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We do it every time we plant a seed, a bulb, a start, an idea. There will be lots of these at the 12th Annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show, March 20-21. The gala event will be at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 N. Fir St. It’s been a mild winter and your garden already may be beckoning you. The growth of what you plant depends on many things — the soil, water, sun, wind, nutrients, etc. How do you know the right combination? And how do you compensate when Mother Nature has a say in it? You’re sure to find plenty of answers at the Soroptimist Garden Show. One way to garner advice is through the Speakers’ Series. This year it is being organized by the Master Gardeners, so you know the lessons will be chock full of techniques to ensure the success of all your planted possibilities. Some of the topics include Gardening for Your Health; Keeping Your Pond Healthy; Sherlock Holmes for Plants — to name a few. A full list of the speakers and topics can be found at www.sequimgardenshow. com. Vegetables are an important element of good health. The Speakers’ Series has a wealth of healthful information. You can learn everything about vegetables — from how to plan your vegetable garden, to preparing vegetables and grains in the seasonal kitchen. As a special feature, the Master Gardeners are sponsoring Ed Hume, this year’s keynote speaker. Many people recognize him from his weekly television show “Gardening in America,” from his weekly radio show or from reading one of his books. His newest one, “Gardening with Ed Hume, Northwest Gardening Made Easy,” will be available for purchase at the show. Through his accomplishments and energetic activities, Hume has made major contributions to the field of horticulture locally, regionally and nationally. Hume will be speaking about “Vegetable Gardening Start to Finish” on Saturday at 1 p.m. The venue will be the Helen Haller Elementary gym. Admission to his presentation is free to those who attend the Garden Show. Just show your wristband when entering the gym. Questions and answers will follow. The gardening guru then will return to the Boys & Girls Club where he will be available for more questions — not just about vegetables, as well as a book signing. This is something you don’t want to miss. Admission to the show is $5 for one day. You are

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greeted by smiling Soroptimist members and receive a wristband which is good for that entire day. For Saturday, it includes admittance to the special keynote speaker presentation. This year there will be a nature walk designed and created by Good Earth Plantings. This is one of the first things you will see once you step beyond the front lobby. It will transport you to a realm where planting possibilities takes over. Plants need nourishment to grow, and in the big picture, money is the nourishment that allows Soroptimist International of Sequim to do its work. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the annual Gala Garden Show is its main fundraiser of the year. The mission of Soroptimist is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. The money Soroptimist International of Sequim raises funds local awards such as the Women’s Opportunity Award, Violet Richardson Award (honors young women between the ages of 14-17 who volunteer in the community. The award is named after the first president of the first Soroptimist club), 11 scholarships, plus donations to First Teacher, Rose House (shelter for victims of domestic violence), Sequim Community Aid and Boys & Girls Club, just to name a few. They also contribute to the Mujeres de Maiz Foundation, an organization helping women in Chiapas, Mexico, which was started by several Sequim women. The Women’s Opportunity Award program is Soroptimist’s major project. Through this program, clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Two local signature projects are the WIN (Women in Networks) program and the Medical Loan Closet. You can learn more by visiting Back by popular demand will be hand-painted Adirondack chairs for raffle. Each chair has a unique design and energy. They are multi-purpose — providing comfortable seating and visual pleasure. Another means to finding answers to your gardening concerns is talking to the exhibitors at the Garden Show. Several nurseries will be represented and will be happy to share their knowledge and expertise. More than 60 vendors will provide items to fulfill any gardener’s dream. From nurseries and

