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  • Free Gardening Events in 2018

    February 19, 2018

    For 2018 we’ve upped our educational giving back program with a number of free gardening events throughout the year. In addition to resuming our guided flora and fauna nature walks at the Breazeale Environmental Learning Center’s upland trail, Robin will also be offering a few free seminars at the center as well. All of these educational opportunities are open to everyone for free. (Although donations to the Breazeale Center certainly won’t be turned away!)

    Indian Plum

    Indian plum blooms in late winter & by spring this native plant is lush with ripening, edible fruits. Learn more on the Upland Trail!

    Following is the current schedule, so mark your calendar, and please pre-register   for any or all of these events so we can be prepared for each group. And, bookmark this page or sign up for our mailing list just in case we announce more programs in the future.

    Flora & Fauna Nature Walks: (more…)

  • 2018 NW Flower & Garden Show Sneaks

    January 18, 2018

    The NW Flower & Garden Show 2018 (or Festival, as they’re now calling it) opens February 7th this year, and I can’t wait. I’m working on three new, exciting seminars.

    NWFGS Container Wars in 2017

    Hate the name. Love the Game! NWFGS live competitions are such fun for everyone!

    And, I’ve got some great goodies to hand out to some lucky folks to attend my talks. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

    Here are a few of the things I can’t wait to experience at this year’s show:

    • Growing even as we age: One of my seminars this year takes a look at ways we can work toward a garden that accommodates our needs as we age. In doing research, I learned that ElderGrow will have an educational presence at the show. Don’t know them? Come to my seminar, Retire into Your Garden with Ease, on Wednesday, 2/7/2018 at 7pm in the NWFGS Rainier Room to learn more (sneak: Attend & possibly take home some free tools to make gardening easier). Or, look for Eldergrow in your show program.
    • Display Gardens: I always look for new inspiration, plants and cool products among the many amazing gardens.
      2017 Choice Landscapes at NWFGS

      Choice Garden’s adorable 2017 display garden. Will they do as well in 2018?

      In 2017, I wanted to move into the little cottage setting created by Ryan and Choice Landscapes. I’ll be looking closely for more from them this year.

    • Less is More Learning: The seminar rooms is where I’ll be spending most of my time during the show. And not just because I’m giving three talks this year. NWFGS always brings in the best speakers to inspire my growth.
      • Last year, Dan Hinkley’s talk on ways to transform and reduce lawns, included a hilarious “Drink & Mow” methodology. He may have meant it as a joke, but we took it seriously and to great effect. More on that in my Is That a Weed or What? seminar on Sunday, 2/11/2018 at 2:15pm in the Rainier Room.

        Is That a Weed or What?

        Before you pull, cultivate, harvest or eat, be sure you are 100% certain what’s what with each plant! (Sneak: Join us for this 3-part presentation & you may take home some tools to help you with weeds & what-nots.)

      • No watering required gardening is something none of us can afford to miss. I’m looking forward to slipping into Kirk R. Brown’s talk on the subject in the Hood Room on Wednesday, 2/7/2018 at 12:30pm for at least a few minutes before I have to set up for my first seminar of the show: So You Want to Keep Bees?, which begins at 2:45pm on 2/7/2018 in the Rainier Room.
    • Visiting the battlegrounds: If you came to see me compete in the the Container Wars arena last year, you already know that I’m not a fan of the name of the various competitions. So much so, I brought peace offerings to my competitor, and we participated in more of a fun, educational cooper-tition than a war. But, here’s the thing: these programs are hilarious, educational and involves the audience. And, this year there’s a live floral arranging competition in addition to a container design competition. Sadly, I don’t get to play on stage this year, but others in the line ups are gonna be great!
    • Plant-a-holics: Last year I picked up onion starts, seeds, a self-fertile apple tree, a few orchids, and a number of air plants. This year, I look forward to visiting the plant market for more of the same. Once you get hooked on air plants and orchids, there’s just no turning back. And, who doesn’t end up taking home at least a few things to grow from this fantastic festival of all things garden?

    See you at the show!


  • Flora & Fauna Gift Cards

    November 27, 2017

    *NEW* Gift card sets are now available via our Etsy Shop!

    Our gift card offerings for 2017 include ten of Robin’s most popular flora & fauna photographs from this year.

    Updated 12/19/17: Visit our new GardenMentorsDesigns Etsy store to purchase our photography cards now. Until supplies run out, we’ll be shipping orders with free photography stickers too. More inventory, including gift sets, will be added in the coming days.


