Pacific Northwest

August, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Northwest Horticultural Society Fall Plant Sale
On Friday, September 17, 2010, from noon-6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 18, from 2010, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. the Northwest Horticultural Society will hold its annual fall plant sale, which features a wide assortment of plant materials and dozens of vendors, mostly specialty growers and nurseries, from all over the Puget Sound region. Since fall can be one of the most opportune times to plant in the Pacific Northwest, this is a fantastic opportunity to pick up both common and hard-to-find, coveted plants.

The sale will take place at the Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA (former Sand Point Naval Air Station). For more information contact Sue Dickson, Plant Sale Chair, or (206) 799-6513 or visit the Northwest Horticultural Society website at http://www.northwesthort.org/plant_sales.html .

Favorite or New Plant

Versatile New Guinea Impatiens
What makes these impatiens different is that they actually tolerate sun, although 6 hours a day is plenty. They also like to be slightly dry between waterings, another bonus for busy gardeners! The large blooms are up to 3 inches wide and range from pastels to hot electric pink, salmon, orange and red. New Guinea impatiens will bloom until late August and are perfect in pots, hanging baskets, borders and beds. They are compact, bushy plants reaching 10 to 12 inches in height and width, with either solid green or variegated green and white leaves. The cultivars with the largest blooms have quickly become my favorites. Look for 'Paradise' and 'Pure Beauty' when shopping for New Guinea impatiens.

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