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Lots of events including lots of sales just added to my Events Page.

Radio Show: April 29

Noon to 1 p.m. Guest is Richie Steffen, President of Nortwest Horticultural Society and curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden. We'll be talking about Plant Nerd Night coming up in late July.

No radio show on May 6 due to a Sounders Game.

On April 15 my guest was Kathleen LaFrancis Eaton Ph.D., president of the Washington State Master Gardener Foundation. We talked about the value of the Master Gardener program to Washingon state and how they've impacted the globe.

If you need garden and plant advice, a great resource is the Master Gardener Clinic. Here is a schedule of Master Gardener Clinics in King County.

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.


Recently I talked to Macia Dillon, Master Gardener, and expert tomato grower. We discussed great tomato varieties to grow in the Northwest. For For tomato starts, check out these plant sale:


The Tulips are Up!

Check out the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley. On the morning news Friday, April 21, King5 reporters will be in the fields reporting. I will be on the news briefly at about 8:15 a.m. giving tips on growing tulips.

Upcoming April Appearances open to the public:

  • Sunday, April 30 at noon: The Nisqually Valley Home and Garden Show in Yelm.

Tour the Galapagos Islands with me!

Announcing a new tour: The Galapagos Island: January 20 through 27, 2018. For information, visit Northwest Travel.


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: Next Appearances: May 1

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!