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Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden starts on Saturday, Nov 28.

More events are on my Events Page.

Radio Show: November 28

I am in the studio today answering all of your garden questions. I will interview Roger Thorson, owner of Carnation Tree Farm, the first Christmas tree farm in the Northwest to be certified as Salmon-Safe by the Salmon-Safe Program. Carnation Tree Farm offers a variety of U-cut and pre-cut trees and provides twine, baling, and assistance with loading the tree onto your car. The farm also sells stands, wreaths, garlands, mistletoe and handmade items from local artisans. They are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until December 13. Weekend activities during tree-cutting season include photos with Santa, bake sale treats to benefit local organizations and complimentary hot cider. On Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stewardship Partners will be there with ‘Sal the Salmon’. The farm is located at 31523 NE 40th Street in Carnation with on-site parking.

Remember that my show airs from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on KIRO 97.3 FM.

Small Business Saturday

November 28: Small Business Saturday

It's time for Small Business Saturday! If you shop for the holidays, consider your small local retailers. In my neighborhood, I find everything I need within walking distance at PCC, City People's Mercantile, and the Audubon shop. Don't forget that your local nursery is a great place to shop for all kinds of plants and other items as well. If you go to the Garden d'Lights display, check out the The Trillium Gift Shop at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. And finally, kudos to REI for giving their employees the day off on Green Friday!

Garden d'Lights (Tickets on Sale Now!)

Tickets for the holiday display of Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden are on sale now. It runs November 28 through January 2. Avoid lines by buying online.

Upcoming Appearances

Nothing in December as it's holiday time and most people are keeping their plants from freezing about now. My 2016 appearance schedule kicks off on Sunday, January 10 at the Puyallup home and gardening show. I will be speaking at Northwest Horticulture Society on Wednesday evening, Jan 13. Then I am going to Australia to return early February with lots of upcoming appearances. I will add all the details soon to my talks page.


Happy Birthday Ruby

She will be 11 years old on December 1 (or around that time). She was a rescue pup from Lil'Waif rescue.

Pictures from Corsica

Here are a few pictures from hiking in the wilds of Corsica!


Announcing my next Garden Tour

I am hosting a garden tour to Australia in January of 2016! I love Australia! I love going down under in our winter! I love checking out great gardens! I love tasting local wine! I love good company! I love Kangaroos!

January 16 through Jan 31, 2016. The Super Bowl is Feb 7 so we will be home in plenty of time for the game.

If you are interested, contact Brad Cilly at Northwest Travel Service, 425-313-1691.

New Day Northwest: Next appearance - Monday, December 7

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.

Call Before You Dig

Digging in the Garden?

Don't be a dim dim. Make sure you call before you dig. Call 811 to schedule a utilities check. It's free!

Ask Evelyn

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!