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Name That Flower

Find out what this local wildflower is on April 11 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. when Bainbridge Island photographer Paul Brians presents a photo lecture on the wildflowers of Bainbridge Island. Brians will show a wide variety of beautiful wildflowers and explain where and when they may be found. Brians’ photos are featured in…

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April in the Garden: Fertilize Now, But Wait to Plant Those Annuals

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer It’s Time to Fertilize Your plants are now waking up and in need of nutrition so they are well-prepared for all the work that lies ahead of them this growing season. A lot of folks like the slow release fertilizers, but those are sometimes too slow for me. I find that…

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Land Trust Native Plant Sale Coming up: Don’t Miss the March 31 Preorder Deadline!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of our beloved Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT). Help honor the nonprofit organization’s vital role in preserving beautiful Bainbridge at its annual Native Plant Sale. Preordering on-line runs to March 31. View the full native plant collection here. Click on the plant photos to read descriptions and needed growing conditions….

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Bloedel birch trees in summer.

Bloedel One of 20 Nominees for USA Today’s Best Public Garden in North America

The Bainbridge Island’s Bloedel Reserve has been nominated for the newspaper USA Today‘s Best North American Public Garden Competition. Bloedel stands alone among the 20 nominees as the only representative of our state. The 20 gardens were chosen by landscape designer, author, and lecturer Cindy Brockway, who is also Program Director for Cultural Resources at The…

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March in the Garden: Revive, Divide and Stop and Smell the Sarcococca

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Last month I directed readers to prune their fruit trees. Not one to give advice I don’t follow myself, I punctiliously headed off to our orchard with my Felcos and folding hand saw in an attempt to continue the process I began last year of bringing our old, neglected orchard back…

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February in the Garden? Early Birds Reap the Finest Flowers and Fruit

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer [This article from the archives originally appeared February 1, 2013.] As I write this, I look out my window and can’t deny that nothing has changed in my garden for the last month. Perhaps certain sword ferns are laying a bit flatter than they were in December, and my ornamental grasses…

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November in the Garden? There’s Plenty to Do for Die Hards

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Thank you to our In the Garden sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. Even the most enthusiastic of gardeners welcome the late fall and winter months as a chance to sit by the fire, flip through the seed catalogs, and generally rest from the physical demands of their garden. If you…

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October in the Garden: Protect Your Beds and Seed that Lawn

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer October is the time to protect your garden with a green cover crop and leaf mulch; seed your lawn; plant garlic; and hold off on pruning your hydrangeas and ornamental grasses. Plant Your “Green Manure” Green manure is the term used to describe protecting your garden soil with a living plant,…

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Help Weed Warriors Pull Undesirables Like Stinky Bob from Waterfront Park Friday

Weed Warriors are back at it this week Friday, September 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Waterfront Park. They invite volunteers to come help remove invasive plant species like, yes, Stinky Bob, that smelly pink flower that has taken root around the Island and pushes out important natives like trillium and ferns. Other key…

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September in the Garden: Shepherd Your Yard into Fall

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer September is historically one of the best weather months in the Pacific Northwest. It has a high likelihood of being payback time for the cool June we shivered through. Still, our gardens are tipping us off to the rhythms of fall, with the plants showing signs of getting just plain…

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Martha Stewart Visits Bainbridge’s Bloedel Reserve

International celebrity and home and garden maven Martha Stewart spent a recent Saturday morning, August 17, visiting Bainbridge Island’s Bloedel Reserve, which she described as one of the most beautiful gardens she has visited. Bloedel Executive Director Ed Moydell showed Stewart around, along with about 10 people, including crew members and horticulturalist friends who, along…

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August in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Thank you to our In the Garden sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. Your Madronas Dropping Their Leaves? Madronas are one of the few trees that drop their leaves at the end of July and early August. If you aren’t prepared for this, it’s common to believe the tree is in…

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Meet the Students in the Dirt Behind the Scenes at Bloedel This Summer

Four young people are spending the summer getting their hands (and knees and probably faces) dirty at Bainbridge’s Bloedel Reserve. These students are budding horticulturists and, for them, the chance to work at the Bloedel Gardens—landscaping, cataloging plants, mowing, and maintaining the gardens—is a dream. They’ve also put in lots of muscle on Bloedel’s 2013…

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June in Bloom at Bloedel Photo Gallery

This season has brought June bloom rather than gloom to our corner of the planet, with sunny warm days that seem more like July than Junuary. Haven’t been to Bloedel in a while? Here are some photos to remind you why it’s a great time to head over to northwest Bainbridge Island for a serene…

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Bloedel Reserve Turns 25 with Big Plans Ahead

As Bloedel Reserve celebrates its 25th year open to the public, this internationally hailed garden and forest preserve is looking forward with ambitious plans for its next 25 years even as it takes a breath to honor its past. [Learn more about its anniversary events.] According to Executive Director Ed Moydell, Bloedel’s Master Plan is…

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Rare Plant Specialist Dan Hinkley Teaches Class at Bay Hay May 4

Renowned garden writer and nurseryman Dan Hinkley will share his horticulture wisdom at Bay Hay & Feed this Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in a show-and-tell of 30 rare and beautiful plants. The Dan Hinkley Plant Collection launched in 2009 with an ever-increasing number of varieties selected to excite the plant collector…

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Spotlight on New Species at the April 20 Land Trust Native Plant Sale

by John van den Meerendonk The Bainbridge Island Land Trust will be holding its Native Plant Sale Saturday, April 20th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of Eagle Harbor Congregational Church at the corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue. This marks the tenth year that the Land Trust has hosted the…

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Place Your Land Trust Native Plant Sale Orders by Friday

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT) is taking orders for its annual Earth Day Native Plant Sale. Pre-orders must be placed by the end of this week, April 5, on BILT’s new website. View the catalog to browse photos and descriptions of the plants. Pre-ordering will ensure plant availability. Plant orders will be available for pick…

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Bloedel Rare Plant Sale Sprouts up April 6 & 7

Bainbridge Island’s internationally respected Bloedel Reserve holds its annual Premier Plant Sale the first weekend of April. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A members-only preview and auction takes place April 5 starting at 4 p.m. Featuring plants grown on Bloedel grounds and by 12 other top-notch Northwest…

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Spring Geek Fest: For the Love of Seed Catalogs

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Thank you to our sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. It’s time for an uprising, and that means ordering spring seeds. The writers of seed catalogs are, I think, quite often undiscovered wordsmiths. Back when Dan Hinckley was writing the Hersonswood catalog, folks thought he was crazy not to include photos….

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