With warmer than usual weather this past May, our gardens seem to be exploding in color and weeds! For our own sanity it helps to visit our gardens and with a view to what's working and looks beautiful instead of continually focusing on weeds or what needs to be done. That can be difficult.
Sometimes you may set out to work on one particular area of your garden and the next thing you know you end up pulling weeds elsewhere and your intended focus goes out the window. Putting blinders on is the best thing you can do. Pass by those weeds on the way to your intended project area and tell them you'll be back to address them later. You'll thank yourself later.
Things you can do that have the greatest visual impact in your garden/landscape:
Edge your lawn
Add dark fine bark mulch and/or compost to tidy up your beds
Run the weed eater around areas you see from your home that look shabby
Sweep off the patio, deck or walkway
Fertilize hanging baskets and planters on a regular basis
Groom those baskets and planters - remove faded flowers and foliage
Blue Star Memorial
In 1945 the National Garden Clubs, Inc. started the Blue Star Memorial to honor USA military veterans and those currently serving.
Evergreen District received approval from the Washington State Department of Transportation to install a memorial marker at the northbound I-5 rest stop just north of the Smokey Point exit in Arlington. The Arlington Garden Club maintains the area.
Washington State has 42 Blue Star Memorial markers and the United States has a total of 2,254.
Photos below show the clean-up crew from October 2017.
If you're a 2019 graduating high school senior in the area who is interested in continuing on to college in the field of horticulture or the environment there will be information and scholarship applications available in late winter or early spring of 2019. Please mark your calendars to check back here at that time.
Arlington Garden Club Donates to the Oso Fire Department
The North County Outlook July 27, 2018 edition published an article on page 5
about Arlington Garden Club donating planters to the Oso Fire Department in memorial of the Oso slide. They also helped clean the Oso Memorial Garden.
Click this red link to read the article.
If the article appears too small on your screen to read you can magnify the type by holding down the control key on your computer while using your scroll wheel or hitting the + or - key on your keyboard to magnify or reduce.
If you find yourself out weeding your garden on a whim and only have a few minutes to spare, try this tip. Hide black or green gallon pots (or larger) in and around your garden tucked behind shrubs or trees and out of sight. When you get a chance to garden for a few minutes you usually end up with handfuls of weeds. Instead, grab one of the black pots and toss your weeds in. Then, when you have more time, take your wheelbarrow around the garden and collect the weeds from the full pots.
Raspberries by AGC member Gomer Thomas
Click on the link below to download the article:
Community and Partner Links
We're often asked for resources and information regarding our local communities. Arlington Garden Club is proud to share our growing list to help you find information on plants, your local community connections and beyond.
Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville, WA:
Sunnyside Nursery frequently partners with the Arlington Garden club on projects and education.
City of Arlington, WA:
Our garden club has partnered many projects with the City of Arlington. We maintain the Mayor's Garden in front of City Hall.
Snohomish County Extension Service:
Washington State University Extension Service is home to the Master Gardener program. Click the Home and Garden bar to access the Master Gardener Hotline.
Helps you identify what can go wrong in our garden and how to fix it.
Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens:
This beautiful garden is located in Everett Washington and is free to the public. Check their website for upcoming class schedule.
Snohomish County Tourism:
Discover beautiful Snohomish County and explore this useful resource.
Hazel Blue Acres:
Hazel Blue Acres is a WSDA Certified Organic family farm featuring you-pick and we-pick blueberries. Owned and operated by Karen and Spencer Fuentes.
Community Connections Gardening Helpers
Arlington Garden Club answers questions from local gardeners. Gardening advice is also available for free from the Snohomish County Master Gardeners - see link for the Snohomish County Extension Service in the Community Partner Links.
I would like advice on planting roses and bulbs I just bought (in December!)
Both can be planted now, or any time until the ground is frozen. Mulch the roses heavily. Bulbs - just make sure there’s enough drainage for them not to stay wet and rot.
Lebanon Park is located at 105 N Lebanon Ave, Arlington near Les Schwab Tires. The area around the park sign is maintained by Arlington Garden Club. A Labyrinth installed by the Arlington Arts Council is located in the park and the Centennial Trail runs along the border of the park.
Congratulations to this year's scholarship winner
Fundraisers Benefit Oso Slide Memorial Site
Arlington Garden Club raises funds each year for various community horticulture or beautification projects.
Our annual Plant Sale held in May and
Holiday Garden Art & Crafts each November are the club's two main fundraisers.
One recent project is the purchase and installation of a memorial bench located along the Stillaguamish River near the site of the March 22, 2014 Oso slide. Photos below show the bench and view of the river plus the plaque that was installed with the bench. Arlington Garden Club is currently raising funds to purchase native plants to locate around the bench and the river overlook to beautify the area further.