President’s Message April 2015

National Volunteer Week 2015Volunteer Appreciation Week is a great time to acknowledge our incredible Master Gardener volunteers in King County. Our Master Gardeners gave over 22,000 hours in 2014, serving nearly 50,000 King County residents at the plant clinics, gardens, speaking events and outreach programs.

Thank you for not just doing, but doing more, and doing it with creativity and expertise. Congratulations as we celebrate our 42nd year in the WSU Extension program, a national program that began right here in King County!

Points of Light has been celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week since 1974. This week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage their communities.

Thank you, Master Gardeners, for making such a big difference in our community and our county.

Dave Hanower, President
Master Gardener Foundation of King County

MGF Plant Sale

2015 MGF Plant Sale Plan for a Master Gardener kind of weekend, May 1-3!

Friday, May 1, let’s party!! Shop ahead of the crowds at the Preview Party. Nibble and nosh creations from local chefs while Ciscoe Morris and friends bestow the coveted Golden Brussels Sprout Award. Rub elbows with famed local garden authors, and have the pick of the plants, too. Tickets on sale now for this closed event.

Sat. May 2 and Sun. May 3, get all the details so you can pick from thousands of plants grown by Master Gardeners (see the lists) and local specialty growers. Inside NHS Hall you may book a free garden consultation at the By Design booth, find out how to choose the right plants for your balcony or terrace, or just stop by for quick tips. Also find information booths about pruning, natives, roses, and bees by local organizations, and a spot for coffee and pastries if you need a pick-me-up. Our knowledgeable Master Gardeners are there to provide personal advice about your plant picks. Lots of vendors with plants and garden accessories as well. Don’t forget the sponsors who help make this the successful fundraiser that it is. Be sure to thank them with your patronage.

Bring family and friends to find it all in one place at the King County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale.

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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Seeds for Thought

Seeds for Thought Feb 2015February 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
  • What’s Wrong with My Tree?
  • Growing Healthy…in South Korea
  • Growing Healthy in Clallam County
  • Meet the new MGFWS President – George Frey
  • Benton-Franklin Master Gardeners Help Feed the Hungry

Find past Seeds for Thought newsletters at

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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Mason Bee Habitat Measurements

From 3/8th inch Plywood – “Cut and Assemble

2 ea 9X8           Sides

1 ea 12X8         Back

1 ea 12X13       Top

1 ea 9X13         Bottom

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