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The 37th annual Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, 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. More than 180 exhibitors will include real estate

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The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will host a variety of gardenrelated programs at multiple libraries this spring.


In partnership with WSU Extension and Clallam County Waste Reduction, NOLS will offer Master Composter/Recycler workshops free to all Clallam County residents. Workshops will be offered: • Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.; 360-683-1161 • Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave.; 360-374-6402 • Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.; 360-417-8500 Registration is required for these workshops. Contact your library to register and for more information. Master composters and recyclers are volunteer waste prevention specialists who have trained with WSU-Extension and Clallam County Department of Public Works officials. The program highlights critical waste prevention activities with local solutions, working with local haulers, governments and organizations to create best practices and educate community members. Topics will include an introduction to the history and systems of waste and recycling, thoughtful consumerism, composting and food waste prevention, recycling right and reducing, repurposing, reusing and upcycling.


Ease into spring at CreativiTea! Sip tea, enjoy friendly conversation and create zero-waste garden crafts from an assortment of repurposed materials. Events are scheduled for: • Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at the Port Angeles Library • Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at the Sequim Library



NOLS Grows Seed Library is a seed exchange kiosk at the Port Angeles Library, stocked with small, pre-packaged quantities of free vegetable seeds. It also provides educational materials related to gardening, growing and seed-saving. Started in 2017, the NOLS Grows Seed Library helps new gardeners succeed and provides opportunities for experienced gardeners to grow their knowledge. Some plants will be grown to eat and others will be grown for seeds. Seeds that are returned to the Seed Library donation box will be sorted and labeled by volunteers to become available for future borrowers. Saving seeds helps to preserve genetic diversity, flavor and nutrition, and unique varieties that may otherwise disappear over time. Returning seeds at the end of the growing season will encourage seed strains that are adapted to local conditions. The NOLS Grows project is built on a sustainable community model, at the heart of which are community members who volunteer to lend a hand sorting seeds. NOLS Grows is accepting volunteer applications. To learn how you can join the NOLS Grows volunteer team, visit nols. org/seedlibrary. For more information about these and other programs at your library, visit nols. org, call the main library at 360-417-8500, or email Discover@nols.org.

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Ways to protect your home from wildfires As more homes are built in the wildland urban interface, protecting your home from a potential wildfire becomes increasingly important By TRISH TISDALE, volunteer EMT with Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue

Wildfires are an increasing hazard in the United States. As our population continues to grow, development has moved from the cities and into areas surrounded by forests and grasslands. This mix of development and nature has been dubbed the “wildland urban interface,” or WUI. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 32 percent of U.S. homes are located in the WUI. The number of wildfires exceeding 50,000 acres has been increasing during the past 30 years. In November 2018, the Camp Fire in California was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Extreme fire conditions and wind caused it to spread quickly; the most significant damage occurred in the first four hours. As more people live in and around the wildland urban interface, the challenge of managing wildfires increases. >> WILDFIRES continued on Page 7

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Lack of vertical space can allow a fire to move from the ground to the brush and up the tree like a ladder. Image courtesy of California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection.


According to the 2009 Clallam County Wildfire Protection Plan, more than 13,000 homes were located in the county’s WUI. A study referenced in the county plan noted that Clallam County had the highest risk of catastrophic losses in the event of a major wildfire in Washington. (Jefferson County ranked 58th.) Clallam County also ranked second in the state for potential future risk as the result of increasing human development in the wildland urban interface. In an area that is known for cooler temperatures and rainy weather, people often mistakenly think the Olympic Peninsula is not susceptible to wildfires. However, the Olympic Peninsula has an active wildfire history. Major fires have burned on the Olympic Peninsula every 200 to 300 years, and each year the region sustains several small wildfires. With the right weather conditions, those small wildfires could easily spread to the surrounding vegetation and cause a much larger fire. Sam Phillips, fire chief for Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue, underestimated the potential risk of a wildfire on the Olympic Peninsula when he first came to Port Angeles. Coming from a background that included wildland firefighting experience in California and Oregon with the California Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry, he was used to seeing daily fires. “When I first came, I didn’t think the Olympic Peninsula had a high risk [of wildfires],” Phillips said.

