Gardening in January and February

Several things to keep you entertained until the ground thaws and the buds swell. The Idaho Landscape and Nursery Association holds its 2006 Horticulture Expo at the Center on the Grove (I refuse to spell it C-E-N-T-R-E). You can register online at www.inlagrow.org.” The dates are January 18-20th. This is a terrific trade show, great educational opportunity, and the perfect time to get caught up with old friends.

Two speakers I am especially looking forward to hearing: Julie Moir Messervy and Susan Goetz.

Julie Moir Messervy collaborated with the famed cellist YoYo Ma to develop the waterfront Toronto Music Garden. The garden is inspired by the music of Bach and was featured in a three part documentary on PBS. She has authored four beautiful books on garden design. She will be addressing the issue of scale in design at the Expo. Scale is one of the most difficult aspects of design and very few get it right.

Susan Goetz, formerly of Idaho, is the owner of the Creative Gardener in Seattle. She has won several design awards for her installations at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

Then, on Saturday the 21st, the Idaho Master Gardeners will be holding their Green Thumb Gardening School at Timberline High School. Their website is listed to the right. Or call 208-377-2107 for more information.

February 4th marks the return of the Horticulture Symposium to the Center on the Grove. Call Linda Jarsky for more information at 208-859-3818. The registration form will be posted here in the next day or two or pick one up at Edwards Greenhouse.

And of course, the ultimate escape and mini-break is a trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Held from the 8th-12th, check out their website at www.gardenshow.com. I bought a ticket on Southwest Airlines for $128.

And of course, start perusing those catalogues. Today I recieved the latest from High Country Gardens. Have also recieved the new offerings from Seeds of Change, Burpee, etc.

Oh, and I am taking my sweet time re-organizing my garden library and making plans for my garden in 2006. Rock on!