Now, in the dead of winter, gardeners have time to store away information for the coming season like squirrels with a hoard of nuts. And there's plenty going on this month to launch us into a great gardening year...
This Wednesday, January 12, Portland garden designer Lucy Hardiman kicks off the lecture season for the Northwest Horticultural Society. "Gardening Where We Live: A Pacific Northwest Convergence" is her theme, and she'll tell us about cutting edge nurseries and innovative designers. In words that give you an idea how lively the talk will be, you'll see and hear about gardens that are "bodacious and beautiful, functional and fun, original and organic, sustainable and sassy, plant driven and productive." The lecture costs $5 for NHS members, $10 for non-members; reception starts at 6:45 and the lecture at 7:15, at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. near University Village. No reservations needed.
On Sunday, January 23, Colin McCrate and Brad Halm of Seattle Urban Farm Company are giving a class on how to grow vegetables organically from seed to harvest, at Sky Nursery. These guys are the boom - remember that cool pick-up truck with the chickens and vegetables in it at last year's Northwest Flower and Garden Show? They created it...also the rooftop vegetable and herb garden at Bastille Restaurant in Ballard...). You'll learn about garden planning, organic pest control, and succession planting...from people who were ahead of the curve on urban farming. Sky Nursery is located at 18528 Aurora Ave North; the class is from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Cyclamen are the treasures of the winter garden - how can anything look so delicate yet be so tough? On Saturday, January 29, and Sunday February 6, Bouquet Banque Nursery is holding their 2nd Annual Hardy Cyclamen Sale. Judy and Bill have been testing and growing cyclamen for a decade, and offer thousands of specialty coums, hederifoliums and more... "We open the cold frames, spiff up the garden, heat up the workshop, and bake some sweet breads for two glorious winter garden days...." is the welcoming way Judy and Bill describe their event....which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Bouquet Banque Nursery is in Marysville: