Water-Wise Gardening

July 1st, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

It’s hot out! With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, we sure are feeling the heat. You can bet your plants in the blazing hot sun feel it too! Since we get so little rain in the summer months, its important, (and cost-effective) to prepare for the drought.

What can you do to help your plants thrive, save water, and still have a stunning garden in July? It turns out you can do quite a bit, from choosing the right plant, to increasing the amount of water your soil can hold, to deciding if a particular irrigation system is right for you.

If you are worried about your plants fainting from the heat, or just want a low maintenance, drought-tolerant garden, check out this class. Your plants will thank you!

More class information…

Dry Garden

Drought-tolerant garden from a local water-wise gardener

What: Water-Wise Gardening

When: Wednesday, July 15th, 6:30-8pm

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom (Did we mention this classroom is air conditioned?)

Cost: $15; $20 after July 8th

How to register: Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

Going Nutty for Native Plants!

May 7th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
Wild Ginger (Asarum rubrum) thrives in moist shade and its semi-evergreen foliage and deep red flowers smell just like tropical ginger

Wild Ginger (Asarum rubrum) thrives in moist shade and its semi-evergreen foliage and deep red flowers smell just like tropical ginger

Many of our native plants have very ornamental branch structures, flowers, leaves, and berries, making them ideal for incorporating into an established landscape or using as the foundation for a new garden. Native plants are already adapted to our wet winter/dry summer climate and acidic soils, and do not require much fertilizer or supplemental water once established. Adding native plants to your landscape is a great way to increase its year-round beauty without increasing the amount of time and resources you use to maintain it.

This class will provide you with tips for determining which native plants will fit best into your landscape, which plants will also attract birds and beneficial insects to provide natural pest control in your garden, and planting methods for bare-root or containerized natives.

 

The class will include an indoor presentation with live plants and samples, plus an outdoor tour of mature native plants at the Center for Urban Horticulture!

What: Native Splendor in the Garden

Evergreen Huckleberry also thrives in sun or part-shade, with a reddish tinge to it new leaves and winter foliage, plus tasty berries for you and the birds every fall!

Evergreen Huckleberry also thrives in sun or part-shade, with a reddish tinge to it new leaves and winter foliage, plus tasty berries for you and the birds every fall!

Who: Emily Bishton, of Green Light Gardening

When: Wednesday, May 13, from 6:30-8pm

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle)

How: Register Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

Cost: $15

A New Season of Classes!

November 18th, 2014 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Our new Winter schedule is up! Check out our course catalog for classes January through March. Whether you are a novice gardener, or an experienced horticulturist, you are sure to find something to pique your interest! In addition, we are also offering gift certificates for the holiday season. Perfect for that hard-to-buy-for gardener! Buy online, or call 206-685-8033.

And for our Professionals:

 

All these and more can be found in the new class catalog. If you are interested, you can register online, or call (206) 685-8033 to sign up .

 

A Walk in the Park

June 10th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Come with us for a walk in the park…conscientious gardener

Join Dr. Sarah Reichard, UW Botanic Gardens Director, and author of The Conscientious Gardener, for a discussion of her book and a walk through Washington Park Arboretum.

Discover how routine gardening practices can harm both local and distant ecosystems and how you can manage your own garden to minimize detrimental effects on the environment. Learn how to sustainably and responsibly control pests, conserve water, and improve your soil.

Dr. Reichard has practical tips that will help you become a Conscientious Gardener!

Saturday, June 29, 9-11am

Cost: $15; $20 after June 22nd

UW Botanic Gardens
Washington Park Arboretum
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, 98112

Other upcoming classes:

Can you grow interesting plants in the shade?
Is there such a thing as too many plants?
What does a lavender farm look (and smell!) like?
What can you do to help your poor overgrown yard recover from an invasive takeover?
We can help!  We have the answers to all these questions and more. Stop in for one of our fascinating plant classes.

Register Online!
Or call (206) 685-8033 to register over the phone

 

Perennials: After the Shade

Carrie Becker showing off a private garden.

Carrie Becker showing off a private garden.

