Here’s What’s Happening in April

Here’s What’s Happening in April

Saturday, April 2
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th ANNUAL GARDEN LOVERS’ BOOK SALE
Wine & Cheese Preview Party
Friday, April 1

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany and landscape design books will be for sale at the Miller Library the first weekend of April. Original artwork from the American Association of Botanical Artists – Pacific Northwest Chapter will also be on exhibit and for sale. Be among the first to browse the books at the Wine and Cheese Preview Party on Friday, April 1, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Book Sale admittance is free on Saturday.
Elizabeth C. Miller Library
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
For more information: http://nwf.gs/fMyBwF
Preview Party Tickets: $20 – Call the Library at 206-543-0415

 

Sunday, April 3
1:00 pm
“EATING ORNAMENTALLY”
Willi Evans Galloway
As an award winning writer and radio commentator, Willi Galloway spends her days teaching people how to eat from their gardens. Willi is the creator of DigginFood, a popular gardening and cooking blog that serves up organic vegetable gardening advice, DIY projects, and seasonal recipes several times each week. Willi served for six years on the Board of Directors of Seattle Tilth and is a volunteer for the King County Master Gardeners. Willi is working on her first book—a food lover’s guide to vegetable gardening that will be published by Sasquatch Books in January 2012. She and her husband also host an online garden to table cooking show, “Grow. Cook. Eat.” In this lecture Willi gives her recommendations for the best ornamental edible plants and varieties for the Pacific Northwest, share practical ideas for adding edibles into existing and new ornamental gardens, and discuss strategies for getting the most out of the vegetables, herbs, and fruit you choose to grow. Free.
Joy Creek Nursery
20300 NW Watson Road, Scappose, Oregon 97056
For more information: http://nwf.gs/gbjbwi
Phone: 503-543-7474

 

Saturday, April 9
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
EARLY BLOOMERS PLANT SALE
Arboretum Foundation
Don’t miss our first plant sale of the year! Hosted by the dedicated volunteers in our Pat Calvert Greenhouse and Plant Donations Nursery, the sale takes place within the beautiful environs of Washington Park Arboretum, so you can come shop for your plants near the Graham Visitors Center and then enjoying a relaxing stroll through Seattle’s premier public garden. You’ll find a great selection of young trees and shrubs for sale in the Greenhouse, and wonderful early blooming perennials such as hellebores, trilliums, primroses, pulmonaria, and hepatica in the Nursery. At the Plant Donations Nursery and the Pat Calvert Greenhouse. Free parking and admission.
Arboretum Foundation
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA
For more information: http://nwf.gs/eimAxU
Phone: 206-325-4510

 

Saturday, April 9
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“CLEMATIS & COMPLIMENTARY COMPANION PLANTS”
Raymond Evison, The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd.
Join award-winning nurseryman Raymond Evison as he puts together a winning combination of gorgeous clematis and companion plants to create an eye-catching container design. He’ll also share tips on pruning, feeding and general care, while showcasing his newest varieties. SPECIAL OFFER: Clematis will be 20% off at Molbak’s April 9-17.
Molbak’s
13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville, WA 98072
For more information: http://nwf.gs/9PVamG
Phone: 425-483-5000

 

 

Saturday, April 9
Sunday, April 10
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
HPSO SPRING PLANT SALE
One of the largest plant sales in the Northwest, people trek to Portland from all over Western Washington and Oregon to get their spring plant fix. Over 70 nurseries and specialty growers, along with 30 Artists with cool garden art. For a complete vendor list go to http://nwf.gs/9PVamG. No wagons, strollers or carts, please. Assistance will gladly be provided for people with disabilities. Please ask one of our Greeters at the entrance if you need assistance. Free admission.
Hardy Plant Society of Oregon
Portland EXPO Center, Hall E-2
Directions: http://nwf.gs/fXrphw
2060 North Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217
For more information: http://nwf.gs/hcsyJY
Phone: 503-224-5718

 

Saturday, April 9
Sunday, April 10
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
CHASE GARDEN SPRING PLANT SALE
Free admission to the garden. Featuring early blooming groundcovers, perennials, woodland wildflowers and special selections from several invited vendors.
The Chase Garden
16015 – 264th Street E, Orting, WA
For more information: http://nwf.gs/eemlN3
Phone: 206-242-4040

 

Sunday, April 10
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
“TREE PRUNING II”
Cass Turnbull
This is the HOW-TO slideshow for pruning trees (not fruit or nut trees). How to prune a tree limb, how to find the branch collar, pruning for young and mature trees, pruning standards, crown restoration, and basics of Tree Risk Assessment will be covered. Time allowing–we will go over some specific tree pruning: magnolia, purple-leaf plum trees, and dogwoods.
Plant Amnesty
Sand Point Magnuson Park, Bldg 406 (The Brig)
7400 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA
Driving Directions: http://nwf.gs/fOeFVj
For more information: http://nwf.gs/fnnMTN
Phone: 206-783-9813

 

Wednesday, April 13
Reception 6:45 pm; Lecture 7:15 pm
“LANDSCAPE AS SPIRIT: CREATING A CONTEMPLATIVE GARDEN”
Martin Mosko
Martin Mosko is the founder and principal of the award-winning Marpa Design Studio of Boulder, abbot of Hakubai Temple, and the co-author of Landscape as Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden. He will present an integrated theory of contemplative gardening, and illustrate how this framework for design applies in every situation, whether commercial or residential. Martin will demonstrate how a contemplative garden is not limited by style or budget; it is a product of the meditative mind, and can be built in any space. He will discuss the elements available to us as designers, the idea of balance in composition, and the metaphors used to help judge when that balance has been achieved.
Northwest Horticultural Society
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Fee: Members $5; Non-members $10
No reservations required
For more information: http://nwf.gs/gSXz1V
Phone: 206-780-8172

