Sunday, December 18, 2011

Wreath Demo Success!

Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello and check out the wreath demo at the Vashon True Value. I had a great time chatting with everyone and hearing about all the unique ideas for wreath materials and styles. I think we inspired many busy wreath makers last weekend! It's still not too late to stop by the store and pick up your wreath frame for $1.99 (!) if you still have last minute decorating or gift giving to do. And I've even included the directions for you below....
And don't forget to send us pictures of your beautiful wreaths! ( Because we forgot to take pictures of the wreaths we made to share with you - oops!)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Go Native

"Why plant natives" you ask? Native plants are a great option for addressing many concerns in the landscape. For the low maintenance gardener, native plants require considerably less attention when planted appropriately for their suggested growing conditions and after they've established healthy root systems. A more serious and all too common concern facing many landowners in the Pacific Northwest is hillside erosion. One way to help ensure long term stabilization is to incorporate native plantings with a variety of root structures to help anchor, hold and protect loose and open soil to further prevent slides. Nothing is more scary then watching the edge of a steep slope creep closer to the foundation of your precious home. And for the wildlife lover, native plants are a great way to provide habitat, food and protection for your furry, feathered and slippery little friends.

Although there's so many fantastic natives to choose from, and I could go on about ferns forever, I've listed just a handful of some of my favorites below:

Photo Credit: Tim Hagan 

Photo Credit: Greg Rabourn 

Photo Credit: Greg Rabourn 

Photo Credit: Greg Rabourn 

Photo Credit: Greg Rabourn 

Photo credit: Jim Ellingboe 

For more resources on native plants you can link to the Washington Native Plant Society and the King County Native Plant Guide which was put together by Vashon's own Greg Rabourn, Vashon & Maury Island Basin Steward.

There are many native plants sales going on right now and the deadlines for orders will be right around the corner. Don't be left out in the cold having forgotten to place your order to take advantage of the great deals!  Links are provided below for a variety of plant sales in the area. Make sure to check out each sale as all provide their own unique selections offering a variety of interesting natives. Most have online forms available.

Vashon Maury Island Land Trust - Order forms have been mailed out and can also be picked up at the Land Trust building just east of the Vashon Fire Department. You can also link to the online order form by clicking on the picture below. Order deadline is January 15 and pickup will be available February 4th at the Land Trust building.

King Conservation District - Order deadline is January 27th

Pierce Conservation District - Order deadline is January 20th.

Snohomish Conservation District - Order deadline is February 8th.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gardening Demos at Vashon True Value

I'm excited to announce that we've teamed up with the fine folks at Vashon True Value to offer monthly gardening demos and discussions addressing a variety of seasonally appropriate gardening related topics in store! The first demo will be this Saturday December 17th around noon during the Vashon True Value Open House. In honor of the holiday season, I will be offering a wreath making demo using floral materials gathered from our own backyard (& friend's). Making your own wreath allows you to add your own personal touch and is so inexpensive and easy you'll wonder why you ever purchased those overpriced generic ones! So stop by and say hello, ask questions, stump the gardener and have fun!

Besides our wonderful wreath demo, there will be lots of other fun things going on in store including a book signing by Vashon authors Bruce Haulman & Jean Cammon Findlay who co-wrote "Vashon - Maury Island, Images of America". It's a fantastic book detailing the history of our unique island and includes many photos collected by the Vashon - Maury Island Heritage Association of which both authors are members of. This would be a great stocking stuffer for the history buff in your life.
Hope to see all of your smiling faces there! .