The 11th Annual FREE Plant Exchange will be held May 2, 2015 (9 am-12 pm) at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (901 N. J St. in Tacoma 98403), in the Parking Lot.
Learn the basics of training apple trees via the espalier method during a FREE Master Gardener presentation on Wednesday, March 4, from 7pm to 9pm at the UP Library meeting room (37th and Bridgeport Way). Master Gardener John Valentine will discuss espalier methods and training techniques at this presentation.
The main entrance to Madrona Park has long been an eye-catching bright spot for pedestrians and motorists driving past on Steilacoom Boulevard. The local beautification spot was begun about 30 years ago. Madrona resident Peggy Hemphill, is pleased.
Lakewold Gardens is pleased to offer three gardening classes during the spring of 2015. The workshops are open to the general public, free of charge:
Thursday, March 19th from 9am-Noon: Pruning
Thursday, April 23rd from 9am-Noon: Weed Management
Thursday, May 21st from 9am-Noon: Fern Care
Raised garden beds 8′ x 4′ are available to Lakewood residents at the Lakewood Community Garden. Located just off 112th Street in back of the Lakewood Baptist Church, a raised bed can be rented for the entire year for just $20. Tools for working in the raised bed are available along with the cost of […]
Pierce County residents can learn how to grow their own food during the 2015 Edible Gardens workshop series, which runs from February through November. The free series of monthly workshops, which are sponsored by Pierce County and the Pierce Conservation District, teach beginning gardeners how to plan a garden, prepare the soil, plant seeds, and harvest the food they’ve grown.
Flowering plants in winter are not the norm. The silver kaleidoscope of color on their leaves, along with the small fairy shaped flowers, brings joy on a dark rainy winter day. With a Mediterranean climate, Cyclamen feel right at home in this cool, wet, winter weather.
Cyclamen are tuberous, herbaceous perennials that look very similar to a begonia tuber. There are 23 species currently recognized in the genus Cyclamen. The two easiest to grow in the Pacific NW are the species hederifolium (pictured in the article) and coum that are currently in bloom in winter. The 23 species could provide blooming cyclamen every month of the year.
TACOMA—The 32nd annual Tacoma Home & Garden Show featuresover 750 exhibitors, television personality and designer Rachel Kate, the popular Vintage Market,a major kitchen showcase, the Plant Market, “how-to” seminars and more, January 22-25 at the Tacoma Dome. Sponsored by the Western Washington Toyota Dealers, the state’s largest combined home and garden event is a one-stop […]
Explore everything do-it-yourself at Pierce County Library’s first ever DIYfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Fruitland Grange, 11102 86th Ave. E., in Puyallup.
The free event features local authors, hands-on activities, kitchen demos, food trucks and a DIY bookmobile. Learn from exhibitors who know a thing or two about gardening, farming, household sustainability, handcrafts, and things to keep young DIY-ers interested.
By Mary La Tourelle
The Steilacoom Garden Club invites the broader community to join them for an educational presentation on heaths and heathers. Karla Lortz, owner of the Heath and Heathers Nursery near Shelton and President of the North America Heather Society, will share information on the many varieties available and will also talk about how to care for and properly prune these plants. We’ll also have time for Q&A. Her nursery sells more varieties than anyone else in the US and they have one of the largest collections in the world. They also have over 2,000 plants in their display garden which is well worth visiting.