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Woodinville Garden Club announces winners of scholarships funded by Tour of Gardens

  • Written by Ann Parrish, WGC

The Woodinville Garden Club (WGC) is a community organization united by an inherent love of gardening. Our mission is to offer enrichment through learning about horticulture, participating in civic beautification, and enjoying friendship as we pursue these activities. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization with over 25 years of history in the community. Members have contributed both time and money to many civic projects in Woodinville and the surrounding area funded through our annual Plant Sale and the Tour of Gardens.

With the community’s generous support of our activities, we are able to fund two annual scholarships for horticulture related studies.  We are pleased to announce that a donation of $500 was given to the WGC by Ron Alessandrini and Mike Osterling to augment our usual scholarship budget.  Regular "Tour of Gardens" patrons may recognize their names as their garden was one of the featured properties on our 2012 tour.  We appreciate their contribution and commitment to furthering horticultural education.  This year’s winners of the $2250 scholarships are both in the Horticulture Program at Edmonds Community College.

The winner of the Woodinville Garden Club Memorial Scholarship is Pamela Uhlig who currently attends Edmonds Community College and is pursuing a horticulture degree in greenhouse/sustainable agriculture. After finishing this program, she plans to use her skills in a greenhouse business of her own, growing organically rare heirloom varieties of edibles for restaurants and local markets. She also plans to further her studies by obtaining a paramedic degree. Recently she has finished homeschooling her last child of six, has tutored other students in a variety of subjects and is currently working at an organic CSA farm while pursuing her studies. Uhlig’s lifelong goal of joining the Peace Corps and teaching agriculture sustainability overseas,  sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of how "healthy food leads to healthy minds and spirit" will enrich the lives of those in need worldwide. 

Hannah Seibert

is the winner of the Woodinville Garden Club’s Founders Scholarship.  After completing an advanced environmental horticulture program at Interlake High School and graduating from Bothell High School in the spring of 2012, she immediately started pursuing her studies in horticulture/environmental restoration at Edmonds Community College in the summer of 2012. Seibert received numerous academic awards in her high school career, including Washington State Principals’ Scholars Program Award for Academic Excellence and Washington State Honors Award.  She was a participant in the Northwest Flower and Garden Show at the Funky Junk High School level, researching, designing and installing a garden with her team. She has immersed herself in land use, water issues, soils and plant nutrition classes and currently volunteers at the Thornton Creek Project removing invasive plants in the area. Her career plans after finishing her degree focus on restoration projects in the Northwest, specializing in greening cities with green roofs and rain gardens. Seibert’s devotion to preserving and restoring this area will benefit all people living in the beautiful Northwest.

The Woodinville Garden Club’s 14th annual Tour of Gardens will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This self-drive tour features five stunning private gardens in the Woodinville area.

Tickets are $20 per person.  Proceeds from the Tour are used to fund the scholarships given each year, as well as civic beautification projects and support for environmental education projects. 

Tickets for this year’s tour are available at Molbaks in Woodinville and online with Paypal, at www.woodinvillegardenclub.org.

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