Here’s What’s Happening in February

Here’s What’s Happening in February

Registration Begins Tuesday, February 1
Friday – Sunday, June 24 – 26
Hardy Plant Study Weekend
“Gardening in 3-D: Dichotomy, Diversity & Desire”
Considered “Horticulture Camp for Grownups,” this annual conference is a must-attend event for passionate gardeners. Speakers include Nan Sinton, Paul Bonine, Laura Crockett, Fergus Garrett, Lucy Hardiman, Thomas Hobbs, Jack Staub, and Bernard Trainor. Garden tours, plants sales and other delights included.
Hardy Plant Society of Oregon
Smith Center, Portland State University
Portland, Oregon
For more information and to register:


Sunday, February 6
10 am – 4 pm
2nd Annual Hardy Cyclamen Sale
Bouquet Banque Nursery
After 10 years of meticulous growing, Bouquet Banque Nursery has thousands of select specialty Cyclamen coums, hederifoliums, and more in their most spectacular season. They open the cold frames, spiff up the garden, heat up the workshop, and bake some sweetbreads for two glorious winter garden days!! FREE.
Bouquet Banque Nursery
8220 State Avenue, Marysville, WA 98270
For more information:


Wednesday, February 9
6:45 pm
“Life is Good & Delicious in a Northwest Garden”
Lorene Edwards Forkner
Freelance writer, visiting lecturer and sometimes garden designer, Lorene Edwards Forkner revels in the seasonal pleasures and broad scope of gardening life in the Pacific Northwest affords. Working from home and tending a small city garden provide Lorene with a living workshop and practical skills in her hands-on pursuit of color, textures, form and delicious flavor every day of the year. A designer’s eye for re-purposing objects and a keen sense of conservation and thrift infuse her every effort with personality, wit and sustainability. Lorene is the author of 3 books: Growing Your Own Vegetables, 2009; Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest, summer 2009 and Hortus Miscellaneous, 2007; all from Sasquatch Books. Her next book, Handmade Garden Style, will be published by Timber Press in summer, 2011. And be sure to catch Lorene’s seminars at the garden show! Website/blog:
Northwest Horticultural Society
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Members – $5
Non-members – $10

Saturday, February 12
9 am – 4 pm
Plant Amnesty Prune-A-Thon
Back by popular demand, this all-day event teaches the world to properly prune and design for better plant health. It’s a day of free pruning talks, slideshows and demonstrations. Topics include “Training Young Fruit Trees,” “Pruning Roses,” “My Rhody’s Too Big,” and “How to Prune an Overgrown Garden,” plus others. Master Gardeners can get CE credits for the talks. Plant Amnesty-approved designers will be on hand to provide 15-minute free design solution consults for small garden areas. Bring your photos, estimated square footage & growing conditions (soil type and sun exposure). FREE.
Held at Sky Nursery
185th & Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA
For more info:

Saturday, February 12 & Sunday, February 13
9 am – 5 pm
Tacoma Orchid Society Show & Sale
Enjoy the beauty and collections from our many orchid experts. Repotting of orchids is available by Tacoma Orchid Society members for a small donation. FREE.
Windmill Gardens
5816 162nd Ave. E., Sumner, WA 98390
For more information:


Saturday, February 12 & Sunday February 13
9 am – 7 pm
Sunday February 13
10 am – 3 pm
Vancouver Orchid Society Show & Sale
AOS judged show, sale of popular and rare orchids; local and international vendors.
VanDusen Botanical Garden Floral Hall
5521 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC
Admission – $7; Seniors & Students – $6
For more information:


Thursday, February 17
6:45 pm
“The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic”
Lecture & Book Launch Party
Sarah Reichard
Sarah is Associate Director of the UW Botanic Gardens, she oversees the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program (Rare Care), the Hyde Herbarium, classes for the public and professionals, and youth and family programs in the Washington Park Arboretum. Her new book, The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic, draws from cutting-edge research on urban horticulture and explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening. She will share her straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching, and invasive species. This lecture will benefit the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program at the UW Botanic Gardens. Sarah will also be speaking at the garden show on Sunday, February 27.
Sponsored by UWBG and the Northwest Horticultural Society
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Tickets – $15
For reservations and information: Contact Karin Kravitz at [email protected] or call 206-780-8172


Tuesday, February 22
4:30 – 9:30 pm
Arbor Eden: Preview Gala for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Enjoy a hosted wine reception and dessert as you browse a silent auction, enjoy live music and feast your eyes of the 23 spectacular show gardens at the 2011 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum. Black tie or festive dress.
Sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation
Washington State Convention Center
8th Avenue & Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Tickets: General Admission per person – $65 (members) and $100 (non-members)
$250 Patrons and $50 Benefactors
For more information:


Wednesday, February 23 – Sunday, February 27
9 am – 8 pm Wednesday – Saturday; 9 am – 6 pm Sunday
23rd Annual Northwest Flower & Garden Show
“Once Upon a Time…Spectacular Gardens with Stories to Tell”
This is it! Herald spring with a million dollar display of 23 show gardens designed by the region’s leading landscape designers, nurseries and horticulturists. Shop over 300 mini-stores all especially selected for the high quality products that gardeners love. Revel in the wit and wisdom of 123 FREE educational seminars presented by renowned speakers from around the country with over 60 book signings by your favorite garden authors. Simply put, it is five days of gardening nirvana guaranteed to get your creativity going as you start your best gardening year ever. Don’t miss the largest, most highly-acclaimed garden show on the West Coast!
Washington State Convention Center
8th Avenue & Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Tickets: Early Bird prices until February 22 – $16 per person
After February 22 – $20
2-Day Pass – $29
5-Day Pass – $65
Half Day (Good after 3 pm) $10
Youth (13 – 17 years old) – $5
Children (12 and under) – FREE
For complete information:

See you all at the show! – Janet

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