Master Gardeners set educational walks

SEQUIM — Welcome back to the Woodcock Demonstration Gardens.

Clallam County’s Master Gardeners have been busy working to showcase local flora at the group’s Woodcock Demonstration Garden at 2711 Woodcock Road.

The community is invited to the outdoor monthly tours beginning Thursday. The garden “walk-abouts” start at 10 a.m.

Thursday’s tour will be the first Welcome Back to Woodcock, General Tour, Master Gardeners said.

Garden tour walks will be held on the first Thursdays of the month. On Sept. 2, Bev Hetrick will present “Caring for Mason Bees,” and walk Oct. 7 will be about “Orchards and Apples.”

Masks are required by unvaccinated and optional for vaccinated.

Visitors will be guided through various themed gardens by a Master Gardener, free of charge, with the new Winter Garden in its first stages of completion. It will display plants of various textures and colors that are prevalent during the North Olympic Peninsula’s winter months.

The Rose Garden has been revamped and heavily maintained to get the best that roses can offer. In the orchard, the espalier apple trees are showing a bumper crop this year, Master Gardeners said.

In the Cottage Garden, the Calycanthus (spice bush) features large, maroon-colored blooms while the Succulent Garden is ever-changing with sedums in bloom, desert cactus, potato cactus and garden art.

In the Pollinator Garden, the blooms are to keep all pollinators very happy, and in the Dahlia Garden, the flowers are in their prime with all the summer sunshine, Master Gardeners said.

Newly installed raised beds are producing vegetables for the food bank, including green presto cabbage, Swiss chard, mokum carrots and Oregon bush beans.

Port Angeles walks

Master Gardeners will share information about vegetable gardening at the Second Saturday Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Fifth Street Community Garden, 328 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles.

The walks will highlight which vegetables grow well on the Peninsula, what needs to be done in the vegetable garden, and what control measures exist for common pests and diseases.

Some topics for August include powdery mildew issues, harvesting onions, and identifying and dealing with some common tomato problems.

Walks are free and open to the public and take place rain or shine. The walks require participants to stand for about 60 minutes.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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