It’s a themed event and it’s all about Trilliums! Trilliums are beautiful wildflowers that often bring back fond childhood memories of walking through the woods in early spring.
This fun event takes place at Cottage Lake Gardens, a 3-acre private botanical garden on the east shore of Cottage Lake in Woodinville, Washington. Cottage Lake Gardens is one of the very few gardens in the world where one can see all 50+ of the world's known trillium species.
Trilliums are “spring ephemerals” meaning their beauty, while exquisite, is fleeting since they bloom during a narrow window of time before going dormant by summer. While their blooming season can vary from year to year, generally they bloom during the months of April and May.
Each year Cottage Lake Gardens schedules a limited number of tours for the public to witness this rare event and the tours are usually booked a year in advance.
The spring event begins with an indoor tea enjoying light refreshments served on vintage trillium china. Guests then enjoy an indoor PowerPoint talk on trilliums describing their fascinating evolution, how to grow them in your own garden and ending with a beautiful slideshow of the most popular trillium species. By the end of the talk everyone is so excited about trilliums, they can’t wait to go outside and tour the "Trillium Trail." At the conclusion of the tour, trilliums and other companion plants will be available for purchase while supplies last.
This year will be our 10th year of hosting our annual Trillium Tea, Talk and Tours (although we had to postpone the last 2 seasons due to the pandemic.) To date we have held over 150 teas! Between the Trillium talks and the Trillium teas we have reached out to almost 5,000 people spreading the love of Trilliums!
Our tours are normally scheduled in April on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 1:00 pm; occasionally we will set up an additional tea if needed.
Each tea, talk & tour is limited to a maximum of 20 guests per tea. Tickets can be purchased on an individual basis or clubs can book an entire tea, based on availability. 2022 Trillium Tea, Talk & Tours- Now fully booked: Unfortunately the last two spring tours had to be postpone due to the pandemic, but we are hopeful that they will resume in the spring of 2022. 2023 Trillium Tea, Talk & Tours – Email Susie at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the waiting list.