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Nov 6: Celebrate 25 years of horticultural book bliss
Come discover the wealth of resources the Elisabeth C. Miller Library has been building up over 25 years. We're celebrating with cake and punch, and you're invited! Enter a free raffle for some choice plants, sign up to borrow books, bring your children to Story Time at 10:30 AM, watch a slideshow of library history and view an exhibit of Linda Ann Vorobik's beautiful botanical illustrations. Drop by any time between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. And while you're waiting for Nov. 6 to arrive, enjoy these Miller Library memories and add your own, and see what former librarian Val Easton has to say about it.


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Oct 30: We bet you've never done this on Halloween
Tiptoe through the tombstones with us on Halloween weekend. But instead of looking for ghosts, you'll be on the lookout for lichens! Dr. Katherine Glew, the Burke Museum's lichen expert, will tell you all about these harmless, headstone-loving organisms. You'll take home a user-friendly chart listing lichens found in your neighborhood. You'll walk through Mount Pleasant Cemetery Saturday morning, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; meeting place will be provided upon registration. Register for Cemetery Lichens by Oct. 27 to catch the Early Bird price of $25. Call 206-685-8033 or register online.


Monkey puzzle tree

Chile news is good news!
"Uno, dos, tres, cut!" cried Paige Miller, the Arboretum Foundation's executive director. Armed with garden shears, dignitaries clipped the bamboo ribbon, officially opening the Gateway to Chile in Washington Park Arboretum's Pacific Connections Garden. Bathed in sunshine, and on the heels of the Chilean miners' safe return above ground, the Oct. 17 Gateway to Chile celebration was triply joyous. Watch a 2 1/4-minute video.

Can't wait until the monkey puzzle trees and other fascinating plants mature so you can stand immersed in a Chilean forest? Join Dr. Sarah Reichard, professor at UW Botanic Gardens, and Plantsman Dan Hinkley for a breathtaking tour of Chile's national botanical gardens, parks, nurseries and private estate gardens Jan. 15-30, 2011.

Linda Chalker-Scott

Oct 26: Meet your garden soil
How do urban garden soils compare to ideal landscape soils? Why is texture important? Should you be using any of the soil amendments on the market today? Meet your Garden Soil: Up Close and Personal with WSU Extension Urban Horticulturist Linda Chalker-Scott Oct. 26, 7:00-8:30 PM, at the Center for Urban Horticulture, $35. Bring a sample of your soil to test. Call 206-685-8033 or visit our website to register online.

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Oct 28: Imagine a day of free fungi fun
You can help inventory "the fungus among us" in Washington Park Arboretum at 10:15 AM, 1:15 PM or 3:15 PM - no experience necessary! During this family-friendly "fungi-blitz," small teams of mushroom hunters will work under the guidance of the Puget Sound Mycological Society in 2 to 3-hour shifts to inventory all of the mushroom species they can find. At 6:30 PM, PSMS President Marian Maxwell will present a free lecture, "The Role of Mushrooms in the Ecosystem" in the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle.


Symphyotrichum laterifolius 'Prince'

October plant profile:
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum ‘Prince’

[by Soest Gardener Riz Reyes] A regular visitor to the garden recommended that I profile a plant that would stop people in their tracks. So for October I’ve selected a dashingly handsome aster (now properly known as Symphyotrichum). Symphyotrichum lateriflorum ‘Prince’ happily thrives in Soest Garden Bed 8. After it sulked for years in the same bed, in a spot where it was overtaken by other plants, I finally moved it to where it would receive full sun and less competition and, oh boy, did it take off! For Riz's complete narrative, larger photos and details about growing the plant, see the complete plant profile.


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View the agenda for a two-day conference called Cultivating Regional Food Security: Recent Research in Urban-Rural Food Systems at the Center for Urban Horticulture Dec. 4-5. Register now. . . Dr. Sarah Reichard's new book, The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic, explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening. It's brimming with practical info on pest control, mulching, invasive species, water conservation, coexisting with native animals and more. Check the scorecard to see how your practices stack up! The book is due out soon.

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