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Past Lectures – to 2004

DateNameLecture
9/13/16Brian MinterTaking Your Garden to the Next Level
5/11/16Maurice HornOld Dog New Tricks
4/19/16Sue & Kelly Milliken & DodsonTwo Old Jaded Gardeners and the Plants that Light Them Up
10/21/15Ciscoe MorrisCiscoe's Oh La La Plants
9/16/15Steve LortonThe Land the Culture and the Gardens Between Mountains and Sound
5/26/15Koen CamelbekeA Walk Through the Wespelaar Arboretum in Belgium
4/15/15Marianne BinettiGarden Inspirations
10/30/14Bleddyn & Sue Wynn-JonesCollecting New and Hardy Plants in the Mountains of Northern Vietnam
9/25/14Sue GoetzFall Fashion for Container Gardens
6/4/14Nita Jo RountreeAmazing Annuals‰ÛÒBig Bangs for the Bucks
5/15/14Riz ReyesSmall Space Big Impact: Standout Plants for Small Spaces
4/19/14Thomas HobbsGoodbye Hollywood Hello Green Acres
10/9/13Karen & Christina Chapman & SalwitzSpotlight on Foliage
9/12/13Sue & Kelly Milliken & DodsonPlant Hunting in Southwestern China
6/5/13Richard HartlageThe Chihuly Garden & Glass: On Making the Garden
5/8/13Lucy HardimanGardening Where We Live: A Northwest Convergence
3/27/13Paul BonineXera's Favorite Plants
10/17/12Jane BillinghurstThe Promise of Gardens
9/19/12Linda Chalker-Scott PhDThe Informed Gardener
5/23/12Graham KerrOne Gardener's Vision for 2020 in his Backyard and Yours
4/11/12Vanessa NagelStructural Plant Placement: Locating Your Garden‰Ûªs Bones‰Û
4/2/12Jimi BlakeThe Contemporary Mixed Border
11/9/11Marty WingateGardens and Gardeners Abroad
10/14/11Jeffrey BaleThe Pleasure Garden
9/14/11Debra PrinzingA Year in Flowers: Seasonal Local and Sustainable Floral Ingredients
5/11/11Lorene Edwards ForknerBackyard Bountiful with Ornamental Edibles
4/7/11Wendy WelchSensational Containers
3/3/11Daniel HinkleyTravels through the Mother of Gardens: Southwestern Asia
11/3/10Roger GosslerWinter Glories - Great Plants for Winter
10/20/10Polly HankinDesigning the 'Hard' Landscape Elements of the Garden - Know Your Options
9/22/10John ChristiansonFavorites for Fall Color
5/6/10Ron RuleGardens in and Around Paris
4/21/10Karen & Christina BussolliniElegant Silvers
3/18/10Judith TankardHorticultural Obsession & Garden Design
11/12/09Val EastonThe New Low-Maintenance Garden
10/15/09Brooks GarciaWhat is a Garden?
9/9/09Mark TurnerMaking Magic Garden Photos
6/17/09Mary ToomeyA Passion for Plants
5/20/09Richie SteffenBetter Gardens with Better Plants
4/2/09Sean HoganPlants for All Seasons: Broadleaved Evergreens for Temperate Climates
3/12/09Tom FischerMediterranean Garden Style in the Pacific Northwest: Theory Aesthetics and Plant Palette
10/30/08Thomas HobbsGarden Curating or Creating? Know When it's Time for a Change
10/5/07Bernard TrainorBeyond Native Plants
9/27/07Daniel Mosquin
9/12/07Steve LortonMy Life in Other People's Gardens
5/9/07Richie SteffenBeyond the Sword Fern
4/23/07Jim FoxGardening from the Plant's Point of View
3/1/07Burl MostulTropical Plants for the Northwest
9/21/06Des KennedyPassionate Encounters in the Garden
9/17/06Judy GlattsteinBulbs for Garden Habitats
4/20/06Little & LewisCreating Adventures in Your Garden
3/30/06William Martin
10/24/05Dilys DaviesAlliums
5/25/04Stephen Anderton
3/31/04Thomas HobbsThe Jewel Box Garden
3/23/04Noel KingsburyNaturalistic Gardening

July 8-9 2017 Annual Tour of Private Gardens

July 8-9 2017 Annual Tour of Private Gardens

Join us July 8-9 Saturday & Sunday, 11am to 5pm for the 31st Annual Tour of Private Gardens!

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#1 Davey Silverman 500 Fieldston Rd, Bellingham

#1 Davey Silverman 500 Fieldston Rd, Bellingham

The tour first visited this beautiful Edgemoor property in 2014 when it was a newly planted “work in progress.” It’s been one of our most requested to view again. Now the front pond with its irises, epimedium and reed grass is a pleasure to behold. The”hot summer”

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#2 Lynn Torno & Dennis Murphy 2202 40th St

#2 Lynn Torno & Dennis Murphy 2202 40th St

When Lynn and Dennis moved in 16 years ago, they had a blank slate – grass in back and beauty bark in front. They brought in tons of native rock and over three hundred varieties of exotic and native plants to create an exuberant streetside “Good Neighbor”

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#3 Marilyn Glenn & Steve Tatham 2024 Niagara Place

#3 Marilyn Glenn & Steve Tatham 2024 Niagara Place

Come and tour an elegant garden sanctuary that has been in progress for ten years. The first two were about digging out laurels and ivy and removing fir and beech trees. A trellised perimeter fence now protects tasty roses and perennials from deer and divides the garden

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#4 Scott Titus & Lina Xu 7020 Dahlberg Rd

#4 Scott Titus & Lina Xu 7020 Dahlberg Rd

What do you grow in your garden if you’re a nurseryman with over 900 varieties of plants growing in your greenhouses? Lilies and delphiniums that you developed yourself, lots and lots of colorful perennials and annuals, and unique varieties of vegetables. A special treat awaits you at

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#5 Jennifer Titus 1678 Grandview Place

#5 Jennifer Titus 1678 Grandview Place

When Jennifer Titus was on the Whatcom Horticultural Society’s Tour of Private Gardens in 2005 her garden was relatively new. She had recently downsized from gardening on 5 acres to a half acre which was enclosed on three sides. Revisiting Jennifer’s garden 12 years later, it has

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#6 Larry Straka & Bob Bortner 1685 Grandview Place

#6 Larry Straka & Bob Bortner 1685 Grandview Place

The garden of Larry Straka and Bob Bortner was already 7 years old when they were last on the Tour of Private Gardens in 2005 and it continues to evolve and change every year as they edit and refine the gardens. Whereas their next door neighbor Jennifer’s

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Annual Tour of Gardens Pre-Tour and Volunteer Party

Annual Tour of Gardens Pre-Tour and Volunteer Party

July 1, 2017 Please check back for further details.

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Connie Sidles: Avian Utopia for Birds – May 18, 2017

Connie Sidles: Avian Utopia for Birds - May 18, 2017

Spring Members Lecture May 18, 2017 at 7:30pm • Doors Open at 7 Whatcom Museum ~ 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham Members Free, General $12 Desserts and beverages will be served! Join us for a delightful evening with Connie Sidles where you will learn how to enhance your

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Dunn Gardens Rhododendron Stroll – Sunday April 23, 2017

Dunn Gardens Rhododendron Stroll - Sunday April 23, 2017

Event details and RSVP can be found on Dunn Gardens Website. Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it did’t change once in a while. [Kin Hubbard]  

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