Shows & Events
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival
April/May is apple blossom time. Enjoy this rite of spring at the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival from April 26 to May 6 in Wenatchee, Washington. There will be a parade, carnival, arts and crafts, and other events through the run of this festival. For more information, call (509) 662-3616; or visit: http://www.appleblossom.org.
The New Flower Gardener
The New Flower Gardener, by Pippa Greenwood (Barnes & Noble Books, 2002; $13), is illustrated with photos gorgeous enough to inspire even nongardeners. The book starts by exploring the basics of flower gardening, including seed starting and proper planting techniques. Step-by-step instructions for rooting cuttings and dividing plants are accompanied by how-to photographs to help beginners gain confidence with their very first try. Plants are conveniently arranged in chapters according to shape ("Trumpets & Bells," "Spikes & Spires"), and each plant profile includes pertinent information about soil types, watering requirements, and mature size. The final section addresses topics such as choosing plants for specific sites and conditions, fast-growing flowers, and flowers for cutting. It's a "must" for the bookshelf of experienced and novice gardeners alike.