Here’s What’s Happening in September

Here’s What’s Happening in September

Saturdays through September
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Share Your Harvest
Molbak’s for Hopelink
Are you swimming in squash? Overdosing on onions? Bubbling over with blueberries? Tons of tomatoes (we wish…)? Share your harvest with the Hopelink food banks by dropping it off at Molbak’s, every Saturday in September. Here’s what to donate: Veggies: beans, cabbage, carrots, chard, garlic, green beans, lettuce, peas, squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes and more. Fruits: blueberries, cherries, figs, grapes, kiwis, raspberries, plums (no apples or oranges please). Herbs: All kinds.
13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville, WA 98072
Visit their website or call 425-483-5000.

Saturday, September 10
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair 2011
Celebrate Harvest Season! Participate in this fun, lively hands-on event with educational activities, workshops, demonstrations and activities for all ages. Eat tasty food and enjoy live music with friends and family. Stock up on farm fresh organic produce. Harvest season is a time to celebrate! Urban Livestock! You definitely don’t want to miss our urban livestock demonstration. Meet local chickens, friendly goats and honey bees and ask their owners what it takes to produce eggs, milk and honey. Free.
Seattle Tilth
Meridian Park – behind Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
Visit their website or call 206-633-0451.


Wednesday, September 14
6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Bingo begins
Tree Hugger Bingo & Chile Feed!
Join the irrepressible Ciscoe Morris, Cass Turnbull and the wacky folks at Plant Amnesty for their annual Tree Hugger Bingo & Chile Feed. Play for choice plants and horticultural prizes – no bingo experience required to eat chile and win! (Seriously – I played last year and won an awesome conifer.) Must be 18 years or older to participate. NEW LOCATION at Shilshole Bay Beach Club to accommodate all the passionate bingo players. Plenty of free parking.
$25 per person, or $125 to reserve a table of 6
Plant Amnesty
Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Visit their website for more information or call 206-783-9813.


Thursday, September 15
7:00 pm
Lecture: “Parks, Plants & People”
Lynden B. Miller
Annual Elizabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture
Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, which she rescued and restored beginning in 1982. Her work includes gardens for The Central Park Zoo, Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Madison Square Park, Hudson River Park and Wagner Park in Battery Park City as well as many smaller projects in all five boroughs and beyond as well as several university campuses. For almost 30 years, Mrs. Miller has focused on her belief that public open spaces with good well-maintained plantings can change city life. She has taken an entirely new approach to public horticulture by creating rich plantings that provide four seasons of interest for New Yorkers. Her award-winning book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape is inspirational and instructive about all aspects of creating and supporting beautiful public space. Free.
The Pendleton & Elisabeth C. Miller Charitable Foundation and
the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts
University of Washington
3901 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
To be placed on the reservation list email [email protected].
Visit their website for more information.


 Friday, September 16
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 17
9:00 am -2:00 pm
2011 NHS Fall Plant Sale
The annual fall plant sale will once again present dozens of specialty growers and nurseries representing the best of the Puget Sound region – in a NEW LOCATION. Since fall can be one of the most opportune times to plant in the Pacific Northwest, this is a fantastic opportunity to find a wide assortment of choice plant material all in one spot, from some of the best wholesale and specialty nurseries in the region. Come on down and say Hi! I’ll be roving around the area with a big cart to help you with holding your purchases. Free and open to the public.
Northwest Horticultural Society
North Seattle Community College Cafeteria
9600 College Way N., Seattle, WA 98103
Visit their website or phone 206-780-8172 or email at [email protected]


Saturday, September 17
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Summer Sidewalk Sale
Seattle Design District Association
Benefitting Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
The Seattle Design District Association is hosting a Summer Sidewalk Sale, and a portion of the proceeds support the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden. You’ll find DEALS on furniture, collectables, accessories, exterior items, and more! Plus food, entertainment and fun projects for children. The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden will be giving a sneak preview of some of the activities in the incredible garden and play area they will be creating for the 2012 Northwest Flower & Garden Show – great fun for kids of all ages. Free.
Location: Corner of 6th & Orcas Street (Georgetown area), Seattle
Visit their website or Facebook page page for more information.

Monday, September 19
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
“Garden Delights – Pteridophytes”
Judith Jones
Join Judith Jones, one of the leading experts on Pteridophytes (otherwise known as ferns) as she shares some of her favorite ferns for sun and shade. Judith’s talk will focus on less commercially known ferns and how to use them in the garden and in containers. Ferns are perfect for shady Northwest gardens and nobody knows ferns like Judith!
Hardy Plant Society of WA
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Visit their website for more information.


Friday, September 23
5:30 pm
“Alice in Gardenland”
2011 Gala Auction
The event of the season – cocktails, silent auction, dinner and live auction with famed auctioneer John Curley and his trusted sidekick, Jim Dever, from “Evening Magazine” fame. This event is created by gardeners for gardeners, so you know there will be loads of auction items you will covet for your own garden.
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society
Tickets: $110 per person
Harbor Club
777 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Visit their website for more information, a list of the fabulous auction items and to purchase tickets.


Saturday, September 24
Sunday, September 25
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chase Garden Fall Plant Sale
Sale of fall-blooming cyclamen, dwarf shrubs and groundcovers, perennials. Bare root native perennials – the perfect time to transplant and establish for spring. Special selections from several invited vendors. Free admission to the garden for self-guided tours.
Chase Garden
16015 264th St. E., Orting, WA 98360
Visit their website or call 360-893-6739.


Friday, September 30
Saturday, October 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Succulent Gardens Extravaganza 2011
This two-day event will celebrate succulents in all their diversity and fabulousness, and will feature a stellar array of guest speakers. And of course there will be food, music, hands-on activities and prizes, as well as meetups, tweetups and reunions of all kinds. Extravaganza 2011 Speakers: Brian Kemble, Curator of the Ruth Bancroft garden; Randy Baldwin, partner, general manager and horticulturist at San Marcos Growers; Debra Lee Baldwin, author of two best-selling books on succulent design; Jarrod Bauman, designer with Zeterre Landscape Architecture; Davis Dalbok, designer with Living Green; Jeffrey Gordon Smith, landscape architect; David Jessup, designer and hypertufa artist; and Robin Stockwell, your host and owner of Succulent Gardens Nursery. (If you love succulents, but can’t make it to California for this event, we’ll have some great seminars at the 2012 show on growing and using succulents!)
Succulent Gardens Nursery: The Growing Grounds
2133 Elkhorn Road, Castroville, CA (minutes off scenic Hwy 1 at Moss Landing)
Visit their website for more information.



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: $75 (early registration until September 9); $80 regular registration until September 23.
Seattle Tilth
Mountaineers Club
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115
Visit their website for more information or call 206-633-0451


Wednesday, October 12
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 have a new location for our Give & Grow Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. We hope you will join us to learn how your support will enhance the lives of children with special needs in our community. Consider being a Table Captain and/or Sponsor of the luncheon! The luncheon is free; donations will be requested. The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden designed and built a wonderful children’s area at our 2011 garden show, thanks to the generous sponsorship by U.S. Bank.
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 or email [email protected]

These are just a few of the fun events happening in September as the so-called ‘summer’ in Seattle wanes and the leaves start to turn. It’s time for harvesting, planting and eeking out the last bits of sunshine before the inevitable leaf raking begins. And mark your calendars for February 8 – 12, 2012, because it’s only 161 days until the next Northwest Flower & Garden Show and it is shaping up to an event you won’t want to miss! ~ Janet

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