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2013 Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture – Sept 19

On behalf of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and Richie Steffen, I am sending this announcement for the

Tony Avent - Miller Lecture

Tony Avent – Miller Lecture

The Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation and the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden would like to invite the members of the Hardy Plant Society of Washington to attend the Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture. This yearly event is dedicated to the horticultural legacy of Mrs. Miller and highlights her commitment to education and public outreach. This is a free lecture and is offered as a gift from the Charitable Foundation to the horticultural community.

The lecture this year will feature renowned plantsman and horticulturist Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and the co-founder of the Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Avent’s talk will be So Many Plants, So Little Time: Little Known Perennial Favorites to Delight and Excite!

Below is an invitation that can be shared with others in your organization. If you have any questions or need the invitation in a different format, please contact me at or call the garden at the number below.

Reservations for free e-tickets can be made at or by clicking the links below. I hope that you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.


HPSW Summer Picnic – Sunday August 4th

RoseThe HPSW picnic will be Sunday August 4th 11-2 at Beda Herbison’s house.

This is a potluck. Bring a dish to share. We will be outside if the weather cooperates, and inside if it doesn’t. Beda has a lovely garden so we can enjoy her garden and socialize.

HPSW will supply plates, cups, cutlery, napkins and drinks.

Please contact if you are a member and haven’t received directions yet.

American Community Garden Association Meeting Announcement

International conference on community gardening invites public to participate

Low-cost tours and workshops feature urban farms and gardens

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July 22, 2013 (Seattle, WA) – Interested in community gardening? The 34th Annual American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) Conference is coming to Seattle, August 8 – 11, and is opening its workshops and tours to the public.

On the tours, participants can visit innovative sites, learn about community orchards, even study garden design and art while meeting people from around the world who are involved in community gardening. Most tours occur on Saturday, August 10 from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. All tours cost $40 and include lunch and transportation. To view the tour descriptions and to register, visit the ACGA website.

Community members can also attend conference workshops and functions a la carte with more than 50 topics to choose from. Conference sessions are as follows:
• Friday – Keynote speaker, lunch, and workshops from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for $75 • Friday night – Gala Dinner and Silent Auction for $85 • Saturday – Workshops from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for $40 • Saturday and Sunday – Workshops, tours, and closing panel from 8 a.m. – 12 noon for $80.
Workshops are conducted by experts in urban agriculture, community gardening, and associated topics. Topic sessions include:
• Horticulture, permaculture, and city livestock • Garden/farm to table to compost to garden/farm • Health, prevention and therapy • Cultural, social, and environmental justice
To learn more about each day’s activities, view the conference schedule and register here for the a la carte sessions. The conference will be held at University of Washington’s Gould Hall (3949 15th Ave NE).
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program is a host of the ACGA Conference. For more information on the workshops and tours, contact Sandy Pernitz at

SEMINAR: Great Groundcovers
 for the Landscape – June 22, 2013 10-11am

SEMINAR: Great Groundcovers
 for the Landscape – June 22, 2013  10-11am

Molbak’s  13625 NE 175th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

Featuring Susan Carter, Carrie Becker and Bob Lilly Co-authors of: Perennials: The Gardener’s Reference

groundcoverGroundcovers provide a smooth transition between garden spaces and solve many landscaping problems, while offering a wide range of interesting textures and colors that enhance the landscape. Join Susan, Carrie and Bob and discover the many varieties which thrive in tough conditions – under trees, on slopes, in rocky terrain, in sun or shade, and which are excellent lawn alternatives.

2013 Open Gardens Announced

We are pleased to announce the following open gardens and nurseries of interest to our members:

Saturday, May 4th, 10 am-1 pm – Kathy Fries (Kirkland)

See separate email with address & directions, or contact us at and we can check your membership status and email or call you with directions.


Saturday, June 15th, 12pm-4pm – Ilge Jansons (Edgewood)

12727 32nd Street East, Edgewood, WA 98372, 253-891-2334

Directions: From I-5 Southbound:

  1. Take the WA 161 Hwy/Enchanted Parkway exit, South bound for 1.5 miles
  2. Turn LEFT onto Enchanted Pky S/WA 161 South, follow for 3.3 miles
  3. Turn LEFT onto 24th St SE for 1.3 miles
  4. Turn RIGHT onto 122nd Ave E for .5 miles
  5. Turn Left onto 32nd St E for .3 miles
  6. Your destination is just past 124th Ave Ct E – if you reach the end of 32nd St E, you’ve gone a little too far.

Related garden spots:

Windmill Gardens 16009 60th Street East, Sumner, WA 98390,  (253) 863-5843

Watson’s Greenhouse and Nursery 6211 Pioneer Way East, Puyallup, WA 98371, (253) 845-7359

Vassey Nursery, 2424 Tacoma Road, Puyallup, WA 98371


Friday, July 12th, 10am Soos Creek

29308 132nd Avenue SE, Auburn WA 98092, 253-639-0949

  • The plant sale area will be opened at the end of your tour for those interested. Plants range in cost from $3 to about $10 (cash or checks only).
  • Several small restaurants within 5-6 minutes drive are located near 132nd and Kent- Kangley Rd (272nd), and more within 10-12 minutes drive (Red Robin, Appleby’s, Ivars, on 104th, near 272nd). Lake Meridian Park, near 272nd and 156th has a very nice picnic facility and is about 10 minutes drive.


  1. From what ever direction, get to Hwy 167 SOUTH of Renton heading to Auburn/Kent for 5 miles
  2. Take the 84th Ave S exit towards N Central Ave .2 miles
  3. Turn LEFT on 84th Ave S – this becomes Central Ave N for .1 mile and 1 mile on Central.
  4. Turn LEFT onto E Smith St/WA 516 and continue to follow WA 516 S for 3.7 miles
  5. Turn RIGHT onto 132nd Ave SE for 1.3 miles – your destination is just past SE 292nd St. If you reach SE 294th, you have gone too far.

Related garden spots:

Lake Wilderness, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley, WA 98038, 425-432-9953

  • The City of Maple Valley obtained the Lake Wilderness Park from King County in January 2003. At 117 acres, Lake Wilderness Park is a large regional park with lots of prime shoreline, preserved forestland, and meandering pathways.
  • Running through the middle of Lake Wilderness Park is Jenkins Creek, a tributary for Big Soos Creek, which empties into the Green River. The park also includes three wetlands. A variety of birds and animals also make their home in Lake Wilderness Park, including deer, beaver, raccoon, hawks, wrens, and ruffed grouse.
  • From I-405, take the Maple Valley Hwy. exit and drive south. Follow the Maple Valley Hwy. (SR 169) approx. 11 miles to Witte Road. Turn right at the light and drive to SE 248th St. Turn left and follow SE 248th .2 miles to the sharp curve. Turn left into the park entrance.


Saturday, August 10th, 10am- 4pm Dragonfly Nursery

34881 Hansville Road NE, Kingston WA. 98346, 360 638-1292


  1. Take Edmonds/Kingston Ferry to Kingston.
  2. Follow SR 104 West 2.6 miles.
  3. Turn RIGHT on Hansville Road NE, follow this for 4.9 miles to the nursery

Related garden spots:

Savage Plants, 6810 NE St Hwy 104, Kingston, WA 98346, 360-297-8711

To Savage Plants, return SOUTH on Hansville Road, back to Hwy 104. Turn Left onto Hwy 104, heading EAST on 104 for 2.3 miles.