Join Mt Baker, Kirkland, Beacon Hill and West Seattle Meaningful Movies, as well as Beacon Arts, for a community conversation on Zoom about the movies Insect Apocalypse and Why Lawns Must Die. Please watch these two short videos on your own, in advance of our event. Then on January 27th, join us for a community conversation about these films. We will also be joined by Erica Guttman of the Native Plant Salvage Foundation, a non-profit organization that also supports the habitat & water programs of WSU Extension. She will share tips on how to get rid of your grass, and suggestions for Waterwise plant options. After her presentation, we will have a panel of local Northwest plant enthusiasts to answer questions.
And... Free Native Plant (and seed) Door Prizes - First Come First Dibs
INSECT APOCALYPSE tells of the alarming decline in insect populations that has been happening over the last 50 years. It delves into what is causing it and how we can make a difference by planting native plants in our gardens. The video features the renowned entomologist Doug Tallamy whose books include "Bringing Nature Home" and "Nature's Best Hope."
WHY LAWNS MUST DIE takes a look at the grass lawn's history of class exploitation and settler colonialism and how that ties into the American lawn culture we see today. Also, the turfgrass lawn has a huge environmental impact. It's the biggest crop in the United States by area and requires a massive amount of fossil fuels, fertilizer, and chemicals to upkeep. Ultimately, the grass lawn is exacerbating climate change and the climate crisis.
And... Here is a bonus video to watch on your own.
THE LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE WORLD shows us how to save native bees and other insects. Doug Tallamy tells us why, and how to do this in your own backyard, in a seminar presented by the City of Guelph and Pollination Guelph
Join here on Zoom
You may have seen our new seed library up and running just outside the Station coffeeshop on 16th Ave S. Now is the time to start ordering seeds for the library and our Garden Shares for next year. We would love to know what kind of seeds you are looking for. If you can take just a few minutes to fill out the online survey we will have a better idea of what our community wants to grow.
Our new Little Free Seed Library is open for all. It's located just outside The Station Coffeeshop on 16th Ave S. There's room for gardening books on the top two shelves. Seeds, plants, pots and small tools can go on the bottom two shelves. We hope this becomes a well-used resource for our community!
Saturday, May 16th, 10 am - 4 pm
outside The Station
@ 1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival St
Food resiliency is important during these trying times and now is a perfect time to start your own veggie gardens, whether you have a huge garden or just a few pots on your balcony, you can grow your own food. To get you started, we are hosting a FREE community plant and seed swap.
If you have extra seeds or plants (do you really need 23 tomatoes?), please share your bounty!
Drop them off at the tables outside the Station. Set up starts at 9:30 but you can drop them off when you can. Also, you can drop them off anytime before next Saturday at 5919 Shaffer Ave S, just leave them on the front porch and we'll get them over to the swap.
Please label your plants and seeds, you can use paper labels, yogurt cartons, whatever you have on hand. We will have some supplies on hand as well.
Everyone is welcome to take home as many plants and seeds but in the spirit of community, please only take what you need.
Stay safe and well,
Your community garden club
VENUE CHANGE! Tuesday, Sept 11, 6:30 pm now at Garden House 2336 15th Ave S. Seattle City Council Members will be hearing community requests for the 2019 budget, including a request by Beacon Arts for assistance in preserving our historical Garden House as community space and protect it from development. The property is going on the market this week, it’s crucial that we raise our collective voice NOW and demand protection of this heritage property.
We are having one last Work Party before the weather turns. Sunday, Oct. 8th, we will have the tool trailer out and do some weeding and cleaning. Dress for the weather!
Afterwords the Garden Club will be holding their monthly meeting at Baja Bistro. Everyone is welcome to join us!
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