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fruit show

Mark your calendars for the 2014 All About Fruit Show: Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood

Details about this and lots of other events are on the Events Page

Radio Show: October 18

My good friend Nita Jo Rountree joins me in the studio today. She is bringing in two special guests: Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones of the world famous Crg Farm Plants in North Wales. We will talk about gardening, great plants and specifically, their plant hunting adventures around the globe. We are fortunate in that they will be speaking at the Bellevue Botanical Garden on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. on "Collecting New and Hardy Plants in the Mountains of North Vietnam". Admission is $5.00 members, $15.00 non-members. The garden is at 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.

Upcoming Talks and Appearances:

Saturday, October 25 at 1 p.m., I will be at Ace Hardware in Normandy park speaking about Great Fall Plants and Fall Gardening Tips. Then it's off to Cuba in November and New Zealand in January.

New Day Northwest: Next appearance - Monday, October 20

Watch me turn a pumpkin into a planter, perhaps I will even turn one into a hairy creature! Do you have a question or are you just curious about something around the garden? Submit your dilemma for consideration for a "Ciscoe Save Me" segment. Send an email (with pictures if possible) to and your question might make it on T.V.

Tis the Season for Cider

I recently spoke at Celebrate the Reds at Wells Medina Nursery. One event was Cider tasting from Finn River Farm and Cidery. Their tasting room is on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula and is open 7 days a week! I didn't know that I was a cider fan until I tasted their offerings!


Stink Bugs Wanted Dead or Alive

Adult Stink Bugs are a well-known family easily recognized by shield-like shape, five-segmented antennae, and for producing a most disagreeable odor when provoked. They can come in various shades of green, brown and black. There are a number of species in this family that are known for unwanted feeding and vandalism of plant crops like raspberries, apples, tomatoes, and peppers. They may attack and damage ornamental plants en mass. In 1988, a statewide survey revealed 23 species of stink bug in Washington. In 2014, this number was increased to 47 species including the invasive and dreaded Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (pictured) that was found in a handful of counties. We have reasons to believe more stink bugs exist in Washington State. If you capture any bug that resembles a stink bug, we desperately need the specimen mailed to us along with information that provides us with where (the town or county or GPS location captured), when (date) and on what host plant they were found on. Please mail (freeze them for 24 hours and place them in a plastic pill bottle) suspected stink bugs to your local Master Gardener Program or to Mike Bush, Extension Entomologist, 2403 S 18th Street, Suite 100, Union Gap, WA 98903. Digital images sent to may be acceptable as well.

Early Warning

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is happening from Wednesday, February 11 through Sunday February 15, 2015. I will be speaking on Friday afternoon. On Saturday afternoon afternoon, Mary and I give a talk together. Oddly enough, it's Valentine's Day!

International Garden Tours

I will be hosting two upcoming tours: Cuba in November of 2014 and New Zealand in January of 2015. Details are on my travel page.

Photo Contest Winners

Check out all the great "All You Can Eat" Harvest pictures at the Seattle Times! Winning Photos appeared in the Sunday, September 28 edition of The Seattle Times! There were a lot of great photos submitted and it was nearly impossible to choose only 5 winners (so I picked some honorable mentions too).

Call Before You Dig

Digging in the Garden?

Don't be a dim dim. Make sure you call before you dig. Call 811 to schedule a utilities check. It's free!

Ask Evelyn

Recycling is Easy!

I live in Seattle and the Seattle Public Utilities makes recycling easy. Every year, they send out a flier to remind you what goes where but if you are unsure where to put something, you can Look it Up!