It's a truism of Northwest gardening, where plants grow quickly and we have more than our share of conifers, that if you aren't gardening in the shade, you will be soon enough. Which is why the Northwest Horticultural Society's annual symposium topic will be helpful to so many....
It's time to sign up for "Woodland Gardening: Building Beauty From Shade-Loving Plants", which is on Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 - 4:00 at Bastyr University in Kenmore. For $85 for non-members and $65 for members (isn't that a reason to join this great group of gardeners??) you're served a delicious, organic lunch, and have the chance to buy plants from fabulous vendors like Far Reaches Farm, Botanica, and Urban Earth Nursery. You can be sure these vendors will bring select plants for what they know will be a discriminating crowd.
And, oh yes, the seminar. Speakers will cover topics from how to cultivate native woodland plants, to how to combine shade-lovers in the small garden. Continuing in their tradition of bringing famous horticulturists from around the world to Seattle, Jimi Blake is coming from Ireland for the symposium. Richie Steffen of the Miller Garden, Rick Lewandowski, former director of the Mt. Cuba Center for the study of Piedmont flora, and educator and designer Cole Burrell round out the program.
To register, email NWHort@aol.com, or phone 206-780-8172. For all the details, see http://www.northwesthort.org/events.html.