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Make & Take Straw Bale Gardening Workshop

Saturday, March 28th  10am  Cost: $5 WSU Extension Office-5033 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia 98502 Everyone who takes the class will walk away with a planted mini-straw bale. Would you like to garden with little to no weeds, significantly raised garden beds, low start-up costs, no heavy tilling, and many other…

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Save the Date: Fern Workshop

Tuesday, March 24th at 1pm at the WSU Extension office. Ferns are among the oldest living organisms on the planet and have been around since the Carboniferous Period, 354 million years ago. Huge ferns developed in the warm, humid climate and swampy conditions of this period. When they died,  they fell…

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Join the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County

For a yearly membership fee of $10, you can become a member of our Foundation. You don’t even need to be a master gardener or a master recycler-composter! Join our community and you will meet like-minded people interested in gardening, recycling and composting. -Work with other gardeners at our demonstration…

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Fred Meyer Rewards

Click on image to go to Fred Meyer Rewards Program website.

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Soil Tests: Useful for the Home Gardener?

A soil test is the first step to improving your soil and all you have to invest is $25 and a little time. Fall is a good time to test soil because you then have time to add some soil amendments, like lime and compost, in time to improve the…

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Salmonberry Flower


RUBUS! Have you seen our old friend Rubus? Yes, you bet you have. Two familiar members of the genus Rubus we see locally are salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) and thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus), both native to western and northern America with fruit frequently called a bramble fruit (an aggregate of droplets). As…

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Taming a Giant Shrub

How many times have you bought a nice-sized shrub – rhododendron, ninebark, flowering currant, mock orange – and had it grow into a behemoth towering over neighboring plants, blocking sun, or just getting way too big for its allotted space? (The tag on a physocarpus coppertina/ninebark said 8 feet at…

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Rare Plant Guide for your smart phone or tablet

Are you someone who likes native plants? The Washington Natural Heritage Program has developed the Rare Plant Guide for your smart phone or tablet. It is currently available for Apple devices and will soon be available for Android devices. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/washington-rare-plants/id863267358?mt=8). The…

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Lilac (Syringa vulgaris), an ornamental shrub or tree, prompts memories of a flower, a color, a fragrance, or even an occasion and is nearly an emblematic example of pioneer spirit and practicality, even in the state of Washington. This Balkan Peninsula native, where it grows on rocky hillsides, is among…

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New mobile app to help eradicate invasive species

Have you ever been outside and noticed a new fascinating creature or what once was a small patch of plants explode overnight into an endless vista of a single species? If you have, the Washington Invasive Species Council wants to know about it. The council is excited to announce the…

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