WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Week

2015 WSU MG Volunteer Week

Congratulations WSU Master Gardeners!

On April 24, 2015, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed May 10 – 16, 2015, as Washington State University Master Gardener Volunteer Week. The Governor commended WSU Master Gardeners for their 42 years of service, and he asked all citizens to join him in this special observance.

Seeds for Thought

May 2015 Seeds 4 ThoughtMay 2015 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from the MGFWS President, George Frey
  • Message from Nicole Martini, WSU MG Program Leader
  • 10 Reasons to attend the 2015 MG Advance Ed Conference in Vancouver
  • King County A’Key Grant Program looking for applicants
  • Engaging Children in the Garden – Diane Frey
  • Ask Dr. Universe

Find past Seeds for Thought newsletters at

MGFKC Newsletter

MGFKC Newsletter






MGFKC Newsletter – April 2015

  • Message from the President
  • Here comes Plant Sale 2015! – Horst Momber
  • Successful garden shopping – Elaine Anderson
  • New noxious weeds – Carrie Hill
  • Clinics’ refresh – Gary Scheider
  • Online at the Foundation website – Penny Kriese
  • Great garden reads



Fasciated CelosiaSome of the most popular new variations of recent plants are mutations that cause the stem and other plant parts to grow wide and flats. Also, shoots can appear to be composed of several fused parts, flattened, elongated or misshapen flower heads with numerous flowers. This is called fasciation.

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Spring into the Garden

And now the fun begins.  In King County, we wait impatiently for spring, even though our winters are relatively mild compared to the rest of the country.  The bulbs you planted last fall are blooming, and the flowering plum and cherry trees put on a wonderful show.  Incessant rain may keep us indoors; fortunately there are some outdoor and indoor activities that will get you started.


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Propagation Notes

Dividing dahlia tubers

Photo Credit: F D Richards



Spring is a good time to divide established plants, and many herbaceous perennials need to be divided every few years anyway to stay healthy.

Plan to dig on a cool morning, preferably one with cloud cover – not too hard around here. 

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