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March 22, 2008: 4th Annual PRKC Neighborhood Seed and Plant Exchange
10-11am, Duthie Hill Park Parking Lot, 27101 S.E. Duthie Hill Road (Across from Trossachs)
Gardeners and plant enthusiasts are invited to bring extra seeds and plants to Duthie Hill Park to exchange with fellow gardeners.
What is exchanged: Last year's seeds, starts, separated plants, mature plants and bulbs of all types.
What to bring:
- A sharpie and envelopes for the seeds you plan to take.
- Seeds you plan to share or leave in marked envelopes
- Plants you plan to leave with some type of labeling of common or scientific names. Plants can be brought in paper bags, pots or plastic shopping bags.
Cost: There is no cost to participate or for the seeds and plants.
Other details: Anything left over will be given to local schools and community gardens. To the best of your ability, please make sure your plants are not invasive and are disease and pest free - when in doubt, please leave it home. Dress warm and you may want to bring a hot drink if it is cold and rainy - we will be meeting outside.
SKY Native Plant Nursery Spring Sale
Friday and Saturday, 4/11 & 4/12 9am - 1pm
14713 S. Riverbend Road Mount Vernon, WA
(0.7 miles west of Blade Chevrolet)
SALE: 20% discount on all retail sales, and an additional 10% discount to PNTA members.
The nursery itself is open by appointment only. If you'd like to visit the nursery, please call (360) 661-4280 to set up a time.
1-5 North or South to Exit #227 (College Way in Mount Vernon); turn west onto College Way; at Texaco station turn left onto Freeway Drive. Drive about half a mile to just past Blade Chevrolet. Turn right on South Riverbend Rd. and go about half a mile. The SKY Nursery will be on your right.
Okay, I am really going to expose my stupidity. I have only been living here for the past 3 years and you would think that I would know by now what zone I am in. I know I am PNW but what would you classify me as I live near the coast of Newport, Oregon. Just don't classify me as stupid. HEheh
9th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 19—10am - 4pm
Theme: Green Footprints. The Oregon Garden is going green! This year’s focus is on methods and meanings for lessoning our impact on the environment and natural resources, thereby “walking with green footprints.” Because of our commitment to community service and education, admission to The Garden and all Earth Day activities are FREE!
Sunday, May 11—10am to 6pm
Treat your mother to fun, flowers and food from our Garden Café while you tour The Garden on this special day. The perfect day for the perfect mother! Come early—the first 100 mothers receive a free flower.
An update on the Mason County Master Gardener's Plant Sale May 10th. We have a Master Gardener who grows Dahlias and tomatoes for our plant sale. He usually has about 800 of each, all different varieties. His Dahlia bulds sell for $1.00 a tuber and his tomatoes are $1.50. We also grow a variety of tomatoes and other veggies. The Rhododendren Society has their show on that day and sometimes the Heath and Heather gal has heathers for sale. We are known for our great tomatoes and with this weather, now would be a good time to come on over and pick up some for your garden.
Oh how I wish I could. It is just an impossible venture for me just now. I am on Meds that wouldn't let me drive. I would die for some dahlia bulbs. Well, not die but I sure wish I could be there. My meds are because I almost did die. Hehe. Not funny I know.
Well we might as well laugh at this stage, it's good for you. If you would dmail me your address I will get some and mail them to you. Just let me know how many and what colors you would like and I'll pick them up. He has some almost black ones that are beautiful.
Wow, that is so nice of you to offer to do that
for me. How sweet is that.
If you could get me 20 tubers all different colors. Your choice I would be glad to do that. My address is
174 NW 10th St
Give me your addy and I will mail you a Money Order or a check which ever you prefer. I could just mail you the cash to make everyones life easier. I will just hide it in a card. I guess I should wait to see what the postage will be.
Thank you so much for the glorious offer.
How would you like me to send you the money... before the show or before you send them. Let me know so I can make sure that you have the cash available. I'd hate to have you have to spend your cash on me. You probably have lots to buy yourself. I am glad I'm not going or I would most definately spend more then $20 bucks. I know me only too well. Heheh
HI Jim, I wish I had time to come and look at your Hostas. Maybe some other time I will be able to come over. I love Hostas and my favorite is a large sage green and white one that I've had for years. It gets about 36 inches high and wide. I have about nine different ones and am limited by my small yard and the deer.
Hughes Water Garden in Tualatin is having its annual festival. We went last night. It was lovely! They are staying open late so you can see the water lilies in bloom. They have music and food and a wonderful assortment of water features on display. Even my husband loved it. I believe it ends August 3.
The Mushroom Festival, co-sponsored by the Cascade Mycological Society, is held on the last Sunday in October, and features a broad range of fungi collected throughout western Oregon. Experts are on hand during the show to help with mushroom identification. The Mushroom Festival also includes hayrides, cider pressing demonstrations, wine tasting, and a scarecrow contest.
