JULY – Summer Picnic

Beda Herbison’s house

Sunday, July 17th 2011, 11:00-2:00pm

Address to follow in email.

JUNE – Ilga Jansons – Progress in Edgewood Garden

Ilga Jansons

Progress in Edgewood Garden

Monday, June 20th, 2011, 6:30 – 9 pm

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

Edgewood Gardens

Edgewood Garden is a large estate garden created on 32 acres in Edgewood, Washington by Ilga Jansons and Michael Dryfoos. They started out in 2004 with a property covered mainly in lawn and blackberry bushes, and centered on a large Northwest Contemporary style house built in 1981 with a stunning view of Mt. Rainier. Since then they have created a garden grand in scale yet intimate in experience, featuring various garden rooms or themes, from bird-filled woods to more formal rose gardens to contemplative Asian settings. Now coming into maturity after six years of development, Edgewood Garden is rare in scale and ambition, and in the hands-on attitude of the owners.

MAY – Annette Cottrell – Edible Cottage-Style Gardens

Annette Cottrell

Edible Cottage-Style Gardens

Monday, May 16th, 2011, 6:30 – 9 pm

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

Photo credit: Annette Cottrell

As an urban mom with two small kids, Annette is going from supermarket to farm fresh food one step at a time. “In 2009 I vowed to re-channel my grocery money away from mono-crop farmers, processed food companies and animal feed lots. I did not buy foods from outside Washington state until I had exhausted all local options and I gave up out of season foods.

When it was all said and done the garden met all our veggie needs from May (when it was planted) until mid December and then started producing for us again by February. We now have 22 fruits or berries, 2 nut varieties, roots and tubers, vegetables, black pepper, tea, medicinals and countless herbs in addition to our backyard chickens, mason bees and composting worms.”

New! Downloads:

Varieties to Grow

Sustainable Plants List

Garden Plan

Lot Plan

Fall Planting Schedule

APRIL – John and Kathy Wilson – The Traveling Garden Photographer: Focus on Holland and Belgium

John and Kathy Wilson

The Traveling Garden Photographer: Focus on Holland and Belgium

Monday, April 18th, 2011, 6:30 – 9 pm

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

photo credit: Kathy and John Wilson

Holland’s fabeled floral splendor happens only in the spring. During this time the low countries (Holland, Belgium and Luxemborg) burst forth with rainbow-like colors. For the traveling garden photographer this is an idyllic opportunity to explore the romance of the Golden Age in a modern way.

Join this month’s speakers John and Kathy Wilson to learn how to pack, what to take, and where to go to see and photograph the markets, the gardens and the flower fields in this region. John and Kathy Wilson are founders of Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm, a popular Whidbey Island Nursery specializing in field grown and greenhouse dahlias and sunflowers.

Award-winning photographers while with the Boeing Museum of Flight, John and his wife Kathy are widely published. Their images ahve appeared on many greeting cards, and in books and magazines – most recently on the cover of the Nikon World International Calendar. Currently, the Wilsons are working on a couple of gardening books and exploring ways to utilize photography as another ‘gardening tool’.

MARCH – Debby Cole – Native Irises

Debby Cole

Native Irises

Monday, March 21st, 2011, 6:30 – 9 pm

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

Photo Credit: Iris Tenax - Colin Rigby

I’m going to talk about Pacific Coast Iris characteristics and geographical distribution, early hybridizers, hybrids that have won SPCNI’s Mitchell Medal (voted by American Iris Society judges), PCI uses in the landscape, and cultural requirements in the garden.

NW Flower and Garden Show

Northwest Flower and Garden Show

February 23-27

Washington State Convention Center

We won the 2011 Outstanding Overall Educational Display Award!