Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring is Almost Here!

Spring is right around the corner, and FREE Garden Classes to help you get yours off to a great start are "sprouting up" too!  Below is a list of the classes that I'll be teaching this spring, all sponsored by our local water districts and offered free of charge.  They are organized by class topic, then listed in order of date. All classes except one do request or require pre-registration, and each listing includes info on how to register.

I hope to see your smiling face at one or more of them, and please forward them on to any gardening friends who may want to attend also- thanks much!

If you are thinking of adding child-friendly plants to your garden this spring, check out my March and June 2009 blog postings in the right hand column for some detailed guidelines!

Native Splendor in the Garden 
Learn about Pacific Northwest native plants that are beautiful, easy to care for, and thrive in our unique climate and soil conditions! 

Thursday March 20th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM                                                                      
Skyway Water and Sewer District                                                                                             
6723 South 124th Street, Seattle                                                                                                      Sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance | Register here 


Saturday March 22nd from 10:00 - 11:30 AM                                                                       
NW Arts Center, Studio B                                                                                                         
9825 NE 24th Street, Bellevue                                                                                          
Sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance | Register here

Getting Plants off to the Right Start
Join me to learn about right-plant-right-place choices, the "scoop" on bare-root, ball-and-burlap, and container plants, and smart watering info.  This class also includes a hands-on demonstration of proper planting and mulching techniques!

Saturday March 22nd from 1:00-2:00 PM
City People's Garden Store
2939 E. Madison St, Seattle
Registration is required by calling the store at 206-324-0737.



Wildlife-Friendly Gardening for Beauty and Sustainability
Welcome songbirds, butterflies, and beneficial insects into your yard while conserving natural resources at the same time!

Saturday March 15th from 10:00 - 11:30 AM                                                                 
Tukwila Community Center                                                                                                    
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila                                                                                               Sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance | Register here

Thursday March 27th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM                                                                      
Tibbetts Creek Manor                                                                                                                  
750 17th Avenue NW, Issaquah                                                                                                      Sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance | Register here

Saturday April 5th from 9:30 – 11:00 AM                                                                  
Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District                                                                            
1510 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish                                                                                
Sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance | Register here
  
Wednesday May 14th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM                                                                            
Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave S, Federal Way 
Sponsored by the City of Federal Way Surface Water Management Division 
Pre-register by calling 253-835-2700

Saturday June 7th from 1:00-2:00 PM
City People's Garden Store
2939 E. Madison St, Seattle
Registration is required by calling the store at 206-324-0737.



Simply Lovely: Great Plants for Northwest Gardens
Join me to learn about plants that are at home in Northwest gardens, featuring favorites that provide structure, foliage and/or flowers during our wet winters and dry summers. Find out more about how to match the right plants with your yard’s conditions so you can grow beautifully with ease - while being easy on the environment!

Sunday April 6th from 1 - 2:30 PM 
McLendon Hardware
440 Rainier Ave. South, Renton, WA 98057
Sponsored by the Savvy Gardener Program. No registration required



Sustainable Garden Design  
Join me to increase your understanding on how to make sustainable design choices for new or existing gardens, that make wise use of resources, reduce waste, work in harmony with the natural systems already in place on your site, and can be successfully maintained with IPM strategies.   

Wednesday April 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM                                                                           
Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave S, Federal Way 
Sponsored by the City of Federal Way Surface Water Management Division
Pre-register by calling 253-835-2700



Incredible Edibles: Grow Your Own!
This class will cover what you need to know to grow your own vegetables and fruits successfully! Learn how to choose a good garden site, prepare your soil, maintain healthy fertility, and effective watering and maintenance practices - plus simple crop rotation and other natural pest control strategies. You will also learn ways to incorporate food crops into your existing garden beds. 

Saturday April 26th from 10 - 11:30 AM 
Woodinville Water District, Building A
17238 Woodinville-Duvall Rd. Woodinville, WA 98072
Sponsored by the Savvy Gardener Program. To register contact Woodinville Water District at (425) 487-4100 or publicinfo@woodinvillewater.com