Pacific Northwest

January, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Northwest Flower and Garden Show
If you're looking for a way to escape the cold, drab days of winter, head to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (7th and Pike) and step into the magical, springtime setting of the 2007 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. You can visit 25 beautifully designed gardens, explore shops for those special gifts, and attend free educational seminars, demonstrations, and workshops. Topics cover everything from planting basics to incorporating art into your garden. You'll come away with tons of new ideas and be absolutely inspired by the incredible garden displays!

This year's show takes place February 14 to 18. Hours are: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.gardenshow.com.

Favorite or New Plant

Elderberry
Elderberry (Sambucus) are versatile shrubs. Most are bushy, multistemmed, and wide-spreading, growing 10 to 15 feet tall. The leaves are up to a foot long with five, seven, or nine saw-toothed leaflets, each 2 to 6 inches long. The star-shaped white flowers are tiny but arranged in showy sprays up to 10 inches across. The flat-topped circular flower clusters can be very abundant, often covering the whole plant. In our region, elderberry flowers are produced throughout the spring and summer, followed by red, blue, or black berries that are irresistible to birds. Elderberrys do well in acidic or alkaline soils, respond well to pruning, and prefer full sun but can tolerate partially shady conditions. If you're looking for an easygoing shrub that's attractive to wildlife, elderberry will fill the bill.

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