Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great New Website and Garden Tots program

I am excited to inform you about a new website with a tremendous variety of helpful garden information, including a design guide that I have helped to write!

IPMopedia is a new website created and hosted by the Washington Toxics Coalition ( , a local non-profit that is dedicated to providing free, scientific research to the public about how to avoid being exposed to toxic products in our homes, workplaces, and environment. You have likely seen their Pesticide-Free Zone signs are seen in gardens all across the Puget Sound, including my own. Their exposure of toxic paint used in children's toys gained national attention recently and helped advance toy safety laws across the country. Their factsheets on safe alternatives to treated wood, weed and moss killer, and pesticides are a very valuable resource to landscapers and other horticulture professionals like myself.

IPMopedia is a wonderful new undertaking, intended to inform and educate home gardeners and professionals in the Pacific Northwest on all aspects of Integrated Pest management (IPM). The website contains pest and disease identification guides, making good plant choices, and upcoming classes and events. It also contains a Design Guide section with the pages I wrote on Sustainable Garden Design, Wildlife-Friendly Gardening, and Rain Gardens.

Check out this great new resource at!

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, and contains some of the most rare and special plant collections anywhere in the Northwest. Now there is another good reason to visit; their new Garden Tots program! Every Friday, you are invited to bring children ages 2-5 to the garden for fun and educational programs, with a different theme each week. As a member of the Kruckeberg Education Committee, I helped created some of the materials used during Garden Tots, and who knows, you may find me there when you visit! Check out for more information on what's planned for each week.