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  • Gardening Workshop Retreat 2018

    June 27, 2018

    Join us & spend a day learning at our gardening workshop & tour.

    In response to seeing our photos and hearing our gardening transformation tales, many clients and followers have requested visits to our garden. So, we’ve decided to offer a one-day educational retreat day here this summer.

    Park-like setting

    Join us for a day of learning, relaxing & taking in the beauty of our peaceful garden settings like this meditation spot in the Asian-influence park by our water lily filled upper pond.

    But, this won’t be a typical “look at the magazine perfection” tour.

    Instead, we’ll take a realistic view of the overall space and consider what works, what doesn’t work, opportunities, challenges and the true beauty of a garden always in progress. Too, there will be door prizes, farm-fresh good eats and time to relax in a gorgeous setting.

    wild bumblebee on salmon berry

    Native plants like this blooming salmon berry & wild fauna like this bumblebee (& lots of hummingbirds) will be featured. Hopefully, frogs & eagles will make an appearance too!

    Just a few of the things we’ll explore together:

    • Developing a traditional food garden
    • Thriving in poor, wet soils
    • Is that a weed or what?
    • Perennial food & medicinal plant gardens
    • Taking advantage of water challenges
    • Reducing lawn
    • The ugly truths: weeds, trash, hardscape, pets & more
    • A picnic
    • Exploring the forest
    • Native flora & fauna
    • Invasive flora & fauna
    • A walk in the park
    • Shop our small nursery, hand-crafted goods & more space
    • After the class, pick your own berries
    • Self-guided walk on the Padilla Bay shore trail before or after our program begins

    How much does it cost & when is it happening? 

    This event happens August 11, 2018. Cost is $200/person, payable in advance. Attendance will be limited, and we are only accepting a few more sign ups as of this writing.

    Strawbale garden in spring

    Building a critter-resistant vegetable garden on a clay ridge is an on-going project. We’ll look at straw bale & sheet mulching beginnings to a thriving, low-input food-filled space today.

    Want to join us?

    Get in touch via our contact page indicating your interest in the event asap. We’ll get back to you right away to start your enrollment process.

  • 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!

    -Robin

  • Flora & Fauna Gift Cards

    November 27, 2017

    *NEW for Spring 2018*

    DISCOUNTED 5-card gift cards sets are now available via our Etsy Shop!

    5-card frog set

    Order our 5-card Frog Gift Card set for just $20, plus taxes & shipping.

    Updated 4/3/2018: We’ve just added 3, 5-card gift sets in our Etsy Shop. For the price of 4 individual cards, you’ll receive a full set of 5 cards. Choose from 3 curated sets: one that offers 5 frog photos, another features flowers & bay photos & the third shows off insects & birds. Choose one or order them all today! While supplies last, we’ll include a free set of stickers too.

    And, yes, we’re still offering individual cards as well. (more…)

  • 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.

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