Dahlias enjoy some Sequim sunshine at the Sequim Botanical Garden. Photo by Renne Emiko Brock

Dahlias enjoy some Sequim sunshine at the Sequim Botanical Garden. Photo by Renne Emiko Brock

Dahlias dazzle at botanical garden

SEQUIM — The Sequim Botanical Garden Society’s next Work to Learn party focused on planting dahlia tubers and controlling the snails and slugs.

It was scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Sequim Botanical Garden just north of Carrie Blake Community Park, near the band shell.

Lee Bowen, the group’s resident dahlia expert, and colleague John Hassel were to demonstrate the planting process. Master Gardener Maryann Ballard was to talk about snails and slugs, various ways of controlling them, and how long they are a danger to the young plants.

Afterward, until 3 p.m., attendees were to help apply preventive pellets to the seedlings, help dig weeds, deadhead fading daffodils and/or transplant isolated tulips into consolidated groups.

Organizers say attendees are encouraged to stay after the talk to do some practical hands-on deadheading of spent flowers, study the layout of plantings and look for signs of the next wave of blooms.

Bring gardening gloves, tools, sunscreen and hats and come mingle with other attendees.

The society is a volunteer partner with the City of Sequim and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing information and a visual demonstration of what can be done in home gardening with research-based horticultural practices.

For more information, contact society president Dona Brock at [email protected] or 360-460-8865 or see Sequim BotanicalGarden.org.

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