SEPTEMBER 16th – Linda McDonald – Overwintering Half-Hardy Plants

Linda McDonald

Linda McDonald
Overwintering Half-Hardy Plants

Monday September 16th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

With the coming change of season, gardeners begin to ponder if they should try to protect their half-hardy tender plants or leave them to the uncertain weather of the coming winter. If we could count on last year’s mild temperatures, we might relax and enjoy the change into fall color and those plants that ‘decline with interest’.

Yet some of us are more controlling and can’t leave it to chance; we must protect our showiest specimens. Phormium, cannas, cordylines, aeoniums, angel trumpets, colored callas, Melianthes major, tree ferns and more will be discussed and protective techniques shown. See how to use burlap wraps, mulches and how simple plastic structures can be built with a minimum of tools or skills.

While the current rage is easy care plants and natives, some gardeners continue to be drawn to the excitement and drama of semi-tropical plants in creating their version of paradise. In addition to increasing the chances of winter survival, simple design tips for combining these bold types will be presented.

Work Party – Sat Aug 3 – NEW TIME – 10am-1pm

Aster novae-angliae 'Vibrant Dome' with Hypericum Hypearls 'Renu'

Aster novae-angliae ‘Vibrant Dome’ with Hypericum Hypearls ‘Renu’ in the Blooms of Bressingham trial beds

Please come help weed Bed 2 at CUH (3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98105) at our new time, Saturday August 3rd, from 10am-1pm instead of 8:00 in the morning.  We will be weeding and sheet-mulching it, so bring your shovels and hand-tools.

Also, we’ll weed Equisetum out of Bed#1.  Bring lots of water and a sun-hat!.

 

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 pperrott@comcast.net 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 sandy.pernitz@seattle.gov.

Meeting – Monday June 17th – Walt Bubelis

Walt Bubelis, Professor Emeritus, EdCC Horticulture Program

Three Gardening Meccas of England

Monday June 17th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

 

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A look at 3 sources of plant inspiration to many over the years which my wife and myself visited in 2011: the Chelsea show, Beth Chatto’s garden, and Bressingham’s display garden.