums, ferns, Lewisias and happy people made their way back home to Mill Creek.

The Mill Creek Garden Club meets at Shawn O’Donnell’s in Ecerett on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May.  More information on the club is available at

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