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Radio Show: August 19 (noon to 1 p.m.)

I am in the studio today taking your garden questions. My guest is Nita-Jo Rountree and we will be talking about the upcoming Arts in the Garden at the Bellelvue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue. The event is on Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. There is also a special preview party on Friday night, August 25 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $85 (dinner included).


Ireland Tours: 2 spots just opened up for Southern Ireland

Note: 2 spots just opened for Southern Ireland (Sept 9 through Sept 22). This tour filled up fast so if you are interested, contact Brad right away at Northwest Travel, 425-313-1691.

Exciting August at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

August 19 to 26 is Water Wise Garden Week at the Conservatory. Here are all of the exciting activities:

  • 'Desert Scapes' an art show being held in the Cactus House featuring paintings by northwest artist Sheila Scott. Artist's reception and open house Saturday August 19th from 6-9pm. (runs all week)
  • 'Dry Dish Garden' workshop hosted by Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society, Sunday August 20th 11am -12:30pm and 1:30pm -3pm
  • 'Water Smart Gardens' a lecture by Jessi Bloom local garden designer and author. Wednesday August 23rd 6 - 9pm. Reception and plants from Desert NW beforehand.
  • Garden Party and silent Auction, hosted by FOC Saturday August 26th 6 - 9pm food, music and cocktails.

Upcoming Appearances open to the public (August and September):

Plants need water!

Even if you don't keep your lawn watered during drought periods, your trees and shrubs need water! It has been a long time since we've had any measureable rain. Don't ignore your long established plants as they get thirsty as well. Water slowly and deeply so the water gets down to the roots.

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.

New Day Northwest: I will next be on August 7

I am on New Day Northwest most Every Other Monday. 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!