Forever Fuchsias at Lakewold Gardens, Sept. 6, 7

Lakewood, Wash. – In honor of Lakewold’s 25th anniversary, Northwest Fuchsia Society presents Forever Fuchsias at Lakewold Gardens. Open to the public from 10am to 4pm this coming September 6th and 7th, visitors can enjoy fuchsia displays by 7 different clubs. Along with these colorful exhibits society members will be on hand to answer questions. Event highlights include: [Read more...]

Rockin’ around Lakewood

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Some folks collect matchbooks; some collect vintage cars or boats, while others collect…well, you get the idea.

If rock collecting turns you on, one Lakewood resident has a deal you can’t refuse. He has three to four tons of rocks in his backyard, and he’s parting company with this exotic, geologic assortment in a three-day-only yard sale.

This coming weekend, Aug. 29, 30 and 31, John Huber is offering his 30+ year Rock Collection. Gemologists, geologists and other rock hounds are welcome to select pieces from this extensive collection for their own.
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Plant Corner at Lakewold Gardens: Himalayan Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum venustum

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The elegant, lacy foliage on black stems of the Himalayan maidenhair fern, Adiantum venustum, are a delight to grow.  Only about a foot high, it forms a low, slow creeping rhizomes groundcover that is not invasive in our gardens. Small frond unfurl in late winter with a warm bronze blush that makes this fern refreshing to see on these gray overcast days of winter. The soft green, triangular fan-shaped segments are numerous and make up each frond.

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Around the Sound: Downtown Garden spot gets a makeover

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By Nancy Covert

Steilacoom’s Garden Club, in partnership with the Town of Steilacoom, began another garden spot makeover this past Tuesday.

Workers from the Cedar Creek Corrections facility dismantled the garden plot next to the Bair Store that’s stood there for more than 25 years, replacing the railroad ties with concrete pavers. The garden spot is located at the intersection of Wilkes and Lafayette streets, across from the Tennis Courts.

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Knotweed isn’t a good shrub

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By Nancy Henderson

Most people are familiar with the invasive plant Scotch Broom, but fewer know about knotweed, a much more-threatening species.

Knotweed is very aggressive, escaped ornamental that is capable of forming dense stands, crowding out all other vegetation and degrading wildlife habitat.  These aggressive invasive plants grow better in their new habitat due to the absence of native predators and diseases that limit their growth in their native Asia.

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Fresh Finds at the Steilacoom Farmers’ Market for August 22, 2012

With so many tomatoes, not to mention peppers, onions, and cilantro at the market, it is surely Salsa time!  Come pick up the ingredients to complete your favorite recipe, or stop by the Information booth at the market and  pick up a copy of some salsa recipes submitted by a few of our market facebook fans.  Either way you should be able to find all you need to mix up this favorite snack!   [Read more...]

Learn to prune fruit trees on July 28

Want to learn proper, corrective pruning skills and be well equipped to care for your fruit trees this season?  Join the Pierce County Gleaning Project and Master Gardener and Arborist, Pamela Draper for a hands-on workshop, Saturday, July 28th at Ft. Steilacoom Park.  The workshop will be conducted at the apple orchard along Angle Lane, just past the maintenance shop.  Bring your pruning tools if you have them and wear a hat, gloves, and protective eye wear.  Some tools will be available at the workshop.  This event will be held rain or shine. The Clover Park Kiwanis Club will harvest the apples along Angle Lane and donate the apples to the Lakewood FISH Food Bank.