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June 9 through 11: It is Sorticulture, the Garden Art Festival in Everett this weekend. I will be speaking there Saturday at 2 p.m.

Radio Show: June 10, noon to 1 p.m.

I am in the studio with guest, Barry Hoffer of Maples for all Seasons. We'll talk about great Japanese maples for different conditions, and how to best care for them. If you are looking for a Japanese Maple, Barry is selling them at Sorticulture in Everett this weekend. He can help you pick one out that is perfect for your situation. If you are there on Saturday at 2 p.m., come to my talk!

Upcoming April Appearances open to the public:

Corpse Flower

Happening this weekend at the Pacific Science Center: The Amorphophallus bulbifer, otherwise known as Voodoo Lily or Corpse Flower, is in bloom! Guests can smell the short-lived, pungent odor in our Tropical Butterfly House now.


Two trips to Ireland: September, 2017

My first trip to Ireland filled up before it was publicized so we added a second tour.

You can check out both itineraries in the Northwest Travel Links above. There is currently a wait list for the 1st trip (Ireland South) but there are a couple of spots open for the 2nd trip (Ireland North). If you are interested, contact Brad at Northwest Travel, 425-313-1691.

Rain gardens

KING5 recently teamed up with 12,000 Rain Gardens. Rain gardens are a smart and proven way of using beautiful landscaping to: beautify and improve homes and neighborhoods, reduce flooding, clean our waterways, protect our precious natural habitats and save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and massive utility construction projects. Check out their Resource Page, in particular the WSU Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington.

You can find rain garden design and construction tips on the DIY Network, part of HGTV. The rain gardens shown were constructed in the Western Washington cities of Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle and Kirkland.

Natives Exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

It opened on April 8 but runs through October 8. Natives Exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way. Last week I talked to Aarin Packard, Curator at the Museum. The focus of this special exhibit is on native bonsai trees paired with landscape paintings of their indigenous environments. The Pacific Bonsai Museum is at 2515 S. 336th St. in Federal Way. Open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays) 10 to 4 (10 to 7 on 3rd Thursdays, March through September). Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

New Day Northwest: Next Appearance June 12

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.

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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!