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Foundation Meeting: Soil Test Interpretation & Soil Enhancement

Thurs, Feb 20
6:30pm – Membership Meeting
7pm – Speaker: Nicole Warren

Nicole will be giving us insights into the work of the Thurston Conservation District and discuss soil test interpretation and soil enhancement.

At the district, Nicole runs a Soil Nutrient Program, where any landowner can submit a soil sample to test for macro and micro-nutrients. She provides a written analysis that includes recommendations specific to the crop being grown to correct deficiencies and improve production.

The Salvation Army Community Center
1505 4th Avenue E.
Olympia, WA 98501

Non-members pay $5 at the door.

Roots n Shoots Newsletter

Check out the first issue of our new Roots n Shoots Newsletter. The Foundation will use the newsletter as another way to keep our members informed about upcoming activities.

Feb 2020 (First issue)

If you’re not a Foundation member, but want to participate in some of our activities consider joining!

Annual membership (Jan.-Dec.) is only $10!
Join Now

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Hellebores: A Winter Must Have, Sumner

Sat, Feb 22
10am

Windmill Gardens
16009 60th Street East
Sumner, WA 98390

One of the most beautiful gems found in the winter gardens are Hellebores, commonly called Lenten Roses. They are a hardy, deer resistant perennial that brightens up containers and garden beds with their unique blooms from last fall until late winter. Come join us and special guest Crystal Cady of Skagit Gardens as she shares information on new varieties, old favorites, why they are a must-have in your garden and perfect planting combinations to pair with these beauties. We’ll also demonstrate a few container combos in which Hellebores are the star of the show. 

Free Event, but please call to reserve your seat in advance 253-863-5843 ext. 103.

Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, Seattle

Wed, Feb 26 – March 1, 2020
Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm

Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington

Join us as we celebrate “Spring Fever” with over 30 display gardens, 100 free seminars and workshops, and thousands of treasures in the garden marketplace. The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is the best annual event to gather ideas and inspiration for beautiful living spaces. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting to dig in the dirt, there’s something for everyone!

Through the Garden Gate Workshop Series, Shelton

The Life of a Vegetable Garden
Sat, March 7
9am to noon

$5 (at the door)

Public Works Building
100 W Public Works Drive
Shelton, WA

* pre-planting—soil, fertilizer, beds
* planting—what to plant and when, pest and weed control
* post-planting—harvesting, putting the garden to bed

Through the Garden Gate Workshops are presented by Mason County Master Gardeners.

For location and a list of all the 2019 workshops offered visit the Mason County Master Gardeners 2020 Gardening Workshops page .

Lessons from the Binetti Garden, Sumner

Presented by Marianne Binetti
at Windmill Gardens

Part one: Wed, March 11 – noon
Garden design that is pretty and practical. How to redesign your outdoor space for more convenience considering water, sun and outdoor living. Best plants for entry and side gardens.

Part two: Wed, April 15 – noon
Best bones for NW gardens using evergreens, groundcovers and perennials to create a basic frame for flowers.

Part 3: Wed, May 13 – noon
Pops of Color and Placing Containers: with Field Trip!! to Binetti Garden at the end of class. You must provide your own transportation to Enumclaw but can follow Marianne to her garden after class. The garden tour will highlight the lessons learned at the 3 part class.

Cost: $32.79
Class fee includes all 3 class dates plus Tour.
Must register and pay in advance.

Lakewold Gardens: “Learn in the Garden” Lecture Series, Lakewood

Landscaping with Special Conifers
Sat, March 16
10-11am

Robert Fincham will discuss conifers that stay reliably small and do not have to be replaced due to outgrowing their location.  He will also show some of the larger growing conifers that have very special attributes making them desirable for home gardeners.

To register for a upcoming class call (253) 584-4106
A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated to help cover expenses.
Register early as class size is limited!

For a list of additional workshops visit the Lakewold Gardens Web site .

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FREE Home and Garden Workshops, Tacoma

Saturdays, February – April

EnviroHouse at Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (formerly Tacoma Landfill)
3510 S. Mullen Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

The City of Tacoma offers wide variety of FREE gardening/waste reduction/composting workshops including topics such as: Native Plants to Enhance your Habitat; Rain Gardens: Plan, Prep, Maintain; Sustainable Landscape Design; and many more!

If you see a topic that interests you, SIGN UP EARLY! Workshops fill quickly!