August 17th HPSW Summer Picnic – 1PM-5PM









 UPDATED TIME: Please note that the party starts at 1PM, not 11 am as previously stated.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the HPSW Summer Picnic at Lynn Harrison’s Home on Mercer Island …

The HPSW picnic will be August 17th 1-5 at Lynne Harrison’s house on Mercer Island. Lynne has a waterfront house, so you can swim if you want to. Bring your kids if you want. It’s a potluck. HPSW will provide plates, cutlery, cups and things to drink like lemonade and water. Bring a dish to share.

Lynne’s address will be emailed to members.   Bring a chair if you want one, or a blanket to sit on.

Lynne reminds us that parking is limited at and near her house. Carpool if you can. There is a house being constructed to the north of Lynne’s house and a big pile of rubble in the street, so parking is even more limited than usual.




A Lecture & Garden Tour with Dr. Lee Reich

Luscious landscaping is the way to beautify your grounds and to put (very) local, healthful, flavorful food on the table.

Lee’s lecture will highlight:

-Landscape features — fall color, beautiful flowers, nice bark — of fruiting plants that are on a par with landscape features of strictly ornamental plants,

-Landscape uses — groundcover, specimen shrub, hedge — that can be fulfilled by fruiting plants, and

-The best fruiting landscape plants in terms of low maintenance, pest resistance, ornamental assets, and good flavor.


Following the lecture, we will explore the gardens at Magnuson Park. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase Dr. Reich’s book and ask him their burning fruit tree questions!


Members of sponsoring organizations, City Fruit, Bradner Gardens, Plant Amnesty, Seattle Fruit Tree Society, and the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals receive a 25 percent discount.  Email your organization to receive the password.


Here’s a link to buy tickets if you are interested

Summer Events at the Elisabeth Miller Botanical Garden

The Miller Garden celebrates 20 years of being open to the public this year! The 2014 Miller Lecture will follow this commemorative theme on September 11th. The Lecture will feature three people who knew Mrs. Miller from different aspects of her life: Valerie Easton, Dan Hinkley, and Steve Lorton.

Prior to the lecture there will be two Great Plant Picks fundraising dinners at the Garden this month and next. Two of the three lecture speakers, Val Easton and Steve Lorton will be the guests of honor at the Sunset Dinners. Both have great memories and stories about Mrs. Miller to share.


Save the Date Fall Bulb Sale- October 12, 2014

Mark your calendar now for the Fall Bulb Sale

October 12, 2014. at CUH

Sunday 10 – 2

HPSW Meeting: June 16th @ 7pm – Irises – Patrick Spence







There will be an HPSW meeting  Monday June 16th; at CUH, on Irises by Patrick Spence

Refreshments and socializing 6:30

NHS Hall Section A, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105 MAP

CUH is at 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Patrick’s energies have since become focused on Japanese, Arilbred, Louisiana, Spuria, and species irises, while Margaret’s interests have grown around Pacific Coast, Siberian, and species irises. Patrick has also taken an interest in hybridizing irises, primarily Japanese and Arilbred. He began meeting and conversing with many of the U.S. hybridizers to learn the tips and tricks of the trade.