AND NATIVE PLANT SELLERS!
I could not get an address for the Tri-Area-Garden club plant sale this coming Saturday - from the calender. I clicked on it and got a page that said it was unavailable.
It is at the Tri area senior center in Chimacum, Wa.
I do not have he exact address.
How do you put it with the calender so people know where it will be? Would you do that please?
2009 edition of the Oregon Coast Gardening & Landscaping Expo in beautiful Newport. Because of the tremendous response the inaugural Expo, we are expanding it to two days: Friday, June 26 & Saturday, June 27.
I've attended the Sequim & Port Angeles. WA garden tours annually. Lots of GREAT IDEAS to be shared...
2009 Home Garden Tour
The 2009 Home Garden Tour, Petals & Pathways, is scheduled for June 27, 2009, running from 10:00 am until 4:00 p.m.
This year's self-guided tour will take you to seven great gardens in the Sequim Area. The tickets, which will go on sale in May, will cost $15 per ticket when purchased prior to the 27th and $20 the day of the tour. More information will be available soon."
found this looking for a bug that I don't know ...
(not sure if this is what you might want on this calendar)
BugGuide Gathering 2009 (Northwest by Starlight)
This year's gathering is going to be Jul 10-12 in Washington State. There's a 90% chance at this point (Mar 23) that the site will be at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest run by the University of Washington. We would gather on Friday afternoon at the center. Have dinner there. Stay Friday and Saturday nights, and have our last meal together as lunch on Sunday. The approximate cost is going to be $75-100 per person per day for lodgings with meals included. They do have a limited number of private rooms which are slightly more expensive. http://bugguide.net/node/view/260306
These guys start lots of different seedlings - I got an heirloom zinnia from them last year that I loved and also found Tweedia caerulea starts from them and they weren't anywhere else in the U.S. Primarily they grow vegetables. They are having a vegetable growing class on Vashon this weekend (March 28). Later in the summer is a farm tour (August 1). They are also regularly at local farmer's markets.
Well drat, something happening in my neck of the woods and I don't see it until it is all over! I don't suppose I needed the veggie growing class, but I might have gone on their greenhouse tour. I really should take the Beachcomber, our local paper, so I know what is going on.
I will plan to go on the Langley Farm Tour in August, and anyone coming over to Vashon is certainly welcome to visit my place if they wish after their tour. I'm not too far off Dockton Road, and maybe you would like to go out to Point Robinson Beach ( on past my house).
I usually get my tomato plants from Pacific Potager, which is on the southern end of the island and is marked on that VIGA map in the link above.
My DH picked up the Beachcomber today, and ,,,lo and behold...Langley Fine Gardens is having another nursery tour and plant sale from noon to 4 this Saturday, April 4th, and offering the free vegetable growing class at noon also.
I have been pretty sick the last 2 days, so don't know that I will be going unless I bundle up with a scarf, stock my pockets with throat lozenges, take an umbrella and stay only a few minutes. :>(
Have never been to this so can't give a personal testimonial, but a sale is being held as the Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens on May 2nd. Found out through the Puget Sound Daylily Society, but also has a lot of other co-sponsors (iris, roses, fuschias, etc). Might be worth checking out.
I know this thread is not for chatting, but it seems to have petered out anyway. who knows about the photo of the "garden bed" of impatiens at the beginning? How is that profusion possible? Does it involve pots?
That's from Rachel's garden in Olympia (rachierabbit). I'm in contact with her on Facebook; I'll ask. I think it's a "mattress" box full of dirt with impatiens planted in it. I do know that she does bulbs in it in the spring.
I mentioned this to Rachel on Facebook; hopefully she'll find some time to respond here . . . I know she does have a bed like this at her place. I think a tour would be cool -- we'll see what she says.
Susybell, I went to the Rock Garden Society meeting yesterday. the guest speaker was Riz Reyes who gave a slide show on his plant expedition to Shechuan, China with Dan Hinckly and others, his presentation was great I see him as a new generation plantsman. he is 26 and has a nursery at Shoreline in Seattle,I don't have his website handy but if you or anyone want it I'll post it. also Diana of Collectors Nursery will speak at the next meet of the RGS in Oct. I really liked visiting her nursery when I visited you in Vancouver, so I'll try to keep that date open. Jim
That sounds interesting. I had seen some of his garden pictures and blog early on (2006?) on the Web, but haven't heard/seen anything about him lately. I didn't realize he had opened up a nursery in Shoreline. Would love to know where it is.
