Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

April, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Gig Harbor Garden Tour
The annual Gig Harbor Garden Tour, A Tour For Literacy, raises money to support Tacoma Community College Adult Basic Education Program for Literacy. More than half the annual budget for this local program comes from the garden tour. The program improves literacy skills in adults who have below an eighth-grade reading level.

The 2005 tour features six outstanding private home gardens in and around Gig Harbor. It includes sprawling multi-acre gardens with paths and trails that offer surprises around every corner, and small picket-fenced gardens with a perennial country feel. The tour will take place on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, visit:

Favorite or New Plant

Gartenmeister Fuchsia
Unlike the trailing fuchsia you see in hanging pots, Gartenmeister has an upright growth habit, reaching 18 to 24 inches tall. You can grow it alone as a specimen plant, but this fuchsia also combines well with other plants. Its salmon-orange flowers go beautifully with its bronzy foliage, and when combined with the warm colors of golden variegated ivy, it makes an outstanding focal point for a deck or patio. The Gartenmeister fuchsia takes hot sun well, but it also will tolerate shade. It flowers all season long, right up to the first frost. Like other fuchsias, Gartenmeister attracts hummingbirds. I plant several each year just so I won't disappoint our local hummers.


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