The Connection Newsletter

The latest garden news you can use

Informing Master Gardeners in King County

Providing Master Gardeners with the latest on upcoming events, continuing education opportunities, and important need to know updates from the Program Office.


November-December 2021 MG e-Newsletter: 2021 KCMG Recognition Celebration & Annual Meeting; Reapplications in 2021; 2021 Ellen A’Key Grant Awarded; Invite a Caterpillar to Lunch; Meet the Board: Tiffany Ng; Finn Hill Demo Garden Update; the Email Clinic Answers the Question; Heat Dome Effect on Trees; Remembering Sue Hall; Editor’s Letter; Miller Library Selection: Design & Build Your Own Rain Gardens for the Pacific Northwest

October 2021 MG e-Newsletter: Cool Plants, Hot Tips–A brief recap; Insect Culprits: The Beasties of Halloween; Finn Hill Demonstration Garden Update; Growing Groceries 2022; Help Wanted: Volunteers Needed for Education Strategic Planning, Contributors for our Facebook Page; 2021 Recognition Event; New Master Gardener Class for 2022; Questions About GivePulse?; Miller Library Selection: The Informed Gardener Blooms Again; Vaccination  Verification Steps–Act Now! to avoid being inactive after October 18

September 2021 MG e-Newsletter: Fall Festival Plant Sale & Speakers; Pest attack-order changes plant defenses; New Master Gardener Class Planned for 2022; Volunteers Needed for Education Strategic Planning Process; COVID Policy Update: Master Gardener Program in King County; Where in the World Wide Web can you find us?; Did you know? Critical issues; Miller Library Selection: Buzz: the nature and necessity of bees; Continuing Ed Opportunities; Events & Coming Attractions

August 2021 MG e-Newsletter: Cool Plants/Hot Tips on September 12; Finn Hill Demo Garden Update: First Planting!; Too Much of a Good Thing? Sunburn, Scorch, Sunscald; Meet the Board: John J. Sykes;  In-Person Clinic Reopenings Update; It’s a Party! Celebrate Mick Duggan; Writers & Editors: Cool Part-time Job Opening; Where in the World Wide Web can you find us?; National Tree Check Month in August; Summer Books: Garden-themed “Beach Reads”; Continuing Ed Opportunities; Events & Coming Attractions

July 2021 MG e-Newsletter: Save the Date: Cool Plants/Hot Tips; Peonies: The King of Flowers; Finn Hill Demo Garden Breaks Ground; Meet the Board: Steve Hiday; Ask-a-Master Gardener In-Person; WA Department of Ecology Issues a Drought Advisory; Staying Alive in Hot Weather; Program Coordinator Message about GivePulse, the new WSU online records system; Miller Library Selection: Peony: The Best Varieties for Your Garden; Continuing Ed Opportunities; Events & Coming Attractions

June 2021 MG e-Newsletter: 2021 Spring Plant Sale-A Success; Nature Beckons: Updated Youth Education Activities; 2021 Advanced Education Conference; Tip Sheet #15: Houseplants; MG Speakers Bureau; Ask a Master Gardener; Miller Library Selection: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes; Continuing Ed Opportunities; Events & Coming Attractions

May 2021 MGF e-Newsletter: New Plant Sale Partner; Artificial Turf: Is the Grass Always Greener?; Meet the Board: Suzi O’Byrne; Ask a Master Gardener; Late Bloomers: Fall Bulbs; International Master Gardener Conference; Remembering Xenia Callahan;  Miller Library Selection: Nature Obscura; Continuing Ed Opportunities; Events & Coming Attractions

April 2021 MGF e-Newsletter: 2021 Online Plant Sale; Video Clinics Resume, Finn Hill Demo Garden from the Ground Up; News from the Board; Meet Randi Smith; A’Key Grant Applications for 2021;  Miller Library Selection: Wild Berries of Washington and Oregon; Continuing Ed Opportunities; Events & Coming Attractions

