Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

September, 2006
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Native Seed, Bulb & Plant Sale
Fall is the best time to plant! And native plants are the best way to bring birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to your garden. Besides, they never need fertilizer and (once established) they rarely need extra water.

On Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Washington Native Plant Society, Central Puget Sound Chapter, will host their annual fall sale of native seeds, bulbs, and plants at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle. They'll have a couple hundred different species, including lots of bareroot trees and shrubs. As usual, field guides and botanical and gardening books will also be for sale. Experts will be available to consult on the best plants for your space, and how to plant and nurture them.

Proceeds from this sale support the chapter's educational activities and the Native Plant Stewardship Program.

For more information, call (206) 527-3210, or visit:

Clever Gardening Technique

Make Potpourri for Gifts
As you're cleaning up the garden this fall, be sure to harvest some petals and leaves for potpourri. Here's a recipe to give you ideas:

2 cups lavender
2 cups rose petals
1 cup rosebuds
1 cup mock orange flowers
1 cup scented geranium leaves
1 cup bergamot leaves
1 cup pinks
1 cup larkspur flowers
1/4 cup daisy flowers
8 love-in-a-mist seedpods
8 strawflowers
5 tablespoons orris root (fixative)

You can substitute some of the flowers or leaves with those of your choice, using fragrances that you prefer. Gently combine flowers and leaves, then mix the fixative with the spices and blend in with your hands.

Sprinkle on essential oils if desired, one drop at a time, stirring between each drop. Seal and store in a warm, dry, dark place for six weeks to "cure."


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