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local farms, to landscaping professionals and garden tools, to garden art and garden furniture, you’ll discover more than you thought possible. You’ll see some new vendors such as Galloping Goats Farm, The Desert Northwest and The Red Rooster Grocery — which also is a sponsor. Something else new this year is attendees to the Garden Show will be able to vote for their favorite vendor booth. This encourages exhibitors to present an attractive display and it allows the visitors to interact and be part of the whole Garden Show experience. The Garden Café will be in the same place as last year — the room just to the east (your right) once you enter beyond the lobby. It will be offering some new menu items. A complimentary area for informational/ educational booths also will be in that room. And music by harpist David Michael once again will soothe you as you eat a relaxing meal. The theme of this year’s Garden Show is Planting Possibilities. It is a carryover from the 2009-2010 club theme designated by Rose Jaeger, co-owner of Henery’s Garden Center, and this year’s president of Soroptimist of Sequim. So bring your questions, your curiosity and your open mind and let the Soroptimist Annual Gala Garden Show plant possibilities for you to take home. As you absorb and utilize the information you’ve gathered from the show, the seeds of your contributions will be planting possibilities for the women and girls Soroptimist supports. — Kathy Purcell


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Gala cover artist lives, breathes them Above, one of the works Mix has made for her show in June. At right, a self-portrait done in pastels.

Catherine Mix is this year’s featured artist and her rendition of hellebores blossoms graces the program’s cover. She was the child who could draw at school. She enjoyed it and was good at it. But she didn’t do anything in the way of art until she was laid off from Boeing in 1995. Mix tried a watercolor class and was off on a new career. She reallyenjoyed painting and taking workshops to increase herskills. However, she was frustrated with the watercolor medium because the colors did not stay bright. “When it dries, it dies,” she remarks. And Mix likes colors. She looked around at a variety of pictures and techniques until she found that she most liked those done with pastels. She took classes in working with them and found that she liked the results. Pastels are sticks of pure pigment. They can be hard for making fine lines or soft for making large lines and blending. Mix has 96 boxes of pastels arranged by color or hue, light to dark, and varying from bright to muted or less intense. These colors are made by adding white, black or another color to the basic color. She had found a medium that let her reproduce bright and varying colors of the flowers she loves to grow. She still was looking for a way to have the vivid colors she loves with the muted colors of the Northwest when she tried using the pastels over watercolor. Mix puts blocks of color on the paper with watercolors and then adds details with the pastels. The resulting works have a depth and color that is lacking with either medium alone. However, Mix finds that she has to have two studios because pastels are very dusty and that dust can interfere with watercolors. Once she starts a painting, she works all day on it for several days until it is finished. She does not like to leave a painting until it is finished the way she wants it. “If I’m excited enough about something to paint it, I work full-time until it is done.” Mix has one picture that led her to workshops and a new teacher. She paints from photos she takes. There was one picture she painted 12 times and still the sky did not look the way it looked in the photo. She looked online to find the clouds she wanted then contacted the painter about lessons. She attended a workshop on Whidbey Island to learn how to paint the clouds just right. The final picture hangs in the farmhouse she rents for weddings and meetings. One of Mix’s favorite subjects are the flowers from her enterprise The Cutting Garden. She has a one-acre garden full of flowers all summer long

Gala Garden Show 2010 • 5 that the public can come cut. She asks customers to bring their own clean bucket. She provides clean, cool water, cutting tools and a hydrating solution to keep the flowers looking fresh for several days. The Cutting Garden is open June-October. She also uses the flowers for her other occupation as a wedding organizer. She rents the farmhouse to groups for a variety of purposes year-round and the garden for summer, outdoor weddings. The garden setting for weddings is a four-acre perennial garden around the farmhouse, not the same garden that is used for cutting. Until last summer, Mix did all the flower arranging herself but found one weekend that she had three large weddings to provide flowers for. That was too much work for one person and she advertised for help. Kindryn Domning answered the ad and has been doing flower arrangements for weddings with Mix since then. Mix will have an ARTfusion show June 4-6 with potter Dianne Johnston and watercolorist Pat Starr. She is making a series of flower paintings for the show and will sell the pictures, prints and cards made from the prints. The show will be at the farmhouse, 303 Dahlia Llama Lane off Woodcock Road, Sequim. She also sells prints and cards online or at The Cutting Garden in the summer. For more information about Mix and her gardens, see ­— Dana Casey

