MGFKC Newsletter

April 2017 MGF e-Newsletter

MGFKC Newsletter – The Foundation Connection

Read all about what’s of interest in the April 2017 issue!

  • Pot Up Your Extras for the Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale: More Plants Needed by MGs Alison Johnson & Gary Scheider
  • 2017 Master Gardener Plant Sale & Garden Market: What’s Happening
  • Master Gardener Debi Quirk by MG Marty Byrne
  • From Overgrown to Amazing: A’Key Grant Success by Dixie Chichester, Pend Oreille MG
  • Looking for Applicants for the 2017 A’Key Grant Program by MG Bob Connor
  • Your Chance to GiveBig! May 10 by MGF President Anne Ellett
  • Miller Library Book Selection: How to Buy for the Garden by MG Marty Byrne
  • MGFKC 2016 Financial Report by MGR Treasurer Peggy Smith
  • News Shoots! BDG Plant Sale April 29, Elections Open April 15
  • Share Your Skills: The Education Committee Needs You!
  • What’s Happening Now


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Seeds for Thought

MGFWS Feb 2017 Seeds for Thought


February 2017 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from Kathleen La Francis Easton, MGFWS President
  • Message from Nicole Martini, State MG Program Leader
  • Pend Oreille Master Gardeners Host Classes in Demo Garden
  • 2017 International MG Conference Update
  • Classes and more…

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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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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.

Fasciation can occur in just about any kind of plant. Everything from weeds to trees will produce this unusual growth given the right circumstances. Gardeners who love oddball plants have propagated some of these rarities. Grafting or cutting propagation is the usual means by which horticulturists propagate fasciated plants. Fasciation is especially common in cacti and succulents, but willows, cockscomb and foxgloves also frequently show this abnormality.

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