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It's getting to be time for holiday decorations. Learn how to make your own wreath at several local nurseries.

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Radio Show: November 22

I am back from Cuba and will be answering all of your garden questions. Thanks to Nita Jo Rountree for hosting the show last week.

Heronswood Lecture

The season of gray rain is upon us. Take a virtual tour of the plants of Myanmar, Vietnam and China with Dan Hinkley. Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. at the Port Gamble SíKlallam Longhouse, 31964 Little Boston Road NE, Kingston $20 at the door, $5 for Heronswood Garden Members.

Garden d'Lights

Garden dLights

Garden d'Lights tickets on sale now. Buy them before they get all snapped up! The event goes from November 29, 2014 through January 3, 2015, 4:30pm to 9:30pm Every Evening Including Holidays (last entry at 9:00pm).

Upcoming Talks and Appearances:

The holiday season is practically here; then I'm off to New Zealand in January. When I return, I will broadcast live from the Tacoma Home & Garden Show on Saturday, January 24; then give a talk at the show in the afternoon. Then my appearance schedule is in full swing again including a Valentines Day special talk with Mary at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. I will gather up all my early 2015 talks and post them on my talks page soon.

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.

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!