Here’s What’s Happening in November

Here’s What’s Happening in November

Saturday, November 6
9 am – 3 pm
Elizabeth Miller Library Open House
The Elizabeth Miller Library is celebrating 25 years and the staff invites with an Open House. Stop by to learn about everything the Miller Library offers gardeners. Enjoy a piece of cake and a glass of punch and meet the fabulous staff of the Miller Library. There will be a free raffle for choice plants, a demonstration of the Gardening Answers Knowledgebase, a slide show of the library’s history and an exhibit of botanical art by Linda Ann Vorobik.
Elizabeth Miller Library
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle


November 6
10 am – 12 pm
Putting the Garden to Bed
The rain and dark has snuck up on us and the garden is winding down. Grab those last few days of sunshine and put your garden to bed. Fall is a fantastic time to replenish the soil that has offered you its bounty all year long. Learn inexpensive or free ways to build your soil using materials on hand. Let the Tilth gardeners show you how a little work now will pay off big time next spring.
Seattle Tilth
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle, WA
Cost: $25 Seattle Tilth members; $35 nonmembers
Advance registration & payment required:
For more information: 206-633-0451 x 101


Wednesday, November 10
6:45 pm
Living Green: High Concept Design Meets Sustainability
Debra Prinzing
Debra Prinzing returns to Seattle for a stint in the LA area. Debra is a well-known author and contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Garden Design, Landscape Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Gardening, and Sunset. During her four year sojourn in Southern California Debra has learned to appreciate the design challenges of gardening with little or no water, creating outdoor living environments that reflect geography and place, and growing plants that feed the body and soul. She’ll share some of the West’s best sustainable — and high concept — design ideas, and discuss how these can be adapted to Seattle area gardens.
Northwest Horticultural Society
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Members – $5
Non-members – $10


November 13
10 am – 4 pm
Van Dusen’s Dried Flower Sale
Bring a bit of Van Dusen style home! Visit the Van Dusen Botanical Garden for a dried flower sale offering topiaries, wreaths, bouquets and arrangements, made from materials gathered in the Garden. Held at the entrance of the garden, at the intersection of Oak Street and W. 37th Ave. Free.
Van Dusen Botanical Garden
5521 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC
More information:


November 14
10 am – 12 pm
Rehabilitative Pruning
This Plant Amnesty class covers the three most common forms of mal-pruning (tree topping, overthinning of trees and shrubs, and inappropriate shearing) and how to fix trees and shrubs that have been mal-pruned. This is an advanced course and those attending should already be familiar with principles of selective pruning. Included is discussion of watersprouts, suckers, radical renovation techniques, and crown restoration.
Plant Amnesty
Sand Point Magnuson Park, Bldg. 406
For more info:
Phone: 206-783-9813
$15 general public, payable at the door
$10 Plant Amnesty members


November 21
11 am – 12:30 pm
Nature Walk through Washington Park Arboretum
The 11 am tours of each month are themed tours. November’s theme is “Fruits, Nuts & Wildlife.” Visit plants, like oaks and walnuts, that attract wildlife. Our weekend walks are led by experienced, trained, knowledgeable and engaging docents. Free.
Arboretum Foundation
2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA
For more information:
Phone: 206-325-4510
Web page:


November 27 – January 1, 2011
5 – 10 pm daily
Garden d’Lights
The enormously popular Garden d’Lights festival features over half a million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Inspired by plants found in Northwest gardens and gardens around the world, hundreds of volunteers have been busy making new creations. A new Tortoise will join the list of over 30 “critters” including Charlotte in her web and Willie the Slug. You won’t want to miss the “Aquarium in Lights” in the Visitors’ Center with the pulsing jellyfish and our own octopus, or the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn. Our new route through the garden will be enhanced with a flowing river in lights and 2 waterfalls. This year will be an exciting adventure for all ages. Plan now to attend and purchase your tickets in advance!
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA
Recorded information line: 425-451-6844
Every December, over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling display, and many of them want to come at the same time!
PLAN AHEAD! Advanced ticket purchase is required this year.
$5 per person; children under 10 FREE.
For more information, to purchase tickets and to find out how to enter free, visit the Garden d’Lights website:


Hope you have a great November and enjoy these events! Be sure to visit the Garden Show website for the seminar schedule which is now posted at

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