    2017 Garden Mentors gift card photographs/copyright Robin Haglund

    A sample of the 10 new images included in our 2017 gift card sets. Each card features an individual image from those shown here, plus 6 more!

    Mixed sets come in packages of 25 for $2/card, plus tax and shipping. These cards are available all year.

    Want them in time for the holidays?

    Call 206-781-8645 or contact us via our web form right away to place your order. Orders placed 12/8/17 or later may not be available for delivery ahead of Christmas 2017. Only available for ordering & delivery in the United States (for now anyway).

    (Original Post from December 1, 2016 follows)


    Following are some of Robin’s most popular flora & fauna photos from 2016 that are also now available to order as gift cards in sets of 25 for just $2/card (plus tax & shipping).

    You know you want a set! So, order via our Etsy store today! to learn more about ordering a set of your own or a gift set for someone you love! But, hurry up if you want them to arrive in time for the holidays.

    Pacific chorus frog fauna photo

    Tiny Pacific chorus frog (also known as a Pacific tree frog) & large glass pond float in summer.


    Great Blue Heron fauna photo

    A majestic great blue heron resting on the shore of Padilla bay.


    mushroom photo

    A bloom of mushrooms emerging from the soil in September.


    zinnia flora photography

    Bouquet of Skagit Valley grown zinnias & sage in late summer.


    Dunlin shore bird fauna photography

    Dunlin shorebirds resting on the shore of Padilla Bay, WA in November.


    Teasle flora photo

    Teasle growing wild along the mudflats of Padilla Bay in high summer.


    Padilla Bay sunset in July

    Summer sunset on the shores of the Padilla Bay shore trail in Skagit County, WA.


    Queen Anne's lace seeds

    Queen Anne’s Lace seed pods & wild asters blooming on the shore of Padilla Bay.

    (Each set of cards will include a selection of these images. Watermarks will not be shown over images on the cards. Images on cards may be cropped slightly differently from what you see here & color variations may occur in printing; however, cards will match vertical and horizontal crop orientations shown here. Interiors remain blank unless you request a custom message printing when you order. All cards come with white envelopes to fit. Select your favorites & order here.  Larger quantities are available upon request. Fill out our contact form or give us a ring now at 206-781-8645 to get the ball rolling on your order. )

  • Anacortes Hummingbird Garden Talk

    November 13, 2017

    Join Robin to learn and start growing your own hummingbird garden!

    hummingbird garden Anna nesting

    Learn how to build a hummingbird garden & see momma build a home & raise her brood with Robin!

    Where: Skyline Garden Club, 6041 Sands Way (Skyline Beachclub) Anacortes, WA
    When: Monday, November 20, 2017 1:30-2:30pm
    Cost: The Skyline Garden Club invites everyone to join us with a $5 donation to the club by non-members.

    What you’ll learn: Robin will be sharing her best tips for developing and maintaining a year-round gorgeous, fragrant, blooming garden that hummingbirds will adore. She’ll introduce you to our resident hummingbirds & migrants in the Pacific Northwest. Plus, she’ll teach how easy it is to offer fresh, homegrown food and habitat for these wonderful sprite-like creatures rather than a high-maintenance sugar-water feeder. And, you won’t want to miss all the photos of nests and baby birds growing up.

    Additional information

  • Free in Bellingham: Garden Talk

    October 17, 2017

    Thanks to the Birchwood Garden Club I’ll be speaking for free in Bellingham, WA on gardening in November.

    free bellingham gardening seminar temptations

    At our free Bellingham gardening seminar:
    Learn about keeping eye-popping color like this in your garden all year!

    The Birchwood Garden Club is hosting my seminar 365 Days of Non-Stop Color & Interest. In this seminar, you’ll learn how easy it is in the Pacific Northwest to end the off-season garden doldrums. With a series of eye-popping photos & top design tips I’ll empower you in bringing the Wow! factor to your garden all year long.

    November is such a great time to enjoy this seminar. Following our first big rains and winds, deciduous trees and shrubs have all but lost their gorgeous fall foliage. Perennials have shriveled to earth for the winter. It’s now that many gardeners realize they need help brightening their garden for the short, dark days ahead.

    So, put this event on your calendar today and join us in the historic Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room to learn more about gardening for everyday of the year and to learn more about the Birchwood Garden Club of Bellingham.

    Where: Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 2nd Floor, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA

    When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7pm

    Cost: Free, Courtesy of the Birchwood Garden Club of Bellingham


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