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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Special Events This Week

The 2012 Season is getting off to a fast start this week with three big events on our calendar.

On Friday, March 9th Wild Ginger Farm will be one of the featured nurseries at Plant Nerd Night.  This much anticipated annual event is hosted by Mike Darcy and is attended by a large and enthusiastic audience.  The event includes a plant sale and short slide show by each nursery. 

Pacific Coast Iris Hybrid 'Dorothea's Ruby'
Emma was on Mike’s radio show last Saturday talking about our plant special, Pacific Coast Iris Hybrid ‘Dorothea’s Ruby’ and Mike asked that Emma bring a selection of her PCI hybrids as well as named cultivars to the sale.  Emma’s presentation will include photos of several of our own plant introductions and a mention of our propagation efforts, including a segment on the Pacific Coast Irises.

Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood'

Meanwhile, Truls is heading to Everett for the North American Rock Garden Society Western Study Weekend where he will be a featured speaker.   The topic for the weekend is ‘Roadside Botanizing East of the Cascades’.  On Saturday morning, Truls will make a presentation entitled 'Blue Skies Crying in the Rain: Eastside Plants in Westside Gardens'.  He will focus on growing this challenging group of plants and describe some of the special considerations and methods we have found work best.

Lewisia glandulosa

Truls is also a vendor at the NARGS event and we have put together a nice selection of alpine and Western native plants to offer for sale.  Plants will be available for purchase by attendees throughout the meeting and also by the general public on Saturday from 12:30 to 5 pm.  The event is being held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Everett.

Primula marginata 'Kesselring's Variety'

Finally, Saturday is opening day at the nursery.  We have a number of alpine plants that are in full glory including the beautiful Primula marginata cultivars and of course the cushion Saxifrages.  This is a great time to visit for those who want to expand their selections of early spring flowering plants such as many choice alpine plants, spring flowering bulbs, as well as woodland plants such as Erythronium, Trillium and Dodecatheon. 

Erythronium 'Pagoda'
Wild Ginger Farm will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm this season.   Check our website for details about our Open Hours and Calendar of Events including our participation in a number of regional plant sales.  We hope to see you soon!

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