Woodpecker Wars

One morning, I woke up thinking our neighborhood was under attack. There was a deafening uproar like a particularly metallic-sounding Uzi. We leaped out of bed, but couldn’t immediately determine the source of the noise. The culprit turned out to be a woodpecker. Not being wise to woodpecker wiles, I …

Great Plant Picks

Great Plant Picks (GPP) is an educational plant awards program originating from the Miller Garden that recommends outstanding plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest. The garden is known for its exceptional collection of fine trees and shrubs and an expansive variety of woodland herbaceous perennials. Elisabeth Miller was very interested …

Long Division

SCMG Plant Sale’s a-comin’! Therefore, every chance I get, I am out in the garden dividing perennials, ferns and grasses.  The first “potting party” was March 10 this year and we had a big time. There were about 20 MGs there and we potted, labeled and organized approximately 800 plants …

March Madness

March has been an interesting month. The weather for Seattle has brought above normal temperatures, sunshine, and drier skies after a very warm, partly cloudy, and rainy February. The average daily high is running over 2 degrees above normal; the warmest day has been March 24 when the temperature reached …

Beautiful Bulbs

Every spring the Skagit Valley of Washington state bursts into breathtaking beauty. Nothing outside of the Netherlands can top the vast sweeps of color, as far as the eye can see. That illustrates one of the challenges with tulips. No one can gainsay their beauty, but their impact is greatest …

Get your plants here!

The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation partners with the WSU Extension program in providing Master Gardener services for Snohomish County. Our Foundation provides part of the funding for MG training, community diagnostic clinics, demonstration gardens, and other programs and events such as the popular Winter Lecture Series, the SCMG Garden …

Master Gardeners

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to be community educators who provide science-based information on horticulture and environmentally sound gardening practices. We have about 300 Master Gardeners in Snohomish County; each year a new class receives extensive training from the WSU faculty and experts from the Extension program. …