We may have less garden work to do as autumn descends, but there's no shortage of classes and events to keep us busy.......come celebrate and support the historic Dunn Gardens at a new and sure-to-be-glamorous event. Lilies and Leaves will be held on September 30, from 6-8 pm at the Seattle Golf Club. It'll feature garden photographs by Douglas Houck, as well as entertainment by jazz singer Susan Robinson and "legendary raconteur" Steve Lorton. (Isn't that great? Who else in the garden world has earned such a rousing description?) Everyone is invited, with suggested donations of $125, $250, or $500 to preserve this Olmsted designed local treasure. For more information or to RSVP email email@example.com or call 206-362-0933.
My vote for best fall classes are the Woodland Park Zoo's new backyard habitat series. Taught by experts from Seattle Audubon, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Native Plant Society and the Woodland Park Zoo, the classes are designed to build upon each other in a series, but can also be taken separately:
Introduction to Backyard Habitat: Site Analysis and Design
Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Join Allen Howard, Woodland Park Zoo horticulturist, to learn the basic principles of creating habitat for wildlife, with a focus on planning, site analysis and design.
Natural Yard Care in the Fall
Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Join E.J. Hook, Woodland Park Zoo horticulturist, to learn seasonally appropriate sustainable gardening practices, including composting, mulching and proper fall planting.
Fall Plants and Planting
Saturday, October 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Join Monica Vander Vieren, Washington Native Plant Society Native Plant Steward, and David Selk, Woodland Park Zoo horticulturist, to discover how different plants in your garden can provide for the basic needs of wildlife. The class includes a plant walk around zoo grounds focusing on aesthetic and size considerations, as well as proper planting techniques.
Attracting Birds to Your Yard
Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Join Neil Zimmerman, Seattle Audubon Outreach Chair and Master Birder, to learn how to attract and care for birds in your yard through plant selection, placement and maintenance of bird feeders and nestboxes, and use of water features.
"Problem" Plants and Animals
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Join Sasha Shaw, King County Noxious Weed education specialist, and Chris Anderson, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife biologist, to learn how to identify and eradicate problem weeds and coexist peacefully and legally with all wildlife attracted to your backyard habitat.
COST: $25 per person, per class; $100 per person for the full, five-part series if you register before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21.
REGISTER: To register, go to http://www.zoo.org/backyardworkshop. Registration closes one week before each class. If there is still space available after registration closes, drop-in registrations will be accepted the night of class. Drop-in classes are $30 each.