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Food for thought Although the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show is not as big as the show in Seattle, it can take a bit of time to see all the vendors. Not to worry! There is a café offering you a respite before you plant more possibilities. For the first time, last year the Garden Café was in a separate room, to the right just after you enter from the lobby. It was a great success. The food was orchestrated by A Catered Affair, owned by Soroptimist member Sherry Schubert. Other Soroptimist members played along by preparing soufflés, cinnamon rolls, soups and sandwiches. And they served them with a smile. Speaking of playing, last year in the café harpist David Michael played live music. He is no stranger to this sort of thing. In fact, many of you probably have heard him on the Washington State Ferries where he gave impromptu concerts for 17 years. This year Michael again will be performing for your listening pleasure. You can sit back and enjoy the peaceful tones as you eat one of the homemade dishes. For breakfast, there are cinnamon rolls and soufflés (ham with cheddar and Swiss or spinach with cheddar and blue cheese). For lunch, there are three choices of soups: garden vegetable, clam chowder and gumbo; three choices of sandwiches: chicken, egg salad and meatball with parmesan cheese. New this year is a delicious Asian chicken salad. Last year many show attendees who visited the Garden Café commented that they liked it being in a separate room. It gave them a place to relax and think in a quiet atmosphere. And of course, there was food, too. Many said they enjoyed the music in the background. Perhaps the calming character of the melodies calmed their characters as well. So in between your shopping stints, stop by the Garden Café to refresh and recharge yourself in a lovely peaceful setting. — Kathy Purcell

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“Clallam County’s Onsite Septic System Program” Janine will discuss the county’s Onsite Septic System Program and the new state regulations that required the program. She will discuss the major do’s and don’ts of homeowner septic system maintenance.

Jeanette Stehr-Green

“Gardening and Your Health: How to be a Happier and Healthier Gardener!” Gardening is healthy for you! Research shows that gardening is an ideal form of exercise, reduces the risk of many diseases and can help you cope with stress. However, gardening is not risk free. Gardeners must take certain precautions to avoid injuries and health problems that can result from bad gardening practices. All gardeners must consider proper use of equipment, protective clothing, techniques to prevent back injury and safe pesticide use. Because of physical limitations, some gardeners need to use different approaches to gardening. This session will focus on 10 things that you can do to be a happier and healthier gardener.

Joe Holtrop

“Sustainable Gardening with Native Plants” Basic permaculture design principles are utilized to explain how to develop a site-specific landscape design intended to meet the needs of both people and the environment. A naturalistic landscape style will be emphasized.

Rita Dinger

“Planning Your Vegetable Garden for Success Year After Year” Crop rotation and planning are two keys to a successful vegetable garden. Learn to plan a three-year crop rotation system and how to keep useful records for garden layout, planting, fertilization and harvest.

Brian Burke

“Keeping Your Pond Healthy Yearround” Brian will discuss various aspects of pond maintenance for each of the seasons: Spring — Plantings and pond preparation for the warm weather; Summer — Algae control and fish care; Fall — Clean up and plant care; and Winter — Freeze preparation and winterizing your pond.

Bob Cain

“ Intensive Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces” The presentation will cover the basics of raised-bed construction, preparation of growing soil, using containers as an alternative to raised beds, planting and watering options for high density planting and crop rotation. Modifications to assist senior and physically challenged gardeners also will be included. All scenarios will be illustrated using local examples from Washington and Oregon.

Bill Wrobel

“Sherlock Holmes for Plants” “What’s wrong with my plant? Elementary, my dear Watson, here’s how to tell what’s wrong and how to fix it.” By following a systematic approach, you too can become a plant detective and solve the mystery. Bill will show you two analysis methods. Find out how to define the problem and determine causes of the problem(s), plus you will receive a flow chart for plant diagnosis. Bill also will review a hot new reference book on plant problems and solutions!

Shara Truett

“Prepping Vegetables and Grains for Success in the Seasonal Kitchen” Join culinary intern Shara Truett of Nash’s Organic Produce for an up-close and personal look at the ins and outs of handling veggies and grains for meal preparation. Shara will be sharing quick meal ideas, suggestions for success with seasonal foods and will be handing out recipe cards and samples. If you’ve ever been intimidated or bewildered by roots, greens and grains, or if you’re just looking for some fresh ideas to spice up your life, this is the class for you!

