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Home & Garden SPRING 2018

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Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show highlights area resources by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

The 36th annual Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, in Port Angeles. The show, presented by Clallam Public Utility District and KONP radio, will be held in the Port Angeles High School gymnasium, 304 E. Park Ave. The show will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. It is free and open to the public. >> HOME & LIFESTYLE SHOW continued on Page 5


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More than 124 exhibitors were scheduled to participate in the show when this publication went to press, with more signing up each day. “Exhibit space within The Home & Lifestyle Show has sold out the last couple of years. But we’ve never seen the demand as high as it’s been this year,” said Stan Comeau, KONP/Strait 102 sales manager. “The ‘main floor’ of both gymnasiums has been sold out since Thanksgiving. That demonstrates what an effective marketing event this is.” Exhibitors will include real estate agents, home builders, interior designers and other businesses and services that contribute to the health, wellness and well-being of the community as a whole. The show provides an opportunity for exhibitors to market their businesses, educate the community about services offered or to speak face-to-face with potential clients. “The Home & Lifestyle Show has become a spring tradition; it’s one of the ways that we mark the change of seasons,” Comeau said. “When we make the trek to the high school to see what’s in the show, then we know spring is just about here.” The show is attended by tens of thousands of people from across the Olympic Peninsula each year, and running into neighbors and friends while viewing exhibits is common. Visit for details.

Spring projects to reinvent your home by BRANDPOINT

Newer LEDs or halogen light sources naturally generate a warmth that’s perfect for the entryway. Now is the time to brainstorm about your spring home Consider installing a dimmer switch; it’s the best way remodeling projects that can add enjoyment and value to to ensure your lights provide exactly the right ambiance your humble abode. for your entrance hall. • Make your outdoor space amazing. Once the HOME REMODELING PROJECTS ON THE RISE weather turns warm, spending time outdoors will be at Home improvement project investment by homeowners the top of your list. That makes now the perfect time to has increased, according to the latest Residential Remodplan how you’ll use this outside space. eling Index (RRI) study. A pergola is an easy-to-build addition that can give you As spring is a popular time for renovation projects, you a relaxing place to avoid the sun. might want to start checking out popular design trends, Adding a flagstone seating area or creating a decoraresearching product choices and figuring out what you tive border for a new fire pit might be perfect for your like and what works for your family. family. Try planting flowers for a pop of color, or invest in Besides making your home more livable and meeting new bushes or trees to fill out your landscape. your family’s needs, you will be investing in the real • Shower power for all. For the all-purpose family estate value of your property. Here are four projects that can help you reinvent your bathroom, upgrading to a highly functional shower system will deliver results efficiently and enjoyably for home this spring: all users. • Take the mud out of the room. You don’t have to Look for a shower system that allows you to change allow the mudroom to live up to its name. spray patterns for a customizable experience. Consider installing a basin with a multifunction hand shower to give your family a convenient and stylish spot FINDING THE PERFECT PROJECT to wash off boots and other bulky items. The spring season is home improvement season, so It’s a great place to give your dog a bath or wash off don’t let it pass you by. dirty paws to ensure nothing is tracked into the house. Figure out what needs to get done first, then visit area • Shed a little (more) light in your foyer. Your stores for ideas and get inspired for your spring home foyer is the entry point into your home, and the right renovations. lighting solution can make this space more welcoming.

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Getting outdoor spaces ready for spring By KELLY FOX, CEO of Lumber Traders Inc. in Port Angeles

With winter weather fading into the rear-view mirror, it is time for cleaning up our clutter and getting ready to enjoy the longer, and hopefully sunnier, days ahead. After spending winter huddled next to the fireplace or under a heavy blanket, it is time to get outside. Before enjoying your outdoor living space, some spring cleaning is in order. Taking your list of things to get done and breaking them down to smaller tasks will help you see the details and set your priorities right should anything major need to be done. If you like long lists, or your significant other prefers you have one, a simple Google search will provide you with everything you need. Short of that list, let’s get started. >> OUTDOOR SPACES continued on Page 7

Spring outdoor cleaning chores include washing the exterior of planters and pots of moss and debris. Overwintered plants also will benefit from pruning or trimming to encourage new growth as temperatures rise and sunnier days are more frequent.

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First, you will need to clean any winter debris from the patio, deck, porch or yard so that you can take stock of what needs to be done through a visual inspection. If you find a deck board broken or bare spots on the lawn, you can get the help you need at your local lumber yard or hardware store.


Once you see that everything is in good, working order, it is time to start the deeper-level cleaning. For patios, cement block and outdoor furniture cleaners will do a great job at removing dirt and any moss without the need to pressure wash. (Please read the manufacturer’s directions about protecting nearby plants.) If the cleaners are not strong enough, a pressure washer also can help you clean stubborn surfaces, but be careful with the strength of the spray because they can easily damage surfaces. Different manufacturers of composite decking have different cleaning solution requirements with some generic products on the market as well. With these products, it is always a good idea to do a test clean in an inconspicuous spot prior to completing the entire surface. If you have a wooden deck, the manufacturer of your deck stain or sealer also has a cleaner that is formulated to work with your deck coating. If you need to re-stain your deck this year, springtime

on the Olympic Peninsula is not the right time; you will need to wait until the drier and warmer days of summer.


Now that you have the deck and hardscapes looking great, it is time to work on the finishing touches. Adding new flowering plants to your landscape will give your space a boost of color while making it more appealing. Getting the furniture cleaned will give you a great place to sit while you enjoy the sounds, smells and colors of spring. If you stored your cushions all winter long, this is a good time to wash them one more time before the season.


The final step in getting your outdoor space ready to enjoy this spring is to address all your fixtures and outdoor appliances. If you have outdoor lighting, replace any bulbs, oils and batteries along with the batteries in your sprinkler timer, if required. Now you are ready to address the barbecue grill by cleaning and repairing any parts worn out by use or the weather. A protective polish will go a long way to making the grill look great all season. Outside of any repair work needing to be tackled, most of this can be accomplished in a day or two with no special tools, so you should be enjoying your space in no time at all. Refill the propane, grab your favorite grilling foods, some ice cold beverages and all the family and friends

A close inspection of your deck or patio surfaces after winter could reveal splintered boards or bare spots that may need to be repaired or refinished as part of your spring cleanup tasks.

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Are you looking for kitchen design ideas? Mark your calendars to attend the 21st annual Port Townsend Chapter of the American Association of University Women/University Women’s Foundation of East Jefferson County (AAUW/UWF) Kitchen Tour. The self-guided tour, titled “Port Townsend Kitchens and Beyond,” will entertain and inspire attendees by inviting them into nine beautiful homes Saturday, April 28. The much-anticipated tour will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at a variety of locations in Port Townsend.

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“With every client and remodel, we always determine what the design goals are,” said Port Angeles-based interior designer Trisa Katsikapes. “In this kitchen, the goals were to create more workable countertop space, bring in light, open up the wall to the dining room and design a larger island for the grandkids to help with baking.”

Port Angeles interior designer Trisa Katsikapes helps EMPTYNESTERS SEE THE LIGHT story by BRENDA HANRAHAN, PENINSULA DAILY NEWS


Nestled in the quaint hills of Port Angeles offering spectacular vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a 14-year-old kitchen with limited views and light was waiting for a chance to “open up.” Port Angeles-based interior designer Trisa Katsikapes, of Trisa & Co. Interior Design, was called upon to refresh and update the well-used kitchen. The story of the kitchen started when a young family built their home in 2004. Three children, two grandchildren and a host of exchange students later, these empty-nesters were ready to create a bright and spacious kitchen. But, most importantly, the goal was to capture available water views. “I still wonder why we didn’t add the third window off the kitchen when we built the house 14 years ago the difference now with all the natural light is amazing,” said the home’s owner who wishes to remain anonymous. “I love walking into the kitchen and seeing all the way to Victoria.”

ABOVE LEFT: AFTER — Pendant lamps in a satin nickle finish add much-needed light above the kitchen’s larger island. Black pewter pulls accent blue lower cabinets in the light and airy kitchen. ABOVE RIGHT: DURING — The 14-year-old kitchen was gutted and put back together in a manner that better suits its homeowners’ needs.


“The finishing touches are like adding the jewelry to your kitchen,” Katsikapes said with a smile. The bright Randolph pendants in a satin nickel finish not only add a ton of light onto the island, but also add style and make a delicate statement. Additional recessed lights also were added to the ceiling. Beautiful and classic marble-looking quartz countertops add charm and an understated elegance, topped with a light grey subway tile in a brick-set pattern, Katsikapes said. An uniquely shaped grey quartz sink adds a nice curve to the countertop as it extends into the straight sill of the window, highlighted by the soft shape of the faucet. Light blue cabinets provide classic charm and are paired with weathered-looking cabinets. Both cabinet styles are punctuated with textured black pewter pulls. Under-cabinet lighting and outlets create a clean wall by tucking electrical features up under the cabinets. Appliances in a graphite finish settle into the cabinets, almost disappearing into the overall design.


“With every client and remodel, we always determine what the design goals are,” Katsikapes said. “In this kitchen, the goals were to create more workable countertop space, bring in light, open up the wall to the dining room and design a larger island for the grandkids to help with baking.” Katsikapes said there were a few challenges in creating a design to fit the homeowners’ goals. “Finding room for the cooktop somewhere besides the island and opening a wall to the dining room didn’t leave much space for additional cabinets and where to store items if we eliminated the pantry,” she said. All the homeowners’ goals were met with a clever design and a creative open mind. One wall was blocking spectacular views with a large refrigerator, a microwave and a wall oven. By removing the kitchen’s pantry, Katsikapes was able to swing the wall back at an angle and steal a little room from under a stairwell on the other side of the wall and recess the refrigerator. “This allowed both a way to open the wall to the dining room and open the side wall for a cooktop and allow better visibility and light,” she explained. “By pushing the wall back, this gave us room for a nice size island with plenty of storage on both sides to accommodate the items from the pantry.” The cooktop is now located along the wall with plenty of countertop prep areas, leaving the island countertop available for even more work space.


AFTER — What was once a dark and dated kitchen is now light and airy thanks to a reworked floor plan, open shelving and plenty of overhead and natural lighting. The homeowners desired more workable countertop space and a larger island without sacrificing storage and wanted to finally be able to enjoy views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria from their Port Angeles kitchen. RIGHT:

BEFORE — Dark and dated were words used to describe this 14year-old kitchen. Little countertop space was a major issue.


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“With redoing the kitchen and removing the pantry, changing the location of the island and opening up the wall to the dining room, items like the hardwood floors needed to be repaired, additional flooring woven in, then sanded and refinished,” Katsikapes said. The hardwood floors were originally in a honey oakcolored stain. “We worked closely with a professional to create a

custom finish that would complement the new cabinets and still work with the existing oak accents throughout the home,” Katsikapes said. The kitchen’s elegant and functional floor-to-ceiling cabinets make the room feel taller and grander, accented by double crown molding creatively made on site by contractor Nick Stanley, Katsikapes said. Katsikapes layered several paint shades in the kitchen. The walls and ceiling insets were painted in a soft silver-blue hue. Soffits were painted the existing wall color and match the soffits in the dining room. “When opening up the wall to create an arch from the dining room to the kitchen, we could only go so far with the cabinets, as we discovered a supporting post that we would have to work around. We decided this would be a perfect opportunity for a bookcase to house cookbooks and precious photos,” Katsikapes said. This added a full cabinet panel on one side of the bookcase to appear as a full-depth cabinet and added adjustable shelving. “Mission accomplished, as my client’s granddaughter enjoys coming over and helping to bake cookies in this beautiful, spacious, bright kitchen with a view,” Katsikapes said. Trisa Katsikapes of Trisa & Co. Interior Design is a longtime Olympic Peninsula business owner. Trisa and her husband, Kevin, are residents and empty-nesters of Port Angeles. Visit for information about Trisa & Co. Interior Design.

LEFT TOP: AFTER — Floor-to-ceiling cabinets make the room feel taller and grander. LEFT: BEFORE — The cramped kitchen offered little workable countertop space.

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Garden show ready to wow Olympic Peninsula residents by BRENDA HANRAHAN, Peninsula Daily News

Olympic Peninsula garden enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show, held March 17-18, at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., Sequim. Now in its 20th year, the show offers vendors, educational seminars by area horticulture experts, a raffle for an array of goods and plenty of enthusiasm for the Peninsula’s upcoming gardening season. Admission is $5, with children younger than 12 free. Soroptimist Gala Garden Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17,

and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Master Gardeners of Clallam County speakers Jan Danford, Bob Cain, Audreen Williams, Muriel Nesbitt, Susan Kalmar, Keith Dekker, Tanya Unruh and Marilynn Elliott will make educational and entertaining presentations covering an array of topics during the event. The show’s keynote speaker is worldrenowned horticulturist Dan Hinkley. Hinkley will be speaking at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18. His topic will be “From There to Here; Interesting and Unusual Plants for the Pacific Northwest.” >> GARDEN SHOW continued on Page 13

This year’s featured Soroptimist Gala Garden Show artwork, “Friendship Garden,” is by Denise Erickson. Those familiar with Sequim will recognize this image as part of the Friendship Garden at Carrie Blake Park.

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SATURDAY, March 17 • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — “Questions on Sustainable Gardening Practices” by Jan Danford, Bob Cain, Audreen Williams and Muriel Nesbitt Panel members are WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardeners and each have their own specialties and interests. Speakers will welcome questions from the audience on any gardening topic, answer what they can and direct the audience to helpful online resources. • 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — “Gifts of the Garden” by Marilynn Elliott and Tanya Unruh Not one but two very creative Master Gardeners will team up to share some great ideas on how to share your love of gardening. Elliott will show you how to turn ordinary garden objects into something decorative … flowerpots into frogs or angels, an old shovel into a welcome sign and rocks into decorative doorstops. Unruh will show you how to use materials from your garden — seeds, pressed flowers, bulbs and more — to make beautiful gifts for all occasions. This talk will inspire crafty gardeners and give ideas on how to start planning gardens for future gifts. The duo will allow time at the end of the session for attendees to see their creations and to ask questions. • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — “Welcome to the Pacific Northwest; Now What Do I Plant?” by Keith Dekker Whether new to the Olympic Peninsula or just ready to add a little landscaping, many people want to know what landscape plants — native and adapted — grow well in the area. Starting with a brief overview on how the climate affects choices, Dekker will highlight some of the best plants, both colorful and hardy, for local gardens. As a professional landscaper, Dekker also will share

his experience and outline the best cultural practices to assure the success of plantings. • 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. — “One Container; Four Seasons” presented by Susan Kalmar What do you do with that big beautiful flower urn that sits by the front door once the flowers start to fade? Learn about rejuvenating special containers to look beautiful from early spring through the winter holidays. Whether it’s adding seasonal bloom, holiday decorations or solar lights, the possibilities are many. The conversation will include demonstrations and ample opportunities to ask questions or share ideas. SUNDAY, March 18 • 1 p.m. — “From There to Here; Interesting and Unusual Plants for the Pacific Northwest” by Dan Hinkley, the show’s keynote speaker This presentation is sponsored by 7 Cedars Casino and Soroptimist International of Sequim.


