‘Work to Learn’ party to spotlight dahlia care, spring bulbs

Learn all about dahlia care and spring bulbs at the Sequim Botanical Garden Society’s next “Work to Learn” Party, set for 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Sequim Botanical Terrace Garden in Carrie Blake Community Park, near the bandshell.

Spring bulbs are blooming, and Mary Crook will discuss the various types and care of spring bulbs growing and blooming in the Garden. An additional demonstration of planting and care of the dahlias tubers already planted will be given by John Hassel.

The first topic is a demonstration only — no work this time — about how to plant dahlia tubers. That will be followed by a tour around the garden terraces to show various daffodils, narcissus, hyacinths and tulips in all their varieties, mentioning deer resistance, general bloom times, how deep to plant them, deadheading spent flowers and how to plant them in creative groupings.

“Work to Learn” parties are opportunities for novices and seasoned gardeners alike to volunteer together to cultivate what makes the community distinctive and flourishing. Attendees do not have to get in the dirt to learn, but if those who want to help are asked to bring gardening gloves, tools, sunscreen and hats. Enter the parking lot at East Fir Street and Blake Avenue, park there, walk across the footbridge to the terrace gardens, and continue straight along the central path to the first staircase.

The Sequim Botanical Garden Society is a volunteer partner with the City of Sequim and a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides information and a demonstration of what can be done in home gardening with research-based horticultural practices.

For more information, contact Dona Brock at BROCKDL88@gmail.com or 360-460-8865, or visit fb.me/SequimBotanicalGarden and SequimBotanicalGarden.org.