Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring 2011 Speaking Engagements and Classes

Coming Soon to a City, Garden Fair, Nursery, or Community Center Near You!

Saturday March 12th from 10am-12noon
"Bird Nest Bounty" class

Magnuson Community Center, inside Warren G. Magnuson Park.

For children ages 6-10, and parent participation is welcome.

Learn who, where, and how native songbirds build their nests each spring, and build your own beautiful cedar birdhouse so they can nest in your backyard! $15 per child, all supplies included.

Pre-registration required- contact the Community Center at 206-523-1774 or register online at www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/magnuson.htm
7110 62nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
For more details on Magnuson Nature Programs, visit www.jrnatureexplorers.blogspot.com
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Saturday, March 19th from 9:30am-12noon

Gardening with Children: Creating Success and Sustainability

FREE workshop for adults at the Magnuson Children's Garden, sponsored by the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program.
Learn garden tips and techniques, fun and educational games and songs to do in the garden with children. Advance registration required. For more info or to RSVP, contact kenya.fredie@seattle.gov
SORRY- THIS EVENT FILLED UP IMMEDIATELY, but we hope to host another one later in the year.
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Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00-11:30am
Edible Landscapes: Vegetable Gardens and So Much More
FREE adult event at the Woodinville Water District Headquarters, Bldg. A
17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Learn multiple ways of incorporating edibles into your existing landscape, or adding new edible features to your garden. This presentation will be followed by a Master Gardener Clinic in the District's Waterwise Demonstration Garden. For more info, visit www.woodinvillewater.com

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Saturday April 9th from 9:00-10:00am

FREE Family Wetland Walk
Take a guided tour of the Magnuson Wetlands, with hands-on exploration activities for the whole family. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Each month's walk has a different plant and animal theme. This month: "Wetland Wake-up"!
All walks begin at the South Wetlands Entrance (off 65th St.)


Saturday April 9th from 10:30am-2:00pm
2nd Annual "Celebrate Urban Nature"
FREE event for all ages at the Magnuson Community Center Auditorium and Gym
7110 62nd Ave NE
Seattle WA
Family concert, hands-on "Nature Explorers Laboratory", environmental booths, and more, plus a grand finale nature parade down the the Children's Garden to re-dedicate the Gray Whale Garden and its brand new mosaic eye! For more details on Magnuson Nature Programs, visit www.jrnatureexplorers.blogspot.com


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Sunday April 10th from 1:00-2:00pm

FUN FOR FAMILIES: Bugs You Want to Hug
FREE in the Molbak's Garden and Home Store- Events Area
13625 NE 175th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Learn about butterflies, dragonflies, solider beetles, and other insects that help your garden come alive with activity, beauty and health. I'll share my tips on how to attract beneficial insects to your garden using easy-to-grow plants and organic products, and how to "bee safe" while playing outside. For more info, call 425-48305000 or visit www.molbaks.com
Also, look for my article "5 Favorites For Kids" in the Molbak's Spring Garden Guide, a huge wrap-around topper of the April 7th issue of the Seattle Times

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Tuesday April 19th-Thursday April 21st from 9:30am-12;30pm (Spring Break Week)
"Nature Explorers Adventure Camp"

Magnuson Community Center, inside Warren G. Magnuson Park.

For children ages 6-8

Enjoy a different nature adventure each day, with hands-on explorations activities, science experiments, games, and much more! Pre-registration required- contact the Community Center at 206-523-1774 or register online at www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/magnuson.htm
7110 62nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
For more details on Magnuson Nature Programs, visit www.jrnatureexplorers.blogspot.com

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Saturday April 30th from 10:00-11:00am
The Keys to Sustainability: Building Healthy Soil and Natural Yard Care
presentation at the Bothell Spring Garden Fair
UW Bothell / Cascadia Campus
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell
WA 98011
This FREE, all-day, all-ages annual event is chock full of workshops, booths, and more. For the entire schedule, visit www.springgardenfair.com

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Tuesday May 3rd from 7:00-9:00pm
Natural Pest, Weed, & Disease Control
at Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Avenue NE, Room 1E-108
Bellevue, WA 98009
Learn strategies for creating a healthy garden that is naturally resistant, steps to take if problems occur, non-toxic and least-toxic management techniques, and more. This adult presentation is part of the City of Bellevue's FREE Spring Natural Yard Care Classes, and is paired with a Waterwise Gardening presentation by Howard Stenn.
Pre-registration is required- email klafranchi@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-6932. For directions, visit www.bellevuewa.gov/parking-directions.htm

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Saturday May 7th from 1:00-2:00pm

New Kids’ Class: Mothers Day Hummingbird Container Gardens

For children ages 6 to 12 accompanied by a parent

at West Seattle Nursery

5275 California Ave SW

Seattle WA 98136

Fee: $30.00 includes materials


Just in time for Mother's Day! Kids will learn about humming birds, their purpose as pollinators and what plants they like. This is a hands-on class and kids will leave with a potted up container full of colorful hummingbird attracting plants-a great gift for Mom on Mother's Day. For more info, call the nursery at 206-935-9276

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Tuesday May 10th from 7:00-9:00pm
Edible Landscapes: Vegetable Gardens and So Much More
at Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Avenue NE, Room 1E-108
Bellevue, WA 98009
Learn multiple ways of incorporating edibles into your existing landscape, or adding new edible features to your garden. This adult presentation is part of the City of Bellevue's FREE Spring Natural Yard Care Classes.
Pre-registration is required- email klafranchi@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-6932. For directions, visit www.bellevuewa.gov/parking-directions.htm

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Saturday May 14th from 10:00-11;00am
FREE Family Wetland Walk
Take a guided tour of the Magnuson Wetlands, with hands-on exploration activities for the whole family. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Each month's walk has a different plant and animal theme. This month: "Tadpoles & Nestlings"!
All walks begin at the South Wetlands Entrance (off 65th St.)
For more info on Magnuson Nature Programs, visit www.jrnatureexplorers.blogspot.com


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Saturday June 4th, time TBD
FUN FOR FAMILIES: Winged Wonders
in the Molbak's Garden and Home Store- Events Area
13625 NE 175th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Learn the how, what, and why of plants that attract and feed Hummingbirds and Butterflies, and create your own "winged wonders" mini-garden!





Member of the Washington Chapter of Association of Professional Landscape Designers
and the Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW)