Northwest NEWS

April 17, 2000

Home & Garden

Spring Waterwise Open House planned

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   BOTHELL--The Northshore Utility District and Woodinville Water District will hold a Spring Waterwise Garden Open House on Sat., April 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodmoor Elementary, 12225 NE 160th St., Bothell.

   Three local landscape and garden experts will give four free gardening seminars, and Master Gardener Joan Haldacka will host events for children. Ladd Smith will speak of "Compost and Soils--Key to Plant Health Care" from 9:45-10:30 a.m.

   Seattle Times columnist Mary Robson will then discuss the "Most Beautiful Plants for a Waterwise Garden" from 11-11:45 a.m. Marcia Rivers Smith will talk about "Gardening with Native Plants in Small Places" from 12:15-1:00 p.m. Ladd Smith will cap off the educational forum with "Six Steps to Natural Lawn Care" from 1:15-2 p.m.

   Other garden care demonstrations will fill the gaps between lectures. The benefits of a mulching lawn mower will be demonstrated from 9:15-9:45 a.m.

   Nancy Hovan, Master Recycler-Composter (MRC), will speak of "Composting Food Waste--Bedding a Worm Bin" from 10:30-11 a.m. Paul Martin, MRC, will teach "Composting Yard Waste--Building a Hot Pile" from 11:45-12:15 p.m.

   Master gardeners will be on hand to answer plant questions. Rain barrels will be on sale, and information on building compost bins will be available. Class attendees will receive a free bag of Cedar Grove Compost, as long as supplies last, and free light refreshments.

   Ladd Smith owns "In Harmony," a firm specializing in organic lawn and tree care. Mary Robson is also a WSU Extension Agent.