March 9, Plant Amnesty Master Pruner Series: Pruning Vines

When: Sunday, March 9

Where: Sand Point Magnuson Park, Building 406 (The Brig)

For more information: Email us or call 206-783-9813

This class covers pruning and management of some of our most common ornamental vines:  wisteria, common varieties of clematis, Boston ivy/Virginia creeper, honeysuckle, and trumpet vine.

March 14, Deadline: 

Request for Proposals for Pacific Northwest ISA Chapter Annual Training Conference

March 31, Deadline: 

Request for a State-level forestry representative to present your community’s Tree City USA Award

April 9, Washington State Arbor Day

How will you be celebrating?

April 12, Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation

When: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where: The barn at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, WA 98253

Cost: $35.00 per person before 3/15; $45 thereafter. Cost includes all materials.

Space is limited and we are already more than half full. For details and registration info, call 425-357-6023 or visit http://snohomish.wsu.edu/forestry/mushroom.htm.

In this hands-on workshop, you will not only learn how to cultivate edible mushrooms, but you’ll also actually do it! Each participant will receive a small alder log to work with and we’ll go through the whole process of drilling, plugging, and waxing. You will have enough plugs to do your in-class log, along with extra plugs, wax, and a silicone brush to take home with you to use with your own logs. We’ll use shiitake plugs in this workshop, as shiitakes are particularly easy to grow.

April 13, Master Pruner Series: Trees 1

When: Sunday, April 13

Where: Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

For more information: Email us or call 206-783-9813

This is the science and biology behind the pruning of trees. Bess Bronstein, honored hort teacher from Edmonds Community College, will give us the inside story on how trees grow and survive to become the longest-lived, most massive species on the planet. Famous arboriculturalist, Dr. Alex Shigo, taught us that all pruning wounds trees. Find out how to minimize that damage and work with the tree’s natural defenses. Students will gain an understanding of compartmentalization, included bark, branch collar identification, and more. ~ Taught by Bess Bronstein.

April 25, National Arbor Day

How will your community be celebrating?