What he soon learned was that the area could easily have a major wildfire due to its immense amount of “fuel” — the vegetation, trees, grasslands and other flammable material that can drive a fire. “We have a lot of vegetation on the North Olympic Peninsula, even outside of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest,” Phillips said. In 2015, precipitation levels in Olympic National Park reached record lows — the lowest level since the first rainfall measurements were taken in 1895. The dry summer, combined with an increase in temperatures and winds from the east, brought hot desert air onto the Peninsula. “We had some close calls that year,” Phillips said.

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defensible space and limit the amount of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding the home. But if they burn too long or grow too big, they then The home itself and everything around it up to become detrimental to the ecosystem. 100 feet is divided into three zones: The number one way to reduce wildfire risk is simply Zone 1 comprises the structure and 0 to 10 feet around to prevent ignition — not playing with matches, burning the structure. This includes wooden decks and fences trash, leaving fires unattended or tossing cigarettes on that attach to the structure. Firewood and combustibles the ground. should not be stored in this area. Remove branches that According to the National Interagency Fire Center, hang over your roof. Plants should be carefully spaced, from 2001 through 2011, an average of 85 percent of slow-growing, drought-resistant and not burn easily. wildfires in the United States were caused by people. Zone 2 is a radius of 10 to 30 feet from the home, which includes thin trees to a wider spacing. Create “fuel PROTECTING HOMES FROM WILDFIRES breaks,” such as driveways, gravel walkways, rock garThe next main prevention step is for people to protect dens and raised beds. Stack firewood at least 30 feet their homes and property from future wildfires. Although from your house. Create vertical spacing between grass there are no guarantees, homeowners can take steps to and trees by keeping trees pruned 6 to 10 feet from the give their home a better chance of surviving a wildfire. ground. (Lack of vertical space can allow the fire to Many homes are constructed in areas that would be “climb” up the tree like a ladder.) Create horizontal spacdifficult for firefighters to reach during a wildfire. They ing by leaving 10 to 15 feet between the edges of trees. may be built on narrow roads that are difficult for Keep the lawn trimmed during fire season. Regularly engines to maneuver, up hills with too steep of grade for remove dead vegetation. fire vehicles or have low overhangs that makes it difficult Zone 3 is 30 to 100 feet (or more) from the home. Large to fit equipment through. trees should be well spaced. Avoid dense vegetation. “Once a wildfire takes hold, it can quickly spread and Remove dead plants, trees and other debris. overtake a home,” Phillips said. “Access is critical. A lot of While you cannot fireproof your home, you want to homes don’t have defensible space. This makes it difficult limit its ability to act as a fuel source. Awareness, prefor firefighters to protect these homes.” vention and the creation of a defensible space are all Defensible space is an area around the structure in vital to lessening the impact of wildfires. which vegetation and other “fuels” have been treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of fire. Trish Tisdale is a volunteer EMT with Clallam 2 FireRescue in Port Angeles. She has been an EMT since 2003 HOME IGNITION ZONE and also has served as a firefighter, rescue diver, fire Use the concept of the “home ignition zone” to create a investigator and wildland firefighter. 922301517

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When Dottie Ferrell and Roger Dundas of Port Angeles asked Trisa Katsikapes of Trisa & Co. Interior Design to help them remodel a bathroom to accommodate a large tub, the Port Angeles-based designer had to get creative. The couple recently retired and they were plugging away at small remodel projects in their little fixer-upper. When tackling the bathroom remodel, their wish list was very simple: a larger tub. But the small space didn’t allow for this. “After measuring and drawing and discussing options, I finally asked my clients if they really needed the front entry closet,” Katsikapes said. “A lot of thinking later, they decided they would relocate their winter coats to the mud room. This freed up the much-needed extra space for adding a tub.” The simple task of pushing the bathroom wall back into that closet area gave the project enough space to add the perfect soaker tub and create a cozy niche, plus add a small linen closet in the bathroom. An oak door for the linen closet was custom made to match the refinished vanity. “The challenge of the tub was to make it also functional as a shower but to create a niche feel,” Katsikapes said. “That was an easy challenge; I designed an arch to frame the tub/shower area.” The trio had fun with the tile design in the shower. Dottie loved a large-format white tile with a slight relief pattern. They added a shiny black tile to frame the shower walls and used a black pencil liner to border the white teardrop decorative tile in the center. This same tile also was used as the backsplash for the vanity, which tied the two spaces together. “My client has a hobby of restoring furniture. We were able to incorporate one of the antique dressers she restored as a vanity,” Katsikapes said. The juxtaposition of classic black and white tile throughout and the vintage faucet created a subtle drama with the refashioned vessel sink. The vessel sink was positioned off to the side of the vanity to utilize one drawer for plumbing and for accessible storage. “The results are beautiful and just what Dottie and


