Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Saturday, March 13: Gardening with Youth P-Patch Summit

Interested in sharing the magic of gardening with youth? Bring your questions, concerns, and knowledge to the Bradner Gardens Park indoor classroom, this Saturday March 13th 9am-12pm!

Discuss and learn about topics such as:
  • Working with Lettuce Link Giving Gardens
  • Garden songs and games
  • Planting and transplanting with youth
  • Attracting volunteers to your program
  • Using your entire p-patch garden as an educational resource

A FREE 2010 Youth Resource Binder will be given out to summit participants upon arrival. Resource Binder includes:

  • Advice about gardening with youth in the p-patches
  • Planting calendar
  • List of plants to grow with youth
  • Local resources
  • Grant opportunities.

Other hands on youth resources will also be available to look through during the event.

We will be meeting in the indoors Brander Classroom with excursions into the garden. If you are coming to the event please RSVP to Jackie at 733-9982 or Jaclyn.Dagger@Seattle.gov so that she knows how many breakfast refreshments to bring.

Spring Savvy Gardener Classes!

Native Plants: Combining Beauty with Water Conservation
FREE. No pre-registration required

Peggy Campbell will share her favorite native plants that add color and texture, thrive in NW gardens and attract wildlife. Discover how proper soil preparation, mulching, and watering will help your plants grow, save water, and reduce summer maintenance. Three locations and dates:

  • Saturday, April 3 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Molbak’s at 13625 NE 175th St, Woodinville (425) 483-5000
  • Saturday, April 10 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Swansons Nursery at 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle (206) 782-2543
  • Saturday, April 17 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Sky Nursery at 18528 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline (206) 546-4851

Ornamental Edibles – Pretty Tasty!
FREE. Must attend first class and pre-register to attend second class (garden tour)

Part 1: Saturday, April 17 10 – 11:30 at Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave NW (no registration)
Part 2: Saturday, May 1 10 – 11:30 in Lorene Edwards Forkner’s garden (see registration directions below)

Combine beauty and flavor in this year’s plants. Learn how edible plants can be ornamental and the needs they have for best flavor and nutrition. Find out how to employ strategic garden planning, build healthy soil, mulch with the right materials and practice effective watering. You’ll enjoy delicious food while conserving resources, time and money.

This is a two-part class that will take place at Swansons Nursery and in the speaker’s garden. To attend the May 1 class, please pre-register with the Garden Hotline by calling (206-633-0224) or by emailing (help@gardenhotline.org) and attending the classroom session at Swansons. Please provide your address, email and phone number to receive the class confirmation. Attendees of the May 1 class must reside in the Saving Water Partnership service area. Click here to see service area: http://savingwater.org/about_partners.htm. The location of Lorene’s garden will be provided at the Swansons’ class.

April 24th and 25th: Edmonds Community Wildlife Habitat Certification Celebration!

Edmonds, WA will be receiving Community Wildlife Habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation in April 2010 following almost two years of dedicated work by the Backyard and Community Wildlife Habitat team, the support of almost 161 residents, 5 schools, and 19 common places/parks who had registered their property as Backyard Wildlife Habitats through National Wildlife Federation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

On Saturday, April 24th, 2010 the Community Wildlife Habitat certification celebration will take place at Yost Park located at 9535 Bowdoin Way in conjunction with the City of Edmonds annual Watershed Fun Fair. On Sunday, April 25th, 2010 the certification celebration continues with the grand opening of the Willow Creek Hatchery Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden at 95 Pine Street, sponsored by the Pilchuck Audubon. This event will also include tour maps to Edmonds Backyard Habitat Certified Yards.

From 11AM to 4PM on Saturday, April 24th, the Watershed Fun Fair & Habitat Certification Celebration will feature displays, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all residents of Edmonds and other visitors. Participants include the Pilchuck Audubon Society, WSU Beach Watchers, Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force, PAWS Wildlife Center, Bats Northwest, Washington Butterfly Association, Just Frogs/Toads Too and the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

Chris Anderson of the WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife will address the crowd, and a cake will be shared amongst the community in celebration of our joint efforts. Local Native Storyteller, Understanding Israel will lead us all in a blessing over the animals after which an all-species parade will begin. Everyone is invited to bring or wear a wildlife related costume, wings, etc. There will be tables set-up throughout the day with craft ideas and materials for making all- species costumes and masks.

National Wildlife Federation’s very own Ranger Rick will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
From 1PM to 3 PM on Sunday, April 25th there will be an open house at the Willow Creek Hatchery Garden at 95 Pine St. and Backyard Wildlife Habitat gardens open for visiting. At each of these gardens, which vary widely in size and focus, the owners are available to discuss gardening and habitat techniques. Maps to these gardens are available for pick-up at the Willow Creek Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine Street on Sunday. This event is sponsored by Pilchuck Audubon.

For more information about the Edmonds Backyard Wildlife Habitat Project, visit our website at www.edmondsbackyardwildlifehabitat.org Make sure to check out our website’s Flickr page of photos from past events.