Grow your own
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
According to the Society of American Florists, more than 250 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day every year, with a price tag of approximately $2 billion on the total amount of flowers sold. That’s a lot of lucre to spend on gifts that will likely wither within a week. But learning how to grow and tend your own blooms can extend the shelf life of your petal-powered gifts—and of your relationships.
On Valentine’s Day proper, bring your sweetie along for a free talk with Thomas Mirenda, who on behalf of the Mount Baker Orchid Society will present “True Botanical Biodiversity Hot-Spot: The Fabulous Orchids of Southwestern Australia” at 7pm at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center. Mirenda has been growing orchids for more than three decades and is an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society, the former Orchid Collection Specialist of the Smithsonian, as well as being a regular columnist for Orchids magazine. If what he says piques your interest about the fancy flowering plants, join the Orchid Society March 7 and 8 for their annual show and sale at Skagit Valley Gardens, where repotting services, seminars and an “orchid doctor” will be part of the fun. When: 7pm Fri., Feb. 14 Where: 10441 Bayview Edison Rd. Info: http://www.orchid-society.net/mt-baker
If roses are more your thing, make your way to Bellingham’s Garden Spot Nursery Saturday morning for a “Loving Austin Roses” presentation with Rebecca Reed, a horticulturist for Austin Roses. She’ll discuss the history behind the company created by David Austin, who in the early 1950s set out to create a more beautiful rose—taking him from a teenaged hobbyist to a world-renowned rose breeder. Reed will share Austin’s story, as well as discuss pruning techniques, rose care, and some of her favorite varieties and companion plants. Register in advance for the free class, and get growing. When: 9am Sat., Feb. 15 Where: 900 Alabama St. Info: http://www.garden-spot.com
That same day, Christianson’s Nursery will welcome the Seattle Rose Society for not one, but four workshops focusing on the prickly bush that bears fragrant flowers and sets hearts aflutter. The primers from members of the society that was first established in 1913 commence at 10am, starting with “Rose Pruning” and continuing with “Rose Selection,” “Rose Planting and Feeding,” and “Insect and Disease Control.” Choose one or all, and come away knowing how to bring a couple of season’s worth of beauty to your home and garden. When: 9am-2pm Sat., Feb. 15 Where: 15806 Best Rd. Cost: $8 per workshop, $30 for all. Info: http://www.christiansonsnursery.com
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