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.

Spring Plant Sale – 2010

Garden Rescue

Over five brisk days in October, November, and December over 30 members returned to Marian Raitz’s home to dig, divide, pot up, and save many of her treasures that she generously donated to our group for the Spring Plant Sale. We took over 15 truckloads to nearby holding sites. We have saved over 2500 pots and more than 100 species. There were many special plants that can’t be found at nurseries anymore. Thank you very much to all of the volunteers.

The complete plant list is below, and can be downloaded (updated 12/21/09).

Genus Species Cultivar Size Number Notes
Aconitum carmichaelii 1 gal 12 pale blue; late
Aconitum sp. 2 gal 2 clumping birch bed; mid-blue
Aconitum sp. 1 gal 7 clumping birch bed; mid-blue
Amsonia tabernaemontana 2 gal 6 blue star flower
Anemone nemorosa ‘Bracteata’ 1 gal 52 green and white flowers
Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’ 1 gal 20 Double white
Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’ 1 gal 12
Anemone nemorosa 1 gal 27 likely to be blue
Anemone nemorosa sq 1 gal 31 blue
Anemone ranunculoides 4 inch 32 the yellow one!
Anthericum liliago 2 gal 11 St. Bruno’s Lily; small star like flowers
Arum italicum 1 gal 8 Lords and Ladies; nice marbled leaves
Arum maculatum 1 gal 15
Aruncus aethusifolius 1 gal 13 “white flowers 12-15″” tall”
Aster cv. sq 1 gal 22 Short Blue; late aster
Aster divaricatus 1 gal 22 wood aster
Aster sp. 1 gal 15 small flowers in open raceme; rounded petals
Aster tataricus 1 gal 9 very tall; very late blue
Aster ‘Kylie’ sq 1 gal 10 Heronswood
Astilboides tabularis 2 gal 3
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 4 inch 6 painted fern
Beesia calthifolia 4 inch 20 mottled spring growth
Beesia calthifolia 1 gal 18
Belamcanda chinensis 1 gal 4 Blackberry Lily
Boehmeria spicata 1 gal 12
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ 2 gal 2
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ 1 gal 35 check these in spring
Camassia leichtlinii 3 inch 25 native camas blue
Campanula lactiflora sq 1 gal 16 tall to 3′ campanula
Cardamine enneaphylla 4 inch 45 spring ephemeral
Cardamine trifolia 4 inch 30 evergreen shade groundcover
Cardiocrinum giganteum 1 gal 10
Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’ 1 gal 62 pink flowers
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium ‘Jim’s Pride’ 4 inch 30 variegated foliage
Chrysanthemum Bronze Button’ 1 gal 15
Clematis heracleifolia ‘China Purple’ 1 gal 13 very dark foliage; herbaceous
Clerodendrum bungei 1 gal 10 large clusters of magenta flowers
Commelina tuberosa Colestis Group sq 1 gal 22 2 ft.
Crambe cordifolia 1 gal 6 blue-green leaves
Crambe cordifolia 1 gal 4 large leaves; mass of white flowers
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Star of the East’ sq 1 gal 8 largest flowered crocosmia
Cyclamen hederifolium sq 1 gal 8 cut
Cyclamen flats 27 large tubers
Darmera peltata 2 gal 9 CA native; likes moisture
Dicentra macrantha 2 gal 8 large pendant pale yellow flowers
Dicentra macrantha 1 gal 15 large pendant pale yellow flowers
Dictamnus 5 gal 3 pink; gas plant
Dictamnus 1 gal 4 pink; gas plant
Disporopsis pernyi 1 gal 25 evergreen
Disporum cantoniense 1 gal 18 Eastside of house; wide leaf; evergreen
Disporum hookeri 2 gal 6 lower garden
