Sunday, April 22, 2012

There's still time to register for a FREE garden class!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Now that spring is in full swing, I hope your garden is bringing you joy with each opening blossom.  I also hope to see your smiling face in the audience at one of my upcoming gardening classes- here is an update to the list you can choose from! 

FREE Natural Gardening classes from Seattle Public Utilities
Make your garden satisfying, beautiful and safe! Dive into these topics with three snappy evenings of classes covering it all - building healthy soil, growing food in the city, choosing the right plants, natural lawn care, natural pest control, and smart watering. This year, the classes are being offered to residents of North Seattle neighborhoods and South Seattle/Georgetown neighborhoods.  Classes still have room, but register now so you'll be able to attend all 3 in your area!


South Seattle/Georgetown neighborhoods
All classes held at South Seattle Community College, 6770 E. Marginal Way 
  • Mon. April 23rd from 7-9pm: Soils and Composting, + Growing Food in the City
  • Mon. April 30th from 7-9pm: Choosing the Right Plants, + Natural Lawn Care
  • Mon. May 7th from 7-9pm:  Natural Pest, Weed, and Disease Control, + Smart Watering
All classes are FREE, but you must register online in advance at www.gardenhotline.org

NE Seattle neighborhoods 
All classes held at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE
  • Wed. April 25th from 7-9pm: Soils and Composting, + Growing Food in the City
  • Wed. May 2nd from 7-9pm: Choosing the Right Plants, + Natural Lawn Care
  • Wed. May 9th from 7-9pm:  Natural Pest, Weed, and Disease Control, + Smart Watering 
All classes are FREE, but you must register online in advance at www.gardenhotline.org

Natural Yard Care Neighborhoods classes are sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities and the King Co. Hazardous Waste Management Program. For more info, contact the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224.


FREE Savvy Gardener Classes- Sustainable Veggie Gardening
Growing your own organic food is a fun and delicious way to garden in the Pacific Northwest. Vegetables, berries, and fruit trees need special care to thrive, but your time and energy will pay off with great tasting, nutritious home-grown food. Best of all, food crops can be incorporated into your existing landscape, large or small! This class will teach you how to make your yard produce great food for you and your family.
Tickets are FREE, and there is still room in each class, but you must register through Brown Paper Tickets, online or by phone:
Register now to ensure a spot! Savvy Gardener Classes are sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership and Cascade Water Alliance. For more info on Savvy Gardener Classes that will be taught by others, visit http://savingwater.org/savvygardenerclasses.htm


FREE City of Bellevue Natural Yard Care Workshops:
Natural Pest, Weed, and Disease Control for Edible Gardens
Edibles are a perfect fit for any natural yard but they do need special care. Learn how to find the right site for your edibles, choose plants that are well-suited for our climate, and grow them successfully. Take home design and organic care tips, including crop rotation, attracting beneficial insects and pollinators, and other natural pest, weed, and disease control strategies that can be applied throughout your yard. 
  • Tuesday May 8th from 7-9pm at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Avenue NE, Room 1E-108  
This FREE class is for Bellevue residents only, and registration is required.  To register, Email klafranchi@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-6932 

Bellevue Natural Yard Care classes classes are sponsored by the City of Bellevue, King County, and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program of King County. For the Bellevue Natural Yard Care classes taught by others, visit