Master Gardeners set educational walks at demonstration site

Photo by Cathy Wagner

Photo by Cathy Wagner

Welcome back to the garden.

Clallam County’s Master Gardeners of 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, Aug 5. The garden “walk-abouts” start at 10 a.m.

The Aug. 5 first tour will be “Welcome Back to Woodcock, General Tour.”

Garden tour walks will be held on the first Thursdays of the month. On Sept. 2, join Bev Hetrick for “Caring for Mason Bees,” and Oct. 7 is “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 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 say.

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 to keep all pollinators very happy, and in the “Dahlia Garden” the flowers are in their prime with all the summer sunshine.

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

Open invitation to Second Saturday Garden Walk

Learn about vegetable gardening from Master Gardeners at the Second Saturday Garden Walk from 10- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Fifth Street Community Garden, 328 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles.

The walks will highlight what 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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