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2020 Events

Seed Saving & Heirloom Seed Library Pickup

Saturday, February 8th.     Download the Event Flyer.

Register Here for both classes.

Basic Seed Saving – 8:30 – 10:30 am  –  $10
Advanced Seed Saving – 10:45 – Noon  –  $10
(If you have attended the class in the past, and would like a refresher, you can attend for half-price!)

Completing the Basic Seed Saving Class entitles you to join the Heirloom Seed Library.

Download the complete 2020 Catalog of Seeds here, along with a Seed Order Form to bring to the class. Seeds will be ready for you at the end of your class.

Spring Symposium

Four Wednesday evenings in March.    Download the Event Flyer.

Register to attend!
Fascinating lectures for Central Washington gardeners!

March 4, 2020

Appreciating Our Natural Heritage in Our Own BackyardsTerri Knoke

We’ll go back 10,000 years to what the PNW used to look like to gain an understanding of the relatively rapid evolution of our flora in the PNW. In particular, Lomatiums will be highlighted due to their relative importance in Tribal culture of western United States, and the unusual diversity of this plant in Yakima County. The threats to our native habitats will be discussed as well.

The second half of this presentation will be on the benefits of moving away from high water use landscaping to those designs that support the native environment, and how to begin the process of creating native habitat in your own backyard with help from the Heritage Garden Program.

March 11, 2020

Planting and Germinating Native Plants Ann Autrey

It’s not easy to grow native plants from seed. Explore the various methods needed to germinate native seeds and reproduce lush native gardens with limited water.

March 18, 2020

Garden MythsDr. Linda Chalker-Scott

Your neighbors, your Aunt Mabel, Mom and Dad… they probably gave you advice about tricks to make your garden more successful, pest-free, etc. Chances are, that advice had little basis in science, or science has since been revised. And well-meaning as that old hand-me-down advice might be, it could be problematic! Linda has devoted her career to studying such myths, and done the research to prove or disprove them. This is both an educational and entertaining evening. And of great use to us as gardeners!

March 25, 2020

A Desire for More, The Miller Garden Story Richie Steffens

When the Millers purchased five acres of land perched on the bluffs overlooking Puget Sound no one could have guessed at the garden Mrs. Miller would create. Driven by a passion for plants and a desire to learn about gardening she developed a world class collection of rare and unusual specimens. Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth Miller Botanical Garden will be sharing stories on the history of how the garden was developed as well and the some of the influences and inspirations that drove Mrs. Miller. Using marvelous photographs of this beautiful oasis, Richie will also share how the garden is keeping Mrs. Miller’s vision alive today and into the future.

Plant Sale

Thousands of bedding plants, hanging baskets, yard art and more.  First weekend in May.  Watch here for details.

Classes in the Gardens

Free one-hour classes in our Demonstration Garden at Ahtanum Youth Park, and our Heirloom Garden at our Greenhouse property.
Beginning in May.  Topics and details to be announced here soon.