Pacific Northwest

October, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Community Forestry Field Day
On October 14, you can visit the Yakima Area Arboretum and learn how to properly plant and care for trees in your yard and your community. This all-day event (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is sponsored by the Washington Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. Certified arborists will demonstrate pruning and planting techniques and discuss proper tree care. This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Contact Sarah Foster at 800-523-TREE for more information.

Favorite or New Plant

Autumn Crocus
Colchicum autumnale, better known as autumn crocus, is one of the plants I love this time of year. As the name implies, this bulbous plant produces flowers in the fall, at a time we very much appreciate the color they provide. This lily relative requires moist soil and prefers semi-shade but will grow in full sun if kept well watered. Fall-planted bulbs produce leaves in spring that die back during summer. In the fall, when you've forgotten they were even planted, they suddenly produce a flowering stem topped with a lovely bloom. Autumn crocus is an easy-care garden standout, available in white or shades of lavender and purple.

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