My friends at Parson's Public Relations sent me a little reminder that fall is around the corner and, immediately, it struck me that there's a lot going on that Pacific Northwest gardeners need to be aware of because not many people realize that:
* Cooler autumn air and increased rainfall make the perfect conditions for developing strong roots.
* Healthy roots make for more drought-tolerant and disease-resistant plants
* Taking action in the garden now will not only help the garden thrive come spring, it will also make it more resilient to the impacts of climate change, such as drier summers and wetter winters.
hhmm...I'd also add that PLANTS ARE ON SALE AT MOST NURSERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On top of this, a series of free seminars are being presented at our local nurseries, where people can learn all about the benefits of fall planting, as well as see all the exciting choices of plants available at this time of year (not just mums, pansies and ornamental cabbage!):
Fall into Lazy Gardening
Learn what to plant this year for less maintenance and more color all year long. Replace fussy, high water-use plants with better behaved trees, shrubs and perennials. Next summer you'll use less water and enjoy more leisure time. Get a chance to win a small plant at the end of class.
Molbak's, 13625 NE 175th St, Woodinville
Phone: (425) 483-5000 Website: www.molbaks.com
Saturday, September 12, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Shrink Your Lawn, Grow Your Garden
Tired of spending time, money and effort to maintain your lawn? Want to add color to your landscape and invite wildlife into your yard? Learn how to convert some or all of your lawn into a beautiful landscape featuring native plants and attractive perennials. You'll be amazed how your newly converted landscape will be packed with birds and keep pests in check.
Swansons Nursery at 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle
Phone: (206) 782-2543 Website: www.swansonsnursery.com
Saturday, September 19, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Jazz Up Your Garden with a Fall Makeover
Learn how to have beauty every month of the year. This seminar will include garden design, plant selection and proper planting techniques. Fall is a great time to renovate your garden.
Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave N.
Phone: (206) 546-4851 Website: www.skynursery.com
Saturday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.