It's been said that the fate of the Earth may well lie in the hands of gardeners around the globe. So we should all be sure to look up from...

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It’s been said that the fate of the Earth may well lie in the hands of gardeners around the globe.

So we should all be sure to look up from our own plots long enough to hear the chairman and CEO of Conservation International tell us what is going on in the worldwide conservation and biodiversity movement. The Seattle Garden Club is bringing Peter Seligmann to Seattle Oct. 19 for a talk titled “Keep Earth Alive: Tipping Points in the Right Direction,” at the Seattle REI store, 222 Yale Avenue N. The free event includes coffee at 10 a.m. and the program at 10:30 a.m.

An indoor pumpkin patch

and mums (not mummies)

Celebrate the season at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma, no matter the weather. The Victorian-style glass conservatory is hosting an indoor pumpkin patch and chrysanthemum exhibit from Oct. 17 through Halloween.

While you admire flowers as exotic and colorful as peacocks, children can play in hay bales and piles of pumpkins watched over by a friendly scarecrow. Bring your camera.

The conservatory is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays at 316 G. St. in Tacoma’s Wright Park; free. For more information, call 253-591-5330 or go to

Botanical art to see

and to master

If you’ve always wanted to try painting or drawing a garden, this class is for you. “Botanical Drawing for the Complete Beginner” is a five-part series taught by Louise Smith mornings or evenings Monday-Nov. 6. Register for the class by calling the University of Washington Botanic Gardens at 206-685-8033, or go to

If you need a little inspiration, drop by the international botanical art show at the Pacific Science Center. Sponsored by the American Society of Botanical Artists, “Beauty of Botany” runs from Oct.13 through Nov. 26. For more information, call 206-443-2001 or go to


sweet little garden

Seattle Tilth garden experts will be offering the timely class “Putting the Garden to Bed” Oct. 22.

Learn techniques to replenish the soil, protect plants from the worst weather and make the spring garden swirl easier with just a little work now. The workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bradner Gardens Park, 29th Avenue South and South Grand Street in Seattle; $18 per person ($15 for members of Seattle Tilth). Registration is required. Download a registration form at

Take pruning

into your own hands

PlantAmnesty is offering the next best thing to a private pruning lesson.

On Oct. 21, you can attend a hands-on workshop with a student-to-teacher ratio of 3-to-1. Every student will have plenty of chances to ask questions and handle the clippers. And you get to spend the day in an overgrown garden selected especially to demonstrate transplanting, pruning and landscape maintenance tips and techniques.

Join in cleaning out and clipping up a real-world garden to learn lessons to take back to your own. And who better to teach these lessons than the knowledgeable Cass Turnbull, whose presence will ensure that you’ll have a fun as well as enlightening day?

The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will gather in the Douglas classroom at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle, before moving to a garden. The cost is $65 for PlantAmnesty members and $75 for nonmembers and includes a pruning DVD. To sign up, call 206-783-9813 or e-mail

Valerie Easton also answers questions in Wednesday’s Plant Talk in Northwest Life. Write to her at P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111 or e-mail with your questions. Sorry, no personal replies.