Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thinking of Spring

 
Hybrid Witch Hazel 'Arnold Promise'

After a January full of rain in the lowlands (and thankfully plenty of snow in the mountains), I am definitely coming down with spring fever!  

However, adding the following winter-blooming, fragrant shrubs to my garden over the years has definitely "paid off" greatly for me, in soothing the winter blues and reminding me that spring is right around the corner no matter what the weather outside:  Vibernum 'Pink Dawn' and V. tinus, Sarcococca, Winter Daphne, Witch Hazel, Tall and Low Oregon Grape, and Evergreen Clematis.  When this parade of sights and smells begins, it makes a lovely view from my window and draws me outside between rainstorms for a sweet-smelling stroll.

I hope you and your garden are weathering whatever storms the winter has brought, and are enjoying the lengthening days of February that are leading closer and closer to the burst of lush green growth of spring.

If your 2016 plans include learning more about making good plant choices for your garden and carrying out other sustainable gardening practices, I hope to see you at one of my FREE workshops, listed belowAnd if you belong to a garden club or other group that would like me to speak at one of your meetings, please visit my website to see the full list of sustainable gardening topics I'll be delighted to present for you!



A Bird's Eye View
Sponsored by Molbak's
Saturday February 27th from 12noon-1:00pm
Location: Molbaks Nursery and Garden Store
13625 NE 175th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072
FREE, and no registration necessary
This class is tailored for kids and their parents!  I'll use hands-on activities, puppets, and colorful photos for a fun hour of learning about how a bird sees a garden, and the "who and why" of their favorite plants.  I'll also provide printed info on how to use plants and other garden features to attract and nurture birds all year round, and all kids will take home a fun factsheet about songbirds and hummingbirds! 
 
Wildlife-Friendly Gardening for Beauty and Sustainability
 
Sponsored by the Cascade Water Alliance and WSU/King Co Master Gardener Program
Saturday March 19th from 10:30am-12noon
Location: Master Gardener Demonstration Garden/Lake Hills Ranger Station
15500 SE 16th Street, Bellevue, WA 98007
FREE, but pre-registration is required via Brown Paper Tickets
Welcome songbirds, butterflies, and beneficial insects into your yard while conserving natural resources at the same time. Discover how urban wildlife can provide you with year-round natural pest and weed control and better pollination. Learn about design techniques and maintenance practices that can attract and nurture beneficial wildlife in your garden for years to come. 



Right Plant, Right Place: Choices for a Healthy Garden
Sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership and North City Water District
Wednesday March 23rd from 6:30- 8:00pm
Location:  North City Water District  
1519 NE 177th Street
Shoreline, WA 98155

FREE, but pre-registration is required.  Email dianep@northcitywater.org or call 206-362-8100
Knowing how to choose the right plants for your specific garden site, and how to plant and maintain them with good gardening practices are keys to creating a healthy garden.  With the recent increases in summer heat and drought, it’s extra important to give your plants the best chance to thrive no matter what Mother Nature brings our way, and without driving up your water use! This class will cover the step-by-step process to choosing plants that will thrive long-term in your garden site, how to spot healthy plants at the nursery, and how to examine and correct any root problems when planting. You will also learn tips on proper use of mulch and fertilizer, best watering and pruning practices, and more.  



Native Splendor in the Garden
Sponsored by the Cascade Water Alliance and the WSU/King Co. Master Gardener Program  
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Peter Kirk Community Center
352 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland
WA 98033
FREE, but Pre-registration is required via Brown Paper Tickets

Learn about Pacific Northwest native plants that are beautiful, easy to care for, and thrive in our unique climate and soil conditions. We’ll focus on plant selections for a variety of growing conditions including challenges such as dry sun and shade, how to use native plants as the foundation for a new landscape or incorporate them into an existing landscape, and maintenance practices that keep them healthy and growing strong.  