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The grand opening event for the Jefferson County Seed Library will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, in Port Hadlock. A seed swap will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Washington State University (WSU) classroom, 97 Oak Bay Road. You don’t need to have seeds to swap to participate. “We hope to bring together a community of seed-savers to encourage learning, sharing and community, strengthen biodiversity, provide alternatives to genetically modified seeds and develop seeds adapted to Jefferson County soils and climate,” a press release stated.

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Each year, it is good to remove deadwood, often found at the center of the bush due to lack of light; branches that cross over into the center of the bush; and low branches that touch the ground. If the bush is thick with branches that prevent light penetration and good air circulation, consider removing selected branches, cutting them all the way back to the main branch from which they came. (This pruning cut often is referred to as a “thinning cut.”) You can decrease plant height modestly by heading back branches, but unless done carefully, these cuts can result in dead, leafless stubs. Theoretically, if you cut a branch back to a growing point lower down on the same branch, the buds below the cut will start growing. (See photo on the right side of this page.) Realize that these heading cuts sometimes invigorate multiple buds below the cut, resulting in a messy whorl of shoots (sometimes called “rhododendron spaghetti”). Because heading cuts decrease plant height by only a couple of inches at most, if a plant is too big for its location, you are left with two options: transplanting the bush to a more suitable spot or doing a radical renovation. A radical renovation entails cutting all of the branches back to a foot or so off the ground. A healthy rhododendron often (but not always) will put out new branches from lower on the plant. Not all plants, however, will survive this drastic treatment, and the resulting regrowth can be asymmetrical and unpleasing. Do this as an experiment (or as a last resort) with the realization that in the end you might

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The Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) is Washington’s state flower. It is native not only to Washington state but to coastal regions from British Columbia to northern California. Within Washington, however, the Pacific rhododendron typically is not found east of the Cascades due to lack of rain. Given its distribution, you might wonder how the Pacific rhododendron came to represent Washington. In 1892, the National Women’s Congress planned a National Garland of Flowers to showcase flowers at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Planners invited each state to select a flower to be included in the exhibit. Washington, which had just achieved statehood in 1889, did not have an official flower. Washington women united around the selection of a flower to represent the new state. Considerations included the native dogwood, wild rose, fleur-de-lis (an iris), Oregon grape, clover and Pacific rhododendron. Eventually, the field was narrowed to only the clover and the Pacific rhododendron. The state’s fair commission decided only women would participate in the “election,” an interesting development given that women did not yet have the right to vote.

Post office polling places were set up from Seattle to Spokane. Campaigns in support of the two candidates were contentious at times. In the end, the Pacific rhododendron barely triumphed, capturing only 53 percent of the 15,000 ballots cast. The state Senate approved the vote in time for the opening of the World’s Fair exhibition. In 1949, both houses of the state legislature voted to make the Pacific rhododendron (scientific name Rhododendron californicum) the official state flower. Ten years later, a Tacoma nurseryman and founder of the Pacific Rhododendron Society (no longer in existence) petitioned the legislature to “change” the state flower when the scientific name for the Pacific rhododendron was changed to Rhododendron macrophyllum. In 1959, Rhododendron macrophyllum became Washington’s state flower. Although the Pacific rhododendron is not as widely cultivated in home landscapes as many of the showier hybrids, its light pink to rose-purple blossoms are eyecatching when they burst into bloom in late May and early June. The spectacular flower clusters can be seen all around the Puget Sound. Good spots for viewing locally include Tubal Cain Trail, Mount Zion Trail, Mount Walker Trail, Deer Ridge Trail and the Lower Big Quilcene Trail.

