Monday, June 3, 2013

Just a reminder that the native plant, gardening for wildlife and sustainable gardening classes will be held this Saturday in Sammamish. 
Welcome to the 2013 Savvy Gardener Classes!
Please join us for our Spring classes – March through June – throughout King County. All classes are free and guaranteed fun.
Check out new topics such as food forests, drip irrigation design, landscape planning for the advanced gardener and creating gardens without automatic irrigation.
Please note that most of these classes require pre-registration through Brown Paper Tickets. Just click on the link for each class and register online or call Brown Paper Tickets for friendly help. These classes are brought to you by the Saving Water Partnership, Cascade Water Alliance and the many local water utilities that comprise these organizations.
Classes held in Sammamish:

Favorite Northwest Natives for Sun and Shade
Greg Rabourn, Educator, radio personality
Add beautiful color, texture and wildlife benefits to your garden by incorporating stunning northwest natives. Greg Rabourn will show you different plants that will thrive in sunny hot spots or shady corners. Follow Greg's tips and you will be amazed at the birds and butterflies that visit your garden while also reducing your yard maintenance.

Sustainable Garden Design
Jessi Bloom, Owner and lead designer of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes
Landscapes and gardens offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well. Jessica will teach you how to look at your garden as an ecosystem and explore the possibilities to make your space more sustainable. She will cover building healthy soils, good design and planning, as well as proper maintenance strategies to reduce work while preserving our natural resources. The class will go through the design process, how to choose plants and prioritize uses for your space. You’ll see examples of beautiful, sustainable landscapes for inspiration. After taking this class you will have the tools to begin a journey towards making your own garden more sustainable.

Wildlife-Friendly Gardening for Beauty and Sustainability
Emily Bishton, Landscape designer and environmental educator
Welcome songbirds, butterflies, and beneficial insects into your yard while conserving natural resources at the same time. Discover how urban wildlife can provide you with year-round natural pest and weed control and better pollination. Then, learn about design techniques and maintenance practices that can attract and nurture beneficial wildlife in your garden for years to come.
  • Saturday, June 8; 1pm-2:30pm
    Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District
    1510 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish
    Register Online | Phone: 1-800-838-3006

    Many more classes in Issaquah, Redmond and the surrounding area.  Please see the Savvy Gardener web page for more details: