SEPTEMBER – Claire Cockroft – Primulas

Claire Cockcroft


Monday, September 20th, 2010, 6:30 – 9 pm

Primulas in the wild and in my garden. This image shows Primula involucrata ssp. yargongensis photographed in Sichuan province in June 2007.

JULY – Summer Picnic – Fancy Fronds


Saturday July 31st, 12-3 PM

Enjoy a potluck lunch, challenge yourself with a horticultural mini-quiz, see the Thai inspired Pavilion inspired by the musical, “The King and I”, splash in the river, and stroll through the greenhouses and around the grounds.

Potluck at 1 pm, followed by a brief general meeting at 2 pm- no agenda, but a chance to ask questions and share ideas.

Bring something to share for the potluck lunch – no need to sign up. If we all bring desserts, that’s what we will eat. We will provide beverages and plates, etc.

Fancy Fronds
40830 172nd Street SE
Gold Bar, WA 98251

From I-405, go to the Hwy 522 interchange in Bothell/Woodinville. Take the exit going east toward Monroe, where it merges with Hwy 2.

Make a left onto Hwy 2; Gold Bar is 15 miles east of Monroe. (If you are driving from Hwy 2, drive straight through Monroe.) Go east towards Stevens Pass on Hwy 2.

At the east end of Gold Bar, just past the Mt. View Diner on the right side of the road is a large electronic highway sign proclaiming various messages about the hazards or conditons on Stevens Pass. Just beyond this sign is Dorman Road.

Turn right onto Dorman Road, cross the RR tracks and continue to the end of the farmer’s field where Dorman turns abruptly to the left. The second private road on the right (between two fenced fields) is marked by the intersection of 408th Ave. SE and 172nd St. SE.

Turn right on 408th Ave. SE onto a gravel road marked Private Drive. 408 turns into 172 as it turns abruptly left. Continue down the gravel road until you see the greenhouse arches on the right side of the road. Pull through the entrance gate and park along the driveway.

Here is a link to a map of our area courtesy of Google Maps. Be sure to check out the satellite feature they offer. It is amazing.  You can zoom out until you see where you are coming from.

JUNE – Jan Whitner – The Chinese Garden: Four Variations

Jan Whitner

The Chinese Garden: Four Variations

Monday, June 21st, 2010, 6:30 – 9 pm

The history and design of Chinese gardens are as rich and complex as Chinese culture itself.  This presentation showed imperial, temple, scholar, and Sichuan gardens as they appear in  Beijing, Suzhou, Chengdu and other centers of the Chinese gardening world.

Photo credit: Judy Koenig

MAY – Carrie Becker – Whatever I Want

Carrie Becker

Whatever I Want

Monday, May 17th, 2010, 7 – 9 pm

I spoke about the things I have learned about plants over my career, from foliage color and texture, to why things grow where they do.

MARCH – Madeleine Dennison – Hardy Fuchsias

Madeleine Dennison

Hardy Fuchsias

Monday, March 15th, 2010, 7 – 9 pm

Fuchsias are colorful perennials especially suited to our climate. They blend well with many different garden styles and color schemes and range from groundcovers to climbers. My slide show will display many different styles and colors – something for everyone.

JANUARY – Suzanne Ferris – The Oku Stone

Suzanne Ferris

The Oku Stone

January 18, 2010, 7 – 9 pm

Suzanne Ferris shared her photographic impressions of Paul Smith and Julie King’s respective gardens. Both Paul and Julie share an interest in antipodeal (southern hemisphere) plants. Both use many of the same plants but in different contexts.