It's hard to look up from working in the garden right now - weeding, mulching, pruning, leftover fall clean-up (that would be me)...but these events will be worth taking time out for...
Remember how we used to launch the gardening season with a hellebore open house at Heronswood that was both gardening party and benefit for the Miller Library? The Northwest Horticultural Society has updated that spring kick-off with a sale of woodland treasures, hellebores and ferns, plus lectures by Dan Hinkley ..On Friday March 9, from 9:00 - 4:00 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, come buy plants, see your friends who are also emerging from the winter doldrums. Dan will give two lectures ($5 each) on spring ephemerals, and early-blooming trees and shrubs. Because this is an NHS event, you can expect to have fun, learn much, and find specialty vendors offering cool and unusual plants...
On Sunday, March 18, the Northwest Perennial Alliance is hosting their annual Nicolay Lecture, and auctioning off an original watercolor by Kevin Nicolay, one of the organizations founding members, a renowned plantsman and beloved artist.
Nicolay was self-taught, developing his detailed and intricate technique by studying medieval flower paintings. His work hangs in museums and was seen regularly in Horticulture magazine (when that mag used to be the gold standard...). Nicolay died in 1990 at the age of 33, and his work is scarce, so this is a special opportunity to own an original - or at least get in on the excitement of a lively auction.
The watercolor is Primula auricula, Golden Centered Alpine 'Brown Bess', it's signed, framed, and measures 16" x 20". 'Brown Bess' will be on display in the Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture from March 1-17 if you'd like to take a close look at it.
The afternoon event begins at noon at CUH, and includes a sale of native perennials from MSK Rare Plant Nursery and a lecture by Greg Raybourn on Northwest native perennials. For more information, call Gayle Richardson at 206-632-2735.
Who better to educate gardeners about creating backyard habitats than the folks at the zoo? At this series of five classes, you'll learn from experts from Seattle Audubon, Seattle Tilth, Washington Native Plant Society and Woodland Park Zoo about how to design your wildlife habitat, attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard, select and care for native plants, manage your backyard sustainably, coexist peacefully with the wildlife you attract, and get your yard certified as a Backyard Habitat. New this year - your backyard vegetable garden as habitat....
Site Evaluation, Design, and Maintenance
Wednesday, March 14th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Attracting Birds To Your Backyard
Wednesday, March 28th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Spring Plants and Planting
Saturday, April 7th from 10 a.m. to noon
NEW CLASS! Your Vegetable Garden as a Backyard Habitat
Saturday, April 7th from 1 to 3 p.m.
Butterflies and Bees, Wednesday, April 25, from 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person / $100 for the five-part series if you register before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14th.
For more information or to register, see the zoo’s Backyard Habitat page: www.zoo.org/backyardhabitat