Admit it, we’ve all been tempted. We’re walking through a grocery store or nursery and are lured by a beautiful display of exotic orchids. We pick one up and think, “This can’t be that hard to grow.” And then weeks later – we’re adding our orchid to the compost pile.
With all the gatherings this time of year, a stash of quality hostess gifts can eliminate stressful last-minute shopping. Below are some unique gift ideas that say simply, “Thank you for inviting me to your home.”
This season, Molbak’s has a sleigh full of ideas to help you celebrate and decorate, featuring festive poinsettias – the cool Yule bloomer. As friends and family gather, celebrate by filling your home with joy and wonder and show off your creativity as well.
Color — classic to contemporary
A beloved holiday essential, poinsettias are adored for their vibrant, long-lasting beauty that complements any décor. Every year Molbak’s presents new varieties in a cheerful spectrum of colors and “petal” styles that go beyond traditional red, pink and white.
Nov. 12 & 14 Van Haley House, Everett For event details and to register go to: raingardentraining.eventbrite.com
Landscape designers, installers and maintenance technicians are invited to take advantage of a one and half day training on Nov. 12 & 14 in Everett. The training will focus on rain gardens and other low impact development practices gaining in popularity with savvy homeowners who want to control run-off and beautify their yards. The class will cover site selection, soils, local regulations, designs, plant selection and more.
The demand for properly installed rain gardens is growing, creating a role and tremendous opportunity for landscape designers, installers and maintenance technicians. State and local programs regulating municipal stormwater discharges are constantly changing and landscape professionals must be able to understand and support regulations aimed at controlling stormwater runoff. These regulations are and will increasingly result in the creation of new jobs in the landscape industry.The cost for the training is $100 for those who register after Oct. 31. Included in registration will be lunch and refreshments, handbook and information on local regulations. To register, sign up online at raingardentraining.eventbrite.com or contact Kate Riley at 425-377-7004.
From the skyscrapers of New York City to backyards in Western Washington, there’s a movement afoot to raise honeybees not only for the sweet delights they create but their positive effect on our local food crops. A majority of the foods we eat depend on honeybees for pollination. Without them Washington’s fruit and vegetable industries would not exist nor would backyard gardeners be able to harvest an abundance each year.