Dahlias dazzle at the botanical garden

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SEQUIM – The Sequim Botanical Garden Society’s upcoming Work to Learn evening focused on planting dahlia tubers and controlling snails and slugs.

It was scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Sequim Botanical Garden, just north of Carrie Blake Community Park near the Strip Shell.

Lee Bowen, the group’s resident dahlia expert, and his colleague John Hassel were to demonstrate the planting process. Master gardener Maryann Ballard was to talk about snails and slugs, the various ways to control them, and how long they pose a danger to young plants.

Then, until 3 p.m., participants had to help apply preventative granules to seedlings, help dig up weeds, top wilted daffodils and/or transplant single tulips into consolidated groups.

Organizers say attendees are encouraged to stay after the conference to do some hands-on wilting, study planting layouts and look for signs of the next wave of blooms.

Bring gardening gloves, tools, sunscreen and hats and mingle with other participants.

The society is a volunteer partner of the City of Sequim and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing information and a visual demonstration of what can be done in home gardening with research-based horticulture practices.

For more information, contact the company’s president, Dona Brock, at [email protected] or 360-460-8865 or see Sequim BotanicalGarden.org.

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