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



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.


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.

MEETING – Monday May 20th, 2013 – Linda Urbaniak – Great Plant Picks

Linda Urbaniak

Great Plant Picks

Monday, May 20th, 7pm – 9pm

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


This years “Great Plant Picks” deals with over 200 great plants for small gardens. Expert Linda Urbaniak has picked out some of her favorites from the list.

Linda Urbaniak was a docent at Bellevue Botanical garden for 13 years, and as such was one of the teachers of new docents. She has been a garden writer for about 20 years and has articles published in Pacific Horticulture, the now defunct Master Gardener magazine, Northwest Primetime and in newsletters for Northwest Horticultural Society, Bellevue Botanical Garden, and RSVP newsletter. She was the garden columnist for the Mercer Island Reporter for several years before they discontinued the column and wrote the garden column for the Selah Independent until it also closed. She planted her first garden when she was 6 and has made just about all the mistakes you can make in her gardening learning experience.  Linda is moving East of the mountains this summer, so will now have the opportunity to make a whole bunch of more mistakes in zone 5.