 

Friday, April 15
Saturday April 16
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
SPRING PLANT SALE
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
22 outstanding specialty nurseries plus choice selections from the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden highlight their Spring Plant Sale. Doors open at 2:00 pm on Friday for members. The garden is home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 600 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Free admission to the garden on plant sale days.
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
Weyerhauser Corporate Headquarters
Weyerhaeuser’s West Entry parking lot, Upper Level, Federal Way, WA
2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003
For more information: http://nwf.gs/f6392p
Phone: 253-838-4646

 

Saturday, April 16
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
ARBOR DAY – EARTH DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL
Grab your “passport” from a Ranger and journey through the many eco-stations at the Garden. Activities include a Living Lab native plant workshop, docent-led Garden tours, live bug sampling on “Bug TV” and many others. Get a stamp at each station and return your completed passport for a raffle ticket. Ceremonial Tree Planting will be at 11:30am. Raffle to follow. Winners do not need to be present at time of drawing. Of Special Note: This year the City of Bellevue will receive its 20th consecutive Tree City USA award and its 18th Growth Award from the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Free.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
For more information: http://nwf.gs/gAkA0z
Phone: 425-452-6826

 

Saturday, April 16
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 17
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
PREMIER PLANT SALE & OPEN HOUSE
The Bloedel Reserve
Preview Sale for Bloedel Reserve Members!
Friday, April 15
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Free lectures each day at noon!
Saturday – Kelly Dodson, “Our Favorite Plants at Far Reaches Farm”
Sunday – Dan Hinkley, “From Shadows to Sun: The Gardens at Windcliff”
Visitors get free admission to the renowned Bloedel Reserve to attend this amazing plant sale, featuring choice plants propagated and grown at Bloedel Reserve, and by premier Northwest growers, including: Dan Hinkley, Sundquist Nursery, Far Reaches Farms, Naylor Creek Nursery, Desert Northwest, Steamboat Island Nursery, Keeping It Green, Mesogeo Garden, Chimacum Woods, Bambu-u, and Dragonfly Farms. Plus free lectures by Dan Hinkley and Kelly Dodson. It doesn’t get any better than that!
The Bloedel Reserve
7571 Northeast Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110
Directions: http://nwf.gs/gCqAUw
For more information: http://nwf.gs/h4zyHb
Phone: 206-842-7631

 

Wednesday, April 20
6:30 pm
COLLECTORS’ PLANT AUCTION & GALA
University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
The Collectors’ Plant Auction and Gala is a major fundraiser for the UBC Botanical Garden. The evening is an event not to be missed by local gardeners, plant collectors and industry insiders. Exciting, unique, rare and specimen plants are available in both live and silent auctions in a gala atmosphere of a buffet dinner and refreshments. This is a plant lover’s event of the year!
UBC Garden Reception Center
6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tickets: $150 each
For more information: http://nwf.gs/gdE3un
Phone: 604-822-3928

 

Saturday, April 23
Sunday, April 24
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
HUA YUAN CHINESE FLORAL EXHIBITION
The exquisite floral arrangements created by members of the school will be on display in the Visitor Center. Admission is free.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
For more information: http://nwf.gs/gAkA0z
Phone: 425-452-2750

 

Saturday, April 30
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 1
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
FLORABUNDANCE PLANT SALE
Member Pre-Sale & Party
Friday, April 29
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
This magnificent sale, the largest in the Puget Sound region, features dozens of top specialty nurseries and vendors selling a wide selection of choice, locally-grown plants. You’ll find trees, shrubs, beautiful conifers, native plants, vegetable starts, species and hybrid rhododendrons, favorite and rare perennials, unusual annuals, glorious groundcovers, grasses, vines, and more. Benefit from the advice of gardening experts, who’ll be roving the aisles (in yellow aprons) to help with plant selections. And look for the colored surveyor flags, which will mark the favorite plants of Ciscoe Morris and Bob Lilly at the sale this year! Free parking and admission. The sale raises important funds for Washington Park Arboretum.  Member Pre-Sale & Party tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the week of the sale. Tickets go on sale April 1.
The Arboretum Foundation
Warren G. Magnuson Park, Seattle, Bldg 30, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
For more information: http://nwf.gs/efyfLA
Member Pre-Sale Party tickets: 210-325-4510 or online

 

Saturday, April 30
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
SPRING PLANT SALE
I have been a member of this club for nearly 14 years, and over 300 plants at this sale are from my own garden as I create a more low maintenance garden. (The irony is that because I am spending so much time blogging for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show I don’t have as much time to tend my own garden!) Choose from named varieties of Hemerocallis, choice Hostas, Peonies (pictured – Peony “Better Times” a to-die-for pink), Astilbe, Rodgersia, Hellebores and much more – all from members’ gardens and all at incredibly low prices! Shop early for best selection. Alderwood Garden Club is a nonprofit garden club founded in 1925. Funds raised goes toward local horticulture scholarships. I’ll be there to tell you about plants I am – reluctantly – saying gooby to. – Janet
Alderwood Garden Club
Heritage Park – Just off I-5 at 19921 Popular Way, Lynnwood, WA

I hope you take the time to shop and support these many outstanding organizations working hard to organize these lectures and plant sales! They are the backbone of our horticulture community, bringing you the best plants from knowledgeable specialty growers in our region. You won’t find these plants in the ‘big box’ stores. See you at the sales! – Janet

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