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The 21st annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show, held March 16-17 at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., Sequim, promises to inspire and educate garden enthusiasts across the Olympic Peninsula. 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 16, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Master Gardeners of Clallam County Chris Barton, Bob Cain, Jan Danford, Keith Dekker, Muriel Nesbitt, Jeanette Stehr-Green and Audreen Williams will make educational and entertaining presentations covering an array of topics during the event. The show’s keynote speaker, Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author and award-winning ecological landscape designer. Bloom will be speaking about permaculture at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Permaculture is a concept that has been around a long time but is coming to the forefront in gardening. Maybe you already know a little bit about permaculture, but couldn’t figure out how to apply it to your garden. Attend Bloom’s presentation to learn how your garden can benefit from permaculture.

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Once again, the ever-popular Soroptimist raffle will Be watchful of show police volunteers as they guide Bloom’s work has been recognized by government include a wealth of garden-related supplies donated from you into the parking lot with a different pattern than agencies, green industry organizations, and makes head- area businesses, vendors and organizations. Raffle tickets in the past. lines in national media. Her work as a designer and are $3 each, and attendees will have their choice of Be aware former entrances are now being used as teacher also is shared with nonprofits, schools and which item to try and win. exits. Follow brightly colored signage to a parking spot. includes teaching wellness for the body, mind and soul. The stadium parking lot to the east of Helen Haller She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their perElementary School also is available. Please do not block FEATURED ARTIST maculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens the driveway of a private residence. This show’s featured artwork is “Fancy Fenceline” by and rescue animals. Melissa Penic. The painting will be available for purHer first best-selling book, “Free-Range Chicken Garchase during the garden show through a silent auction. SHOW HISTORY dens,” has been praised for being informative and inspir“We are often inspired when we view a garden or an The Soroptimist Gala Garden Show has its roots in ing, changing the way people integrate animals into their area that reaps with the colors of nature and that is true fundraising for community scholarships, the Live Your landscapes. of our featured artist Melissa Penic,” show officials said. Dream Award, a medical loan closet, First Teacher She also co-authored the best-sellers “Practical Perma- “Penic’s artwork, Fancy Fenceline, is just that — an Sequim Community Aid, Rose House, Sequim Food Bank culture” and “The Wetland Handbook: A Community inspiration.” and the Boys & Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula to Guide to Growing Native Plants.” Her latest book, “CrePenic began working with watercolors in 1990 when name a few. ating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based she took a class at Peninsula College. Prior to an interest The event serves as the main fundraiser for the orgaMedicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and in painting with watercolors, Penic worked with fabric nization, which donates more than $19,000 to the comWell-Being” was released last fall. painting and stained glass. She’s had a number of onemunity each year. Bloom’s work has appeared nationally in Better Homes woman shows in the Sequim area. Show organizers strive to grow and improve the and Gardens, Sunset, The New York Times, Fine Gardenquality of the event by bringing together products and ing, PBS’s “Growing a Greener World TV,” Martha Stewprofessional services of horticultural-and garden-related FOOD VENDOR art Living, Mother Earth News and other media outlets. businesses to promote the Olympic Peninsula as a Soroptimist member Paulette Hill and her husband, Recognition and accolades for her work include awards Rick, owners of Sequim Fresh Catering, will return again gardener’s paradise. from the state Department of Ecology, the American Hor- this year to sell delicious soups, homemade rolls and In addition to diverse vendors, show organizers have ticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture and Sunset maga- cookies to hungry show attendees. partnered with Clallam County Master Gardeners to zines, the Washington State Nursery & Landscape AssoSoroptimists also will have several salads available for bring attendees a speaker series covering an array of ciation and Washington Association of Landscape Profes- purchase. A variety of beverages also will be available for topics providing education and inspiration for gardeners sionals. purchase. of all levels. Bloom has built popular display gardens at the NorthLuncheon items will be for sale between 11 a.m. and Visit sequimgardenshow.com for more details about the west Flower and Garden Show and has won gold medals. 3 p.m. each day of the show. Soroptimist Gala Garden Show.


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