Ed Hume

“Vegetable Gardening Start to Finish” This is an extremely popular program that draws standing-room-only crowds. Ed points out the importance of soil preparation and shows some of the ways the vegetable garden soil can be improved. He feels the success of any garden starts with quality soil and the yield is a direct result of how well the soil was prepared. Ed also discusses the advances of growing vegetables in raised beds. He points out warmer soil temperatures and better drainage are major factors in successfully growing vegetables in a Northwest marine climate. Have you ever tried growing vegetables in a wide-row? Ed points out the advantages of increasing your yield in a limited space. He also discusses the importance of vegetable garden layout in order to provide better light exposure and air circulation. Plus, he discusses types of vegetables, fertilization and possible problems and how to solve them in an environmentally friendly way.


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Ed Hume is celebrating his 42nd year as a gardening personality. His weekly television show is the longest continuous-running gardening television show in North America and possibly in the world. He also has a weekly radio show, has written for various local, regional and national publications and is a well-known international speaker. At one time his weekly television show “Gardening in America” was seen in approximately 50 million homes across the United States and in Japan. His weekly program is seen on KONG 6/16 TV in Seattle. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Hume is especially proud of his induction into the Garden Writers Association “Hall of Fame,” its highest honor. He also has received the “National Garden Communicators Award” (1977) and the coveted National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences “Silver Circle.” He is an honorary Master Gardener, certified


professional horticulturist, honorary member of the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and an honorary lifetime member of the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. In 2006, Hume was awarded the WaFlorA Cup, the highest honor of the Washington Floricultural Association. His latest book is “Gardening With Ed Hume, Northwest Gardening Made Easy.” He’s also written the “Ed Hume Garden Book,” “The Keep It Simple” series of books, and a special children’s book entitled “How To Plant a Bunch of Stuff.” When Hume goes on the air at 10 a.m. Saturdays to do his two-hour “Ask the Expert” gardening show on KOMO 1000 AM, the phone lines usually are jammed with callers. His down-to-earth, practical advice and extraordinary knowledge have made this question and answer feature one of Puget Sound’s most popular weekend radio shows. Hume is equally well-known for his personal appearances and lectures, drawing crowds of avid gardeners of all skills and ages. He speaks throughout the United States and Canada.

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Get Jane Stewart talking about plants and a smile lights up her face. She loves plants and using them to attract wildlife to her yard. Stewart’s yard is McComb Gardens at 751 McComb Road, Sequim. The garden and nursery has been open for six years. Stewart says that this time of year gardeners should be finished pruning and should be moving onto planting, which can be done here almost any time of year as long as the ground isn’t frozen. One of the problems she sees with gardens in Sequim is not enough water. She says gardens should be watered thoroughly at least once a week until hot summer weather when it should be done more often. Another job for spring is adding 1 to 2 inches of organic compost to your garden. This reduces the need to water often and reduces the number of weeds. Stewart says that growing vegetables is becoming increasing popular in this area. McComb’s nursery has local, organic seeds for starting indoors or plants for later when the chance of frost is past, usually in mid-May. She finds growing food to be personally satisfying and encourages people to try. Again, organic fertilizers and mulch or compost are vital to success. Since the Olympic Peninsula has a short local growing season, it is a good idea to find out the plants’ requirements before planting. Many people have problems growing tomatoes in Sequim because the growing season is about 50 days and many tomatoes need a longer time. Planting outdoors too early leads to stunted plants that often produce no tomatoes. Stewart feels it is McComb’s responsibility and promise to McComb Gardens the community that their plants will thrive. Her employees 751 McComb Road, Sequim all have passed or are studying to pass the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association test. Passing the test 681-2827 requires studying basics such as plants, plant reproduction and insects. It also means having a logo badge to wear but requires continuing Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily workshops to increase knowledge and skills. Stewart says her employees either answer questions accurately or to know where to find the answer. McComb Gardens sponsors free gardening seminars at 1 p.m. most Sundays in spring. Stewart encourages gardeners to arrive early to find a seat. For more information, see or call 681-2827. — Dana Casey

