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.

SEPTEMBER – Mary Ellen Asmundson – Sensational Saxifrages for the Garden

Mary Ellen Asmundson

Sensational Saxifrages for the Garden

Monday, September 21st, 2009, 7 – 9 pm

The lecture covered the highlights of the complex genus, Saxifraga, and why it became one of my favorite group of plants. I had a powerpoint slide show illustrating saxifrages growing in gardens, in pots, and in alpine habitats. I talked about how to grow and propagate saxifrages.

Photo credit: Mary Ellen Asmundson
Saxifraga longifolia

First Annual Summer Picnic in Gold Bar

First Annual Summer Picnic in Gold Bar

Saturday, July 25th, 2009, 1 – 4 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.

Directions to Fancy Fronds

Option 1: I-5 to HWY 2 East: Take exit 194 off I-5 in Everett. Take HWY 2 East approximately 30 miles towards Gold Bar.
Option 2: I-405 to HWY 2 East: From I-405 take exit 23, to 522. Take 522 east to Monroe. Turn left at the junction of HWY 2 and HWY 522 in Monroe, follow HWY 2, east to Gold Bar.
Arriving in Gold Bar: We are located on the east end of Gold Bar, on the right side of HWY 2 as you are headed east. There will be signs indicating where to turn right onto Dorman Road just after the Mountain View Diner. Follow Dorman Road over Rail Road tracks, follow road left (east) at the end of the fenced field, to 408 Ave SE and 172 Street SE. Turn right (south) at 408 Ave SE, which turns into 172 Street SE when it curves left (east). We are at the end of 172nd Street SE, on the right side with big greenhouses. Turn right into the driveway.
Parking info:    You can drive down the driveway to drop chairs or food, but please park at the grassy area at the gate near the road.

What to Bring

FOOD: Please bring a dish to share, as suggested by the division of last names, below. Judith has a refrigerator to keep things cool before serving. Don’t forget to bring serving utensils with your dish.
Last Name starts with:
A-D – Drinks (iced tea, juice, wine, beer) E-J – Desserts
J-M – Appetizers N-R – Side Dishes
S-Z – Main Dishes
Decorations and Door Prizes: Please bring either a bouquet from your garden as a centerpiece, or a labelled potted plant to donate. We’ll have a quiz to earn your goodies!
Other: Kids are welcome! Judith will have the Thai Pavilion up, and tables and chairs are provided. Perhaps bring a picnic blanket and croquet set? There is swimming access to the river, which at this time of year should be slow, but be sure to bring life-jackets, and always swim with an adult.

MAY – Rizanino Reyes – Travels of a Young Gardener

Rizanino Reyes

Travels of a Young Gardener

Monday, May 18th, 2009, 7 – 9 pm

A general overview of my travels as a “NGG” (next generation gardener) and the plants that made it special. From my expeditions and garden visits in China to nursery hopping around the Pacific Northwest, come prepared to salivate over extraordinary plants through slides and potted specimens that will be raffled off and also offered for sale. This is one lecture not to be missed!

Photo credit: Riz Reyes
Lilium ‘Heirloom Lace’ with Alliums

APRIL – Susan and Barry Latter – Travelogue of New Zealand

Susan and Barry Latter

Travelogue of New Zealand

Monday, April 20th, 2009, 7 – 9 pm

In 2005 Barry & Susan Latter joined a Northwest Horticultural Society trip to visit the North and South Islands of New Zealand. They viewed wonderful gardens, both public and private, landscapes that blew them away, penguins and people, castles and fjords.

Photo Credit: Barry Latter
Bev McConnell’s garden, Ayrlies, North Island, New Zealand