Shows & Events
This year marks the 36th Poinsettia Festival at Molbak's Nursery in Woodinville, (13625 Northeast 175th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072-8558; (425) 483-5000) and it's become one of the most popular events of the holiday season. From November 4 through December 24 the nursery will be ablaze with color. Molbak's grows about 45,000 poinsettias for the festival with 42 different varieties on display, including 16 never-before-seen new ones. While you're there, check out the 26 fully decorated trees, and get your picture taken in front of the spectacular 14-foot-tall poinsettia Christmas tree. During weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 until Dec. 20, Santa will be in the store and parents can bring their own cameras and take pictures of their kids with Santa. The festival is free to the public. Visit www.molbaks.com for additional information.
Plant Myths and Mysteries
Planthropology, The Myths, Mysteries and Miracles of My Garden Favorites, by Ken Druse (Clarkson Potter, 2008) offers a rare look at plant history, biology, economics, and cultural significance. The book is liberally peppered with interesting anecdotes, fantastic photos, and scientific truths. For example, throughout history several flowers have been worth more than gold. Today's most valuable bloom is the crocus with stamens that are the source of the spice saffron. Or, on a voyage from the colonies to Europe, sailors were stricken with scurvy. Among their transported treasures was a plant with bark that the men brewed into a vitamin C-packed tea, which saved their lives. The plant was given the name arborvitae, Latin for "tree of life." You'll find lots of thought-provoking information in this book; you'll read it again and again.