Register now for Savvy Gardener Class March 23

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Free Savvy Gardener Class: Right Plant, Right Place
Making Choices for a Healthy Garden

Wednesday March 23, 2016
6:30–8:00 pm
at North City Water District
1519 NE 177th Street in Shoreline

Achieving a natural, healthy balance in your landscape starts with putting the right plant in the right place. This encompasses far more than simply putting sun-loving plants in the sunny spots—matching plants to the conditions in your landscape can help them thrive, once established, with little or no irrigation and few or no fertilizers and pesticides.

Planting the right plant in the right place is essential to growing successful plants with less maintenance. And with the recent increases in summer heat and drought, it’s extra important to give your plants the best chance to thrive no matter what Mother Nature brings our way—without driving up your water use!

Instructor Emily Bishton will cover the step-by-step process to choosing plants, including how to spot healthy plants at the nursery, and how to examine and correct any root problems when planting. You will also learn tips on proper use of mulch and fertilizer, best watering and pruning practices, and more.

The class will include a PowerPoint slideshow, a hands-on planting and mulching demonstration, a display of plants, soil, and mulch, a handout for attendees with topic-specific gardening tips and resources, and plenty of Q & A time.

Light snacks including fresh fruit, crackers and coffee/teas will be available.

Class is free but you must register to attend by sending an email or calling the Water District main office at 206-362-8100.

Emily Biston
Emily Bishton is a landscape designer and educator who has designed sustainable landscapes throughout the Seattle area since 1997. She specializes in wildlife-friendly and child-friendly gardens, edible landscapes, and in teaching clients how to use organic practices to install and maintain their gardens.

Her public landscape projects have included the Magnuson Community Center Bird-Friendly Landscape and Resource Conservation Landscape, the Orca at Whitworth School Garden, and Bradner Gardens Park Winter Interest Garden.

Emily is also the Director and Lead Instructor for Magnuson Nature Programs, which provides hands-on outdoor gardening and nature education for children, adults, and families.


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