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Week-end of June 3 and 4: Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour. There will be lots of great garden tours throughout June and July. More events are on my Events Page.


Radio Show: May 20

I will be talking to Don Evans about 811 Call Before You Dig. Whether you are using machinery or digging by hand, it is simple. Call 811 or submit online to schedule a utility check.

Give-aways today (May 20): I have great prizes today. 2 sets of 2 tickets to Plant Nerd Night sponsored by the Northwest Horticultural Society. The event is Sunday, July 23rd at The Mountaineers, Magnuson Park, Sand Point Way at 5 p.m. It is a summer party with music, wine, food and plants. Richie Steffen will host and be joined by plant growers Windcliff (Dan Hinkley), Far Reaches Farm, Sundquist Nursery, T & L, and Loghouse Plants, who will present, and have for sale, new and exciting plants. There will be both live and silent auctions, featuring fabulous plants and garden items. Ticket price is $45 and proceeds from the event benefit the grants and scholarships programs of NHS.

Last week my guest was Nita-Jo Rountree, author of Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest. We talked about all the great classes and lectures at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Note: Due to a Sounders game, no radio show on Saturday, May 27.

University District Food Bank

I recently had a tour of the University District Food Bank. They moved to a new location and now have a roof top garden to grow veggies. For information, visit the Univeristy District Food Bank Website.

Upcoming April Appearances open to the public:


Two trips to Ireland: September, 2017

My first trip to Ireland filled up before it was publicized so we added a second tour.

You can check out both itineraries in the Northwest Travel Links above. There is currently a wait list for the 1st trip (Ireland South) but there are a couple of spots open for the 2nd trip (Ireland North). If you are interested, contact Brad at Northwest Travel, 425-313-1691.

Rain gardens

KING5 recently teamed up with 12,000 Rain Gardens. Rain gardens are a smart and proven way of using beautiful landscaping to: beautify and improve homes and neighborhoods, reduce flooding, clean our waterways, protect our precious natural habitats and save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and massive utility construction projects. Check out their Resource Page, in particular the WSU Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington.

You can find rain garden design and construction tips on the DIY Network, part of HGTV. The rain gardens shown were constructed in the Western Washington cities of Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle and Kirkland.

Natives Exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

It opened on April 8 but runs through October 8. Natives Exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way. Last week I talked to Aarin Packard, Curator at the Museum. The focus of this special exhibit is on native bonsai trees paired with landscape paintings of their indigenous environments. The Pacific Bonsai Museum is at 2515 S. 336th St. in Federal Way. Open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays) 10 to 4 (10 to 7 on 3rd Thursdays, March through September). Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

New Day Northwest:

Do you have a question or are you just curious about something around the garden? Submit your dilemma for consideration for a "Ciscoe Save Me" segment. Send an email (with pictures if possible) to and your question might make it on T.V.

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Recycling is Easy!

I live in Seattle and the Seattle Public Utilities makes recycling easy. Every year, they send out a flier to remind you what goes where but if you are unsure where to put something, you can Look it Up!