Edmonds Demo Garden: Plans for the year are set

By Susie Schaefer | Mar 10, 2017
From 2014: Volunteers Susie Schaefer, center, and Paula Parsons try to enlist a passing bicyclist to help out Saturday during a work party to clean up the native plant demonstration garden in Edmonds.

It is March now, early spring, and good things are starting to happen at the Edmonds Demo Garden. In January, sixteen Demo Garden volunteers started planning the activities and workshops that will take place at the Demo Garden throughout 2017.

This year, the monthly work parties are scheduled for the second Saturday morning of almost every month, usually from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The March work party is Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. Volunteers led by Jim Clark will be cleaning up, weeding, pruning and mulching as the native plants bud out and bloom, and the birds and wildlife start calling the community garden their home again.

Also on March 11, at 1 p.m., is a spring workshops on “DIRT – Soils and Composting,” and on March 25 Nancy Moore, native plant expert and guru will offer a workshop on how to do pruning and trimming to keep gardens beautiful, healthy and natural, but not overgrown and out of control.

For the rest of the year there will be several workshops each month, including such topics as water sources in the garden, puddles to ponds, and building rain gardens. There will be lots of wildlife-oriented workshops on frogs, pond turtles, salamanders, garter snakes, mason bees, hummingbirds, sparrows, spiders and dragonflies.

Also, there will be nature art projects for kids and families with local artist and naturalist April Richardson. And in June, Demo Garden volunteers will build a unique float and enter it in the Edmonds Fourth of July Parade.

For anyone interested in sketching and drawing or photographing birds, wildlife and Washington native plants at the Demo Garden, the existing Field Sketchers Group sessions with Nancy More and April Richardson will continue.

Starting will be a new group for those interested in photography who might enjoy taking photos of life at the Demo Garden. The first photographer’s group get-together is scheduled Sunday, March 19, at 1 p.m.

Local photographer Bill Anderson will be on hand to share and provide encouragement. Both these groups are open to sketchers and photographers of all ages and all levels of interest and experience. Beginners are always welcome.

There are two places to check for Demo Garden scheduled activities. The Demo Garden has a Facebook page called Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden, and there is information on the Pilchuck Audubon website www.pilchuckaudubon.org.

You can also email garden@pilchuckaudubon.org to get on the email list to receive notices of activities.

The Demo Garden is located on the northwest corner of Pine Street and Edmonds Way at the Willow Creek Hatchery. It is a public Community Garden and is always open for visitors.

Susie Schaefer is coordinator of the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden.



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