Disporum hookeri 1 gal 11 Lower garden from forest floor
Disporum sessile ‘Variegatum’ 4 inch 18 labelled Polygonatum; green and white foliage
Disporum sessile ‘Variegatum’ 1 gal 10 labelled Polygonatum; red tags
Ellisiophyllum pinnatum 4 inch 54 ground cover; white flowers
Epimedium franchettii 2 gal 1
Epimedium stellulatum ‘Wudang Star’ sq 1 gal 12
Epimedium wuchanense ‘Caramel’ 2 gal 11
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Azuza’ 2 gal 3
Epimedium 1 gal 16 #2 (dug previously)
Eupatorium cannabinum ‘Flore Pleno’ 1 gal 8
Fritillaria elwesii 4 inch 48
Galanthus elwesii 1 gal 0
Galanthus nivalis ‘Double Form’ 4 inch 90 snowdrops; double; 5/pot
Galanthus nivalis ‘Double Form’ 4 inch 105 snowdrops; double; 5/pot
Galanthus nivalis ‘Double Form’ 1 gal clumps 13 snowdrops; double; 5/pot
Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ 1 gal 0
Gentiana asclepiadea 1 gal 11 blue willow gentian
Gentiana asclepiadea 2 gal 6 lower garden; dug previously
Gentiana asclepiadea 5 gal 1
Gentiana asclepiadea 5 gal 1 HOLD
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’ 4 inch 18 good for shade
Hacquetia epipactis 1 gal 12 green to chartreuse flowers in spring
Hakonechloa macra 4 inch 29 green form
Helleborus x hybridus 1 gal 14 Slate seedlings
Helleborus x hybridus sq 1 gal 13 Slate Parent Seedlings
Helleborus x hybridus 1 gal 15 anemone centered parent
Helleborus x hybridus 1 gal 14 slate parent 1st batch
Helleborus x hybridus 5 gal 6 doubles & anemone flowers.
Helleborus x hybridus 2 gal 22 doubles & anemone flowers.
Helleborus x hybridus 1 gal 5 doubles & anemone flowers.
Hosta plantaginea 2 gal 19 fragrant large white flowers
Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ 1 gal 9
Ipheion uniflorum 1 gal 23 Light blue; flat star-like flowers
Ipheion uniflorum 1 gal 23 light blue
Iris foetidissima ‘Variegata’ 1 gal 36 evergreen
Kniphofia ‘The Rocket’ 2 gal 4
Lathyrus nigra 1 gal 11 purple flowers; taller than L. vernus
Lathyrus vernus 2 gal 6 Pink Form; spring vetchling
Lathyrus vernus sq 1 gal 11 Pink Form; spring vetchling
Lilium henryi 2 gal 1 HOLD
Lilium martagon var. album 4 inch 15 white
Lilium martagon var. album 1 gal 11 white
Lilium martagon 1 gal 3 Pink
Lilium ‘Conca D’or’ 2 gal 1
Lilium ‘Scheherezade’ 2 gal 1 HOLD
Lilium ‘Selena’ 4 inch 18 Salmon & mauve w/ dark pink tips
Lilium ‘Selena’ sq 1 gal 14 Salmon & mauve w/ dark pink tips
Lilium ‘Selena’ 5 gal 1 Salmon & mauve w/ dark pink tips
Lilium ‘The Empress’ 2 gal 12
Lilium 5 gal 6 extremely large bulbs
Lilium 2 gal 6 large bulbs
Lilium 1 gal 2 Pale Yellow
Lilium 1 gal 8 dug 12/6
Lilium 1 gal 8 dug 11/9
Linaria purpurea sq 1 gal 10
Lysimachia ephemerum 1 gal 13 small white flowers; grey-green foliage
Meconopsis cambrica ‘Muriel Brown’ 1 gal 11 double orange-red flowers
Nepeta sq 1 gal 5 tiny white flowers; very dwarf
Nerine sp 1 gal 8
Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ sq 1 gal 46 black mondo grass
Pachyphragma macrophyllum 1 gal 21 shade ground cover; evergreen; white flowers
Paeonia lactiflora 5 gal 2
Paeonia lactiflora 2 gal 2
Paeonia lactiflora 1 gal 4
Paeonia wittmanniana 12 gal 1 pale; single yellow flowers
Paeonia wittmanniana 5 gal 1 pale; single yellow flowers
Paeonia wittmanniana 2 gal 2 pale; single yellow flowers
Paeonia wittmanniana 15 gal 1 pale; single yellow flowers
Paeonia wittmanniana 8 gal 2 pale; single yellow flowers
