Archive for January, 2011

The Garden in Winter

Just when you thought you could relax and pore through all those garden catalogs that have arrived, you realize that your yard and garden still need your attention. We’ll look at those catalogs later.

The winter months—January, February, and March—offer many opportunities to get outside. So dress warmly, put on your boots, and tackle some of these winter gardening tasks:

  • Lawn care includes timing a lawn renovation of installation.
  • Tools are necessarily an important part of winter gardening. Check that yours in shape for the coming gardening season.
  • Rifle through the catalogs, walk through the garden and start the fun of planning the planting.
  • Plant those fruit trees and flowering trees, bare-root roses and berries that are ready.
  • Divide perennials that are summer bloomers.

Enjoy the quiet, the scents of late garden bloomers while you watch for the new growth of early bulbs.

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Winter Garden Tours

Winter Garden Tours 2011:

  • Saturday, 22 January 9:30-11:00 ($5 suggested donation to MGFKC)
  • Saturday, 5 February 9:30-11:00 ($5 suggested donation to MGFKC)

Tour the Joseph Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum.  Join Samuel Mitchell to explore not only this wonderful collection, but other plants in the arboretum left out of the winter garden.  Come smell, see, and engage with what winter has to offer us as Northwest ornamental gardeners.

Registration at the office.  Email Karen Hausrath at or call 206.543.0221 (Tuesdays and Thursdays are best).  Questions:  Samuel Mitchell or 206.949.9515.

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