2-part class: Wednesday, June 19th, 7:00 – 8:30pm, and Saturday, June 22nd, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Cost: $50; $60 after June 16

Is your formerly sunny garden becoming shady with maturing trees and shrubs? Or do you have areas of existing shade? This class will teach you how to plant for shade and still have beautiful enduring plants from early spring through fall. Learn to love the shade!
Saturday’s class will be a field trip to a Northwest Seattle private (shady!)  garden.

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

 

Summer Propagation

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 7 – 8pm
Cost: Free!
( Pre-registration required.) Suggested donation ~$5 at the door.

There are a lot of good reasons to make more plants of the ones you already grow and love:  fill empty spots in your own garden, gift to friends, contribute to plant sales, maybe even just have cheap fun in your garden.  Whatever your reasons, this program will demonstrate a variety of techniques that can be used in early summer including division and cuttings as well as discuss materials and resources that will contribute to your success.  Join Master Gardener Kay Gordon as she shares experiences from her own garden.

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Lavender Farm Tour

Wednesday, July 17th from 1-2:30

Lavender in full bloom at the Woodinville Lavender farm.

Lavender in full bloom at the Woodinville Lavender farm.


Cost: $20; $25 after July 10

Master Gardener Tom Frei has been working with his wife and children to develop Woodinville Lavender since 2008. They are currently growing over 3000 plants and 25 varieties at a farm overlooking the Sammamish Valley.

Tom will discuss the history, botany, selection, care, and uses of lavender and lead us on a tour of the sustainable and organic gardens. Lavender refreshments will be provided. The 3rd week of July is the peak time for lavender blooms so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Woodinville Lavender Farm
14223 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE
Redmond WA 98052

 

Backyard Restoration

Let's get rid of the ivy!

Let’s get rid of the ivy!

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:30am – 2pm
Cost: $50; $60 after July 20

Want to stop your yard from being swallowed up by unsightly ivy? Tired of being scratched by thorny blackberries? Join this workshop to jump start your backyard restoration efforts. Learn the common invasive species in Seattle, how to remove and dispose of them, and how to keep them from coming back. We will also touch on good plants to replace invasive species and how to work safely on steep slopes.

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st, Seattle, WA 98195

Get Outside this Year!

May 30th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Looking to spend more time outside, but don’t know exactly what to do?

Come and learn at our upcoming classes, “Sharing Nature with Your Children”, and “Grow Your Own Organic Food”.

  Sharing Nature with Your Children

 

 

Kids enjoying a day at Mt. Rainier! Photo Credit Julie Luthy

Kids enjoying a day at Mt. Rainier! Photo Credit Julie Luthy

Do your kids complain about being bored all summer? Do they sit in front of the TV and watch shows and play video games all day? Do you wish that they would get out and explore the world, like you did as a kid?

Join naturalist Julie Luthy for a morning filled with fun activities and nature tidbits that will amaze you and your children.  A classroom introduction will be followed by a session of putting the ideas into action outside in the Arboretum, so dress for the weather and get ready for some innovative outdoor exploration.

If you’ve ever had difficulty getting your kids to hike, play or explore outside; don’t miss this!

Time: Saturday, June 8, from 9-11am
Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, 98112

Cost: $35; $40 after June 2

Register Online
Or call (206)685-8033 to register over the phone!

 

 

 Grow Your Own Organic Food

Peas ready to go up the trellis.

Peas ready to go up the trellis.

 There is nothing better than a homegrown tomato, ripe, red and warm from the sun, sliced with some olive oil and salt on a bed of your own lettuce, in colors that you would never find at the grocery store! Does this sound delicious to you? You can make it all happen with the right knowledge.

Not only is homegrown food fresher, but you know exactly where it came from, and how it was grown. It’s cheaper than buying produce at the market too!

Take this class to learn the tricks of the trade, including using recycled materials, container and limited space gardening techniques, and urban pest control. You’ll be enjoying your harvest in no time!

Time: Saturday, June 8, from 1-3pm
Douglas Classroom at the Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98195

Cost: $25; $30 after June 2

Register Online
Or call (206)685-8033 to register over the phone!

Can't get much fresher than this!

Can’t get much fresher than this!