ALL SEMINARS ARE FREE with your ticket. DIG IN and turn your garden dreams into reality!

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Steve Smith, CPH

Owner, Sunnyside Nursery and garden writer AKA “The Whistling Gardener”

For the past fifty-plus years Steve Smith has had the privilege of working in the field of horticulture from San Diego to the Canadian border. While growing up in Southern California he spent many a summer mowing lawns and working in yards planting flowers, weeding and pruning. At fourteen he got his first job at a small garden center. He received a degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of California at Davis. After three years in the Army band in Virginia, and a year in Nepal with the Peace Corps, he settled down in Central California to a career as a Landscape Contractor. For fifteen years he designed, installed, and maintained commercial and residential landscapes, and also taught in a community college. In 1989 he moved to the Pacific Northwest and purchased Sunnyside Nursery. Steve has been a Certified Professional Horticulturist for many years, and in 2003 he served as the president of the Washington State Nursery & Landscaping Association (WSNLA). He has received many awards throughout the years, and has spoken at numerous events, most recently for the Master Gardener Winter Speaking Series and The Everett Home & Garden show in 2017.

Banishing Boring Yards with Plants that Wow!

Ever feel like your garden “stalls out” during a few months of the year? Or are you looking to start your garden over from scratch? Enjoy a month-by-month guide of easy-to-find, easy-to-grow plants that will keep your yard blooming and interesting all year long. This seminar will give your yard the ever-elusive year-round interest that we all seek. Banish your boring gardening months with Steve’s list of plants and garden tips that will not only be beautiful, they are easily achievable!

Saturday, Feb 10 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room