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. 


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.

Work Party – September 16 – 5pm

Work Party – Monday Evening

5pm before the Monthly September MeetingIMG_5728

The next work party to weed out Equisetum from our first bed will be next Monday evening September 16 starting at 5pm, but come when you can.

This is before our membership meeting that same evening at 7pm.

Bring weeding tools, water, clothing appropriate for the weather. Also a bucket or other container to toss your weeds in is useful. We need at least one rake and broom, the rake to rake the soil so it looks like nobody stepped on it, and the broom to sweep the sidewalk.

We have new HPSW work party signs which we will inaugurate at that work party.