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Sunday, March 26: Northwest Perennial Alliance Nicolay lecture: "The Triumph of Seeds" with Thor Hanson, PhD. Lecture begins at 1 p.m. (doors open at Noon for Far Reaches Farm plant sales). NPA members $5/Nonmembers $20. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.

More events are on my Events Page.

Radio Show: March 25

From noon to 1 p.m. My guest is Tracy Mehlin, MLIS Information Technology Librarian, Elisabeth C. Miller Library. We will talk about the upcoming Garden Lovers' Book Sale: The general sale is free on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday night preview party: April 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy wine and light refreshments while browsing a fantastic selection of used gardening books. Author Nita-Jo Rountree will be selling & signing her new book Growing roses in the Pacific Northwest Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call 206-543-0415 to purchase tickets. Note also that the Pacific Northwest Botainical Artists will have an exhibit and sale of prints and cards through May 6. The library (and book sale) is at 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle.

We will also talk about the wonderful Plant Answer Line" A Quick Reference Service for Gardeners. It's where I go when I'm stumped (rare but true).


My spring schedule is in "full swing"!

Sunday, March 26 at noon, I will be at the Skagit Home and Garden Showin Mt. Vernon talking about "Must Have Spring Plants".

Friday, March 31 at 8:30 a.m.: Windmill Gardens, Sumner. "Oh la la exciting plants for spring". Registration to Green club required.

Tour the Galapagos Islands with me!

Announcing a new tour: The Galapagos Island: January 20 through 27, 2018. For information, visit Northwest Travel.


If you haven't pruned them yet, you can any time now in the Seattle area. The Seattle Rose Society is offering one more pruning demo at Flower World in Snohomish on Saturday, March 25. Email Jeff Wyckoff for specifics. If you want suggestions of roses to try along with great care information, check out the book by Nita-Jo Rountree: Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest, 90 Best Varieties for Successful Rose Gardening.


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.

New Day Northwest: Next Appearances: April 3

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.

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!