Pacific Northwest

June, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

18th Annual West Seattle Garden Tour
The West Seattle Garden Tour celebrates "The Art of Gardening" for its 18th year on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year's self-guided tour showcases nine fabulous residential gardens, including a former winning garden in the Pacific Northwest Gardens competition, and includes a noontime lecture by Lorene Edwards Forkner.

Net proceeds from the tour benefit local educational and horticultural projects and community gardens. Visit their website (http://www.westseattlegardentour.com/) for additional information on the gardens, lecture, and this year's raffle items.

Favorite or New Plant

Versatile New Guinea Impatiens
What makes these impatiens different is that they actually tolerate sun, although six 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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