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Dana Hyde memorializes pets One of the Gala Garden Show’s familiar vendors is Metal and Mud with Sequim artist Dana Hyde’s sculptures. Seemingly an artist from birth, Hyde learned and practiced the craft of ceramics in California before coming to the Northwest. She says she learned the techniques of cutting and welding metal from her father in Brinnon about 10 years ago. “McComb Gardens got me started as a metal sculptor,” Hyde said. “Jane (Stewart) asked me to make a great blue heron for her and I helped her refine it. Finally we got one we liked and I still make a lot of nature creatures for her.” At first, Hyde focused on creating shimmering sculptures of animals, birds and insects to mount on garden stakes or gates. Public examples are a humpback whale at U.S. Bank and a heron handrail at Wild Birds Unlimited near Gardiner. The human companion of two standard poodles, Hyde moved from critters to pets about three years ago, believing owners would want enduring sculptures of their best friends for memorials. “It’s like losing a family member and it’s a way to find closure. I make an angelwing sculpture of their pet and it’s been a very healing thing for me. It feels good I can do that for them,” Hyde said. Other pet portraits in metal are just for fun and Hyde has a good eye for capturing each one’s personality from a photo supplied by its owner. In a process she devised herself, Hyde begins by sketching the rough likenesses of several pets on a plate of 16-gauge stainless steel and cuts them out with a plasma cutter. From there, the pieces go into an acid bath for 48 hours. Hyde grinds a little or a lot to realistically depict the pet’s fur and uses her torch to create thermal patina patterns, causing the steel to turn gold, pink or blue. She also fashions and welds “ears” to some breeds. Using the fine-tip flame on the torch, she adds finishing touches and the face of a regal Great Dane or an impish Corgi emerges. She also accomodates owners with black pets by having their likenesses powder-coated and baked on at Doghouse Powder Coating in Sequim. “Since I’ve refocused on pets, especially dogs, that’s 75 percent of my business now,” Hyde said. The kickoff of her season is the Gala Garden Show, followed by the Sequim Lavender Festival, featuring her garden-related works. Throughout the summer, she attends 10-15 dog shows and has for sale breed-specific sculptures for about 150 breeds. “I have 15 types of poodles, sitting and standing. People want their dog made and it’s been a beautiful market for me. The Soroptimist garden show is an excellent, excellent show with a variety of great plants and garden additions.” Although Hyde is striking out on a new path of studying to be a physician’s assistant next year, her sculptures still will be available in area stores — and definitely at this year’s Gala Garden Show. — Patricia Morrison Coate

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Gala Garden Show 2010 If an object stands still long enough, Rob Campbell says he’ll make a sign out of it — from dump trucks and decals, to windows to 3-D subdivision signs. Campbell has been a master signmaker for three decades in Carlsborg and has created the Soroptimist Gala Garden Show banners for several years that invite visitors to the two-day event. “Soroptimist is a good organization and the banners are something I can do to help out,” Campbell said. He and one employee build custom signs in many sizes and forms including vehicle lettering, real estate signs, monument signs for subdivisions, cemeteries and parks, window and storefront lettering and screen-printed banners. Campbell has embraced computer technology and that’s allowed him to be more creative. His vinyl cutter/ plotter can be loaded with any one of dozens of colors in vinyl and a software program instructs it to cut out letters in the font and size he’s selected. With his large format printer, Campbell can print, in four-color process, signage up to 50 feet in length or cut-out logos by the hundreds. He even can import architectural renditions and print large-scale graphics for presentations or groundbreakings. “We can do any artwork given to us and we’ll replicate it,” Campbell said.