Hinkley received a Bachelor of Science in ornamental horticulture and education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington. In 1987, while teaching horticulture at Edmonds Community College, he and his partner, Robert L. Jones, began Heronswood Nursery and Garden near Kingston. Hinkley’s devotion to introducing rare and unusual plants to gardeners led him into the wildernesses of China, South and Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Nepal, Vietnam, Taiwan, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tasmania and Canada numerous times a year. In 2000, Hinkley and Jones sold the operation to W. Atlee Burpee & Co., a national seed and plant distribution firm. Within six months, Burpee declared Chapter 11 and in 2006, the property was shuttered. This was the beginning of a six-year period of neglect of the garden and its rarified inventory of plants. In 2012, the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe purchased

Heronswood at auction, and the rebirth and revealing of the overgrown landscape began. Hinkley now serves as Heronswood’s director. Hinkley has written for a number of periodicals, including Pacific Horticulture, The American Gardener, Garden Design, The Gardener, American Nurseryman, Gardens Illustrated, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Gardening and The English Garden, as well as having an occasional horticulture feature for The Seattle Times. He is a contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and has appeared many times on Martha Stewart Living television as a gardening correspondent. >> GARDEN SHOW continued on Page 14




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Hinkley’s first book, “Winter Ornamentals,” was published in 1993, and his second, “The Explorers Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials,” received the 1999 Book of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society. The latter book will be available for purchase at the show. Hinkley will sign books following his talk for those who purchase a copy or already own the book. His third book, “The Explorers Garden: Shrubs and Vines from the Four Corners of the World,” received the 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society.

Hinkley has been honored with a variety of prestigious awards for his contributions to horticulture. Hinkley resides in Indianola, where he is in the process of realizing his latest endeavor, the Gardens of Windcliff. Among many and varied garden spaces, the project includes a large greenhouse, raised beds and a generous potager for research in edibles, all on a southfacing bluff overlooking Puget Sound. He is writing a third book for the Explorer’s Garden Series, a second book on winter gardens and a book about the making of Heronswood.


This year, the ever-popular Soroptimist raffle will include a wealth of garden-related supplies. Raffle items were donated from businesses, vendors and organizations, including Mike’s Cedar Works, Coastal, Over the Fence, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, Lamb Farm Kitchen, Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club and many more. Raffle tickets are $3 each, and attendees will have their choice of which item to try and win.


Soroptimist member Paulette Hill and her husband, Rick, owners of Sequim Fresh Catering, will return again this year to sell delicious soups, homemade rolls and cookies to hungry show attendees. Offerings will include vegetarian and gluten-free options. Soroptimists also will have several salads available for purchase. Luncheon items will be for sale between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day of the show. Beverages available for purchase will include Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Company coffee, hot tea, lemonade and bottled water.



This year’s featured artwork, “Friendship Garden,” is by Denise Erickson. Those familiar with Sequim will recognize Erickson’s photograph as part of the Friendship Garden at Carrie Blake Park. “The garden at Carrie Blake Park honors the friendship between the people of Sequim and their sister city, Yamasaki, Japan,” Erickson said. “As every Japanese garden, this ‘sankei-en’ respects tradition with its trees and plants, garden lantern and welcoming gate. It is uniquely lovely in its design and because it is dedicated to peace and friendship. “My biggest challenge was to choose only one photo for the art contest!”

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Landscaping with edibles: A berry good idea by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, a WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener

Intermixing fruit and vegetables among ornamental plants in your yard (known as edible landscaping) is a growing practice across the country. Edible landscaping not only increases food production from your garden but also jazzes up a more traditional landscape. But why use berries in your landscape as opposed to other edibles? Berries (and often the plants they grow on) are attractive and eye-catching. What could be more striking than the clusters of scarlet berries on a red currant or a blueberry bush, with its fiery foliage in fall? In addition, berries are relatively easy to grow. Many berries are well adapted to our climate and, as opposed to fruit trees, tend to have fewer diseases and pests that require spraying. All berries are perennial, making annual replanting unnecessary. Finally, most berries do not need a cross pollinator and start producing the second season after they are planted. Before you know it, you and your family will be enjoying the fruits of your labor.


