Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Washington State University

WSU Snohomish County Extension office has moved!

Our office is now located in the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Administration Office at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, 98296.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series – A Gardener’s Guide to Hostas

March 15 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for The Annual SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series, live at our NEW LOCATION:
Everett Station
Weyerhaeuser Room, 4th Floor
3201 Smith Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
(free parking at the train station)

Topic: A Gardener’s Guide to Hostas

Once thought to be a major challenge, shade gardening has come into its own and provides an ideal showcase for Hosta. Join Lorē as she provides a comprehensive primer on Hosta including how to select the perfect Hosta based on six key selection criteria. Cultural requirements and detailed propagation techniques will be discussed along with a few new vocabulary words that specifically apply to the Hosta genus.
Learn about genetic chimeras and how they affect variegation patterns in Hosta leaves. The session will conclude with a discussion of pests and disease including recommendations for slug management and an introduction and overview of Hosta Virus X (HVX) including how to identify it and what to do if you find it.
Bring your questions and prepare to learn more than just the basics about these magnificent luminaries of the shade garden!

$85 for the entire series, if purchased in advance. Tickets for individual sessions will be available for $20, starting January 1st, based on availability. Limited space available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Speaker Profile:
Lorē Sampson
Lorē is a well-known member of the garden community in the Pacific Northwest. She and her husband Jim own and operate Rarity Gardens, a small perennial nursery specializing in Hosta, peonies, and daylilies.
A nurseryman’s daughter, Lorē has been growing and propagating a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants since childhood. She studied botany at the University of Michigan and currently grows more than 150 different varieties of Hosta and over 850 different peony cultivars.

Lorē is a popular speaker for garden clubs, plant societies and Master Gardener Groups. She is the recipient of the prestigious Award of Horticulture from the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs. She has also served as president of the American Peony Society and the Columbia River Daylily Society as well as founding president of the Hood River Valley Evening Garden Club. ​Her mission is to match plant enthusiasts with perfect perennials for their gardens.


March 15
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Event Categories:
Event Tags:
, , , , ,


Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation


Everett Station – Weyerhaeuser Room
3201 Smith Ave, 4th Flr
Everett, WA 98201 United States
+ Google Map