Susy, yes Cistus, I'll have to put them on my must see list. did I say that this summer is flying bye. I'm almost done with this years hybridizing, I bought a few plants from Naylor Creek at their fall sale, and 2 have some blooms ready to open. can't miss an opportunity, one is Red Alert, thanks, Jim
In August every year there is a great event in Gold Bar, Wa called the "Fronderosa Frolic" hosted by Judith at Fancy Fronds. It is a great event where a lot of micro nurseries set up shop...it is a drive but well worth it. Cistus is a vender there but thier nursery on Sauvie Island is definatly a must see! Is this appropriate or did I mess up? Sorry I'm not too good with rules sometimes.
Hey gang sorry about the confusion with the bedframe. Susy and Kathy are both correct. The picture at the top of this thread was taken at the Rose Garden at Pt Defiance in Tacoma. I also have a bedframe flowerbed at my house. It's a metal head and footboard with a steel frame. I build a planter box inside the frame that I filled with topsoil and planted.
gang, this looks like a great sale, keep me posted. one local nursery in Port Orchard, Gig Harbor area Glenwood Nursery has a combined nursery weekend. last year it was packed. I'll post the dates when I find out. Jim
"7th annual University Place Spring Flower Show and Plant sale! Saturday, May 1st (9AM-5PM) and Sunday, May 2nd (10AM-2 PM) on the Homestead Park Rhododendron Garden Patio at 3715 Bridgeport Way W. in University Place Washington.
The Plant Sale offers hundreds of unique varieties of rhododendrons, roses, fuchsias dahlias, ferns and other unusual perennials and companion plants grown by local Northwest vendors. Plant prices are very competitive, and proceeds from the sale benefit further development of Homestead Park.
The Exhibit is FREE and features one of the largest Rhododendron truss displays on the West Coast. The event also includes a self-guided walking tour of the five-acre Homestead Park Rhododendron Garden in full bloom."
For some reason I can't see anything on the calendar link. It opens up to a lovely calendar, which I assume from reading this thread is full of fun events, but the one I am looking at is completely blank. I've poked around at some of the options, but can't seem to get anything to show up. What am I doing wrong?
The idea was that people would add stuff to this thread and then someone would go update the calendar. The gal who was maintaining the calendar doesn't get on much anymore. I doubt that there's anything on the calendar for this month. Until someone wants to take on the maintenance, the updates will just be on the thread.
I would be happy to help out adding events to the calender if someone could walk me through the steps. Looks like first thing is to have the magic password to "add events," and personally I think that should just be posted so everyone can add directly. But, however I can help out - just let me know.
Mother's Day weekend - Camano Island Studio Tour. Self-guided to numerous artists' homes/studios on the island. While not a 'garden' event per se, almost all of the artists in fact have gorgeous gardens - so it's a bit of a double-dip event. Well worth the drive. Free unless you buy some art (which I inevitably do).
Winter Seed Sowing/Hardwood Cuttings
Saturday January 7, 2012, 10 AM to Noon (indoors)
Right after the holidays in the cold dark of winter, we get together with our treasure troves of seeds, and dirt and pots and labels, to winter-sow perennials, trees, shrubs. These pots of seeds then go outside for cold treatment which breaks the seeds' dormancy. You won't believe the great results! Come spring they germinate in profusion. For this event, potting soil is provided. Bring your pots, seeds, labels to share. This year we will propagate hardwood cuttings of various native and ornamental shrubs. You can also divide and repot houseplants at this event.
Directions and Details
The Green Elephant Plant Swap is hosted in North Redmond, WA, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross; The site offers parking, covered areas, indoor facilities, kitchen, memorial garden, grass labyrinth and playground. It is five minutes from I-405 and I-520.
Contact: Jim Eichner, cell phone: 425-223-7249
Street address: 11526 162nd Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052
How it works: No sales, just exchanges and freebies, please.
Tailgating Encouraged. The format for the trade is like a tailgate party. Traders exchange expert gardening information as well as plant materials. In two hours all the deals are sealed. We have plenty of new parking.
Free Stuff. Many gardeners generously share plants from the abundance of their gardens. An excellent way to begin your garden. Also an excellent way to thin out that giant patch of shasta daisies, etc. There is always a pile of plants free for the sharing at the swap.
What if I have nothing to trade? Cookies and chocolate work like money at the Green Elephant!
Does anyone know how to 'unsticky' things? This thread hasn't been utilized for quite some time and probably doesn't need to be at the top of the list anymore. I'm also rather weary of the flower 'bed' photo, nice as it is.
Rick, Rachel has not been active on DG for a long long time, at least a year if not longer. I have no idea why this thread continues to be a 'sticky' and it is apparently rather difficult to get the attention of anyone in administration to clean things up. Good luck over here.
maybe we could meet at a park, or even an Arboretum, and everyone brings sack lunch, lawn chair, and a few plants to swap? Then it would be easy(I never got the party organizer gene, but I would like to meet you all).