Here’s What’s Happening October 1 – 15

Here’s What’s Happening October 1 – 15

Saturday, October 2
10:00 am
Fall Planting
Marianne Binetti
Edibles, Lawns and more! Marianne Binetti, a Seattle gardener favorite, will be at Swansons as we leap into the pleasures of fall gardening, the green way! Find out what edibles you can grow – and harvest – during the fall and winter, as well as what can overwinter to be harvested in early spring! She will also talk about lawn renovation, her favorite plants for fall color, and more! Sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership. Free.
Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle
More info:
Phone: 206-782-2543


Allium flowers are long-lasting and make interesting seedheads too

Sunday, October 3 & Monday, October 4
10 am – 2 pm
Arboretum Foundation’s Fall Bulb & Plant Sale
This sale features hundreds of varieties of daffodils and tulips, along with over 150 varieties of specialty bulbs such as alliums, anemones, crocuses, camassia, fritillarias, galanthus, and more. There will also be specialty vendors selling plants, a Bonsai sale, and lots of activities for children. See for more details.
The Arboretum Foundation
Graham Visitors Center in the Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle


Tuesday, October 5
7:00 pm
Choosing & Caring for Landscape Trees
Linda Chalker-Scott
The Pacific Northwest is a region ideally suited for growing many different plants. So do you wonder why so many landscape trees die an early death? In this seminar, Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott will teach you how to select a healthy tree from the nursery, how to properly install it, and how to care for it so it lives for decades, not months. Dr. Chalker-Scott has a PH.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and has written several books including “The Informed Gardener” and “The Informed Gardener Blooms Again.” Free.
Tahoma Junior High School
25600 SE Summitt-Landsburg Rd., Ravensdale
Register by phone: 425-413-2572
Register by email: [email protected]
More info:


Digitalis, or Foxglove, is an old-fashoined plant with a wicked history

Friday, October 8
7:30 pm
Wicked Plants
Amy Stewart
Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, will give a talk and signing her book. Her humorous lecture will focus on the villains of the plant world — those that poison, maim, explode and intoxicate.
The Bloedel Reserve
7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tickets: $35, including light refreshments
Book signing to follow
Phone: 206-842-7631
To register:


Saturday, October 9
10:00 am
Container Design for Year-Round Interest
Meghan Fuller
Learn the secrets to designing containers that catch the eye and add beauty to your home. Meghan Fuller’s enthusiasm and expertise make this a fun and engaging class. Free.
More info: or phone: 206-782-2543
Swansons Nursery
9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle


Sunday, October 10
2 pm – 4 pm
Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Stroll the gardens in their fall glory and enjoy refreshments, guided tours, a silent auction, plants sale, and a display of Jesse Kelly glass pumpkins and live pumpkins on the lawn.
Dunn Gardens
13533 Northshire Road NW, Seattle
Members – complimentary
Non-members $20
RSVP at or phone: 206-362-0933


Sunday, October 10
4:30 pm
Fat of the Land
Landon Cook
Langdon Cook, blogger, author and famous forager, will talk about his book, Fat of the Land. Langdon writes amusingly about his adventures in finding, harvesting, devising recipes, and eating the bounty of nature available in our fields, streams and forests.
The Bloedel Reserve
7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tickets: $35, including light refreshments
Book signing to follow
Phone: 206-842-7631
To register:


The delicate silver leaves of Japanese painted fern are perfect for any garden

Wednesday, October 13
6:45 pm
Designing with Elegant Silvers
Karen Bussolini

Karen Bussolini, co-author of Elegant Silvers: Striking Plants for Every Garden, garden photographer and lecturer will illustrate with her beautiful slides of silver plants the many uses of silver in producing wonderful design effects in the garden. She will show how just a dash of silver or an entire garden bed based on this metallic theme using a variety of plants of uncommon beauty and versatility can create stunning results.
Northwest Horticultural Society
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Members – $5
Non-members – $10

Hope to see you out and about in October! Janet

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