Paeonia wittmanniana 5 gal 1 pale; single yellow flowers
Paeonia wittmanniana 2 gal 5 pale; single yellow flowers
Paeonia 5 gal 1 single
Paeonia 5 gal 1 Pink
Paeonia 2 gal 2 Pink
Paeonia 1 gal 6 single; done last Nov day
Paradisea liliastrum 2 gal 8 small clumping
Persicaria virginiana ‘Painters Palette’ 1 gal 16 Variegata Group
Petasites japonicus “var. giganteus
1 gal 12 very large leaves
Peucedanum ostruthium ‘Daphnis’ 1 gal 7 variegated
Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Albus’ 1 gal 3 whtie baloon flowers
Podophyllum pleianthum 1 gal 14 large waxy green leaves; red flowers
Podophyllum pleianthum 2 gal 2
Podophyllum pleianthum 1 gal 2 umbrella plant; heronswood
Polygonatum humile 1 gal 19 dwarf solomon’s seal
Polygonatum multiflorum ‘Blushing Purple’ 2 gal 4 faintly colored
Polygonatum sessile ‘Variegatum’ 1 gal 10 haphazardly splashed and streaked
Polygonatum verticillatum 1 gal 32 leaves in whorls; red berries
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Flore Pleno’ 1 gal 44 double flowered solomon’s seal
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Striatum’ 1 gal 21 variegated solomon’s seal
Polypodium vulgare 1 gal 15 large form; licorice fern
Primula ‘Cowichan’ 4 inch 24 Yellow group; dark foliage
Primula 4 inch 18 Hose in Hose; Double pink
Pulmonaria angustifolia 1 gal 50 native soil; best groundcover; blue flowers
Pulmonaria angustifolia sq 1 gal 32 seedlings; good markings; evergreen groundcover
Pulmonaria latifolia subsp. Cevennensis 1 gal 2 narrow leaves
Pulmonaria rubra ‘David Ward’ 1 gal 17 white & light green leaves
Ruscus hypoglossum 2 gal 11 Evergreen; spreads slowly
Salvia guaranitica 1 gal 18 blue (dark) flowers; forms suberous roots
Salvia nipponica ‘Fuji Snow’ 1 gal 15 variegated
Saxifraga hirsuta 4 inch 90 hairy leaved ground cover
Saxifraga ‘Dentata’ (x polita) 4 inch 18
Scilla peruviana 1 gal 21 large clusters of rich blue flowers
Sedum cv. 1 gal 7 probably ‘Autumn Joy’
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ 1 gal 5 Herbstfreude’; pink autumn flowers
Sedum ‘Washfield Ruby’ 4 inch 15 deep color
Sedum ‘Washfield Ruby’ 1 gal 11 deep color
Solidago cv. ‘Fireworks’ ? 1 gal 11
Spiranthes cernua 4 inch 36 evergreen groundcover
Stachys monieri 1 gal 17
Stachys monieri 1 gal 18 good edger; pale to blue flowers
Symphytum grandiflorum ‘Gold Mine’ 1 gal 26 native soil; yellow variegated leaves
Thalictrum delavayi 1 gal 5 tall (to 4′) meadow rue
Thalictrum ‘Elin’ 2gal 9 large; with chartreuse foliage
Thalictrum 1 gal 6 meadow rue
Trachystemon orientalis 1 gal 14 large leaves; curious spidery purple flowers
Trachystemon orientalis 2 gal 1 HOLD
Trientalis borealis 4 inch 6 starflower;
Trillium chlorapetalum 2 gal 3 back clump
Trillium chlorapetalum 1 gal 1 back clump
Trillium chlorapetalum 1 gal 1 back clump; HOLD
Trillium chlorapetalum 2 gal 2 front clump; HOLD
Trillium chlorapetalum 2 gal 1 front clump
Trillium chloropetalum 1 gal 2 front clump; marked leaves
Uvularia pallida 1 gal 1
Vancouveria planipetala 1 gal 29 evergreen; native groundcover
Veratrum formosanum 4 inch 18 clumping greenish flowers on 2′ stems
Veratrum formosanum 1 gal 16 clumping greenish flowers on 2′ stems
Vernonia noveboracensis 1 gal 10 The tallest herbaceous perennial
Xanthorhiza simplicissima 1 gal 10 running deciduous curiosity

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