Integrating berries into your landscape — as opposed to confining them to rows or a patch — requires thinking about them differently. The easiest approach is substitution in which you replace an existing garden element, such as a shrub or hedge, with a like-purposed berry plant. Because some berries make excellent foundation plantings while others can be used as screens, ground covers


The deciduous blueberry provides year-round interest with white urn-shaped flowers in spring, clusters of luscious blueberries in summer, brilliant orange and red foliage in fall (shown here) and bright reddish stems in winter.

or in containers, the key is to pick the right berry (and cultivar) for the job. Here are just a few of the berries that could be great additions to your landscape: BLUEBERRIES Blueberries have a tidy, dense growth habit and, depending on the cultivar (and its size), can be used as a shrub, hedge, ground cover or container planting. To form solid hedges, select varieties with an upright, dense growth habit and place plants 2½ to 3 feet apart. Search out evergreen varieties if you want leaves year-round. Lowbush blueberries (Vaccinia angustifolium) make effective groundcovers; they grow about 18 inches high and propagate by underground runners. 822056787

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The woodland or Alpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is more delicate than most cultivated strawberries and does not produce runners. It is ideal for edgings and containers. Of note, because strawberry production decreases with plant age, strawberries will need to be replanted every 3 to 5 years for optimum fruit production. CANEBERRIES With their arching, fast-growing floppy canes, caneberries such as blackberries and raspberries can quickly create a 5- to 6-foot tall hedge that can act as an attractive privacy fence or barrier to pets and other creatures. >> LANDSCAPING WITH EDIBLES continued on Page 18

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Cultivated strawberries and many wild species are naturally low-growing bushes that spread by runners. As

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A word of warning: Many varieties of caneberries put out suckers from their roots, allowing them to invade nearby plantings. Plant caneberries in your landscape only if you take steps to confine their roots with metal or fiberglass barriers that reach at least 1 foot below ground level. Full-sized varieties of raspberries and blackberries are poor candidates for containers, but new varieties with compact growth habits (such as Raspberry Shortcake raspberries and Baby Cakes blackberries) are being marketed for container growing. At 3-feet tall, they do not require staking or trellising like other caneberries, but they do require annual pruning to remove second-year canes after the harvest.

thrive together. Give edible landscaping a try by incorporating berry plants in your landscape this spring.


Jeanette Stehr-Green has been a WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener since 2003. She writes garden-

ing articles for the PDN and Sequim Gazette and participates in a live call-in radio program on KONP. Stehr-Green is a berry enthusiast and enjoys growing, picking and eating berries. She also likes teaching others about growing strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Tips for using berries in your landscape

by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, a WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardener

