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Wed, April 18 – Foundation Meeting

6:30pm – Membership Meeting (no potluck)
7pm – Speakers

Thane and Peggy Bryenton from Evergreen Lavender Farm will be discussing different types of lavender, uses for dried buds, arrangements and essential oil distillation. There will also be samples of some of the products they create and offer in their on-site gift shoppe.

The public is welcome – no preregistration required. Admission is $5 for non-Foundation members, so feel free to invite your family, friends, and neighbors.

Growing Vegetables 101 Workshop

Sat, March 24
11am to 12:30pm
Tumwater Timberland Library

Thurs, April 12
Lacey Timberland Library

Learn tips on where to put a garden, when to plant it, how to read a seed packet and find out the best varieties to grow in Thurston County.

No RSVP needed, just show up.

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Community Gardens

Want to grow your own veggies this summer? Don’t have a sunny fenced space in your yard to use? … or maybe you don’t want that hefty water bill? There are eleven community gardens in Thurston County that have plots you can use.

For more information about community gardens or to find one near you, visit the Thurston County Health Department’s website .

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

Pruning Mature Rhodies
Sat, March 17

Register early as class size is limited!

Steve Hootman, Executive Director and Curator of the Rhododendron Species Foundation, will teach us the best way to approach a mature rhododendron with secateurs and saw in hand to unveil the best these plants have to offer.

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

Through the Garden Gate Workshop Series, Shelton

Sat, March 17
9am to noon

– Vegetable gardening 101
– Succession planting strategies
– Growing and caring for rhododendrons in the Pacific Northwest garden.

Cost: $5 per workshop (pay at the door)

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

For a list of dates and workshops visit the Shelton Garden Workshop web page .

Native Plant Salvage, Olympia

Sat., March 17
9:30am to 3:30pm
(stay as long as you can)
Come help however long you like – whether that’s digging plants all morning and helping to pot up plants in the afternoon, or just coming for one part or the other – all contributions are needed and appreciated.

Rose Care Made Easy, Sumner

Sat, March 17
10am at Windmill Gardens

Find the courage to grow roses by getting the basics from the pros of the Puyallup Rose Society. Learn varieties that are easy care, then how to care for, prune, fertilize and mulch them.

FREE but need to register in advance.

Webinar: Fascinating Plants for Shade Gardens

Thurs, March 29
11am (Pacific time)
Live Webinar (online seminar)

This illuminating presentation will help you see your way out of the dark to reveal a candy store brimming with gorgeous specimens for part shade or shade. Featured plants include perennials, flowering shrubs, annuals, bulbs and flowering vines ranging in hardiness from Zones 3 to 8. The lecture also includes design tips and lovely plant combinations. Who knows….you might even want to plant a shade tree after watching the Webinar!

Rhododendron Species Symposium, Federal Way

April 6-7
Fri, Noon-8pm
Sat, 8am-9:30pm

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S 336th St Federal Way, WA 98001

Species Symposium registration is now OPEN.

The third annual Rhododendron Species Symposium will be held on April 6th and 7th in Federal Way, Washington. Enjoy visiting local gardens on your own on Sunday, April 8th. Rhododendron enthusiasts, serious gardeners and horticulturists will discover up-to-the-minute information on species from Europe, Russia and beyond.

There will be an emphasis on educational time and tours in the RSBG and its facilities during the rhododendron species flowering season, meeting with staff and other delegates in what has become an internationally renowned botanical garden, containing the most comprehensive collection of natural rhododendron species in the world.