Jeanette Stehr-Green, pictured here in Sequim Safeway where she found an abundant variety of house plants that beat the winter blues, will present at the next Green Thumb Gardening Tips Education Series lecture Thursday. (Betty Harriman)

Jeanette Stehr-Green, pictured here in Sequim Safeway where she found an abundant variety of house plants that beat the winter blues, will present at the next Green Thumb Gardening Tips Education Series lecture Thursday. (Betty Harriman)

House plants can beat winter blues, gardener says

PORT ANGELES — Master Gardener Jeanette Stehr-Green will discuss selecting and caring for houseplants Thursday.

Stehr-Green’s talk starts at noon in the county commissioners’ meeting room of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. — the single Green Thumb Gardening Tips Education Series lecture set in November.

House plants enrich indoor environments, beautify surroundings, cleanse the air and decrease stress, she said.

Stehr-Green will describe environmental conditions for optimal growth, suggest ways to increase light and humidity and review methods for determining when to water and how to recognize signs that houseplants need repotting.

She will identify plants that are easiest to grow, provide information on selecting fertilizer for flowering plants as compared to foliage varieties and supply links to references on needs and problems of specific houseplants.

Stehr-Green writes articles for the Sequim Gazette and Peninsula Daily News and participates in a monthly call-in gardening show on KNOP 101.7 FM/1450 AM.

A Master Gardener since 2003, she was named 2012 Clallam County Veteran Master Gardener of the Year and has attained Lifetime Achievement status with Clallam County Master Gardeners.

The Green Thumb Garden Tips Education Series is sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Extension Master Gardeners. One presentation is offered in November, December and January. Otherwise, they are held the second and fourth Thursday each month.

The series provides education on planting and maintaining sustainable gardens and landscapes locally and are free and open to the public, though donations to help offset costs are accepted and appreciated.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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