Six lectures planned in yard and garden series

PORT TOWNSEND — The 2017 Jefferson County Master Gardener Foundation Yard and Garden Lecture Series will begin with a Jan. 14 presentation, “Thirty-seven Native Gems for Pacific Northwest Gardens.”

Like the other lectures in the six-week series on consecutive Fridays, the talk will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

For tickets to the series, see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-PTgardenseries. Some tickets might be available at the door.

In the first presentation, photographer Mark Turner will show garden-worthy selections for both spotlight areas and such problem areas as wet shade, dry shade or sun-baked west-facing slope.

“More than 5,000 species of plants are native to the Pacific Northwest, from delicate annuals to towering conifers,” said Turner, a garden and native-plant photographer from Bellingham.

On Jan. 21, clematis author and curator Linda Beutler will take the audience on a tour of clematis as they bloom through the four seasons.

On Jan. 28, Judy Alexander, Lys Burden, Zach Gayne, Karen Kastel and Seth Rolland will discuss “Cultivating Community: How Local Programs are Enhancing Food Security.”

Kathy Hawkins and Arlene West will take the podium Feb. 4 to discuss the intricacies of container planting.

Joe Arnett will be up next Feb. 11, for a discussion of rare native plants, then Cori Carlton will take over for an up-close look at the common Northwest creature: the slug.

Richard Lewis will offer the final presentation on Feb. 18 to discuss “Bugs: The Good, Bad & the Beautiful.”

For more information about the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, visit http://jcmgf.org/ or call 360-301-2081.

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