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.
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.
The Tacoma Garden Club (TGC) is currently accepting grant applications for projects that stimulate a love of gardening, protect the quality of the environment, encourage civic beautification and/or promote educational/scientific activities. Continue Reading
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! Continue Reading
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.
Corn, tomatoes, peaches…need I say more? Yet there is more! And all of it can be found at the market this week! If the absolutely incredible selection of fresh fruits and vegetable doesn’t entice you, then perhaps the kettle corn or handcrafted toffee will. Either way, the Steilacoom Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Wednesday. Pick up your favorite treat, and head to the free concert in the park at 6:30 pm. The 133rd Army Dixie Land and Big Band will be performing in Pioneer Park. The market is located on the corner of Lafayette and Wilkes, and is open from 3-7pm. See you at the market!
The University Place Historical Society announces its 2012 Home and Garden Tour to be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 with proceeds to benefit the preservation of the history of University Place.
A first-time Plant and Craft Fundraiser will be sponsored by PEO Chapter FJ on Saturday, May 19. PEO is an international non-profit organization with thousands of local chapters dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for women of all ages and high school girls. A big selection of plants will be available as well as many unique, hand-crafted products. The event will take place Saturday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the parking lot of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8602 Bridgeport Way S.W. (near Steilacoom Boulevard), Lakewood, WA. All proceeds will be used for scholarships and support for women who wish to resume or continue their education, pursue special projects, need emergency assistance, or seek college support upon graduation from high school.
Steilacoom Garden Club will host its annual plant sale May 12 from 9am until sold out. Located on Lafayette Street between Bair Bistro and Key Bank, the club will have modestly priced plants that thrive in Northwest gardens and yards. Continue Reading
“Life began in a garden,” according to a popular take on the Art of Gardens. An hour’s stroll through an area garden–such as Lakewold–reinforces that sentiment. Early May is the best possible time to stroll through this 10-acre garden, located near Gravelly Lake. A search through early area history reveals that a small portion of what became the Gardens starting in the early 1900s, originally was part of a 10-square mile area known as the Puget Sound Agricultural Company; part of the Hudson’s Bay Company.