Are you thinking about adding berries to your home’s landscape? Here are a few tips to get you started: • Before purchasing a variety and planting it in your landscape, familiarize yourself with the characteristics of LESSER KNOWN BERRIES Red currants are easy-to-grow, vigorous 3- to 5-foot tall the plant (such as plant size, leaf shape and color, flowers and fruit). bushes that produce grape-like clusters of translucent • Follow the principles of good landscape design; use scarlet berries in mid-summer. They make interesting foundation plants or deciduous contrasting plant size and shape, foliage and color for interest. hedges when planted more closely together. • Select berries and varieties appropriate for the Gooseberries grow 3 to 5 feet high (and almost as intended use (bush, hedge, ground cover or container) as wide) and tolerate more shade than the average fruit plant. Their ripe grape-sized fruit is a translucent yellow- well as your microclimate. •If you want the plant to produce berries, locate it in a green or dusky purple-red and their light green foliage sunny place; many berries will grow with a bit of shade, turns bronze to red in the fall. but they will not produce as well. Gooseberry canes typically have sharp spines, making • Unlike woody herbs, most berry plants will not hold them a formidable thorny deciduous hedge. up to foot traffic. So when using them as a ground cover, Of note, both currants and gooseberries suffer from powdery mildew and rust that can be unsightly, so select place them in a protected spot. • If planting in containers, select a pot big enough to varieties resistant to these diseases when possible. accommodate the plant and transplant into a larger Lingonberries are low-growing evergreen plants that produce small red berries in late summer. Branches sprout from both underground runners and the plant base, allowing the plant to form a dense ground cover. Lingonberries grow well in cool climates, but need by JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, a WSU-certified an acidic soil and full sun to produce berries. Clallam County Master Gardener When it comes to berries, beauty and bounty can Strawberries in containers are a favorite on the deck or patio. A popular container is the “strawberry jar,” a vertical urn with side pockets for planting. Planting a strawberry jar is a little tricky. Follow these steps for best results: • If using a clay pot, soak the pot before planting. • Select day-neutral strawberries (as opposed to JuneAndrew May is an ornamental bearing or everbearing strawberries) because they horticulturist who dreams of produce berries throughout the summer. Day-neutral varieties include Seascape, Tribute and Tristar. having Clallam & Jefferson • Fill the container with potting soil to the bottom of counties nationally recognized the first pocket. as “Flower Peninsula USA”. • Insert a strawberry plant into the pocket, filling in

Blueberry buses are attractive throughout the growing season and have the added bonus of producing delicious berries.

container as needed. Keep in mind that fruiting will not be as prolific on container-grown plants as those grown in the ground. • Because soil in containers usually dries out faster than in the ground, check your pots frequently. During dry periods, you might need to water daily. • Take steps to protect your harvest from birds (unless attracting birds was your goal in the first place). Netting is the most effective deterrent to birds.

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soil around it. Water to help settle the soil. • Add soil to the bottom of the next pocket and insert a plant as described above. • Repeat this process until all pockets are filled. • Add soil up to 2 inches below the rim of the pot. • Plant three or four plants in the top opening. • During the summer, water frequently (and fertilize since watering will leach nutrients from the soil). Remove runners as they appear. • Protect your strawberry jar from the cold in winter by moving it into a shed or unheated garage or by wrapping the pot in bubble wrap. To make watering easier, insert a perforated pipe (such as a 1½-inch diameter PVC pipe that has been drilled with 1/8 to ¼-inch holes) down the middle of the pot while planting.

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Planting flower varieties to attract pollinators is easy and is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Pollinators are nearly as important as sunlight, soil and water to the reproductive successes of more than 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants. In fact, pollinators are crucial to the production of most berries, fruits and nuts that people and wildlife depend on for food. Here are a few flowers recommended year-after-year by gardening experts to attract pollinators: • Lavender — Where to find lavender on the North Olympic Peninsula? Sequim is known as the “Lavender Capital of North America,” so there’s an excellent chance area garden centers are well stocked with these bee-loving plants. • Bee balm — These aptly named North American native plants deserve a place in bee-friendly gardens. They flower profusely throughout the summer months. • Black-eyed Susan — This cheerful North American native plant is popular with bees and other pollinators. These easy-to-grow perennials quickly establish themselves in sunny spots, performing well even in poor soil and dry conditions. • Butterfly weed — This perennial milkweed with yellow-orange flowers is native to North America and plays host to monarch butterfly larvae. Several types of native bees enjoy sampling the nectar-rich flowers throughout the day and can often be seen feeding alongside butterflies and hummingbirds. • Joe Pye weed — Although called a weed, the large pink, purple or white flower heads of this perennial are attractive to bees and look spectacular in any garden. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant, too.

Bees love the bright yellow flowers of goldenrod. It is common to see dozens of bees feasting on the rich nectar of the longstemmed plant during the height of its flowering in late summer. Hummingbirds enjoy sampling petunias, especially the red variety shown in this hanging basket.

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