Kick the 2014 gardening season off right with a two-dozen-vendor plant sale that supports the Miller Horticultural Library.
Of course, this plant sale is a favorite of mine; 100% of the proceeds support the library. And it's always most exciting to shop for plants now when we're starved for color and bloom. Let alone that there's so much space in our gardens this early in the season. It's conveniently easy to forget how crowded those beds will be come June....so now is the time to dream and shop.....
The Northwest Horticultural Society 2014 Spring Ephemeral Plant Sale is one week from today; Friday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle).
Highlights: Dan Hinkley will speak at 10 a.m. on his "Favorite Vignettes of Spring; Noteworthy Plant Combinations for the Pacific Northwest." The talk will be in the Miller Library and costs $5.00 - be sure and arrive early; seating is limited. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m.
Plant Vendors: More than twenty of the best specialty nurseries around, including Naylor Creek, Old Goat Farm, Colvos Creek, Windcliff....you can be sure you'll find plenty of woodland plants, species rhododendrons, native plants, epimediums, asarums, hostas, drought-tolerant plants, rare and unusual perennials, shrubs and trees.
So come on out of winter hibernation, support our treasure of a horticultural library, and start your gardening season out with some very cool plants, like the epimedium, pulmonaria, and winter flowering currant, below. The currant (Ribes sanguineum) is a Pacific Northwest native shrub that feeds hummingbirds (it also comes in a white flowering cultivar that is so beautiful in a mass planting ).
Botanica: Uncommon and underused perennials.
Bouquet Banque Nursery: Specialty woodland perennials, with an emphasis on unusual kinds of cyclamen and epimedium.
Chimacum Woods: Species rhododendrons.
Colvos Creek Nursery: NW native plants, drought-hardy plants; rare and unusual trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Elemental Plants: PNW native plants, specializing in trees and shrubs.
Fairmeadow Nursery: Evergreen oaks, perennials, NW native trees and shrubs. (360) 570-8296.
Foxglove Greenhouses: Tropicals and a wide selection of both hard-to-find and mainstay perennials
Glenwood Gardens: Shrubs, dwarf shrubs and conifers, and perennials. (360) 876-2449.
Growing Girls Nursery
Keeping It Green Nursery: Hardy orchids, unusual woodlanders, hard-to-find natives.
Lael’s Moon Garden Nursery: Ornamental trees, shrubs and selected perennials.
Lee Farm & Nursery: Trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, hardy fuschias. (425) 222-4914.
Madrona Nursery: Special perennials and some native plants. (206) 323-8325.
MSK Rare Plant Nursery: native and rare plants adaptable to the Pacific Northwest.
Naylor Creek Nursery: shade perennials.
Old Goat Farm: Perennials for sun or shade.
Queen’s Cup Nursery: Puget Sound natives, including rare and hard-to-find plants.
Rhododendron Species Foundation
Robinwood Nursery: Eclectic selection of perennials, grasses, fuchsias, shrubs. (206) 463-5115.
Taking Root Nursery: Hostas. (425) 488-9796.
White Picket Gardens: Unusual perennials, drought tolerant plants, salvias, hebes. (360) 629-0131.
Wind Poppy Farms: Grasses, sedges, rushes, water plants, and perennials.
Dan Hinkley’s Wincliff Selections