Incredible Edible Gardens: Increasing Your Success and Sustainability
Sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership and the Woodinville Water District 
Saturday April 2nd from 10- 11:30am
Location: Woodinville Water District
17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville,  WA  98072 
FREE, but pre-registration is required, and link to registration will be added here soon
Growing your own organic food is a delicious way to garden in the Pacific Northwest, but where do you start? Vegetables, berries, and fruit trees do need special care to thrive, but your time and energy will pay off in abundance, great taste, and nutrition. Best of all, food crops can be incorporated into your existing landscape, whether it is large enough for planting an “urban farm”, a small city lot, or a patio container garden! This class will cover what you need to know to grow a fabulous edible garden for years to come.  You’ll receive detailed tips on simple design techniques to maximize production, soil building, planting, attracting pollinators, crop rotation, and other strategies that you can use now to prepare for your next growing season. 


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Right Plant, Right Place: Choices for a Healthy Garden
Sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership and North Shore Utility District
Wednesday April 6th from 6:30- 8:00pm
Location:  Northshore Conference Room 
6830 NE 185th St. Kenmore, WA 98028
FREE, but pre-registration is required at conservation@nud.net or (425) 398-4417
Knowing how to choose the right plants for your specific garden site, and how to plant and maintain them with good gardening practices are keys to creating a healthy garden.  With the recent increases in summer heat and drought, it’s extra important to give your plants the best chance to thrive no matter what Mother Nature brings our way, and without driving up your water use! This class will cover the step-by-step process to choosing plants that will thrive long-term in your garden site, how to spot healthy plants at the nursery, and how to examine and correct any root problems when planting. You will also learn tips on proper use of mulch and fertilizer, best watering and pruning practices, and more. 



Incredible Edible Gardens: Increasing Your Success and Sustainability
Sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership and North Shore Utility District
Wednesday April 20th from 6:30- 8:00pm
Location:  Northshore Conference Room 
6830 NE 185th St. Kenmore, WA 98028
FREE, but pre-registration is required at conservation@nud.net or (425) 398-4417
Growing your own organic food is a delicious way to garden in the Pacific Northwest, but where do you start? Vegetables, berries, and fruit trees do need special care to thrive, but your time and energy will pay off in abundance, great taste, and nutrition. Best of all, food crops can be incorporated into your existing landscape, whether it is large enough for planting an “urban farm”, a small city lot, or a patio container garden! This class will cover what you need to know to grow a fabulous edible garden for years to come.  You’ll receive detailed tips on simple design techniques to maximize production, soil building, planting, attracting pollinators, crop rotation, and other strategies that you can use now to prepare for your next growing season.




Native Splendor in the Garden
Sponsored by Molbak's
Saturday April 23rd from 10- 11am
Location: Molbaks Nursery and Garden Store
13625 NE 175th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072
FREE, and no registration necessary
Learn about Pacific Northwest native plants that are beautiful, easy to care for, and thrive in our unique climate and soil conditions. We’ll focus on plant selections for a variety of growing conditions including challenges such as dry sun and shade, how to use native plants as the foundation for a new landscape or incorporate them into an existing landscape, and maintenance practices that keep them healthy and growing strong.  



Right Plant, Right Place: Choices for a Healthy Garden
Sponsored by the City of Federal Way
Wednesday June 8th from 6- 8:00pm
Location:  Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave. South, Federal Way, WA 98003
FREE, but pre-registration is required, and link to registration will be added here soon Knowing how to choose the right plants for your specific garden site, and how to plant and maintain them with good gardening practices are keys to creating a healthy garden.  With the recent increases in summer heat and drought, it’s extra important to give your plants the best chance to thrive no matter what Mother Nature brings our way, and without driving up your water use! This class will cover the step-by-step process to choosing plants that will thrive long-term in your garden site, how to spot healthy plants at the nursery, and how to examine and correct any root problems when planting. You will also learn tips on proper use of mulch and fertilizer, best watering and pruning practices, and more.  



Rain Gardens and More: Managing Storm Water in the Landscape
Sponsored by the City of Federal Way
Wednesday August 10th from 6- 8:00pm
Location:  Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave. South, Federal Way, WA 98003
FREE, but pre-registration is required, and link to registration will be added here soon
As the open space in the Puget Sound region has become more developed, problems with excessive storm water have also increased. You may have experienced this in your own yard and neighborhood, with seasonal flooding, erosion, or other problems. The good news is that you can add beautiful features to your garden that will be part of the solution! This class illustrates the benefits and methods of creating a rain garden, rock-lined swale, and other projects that you can do to incorporate storm water management into an existing garden.