BAINBRIDGE — Thirteen Northwest growers will bring hard-to-find plants to Bloedel Reserve for the annual Premier Plant Sale, April 6-7.
The sale will feature plants propagated and grown by the 13 growers and by Bloedel Reserve, as well as free lectures. The grounds will be open free to the public for the event.
The event is a fundraiser for Bloedel Reserve’s annual plant budget.
Featured growers include:
— Chimacum Woods (Port Ludlow).
— Desert Northwest (Sequim).
— Dragonfly Farms (Kingston).
— Far Reaches Farm (Port Townsend).
— Foxglove Greenhouses (Kingston).
— Growing Girls (North Bend).
— Keeping It Green (Stanwood).
—Naylor Creek (Chimacum).
— Rhododendron Species Foundation (Federal Way).
— Steamboat Island Nursery (Olympia).
— Sundquist Nursery (Poulsbo).
— Windcliff (Indianola).
Food and drinks will be sold by The Unlikely Spaniard and J’aime les Crêpes.
Here’s the schedule of speakers.
11 a.m.: Ed Moydell and Richard Brown, “Bloedel Reserve’s Past & Future.”Noon: Andy Navage, Bloedel Reserve, “Woodland Plants of Bloedel Reserve.”
1 p.m.: Kelly Dodson, Far Reaches Farm.
2 p.m.: Bob Zimmerman, Chimacum Woods, “Plant Hunting on the Roof of the World.” Take a trip to an off-the-beaten-path part of Tibet and discover unique plants and and a culture on the brink of extinction.
11 a.m.: Ed Moydell and Richard Brown, “Bloedel Reserve’s Past & Future.”
Noon: Andy Navage, Bloedel Reserve, “Woodland Plants of Bloedel Reserve.”
1 p.m.: Ian, Desert Northwest. “Southern Hemisphere Plants: Discerning the Hardy from the Tender.”
2 p.m.: John van den Meerendonk, “Gardening with Ferns.”
Bloedel Reserve (www.bloedelreserve.org) is located at 7571 Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island. A non-profit organization, the reserve’s 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, and Reflection Pool, and the Bloedels’ former French Country Chateau-style estate. Bloedel Reserve is open to the public year-round.