Here’s What’s Happening in June

Here’s What’s Happening in June

Thursday, June 2
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Spring Comes to the Japanese Garden
Arboretum Walks & Talks
Washington Park Arboretum
Join the Arboretum’s knowledgeable tour guides for a lovely tour of the famed Seattle Japanese garden, now celebrating its 50th year. The tour will highlight the many beautiful spring flowering plants. Free tour; small admission fee into the Japanese Garden.
RSVP by email to [email protected] or by phone.
Arboretum Foundation
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA
Visit their website for more information or call 206-325-4510


10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays
10:0 am to 2:00 pm
April to October
Plant Donations Nursery
The Plant Donations Nursery sells plants donated to the Arboretum Foundation by area gardeners. The volunteer-operated nursery features an excellent selection of popular and unusual plants at great values. Volunteers are present on Wednesdays and second Saturdays (see hours above); however, visitors are welcome to browse the nursery any day of the week and purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop, open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, except in winter.
Arboretum Foundation
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA
Visit their website for more information or call 206-325-4510


Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
3rd Annual Glenwood Plant Fair
For all gardeners in and around South Puget Sound, specialty plant vendors from the area are bringing their best plants – from dwarf conifers to shrubs, trees, and perennials – to sell. You’ll be able to find rare and hard to find varieties. And, there will be plenty of opportunity in a relaxed setting to ask questions and talk to the growers. Master Gardener booth available for information. Free.
Glenwood Gardens
15155 Glenwood Road SW, Port orchard, WA 98367
Visit their website for more information or for directions or call 360 876-2449.


Wednesday, June 8
Reception 6:45 pm; Lecture 7:15 pm
“Work in Process: Insights into Evolving Designs”
Sarah Price
Sarah Price is a rising star in British horticulture and a landscape designer for the 2012 London Olympics. She will give a personal insight into the working methods that have driven some of her recent design commissions, from award winning show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower show to the evolution of the 2012 planting designs for London’s new Olympic Park.
Northwest Horticultural Society
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Fee: Members $5; Non-members $10
No reservations required
Visit their website for more information or call 206-780-8172.


Saturday, June 11
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Hummingbird & Butterfly Favorite Plants”
Drop by for an informal show and tell with Perennial Growers, Skagit Gardens. Plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies will be featured. Bring your questions, and come try to stump our experts. Lots of color on hand for this weekend! No Registration Required. FREE and open to the public.
Windmill Gardens
16009 60th Street East, Sumner, WA 98390
Visit their website for more information or call 253-863-5843.


Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sogetsu Ikebana Rose Festival Exhibition
Each year for the past 39 years, the Sogetsu School of Ikebana has presented their annual exhibition at the Garden as a sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival. Visit the Garden to see these elaborate and colorful flower arrangements presented by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Fee included with garden admission.
Portland Japanese Garden at Washington Park
611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Visit their website for more information or call 503-223-1321.


Saturday, June 18
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park Garden Tour & Plant Sale
Tour Lake Forest Park gardens with artists and musicians in each garden. The Garden Tour, which is part of a week-end long 50th Anniversary celebration, begins at 10 am. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 event day. Ciscoe Morris will be broadcasting from the plant sale at the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, between 10 am and noon. Then he will be helping you plant containers.
Advance tickets available from Towne Centre merchants and online.
Garden Fair & Plant Sale free; Garden Tour tickets $12 advance purchase, $15 day of event.
Lake Forest Park, WA
Intersection of Bothell Way NE (SR 522) and Ballinger Way NW (SR 104)
For more information or to purchase tickets or call 206-957-2804 or Email: [email protected]


Saturday, June 18
2:00 pm
“Mama Mia- Design Inspiration from Italy”
Marianne Binetti
Look to the Italians for inspiration for classic gardens and water-saving container gardens, planting beds, and shrubs. Class will discuss landscaping with low water needs plants and more. Learn how they grow such amazing gardens in such a tough climate. Alternatives to the thirsty lawn will also be covered. Registration Required. $5
Windmill Gardens
16009 60th Street East, Sumner, WA 98390
Visit their website to register or call 253-863-5843.


Tuesday, June 21
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
“The Details Make the Difference – Plant Marriages That Don’t End in Divorce”
Meghan Fuller
Plant Amnesty’s Meeting of Like Minds
Plants and layout provide the structure of a good garden, but for a truly stunning garden, you need interesting, beautiful plant combinations that read both at a distance and up close. Learn how to combine plants so you can take your garden to the next level. Meghan will discuss plant type, texture, size, shape, and color showing unique combinations that work. Plant Amnesty meetings are potlucks, although you need not bring food—a small donation will pay your way out of the minor guilt involved. They also have a fun auction and announcements of current events. Free and open to the public.
Plant Amnesty
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Visit their website for more information or call 206-783-9813 or Email: [email protected]
Phone: 206-783-9813


Friday – Sunday, June 24 – 26
Hardy Plant Study Weekend
“Gardening in 3-D: Dichotomy, Diversity & Desire”
It’s not too late to grab one of the seats remaining for the renowned Hardy Plant Study Weekend! 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
Visit their website for more information and to register.


Sunday, June 26
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Garden Conservancy’s Open Days – Bainbridge Island
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program offers opportunities to learn and exchange gardening ideas – or to simply explore and enjoy magnificent gardens not normally open to the public. Five renowned gardens will be open for the June 26 tour: The Brewer garden; the Little & Lewis Garden Gallery; the garden of Cassie and Doug Picha; Ravenswold II and Heronswood. Admission to each private garden is $5, Open Days are rain or shine and self-guided tours. No reservations are required. Simply show up at the garden during the times indicated and pay at the gate. There is a $5 admission fee per person per garden that you may pay in cash or check at the entrance of each Open Day garden. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
Visit their website for more information and driving directions or call 1-888-842-2442.


Let’s hope our typical June days of cool temperatures and incessant drizzle don’t come to pass (a girl can dream, can’t she?) and we have “unseasonably warm” weather for all these great events and tours! – Janet

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