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!

JANUARY – Diane Szukovathy – Botanical Diversity and Seasonality in Cut Flowers

Diane Szukovathy

Botanical Diversity and Seasonality in Cut Flowers

Monday, January 17th, 2011, 6:30 – 9 pm

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

Jello Mold Farm’s story is always interesting to passionate gardeners because it is a different take on familiar information. The basic story is about the renaissance of cut flowers as a local industry, the amazing diversity of plants that can be grown locally as cut flowers and how a small farm like ours is helping to change the way the public views cut flowers. This topic is very much a rising trend.

JANUARY – Sasha Shaw – Plant Bullies

Sasha Shaw

Plant Bullies

Monday, November 15th, 2010, 6:30 – 9 pm

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

Weeds are a nuisance for any gardener, but some invasive plants also pose a threat to the health of our forests and natural landscapes. King County noxious weed expert Sasha Shaw will go over invasive plants that are taking over local natural areas and waterways and even our own backyards.  She will explain how invasive and noxious weeds spread, where they come from, and what we can do to stop them. Come learn how to identify the most serious weeds, so you can find and control them before they take over.

OCTOBER – Mary Ellen Asmundson – Flora, Fauna, and Gardens of Australia

Mary Ellen Asmundson

Flora, Fauna, and Gardens of Australia

Monday, October 18th, 2010, 6:30 – 9 pm

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

After 140 million years of geographic isolation, unique flora and fauna evolved on the continent of Australia, adapted to survive in a harsh climate.   Visiting Australia is like venturing into another world.  My talk is based on my third trip last year in October and November.  My  photos highlight Australia’s natural beauty, native plants, birds, and marsupials in the wild taken during my travels through the Daintree Rain Forest, botanical gardens, and the cities of Melbourne and Sydney and surrounding countryside.   I will also be featuring selected homes and gardens I visited during a two week tour I took with the Northwest Horticultural Society.