Gardening with Ciscoe - Upcoming Events

Gardening with Ciscoe ( www.ciscoe.com ) Upcoming Events

Garden Events (Sales, Tours, Speakers, etc)

Listed here are upcoming garden events and sales. Some are one-time events and are listed in order of date. Others are ongoing events or go on for a period of time.

I include mainly events that people and organizations ask me to mention along with some of my personal favorites. Note some events are free, many tours charge admission. If I do not mention a fee, please don't assume that it is free. Visit the websites to determine if there is a fee.

One-Time Events

  • Danny Woo Community Garden Harvest Festival: Saturday, September 20, noon to 3 p.m. Cider pressing, Youth cooking competition, Apple and Asian Pear Harvesting, Children’s Activities Music. The garden is at 620 S Main St., Seattle.

  • Bug Blast at the Burke Museum: Sunday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buzz on by the Burke as thousands of specimens fly, inch, or crawl to the museum for this favorite annual family event. $10 general admission with various age discounts. The Burke Museum is on the University of Washington campus at the corner of 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street.

  • "Half a Lifetime in Gardens and What They Have Taught Me" lecture at the Northwest Perennial Alliance Annual Meeting: Sunday, September 21 at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon for plant and seed sales). Anne Raver, longtime garden columnist and writer, will be the featured speaker. She will share stories from her 30 years in the field, writing about almost anything that involved plants. NPA members free, non-members $10 at the door. At the Bellevue Botanical Garden Education Center: 12001 Main Street in Bellevue.

  • "Ferns for All Seasons" lecture at the Bellevue Botanical Garden: Thursday, September 25, 10 a.m. -noon. Taught by Sue Olson, founding member of the Hardy Fern Foundation and author of Encyclopedia of Garden Ferns. After her slide presentation, she will lead a tour of BBG's Rhododendron Glen where over 750 ferns are planted. $35 ($25 for members). 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.

  • Chase Garden Fall Sale: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 26, 27, 28 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Plants from the garden for fall and winter interest. Native wildflowers, evergreen groundcovers, ferns, and more. Specialty nursery vendors: Lael's Moon Garden and The Rhododendron Garden Nursery. Free admission to the garden 16015 - 264th St. E. in Orting.

  • Fall Abundance Plant Sale: Fall Abundance Plant Sale: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27. Great selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials. Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle.

  • Christianson's Nursery Fourth Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival: Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. A prize of $1,000 goes for the biggest pumpkin, and cash prizes will be awarded to each of the next nine top pumpkins. Besides huge pumpkins, there will be a free talk by Kathleen Bander of Bats Northwest (11 a.m.; reservations requested at 360-466-3821), live music, toad races and more. 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

  • Fall Garden Festival at Point Defiance Park: Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Features garden tours, lectures (beginning with Ed Hume at 10 a.m.), educational displays, a garden marketplace and kids' activities. Free. Point Defiance Pagoda: 5400 N. Pearl St, Tacoma.

  • "All about Bats" at Molbaks in Woodinville: Saturday, September 27, noon to 1 p.m. Barbara Ogaard, Bats Northwest and Sarvey Wildlife Care Center Board Member, will share her knowledge about several species of bats found in our area and tips on how to co-exist (and even attract) these night flyers.

  • "Edible Perennials" lecture at the Bellevue Botanical Garden: Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m. -noon. Award-winning landscape designer Jessi Bloom will illustrate which perennials are edible and how to grow them. $35 ($25 for members). 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.

  • Succulent Pumpkins presentation at Windmill Gardens: Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m. Frani Gallwas will guide you in creating your own charming table decor by topping a pumpkin with moss, and a colorful array of sedums, succulents, cones, berries, etc. All supplies included in class. Fee is $29 (must register). 16009 60th Street East, Sumner.

  • 9th Annual Chehalis Watershed Festival in Aberdeen: Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Free, family event intended to inspire and raise awareness about the unique natural resources of the Chehalis Basin. Live music, fresh produce from area farms, fishing pond, salmon bake and more. I will be there at 3 p.m. Morrison Riverfront Park & Rotary Pavilion, Aberbeen.

  • Central Puget Sound Chapter of WA Native Plant Society Fall Native Plant Sale & Celebration: Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Wide variety of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers & ground covers that are ideal for western Washington gardens. Be sure to visit the RainWise booth. 7744 35th Ave NE, Seattle.

  • Fall Fest at Meerkerk Gardens - Nursery and Garden Art Sale: Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, 9 a.m. -4 p.m. both days. Meerkerk’s Fall rhododendron sale will include ferns and maple trees from neighboring nurseries as well as garden art from local artists. Visit the garden for free this week-end. 3531 Meerkerk lane, Greenbank.

  • "Gardening With Native Plants" lecture at UW Botanic Gardens: Monday, October 6, 6:30 –7:30 p.m. Susie Egan, King County Master Gardener, and owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, will share her favorite native shrubs, perennials, ferns and groundcovers that have adapted to the conditions here in the Pacific Northwest. Suggested $5 donation at the door (RSVP online or call 206-685-8033). Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle.


Ongoing Events

  • Natural Yard Care Classes Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9 pm, Sept 17 – Oct 8. Bellevue is offering free natural yard care workshops. At each class, local experts share practical tips and how-to's for home gardeners who want to go natural. Beginning this year the classes will be held at the new Bellevue Botanical Garden Education Center, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue. To learn more about the workshops, call 425-452-4127.

  • Heronswood "Talk, Walk & Weed" with Dan Hinkley Bring your garden gloves and your favorite hand tool and join Dan for a fun volunteer Saturday at Heronswood Garden. Upcoming event dates: September 27.

  • Oodles of classes at Seattle Tilth From the basics to chickens to soil and beyond, check out all their adult classes. And ... don't forget about classes for kids and families.