Pacific Northwest

September, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

NHS Annual Fall Plant Sale
The Northwest Horticultural Society's Annual Fall Plant Sale will be held on September 16th and 17th at the Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Sale hours are Friday: 1 tp 6:30 p.m. and Saturday: 9 to 3 p.m.

This organization provides inspiration and education to the northwest gardening community through an ongoing series of lectures, symposiums, workshops, and classes. The society is a major financial supporter of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, and it annually grants scholarships to students in horticulture at the University of Washington and supports projects that benefit horticulture in the Northwest.

Their plant sale helps fund their many outreach activities and it's a great place to find some favorite as well as some unusual plants. For additional information about their annual sale, contact Anita Dunn at (206) 527-1794, or visit their Web site at: http://www.northwesthort.org/.

Favorite or New Plant

Tatarian Aster
Asters are favorites for late-season color, but many species tend to sprawl or flop. Not so with this Siberian native. Tatarian asters reach 4 to 5 feet in height and never need staking. The leaves are attractive and virtually disease free, and from late August into October they are covered with brilliant purple, daisylike flowers. This late-blooming aster may be a challenge to place because it is so big and so coarse textured. It can look more like a roadside weed than a civilized flower. But Tatarian aster is still blooming at the time of the first frost, and the local butterflies surely appreciate that!

You can use Tatarian aster in back of the border or allow it to naturalize in a wildflower/butterfly garden. To encourage a strong, upright form, grow Tatarian asters in full sun and average, well-draining soil.

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