Here’s What’s Happening in October

Here’s What’s Happening in October

Saturday, October 1
10:00 am – 3:30 pm – Rain or Shine!
4th Annual Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms
Join Subaru and Organic Gardening at Greensgrow Farms for a celebration of fresh, local food, crafts and farm fun! If you are from out of town, get off the beaten tourist path and checkout Greensgrow Farms. If you are local to the area, come discover this Philadelphia treasure with your friends and family! Greensgrow is THE nationally recognized leader urban farming and quite the little gem. Come see how a former galvanized steel plant became a model for urban agriculture. Sample harvest dishes, enjoy various crafts, visit the farmer’s market and bring the kids to partake in loads of children’s activities! The fun stuff includes egg gathering, decorating a T-shirt for your pet, organic gardening workshops, veggie harvesting, making apple cider, adopt-a-pet with Philly Paws, and more.
Sponsored by Subaru of America
Greensgrow Farms
2501 E. Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Visit their website for more information.


Saturday, October 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Native Plant Society Seed, Bulb & Plant Sale
Love plants native to the Pacific Northwest region? This is a great sale for you! Vendors will have all the best natives, and some unusual hard-to-find plants too. Plus seeds and bulbs to round out your garden and offer plenty of year round interest and plants that are excellent for bird and butterfly habitat. A tentative list of plants offered for sale is on their website.
Central Puget Sound Chapter, Washington Native Plant Society
Warren G. Magnuson Park, Building 30
Sand Point Way at NE 74th Street, Seattle
Visit their website for more information or call 206-708-4011.


Saturday, October 1
5:00 pm
New Starts 9th Annual Gala & Auction
Benefitting Seattle Youth Garden Works
Join Seattle Tilth in celebrating the successful return of Seattle Youth Garden Works! Seattle Youth Garden Works empowers homeless and underserved youth, ages 14-21, through garden-based education and employment. Youth gain gardening knowledge, business expertise and job readiness skills while earning wages. Through one-on-one mentorship we help youth stabilize their housing, secure future employment, and achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Your support through the New Starts Green Gala & Auction will go directly toward helping these youth. Enjoy a delightful meal presented by Pyramid Catering with fresh, local, organic ingredients from Organically Grown. You will have the opportunity to choose from an impressive selection of exciting auction items including regional tours, a boat cruise, celebrity events, remodeling services, spa days, sushi classes, elegant restaurant packages and more. Evening includes silent auction, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live auction & dessert dash. Festive attire.
Tickets: $80
Seattle Tilth
Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115
Visit their website for more information or call 206-633-0451.


Sunday, October 2
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
HPSW Fall Bulb Sale
First annual bulb sale! If you loved the Arboretum Foundation’s Bulb Sale, this sale is for you! Organized by bulb expert Bob Lilly, this sale is a great opportunity to get some of the more unusual bulbs for your garden as well as your favorite tulips and narcissus. A list of bulbs available has been posted on the website. 
Hardy Plant Society of Washington
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105
Visit their website for more information.


Saturday, October 8
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
4th Annual Plant-a-Head for Alzheimer’s
Jenny & Bill at My Garden Nursery have been committed to raising funds for Alzheimer’s research ever since Jenny lost both her parents to the disease, raising over $25,000 towards research into Alzheimer’s. Come enjoy a fun evening of wine, tasty hors d’oeuvres (including Jenny’s famous crab dip) and lots of bidding on items that gardeners love. Plants, trees, gift certificates, gift baskets and a dessert auction can all be yours for great prices – and 100% of the funds raised goes to Alzheimer’s.
Tickets: $15
My Garden Nursery
17414 Bothell Everett Highway, Mill Creek, WA 98012
Visit their website for ticket information or to RSVP to 425-402-1842.


Tuesday, October 11
6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
“Inspiration in the Responsible Garden”
Richie Steffen
Richie Steffen is the curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he manages the rare plant collections and heads acquisition of new plants for the garden. Embracing creative elements, plant collections, personality, and climate into the landscape is a recipe for bringing fun back to gardening and adding to our urban environment. See the unusual, the oddities and the plants of obsession inspiring one to love the greenery with which we surround ourselves.
Lake Wilderness Arboretum
Tahoma Junior High School, 25600 Summit-Landsburg Road in Ravensdale
Visit their website for more information or call 425-412-2572.


Sunday, October 9
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fall Foliage Festival
Dunn Gardens
Tour the beautiful grounds of the famed Dunn Gardens during their peak of fall foliage color. It’s their annual thank you to their supporters. Enjoy the serenity of the garden in all its fall glory. Refreshments, conviviality and a silent auction to enjoy.
Tickets: Members – complimentary; Non-members $20 (or purchase a 2012 membership)
Dunn Gardens
13533 Northshire Road NW, Seattle, WA 98177
Visit their website for more information or call 206-362-0933.


Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
Give & Grow Luncheon!
To ensure that as many supporters as possible can attend our most important fundraiser of the year, we are pleased to announce a new date and location for our Give & Grow Luncheon. We hope you will join us to learn how your support will enhance the lives of children with special needs in our community. Would you consider being a Table Captain and/or Sponsor of the luncheon?
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
The Four Seasons Hotel
99 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Visit their website for more information or call 206-227-5458.


Saturday, October 15 – Saturday, October 22
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fall Foliage Festival
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
Celebrate the beauty of fall foliage, take a tour of the spectacular color of the RSBG and hear exciting speakers, including Steve Hootman, Dave De Groot, and Sue Olsen. And of course, a plant sale! Free admission for all.
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003
Visit their website for more information or call 253-838-4646.


Three fun weekends!
October 15 – 16, 22 – 23 & 29 – 30
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Swansons Nursery Fall Festival
Loads of family activities and seminars on edible gardening and cooking awaits you for three weekends in October at Swansons Nursery. And you can spend your “Boo Bucks” and earn Holiday Dollars. Free.
Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Visit their website for more information or call 206-782-2543.


Saturday, October 22
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fall Sale 2011 at Glass Gardens NW
Browse the gallery and showroom of the fabulous work by Barbara Sanderson, of Glass Gardens NW. Barbara’s exhibit at the garden show is always popular and many show gardens feature her pieces. Her wonderful glass art, including fountains, lighting, mushrooms, fiddlesticks, pumpkins, birds nests, pond floats and vases, are perfect for any home and garden. Find great deals on discounted colors and fall specials.
Silver Stand Studio
4403 Russell Road, Suite 118, Mukilteo, WA 98275
Visit her website at for more information and directions.


So as autumn closes in on us, and the leaves turn all hues of red, yellow and burgundy, it’s a great time to get planting and enjoy the beauty of the season. And it also means the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is right around the corner, February 8 – 12, 2012. By then we will all be aching to be inspired by the 22 vibrant show gardens, tempted by cool new plants, art and gear to buy at 350 exhibitors, and excited about the smashing lineup of 120 seminars to help us solve problems and get ready for spring! Bookmark this blog, because I will be posting about our seminar lineup soon! ~ Janet

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