There are many ways in which Soroptimist International of Sequim supports and recognizes young women between the ages of 14-17 in the Sequim community. One of these ways is through the Violet Richardson Award. Named for the president of the very first Soroptimist club, the Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs around the globe honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place — such as assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence or through mentoring young girls. The program begins on the Soroptimist club level — the first-place winner in Sequim will receive $500 plus $250 for the charity of her choice. Our club offers a second-place award, with the winner receiving $250.




“A customer calls and I ask what kind of business it is, what image the company is looking for, if the design is high-end or not. I show the types I do and when we have an idea, I do the layout of the design,” Campbell said. “Then we go through the permit process to meet city and/or county requirements, so I have to know the code. Once that’s OK, I proceed with the sign.” Campbell has built many of the area’s subdivision entrance signs, including Eagle Mountain, Spruce West and Rock Plaza, all in Sequim. These 3-D signs have the look of wood but many that Campbell makes are of high-density urethane foam — the backgrounds and the raised lettering. “We have the ability to do pretty much everything here and we also do work for other sign shops,” he said. “It’s always something different, always challenging and creative. That’s what keep us going.” ­ — Patricia Morrison Coate


SI Sequim award winners

The local club recipients become eligible for additional awards at other levels of the organization. One winner is chosen to receive a finalist award, which includes a contribution of $2,500 to the charitable organization of the recipient’s choice. The Sequim Club is pleased to announce that Fallon Schneider, a Sequim High School junior, is this year’s first-place winner of the Violet Richardson Award. Fallon is very

passionate about her work with Girl Scouts and specifically about being a Girls Scout Day Camp aide. In her own words: “When I turned 13, I became eligible to be a program aide. I jumped at the opportunity. Of course, I wanted to be the role model that I had always looked up to as a child! Through training sessions I learned about leadership and responsibility, and how to be someone

to whom the girls could approach as role model and a friend.” The club also is pleased to recognize the second-place winner, Allison Cutting, a Sequim High School senior, for her work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula. Additional awards • Soroptimist International of Sequim congratulates Judith Pasco, the winner of its 2010 Ruby Award. The annual award acknowledges women, who through their personal or professional activities, are working to improve the lives of women and girls. • Soroptimist International of Sequim also congratulates Britni Gordon, the winner of its 2010 Women’s Opportunity Award. This program provides $1,000 cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through skills and training.

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This chair by Deb Carlson is a tribute to Sequim’s lavender.

As it has for the past several years, Soroptimists is holding a raffle for four Adirondack chairs, hand-painted by local artists. Tickets are $2 each and the drawing will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at the show. Participants need not be present to win. • Deborah Carlson is a retired San Diego firefighter who moved to Sequim almost three years ago and joined Soroptimist of Sequim because she embraced its mission and found it a wonderful way to make friends and join the community. Carlson became one of the Garden Show “artists” last year when she volunteered to embellish one chair after organizers had difficulty getting enough artists to paint chairs. In addition, she also designed and made a couple of very creative, reusable signs for the Garden Show. This year, the same problem of finding artists arose, so Carlson has painted two chairs for the raffle. Although she doesn’t call herself an artist, she’s very creative and imaginative in her approach to the things she does. Her many hobbies include woodworking, woodcarving, upholstery, flower gardening and stained glass. Examples of her work are everywhere you look in and around her home. She may not be an artist in the traditional sense but she has a bona fide artistic flair. • Priscilla Messner-Patterson and her husband now make their home in Sequim after living for 23 years on Kodiak Island.

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While in Kodiak, she taught art at Kodiak College for nearly 18 years. She painted wildlife, landscapes and still life before she began specializing in aviation related subjects in 1994. She is an award-winning member of the American Society of Aviation Artists. She is also a member of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association and the Coast Guard Art Program. She has painted the Coast Guard at work in the air and aboard ships. Original paintings are featured in Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states. She is one of 40 women in business featured in the 2002 Alaska Journal of Commerce and has won numerous awards and honors in the aviation art community including the American Society of Aviation Artists, Simuflite and Aviation Week and Space Technology.


