Go beyond your grandmother’s hydrangeas and discover a world of exciting new cultivars as well as tried and true varieties. Nita-Jo Rountree will present a free seminar at Molbak’s on Saturday, June 8, 10–11 a.m., on successfully selecting, caring for and growing these showy and versatile beauties. Rountree, a Seattle-based garden designer, educator and Past President of the Northwest Horticultural Society will review cultural requirements, bloom time and color, pruning practices, and inspiring design tips. Also, learn how to enjoy their lovely, large blooms inside as dried or cut flowers.
Gardeners have been falling in love with lavender for centuries and it’s easy to see why: the attractive foliage, beautiful flowers, and great scent are just a few of its virtues. It is also drought resistant and is avoided by most grazing deer and rabbits. Join Mary Preus, herb expert and author of The Northwest Herb Lover’s Handbook, at Molbak’s on Saturday, June 8, noon-1p.m., for a free seminar and book signing to learn the secrets to successfully growing lavender. Preus will cover which varieties are best suited for the landscape, cooking or crafts. For additional information on either of these seminars, visit http://www.molbaks.com/events.html