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MGFKC Newsletter – The Foundation Connection

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

  • Extend Your Resources: Becoming a Better Diagnostician by MG Carrie Hill
  • Diversity in the Food Garden: An Experiment by MG Dori Wright
  • Master Gardener Marcia Dillon: The Crazy Tomato Lady
  • Remembering Cass Turnbull: In Nature’s Defense with Humor
  • Cultivating (More) Knowledge: Root Girdling by MG Barbara Hainley
  • Miller Library Book Selection: Food and the City
  • MGFKC 2016 Financial Report by MGR Treasurer Peggy Smith
  • MG Plant Sale & Garden Market: What’s Happening!
  • The Education Committee Needs You!
  • What’s Happening Now


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Seeds for Thought

MGFWS Newsletter






November 2016 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
  • 2016 MG of the Year
  • Skagit County MGs Discovery Garden – Brad Brown
  • Can You Dig It?! – John Strong, MGFWS Secretary
  • Cool Weather Home Invaders – Alice Slusher, Cowlitz County
  • Fall Cleanup – Carla Glassman, Skagit County
  • Ellen A’Key Grant Winner – Bob Conner, King County
  • 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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