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Master Gardeners learn, then teach

Master Gardener clinics Port Angeles: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mondays from April-October at the WSU Extension Office, County Court House, 223 E. Fourth St. Sequim: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays from April-September at the Co-op Farm & Garden, 216 E. Washington St.

Gardening for some may be merely a pleasant pastime but for Master Gardeners, it’s a passion — and has been in Washington for 37 years. Washington State University Extension developed the first Master Gardener program in 1973 and the concept spread nationwide. To become a Master Gardener, training involves an intensive 100-hour basic course covering plant science, botany, basic ecology, soils, entomology and plant pathology. In return for this training, the newly graduated interns agree to “pay back” a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer service in the local community over the next two years. Veterans also have annual continuing education and community service requirements to remain in good stead. “We have a class annually of 10 weeks of intensive training on gardening-related items and environmental stewardship,” said Bill Wrobel, president of the Clallam County Master Gardeners, which began in 1981. “We require 10 hours of continuing education and 30 hours of community service for our veterans.” In 2009, nearly 5,000 WSU Master Gardeners were active in 36 Washington counties, contributing more than 300,000 hours of volunteer service. And, in Clallam County, the 100-plus Master Gardeners logged more than 7,000 hours of community service. Clallam County WSU Extension charges a fee for the course — $100 for the sustainable gardening training manual, other training materials and speaker costs plus $50 for access to the required WSU online training modules — but all of its programs for the public are free. “We have our Youth Enrichment Program where we go to all the second-grade classrooms in Clallam County and teach about gardening and growing plants,” Wrobel said. “We also collaborate with the Boys & Girls Clubs on a vegetable growing project in the summer and hold plant clinics in Sequim and Port Angeles from April to October.” Wrobel said the weekly clinics are popular with the public in identifying plants, pests and plant diseases. WSU Extension and KSQM 91.5 have teamed up to

broadcast gardening tips and hints at 6:40 p.m. Fridays and 11:40 a.m. the following Tuesdays, as well as gardening activity announcements. The program also is on KONP 1450 at 1 p.m. the last Monday of the month. “We have a lecture series in Port Angeles and Sequim where we’re able to give presentations at the nurseries,” Wrobel said. “We’re also lucky to be a partner with the Soroptimist show.” The fruits, literally and figuratively, of the organization’s labor can and will be seen in living classrooms at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road; the new Olympic Peninsula Demonstrations Garden near Carrie Blake Park, both in Sequim; and Robin Hill Farm, Dryke Road, Port Angeles. “We’re upgrading the Woodcock garden into a premiere education institution for outdoor/indoor classrooms and designing the OP garden,” Wrobel said. “The timeline is a function of fundraising to develop the (latter) garden more. So far we have lavender and dahlia gardens and we plan a rose garden for 2010. We have to put in an ADA pathway so we’re applying for grants.” The Clallam County Master Gardeners is a nonprofit organization supported by local businesses, its 70 members, 15 Friends of the Garden and three fundraisers: spring and fall plant sales and its annual garden tours in June. Of its Gala Garden Show sponsorship, Wrobel said, “I think it’s outstanding the Master Gardeners and Soroptimists are partners. It gives us a chance to put on spring educational seminars for the public and to contribute to the Master Gardener organization. We’ve been looking for a spring opportunity for a while and that we’re able to help Soroptimists is good.” — Patricia Morrison Coate

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Garden design by Jennifer R. Weir

Imagine the planting possibilities on your own property as you stroll through the garden walk at the 12th annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show designed and installed by Good Earth Plantings. This year we are embracing sustainable gardening and mixing it with classic landscape design. We have incorporated products from our own gardenscapes as well as from generous local suppliers. The sustainable gardening display elements will include a greenhouse from Sun Baked Greenhouse Kits, raised gardening beds, composter and plants from Good Earth Plantings. The classic landscape display elements will include sustainably harvested products from developing properties mixed with nursery products from Henery’s Garden Center and Good Earth Plantings stock. Feel free to visit our booth as well as the booths of our partnering vendors for without them the garden walk would not be possible.


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