March 2021 MGF e-Newsletter: Reload, Refresh, Rekindle, Required – Advanced Training; COVID Times: Obsessed with Tomatoes; The 2021 King County Master Gardener Plant Sale & Garden Market; Getting Ready: Resources for Early Spring Gardening; NW Fruit webinars; Miller Library Selection: Wild Berries of Washington and Oregon; Continuing Ed Opportunities; Events & Coming Attractions

February 2021 MGF e-Newsletter: 2021 Master Gardener Advanced Training; Meet the (Board) President MG Jim Olson; The Gadabout Gardener: New Year, New Plants; 2021 MG Online Plant Sale; Miller Library Selection: Blooming Flowers: A Seasonal History of Plants and People; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates

January 2021 MGF e-Newsletter: Don’t Wait to Start Your 2021 Continuing Education; Message from the Board; Meet Foundation Board Member Carrie Hill; Enhancing Our Partnerships: BBG; Up and Running! Growing Groceries 2021; Bellevue Demo Garden: Saturday Workshops Resume; Passing the Baton: MGF Facebook; In Memoriam; Miller Library selection: Essential Pruning Techniques; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates


November-December 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: 2020 MG Annual Meeting & Recognition Event; Get Ready for Recertification; News from the Board; Why are you a MG?; 2020 Email Clinic; Foodies in the Garden; Miller Library selection: Greenwood, A Novel; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates

October 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: Program Coordinator’s Updates; News from the Board; Meet Trish Bloor; Garden Spotlight: Finn Hill Demo Garden; East Meets West summary; Miller Library selection: Common Mosses of W Oregon and Washington; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates

September 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: East Meets West fundraiser; Meet Wendy Jordan; Outstanding Master Gardener nomination; Ellen A’Key Grant winner; New Tip Sheet: Climate Friendly Gardening; Growing Groceries 2020-2021 Season; What Do I Do Now?; News Shoots; September Book Selection: Legacy of a Passionate Gardener by MG Pat Roome; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates

August 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: Record your MG Hours; Meet Bruce Caredio; Update on Virtual Clinics; Companion Planting; Weeds of the West download; 2021 Intern Training Update; Home Horticulture Course coming; Book Selection: Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates

July 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: News from the Foundation; Valentina Barei Shares her History; Got Questions? Ask a Master Gardener; Foodies in the Garden: Consider Borage; WSU Extension Forestry Program: Free Webinars; Miller Library: Butterflies of the PNW; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates

June 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: News from the Foundation; Alison Johnson’s Time on the Board; Spring Plant Sales; Perennial Potters; A’Key Grant Deadline; Free WSU Extension Forestry Webinars; News Shoots: Online Clinics for email and chat; Horticulture Books: The Tree Book; Continuing Ed Opportunities; News & Updates

May 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: Program Updates; It’s All About Service; President’s Message; Plant Sale Online; Growing Groceries in May and July; Plant Sale Sponsors and Vendors; A’Key Grant; Foodies in the Garden; Ciscoe’s Ooh, La, La!; News & Updates

April 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: Program Updates; Extend Your Resources – Online Continuing Education; April Growing Groceries Moves Online; What Do I Do Now? Some Creative Ideas by MG Bruce Williams; Horticulture Books of the Month for Spring; News Shoots: Foundation Elections Update; News & Updates

March 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: Plant Sale: It Takes a Community, What’s New; Splendor in the Garden Gala; Why I Like MGs; President’s Message; Soils Workshop Recap; Miller Library: The Climate Conscious Gardener; News & Updates

February 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: Spring Plant Sale, Gala; New Tip Sheets; Soils Workshop, Spring@Shoreline; Paradise Part 2; Miller Library: Saving Tarboo Creek; News & Updates

January 2020 MGF e-Newsletter: New Leadership: Mary Watts; CUH Spring Plant Sale and Gala; Paradise: Port Townsend; January: What’s To Do; Miller Library: Flora of Middle Earth; New Shoots: Recertification, Plant Sale Gala Auction Items, Plant Sale Help Needed, Master Fruit Tree Stewardship Program; News & Updates


November-December 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: New KCMG Program Coordinator-Welcome, Mary Watts; 2019 MG Recognitions; Tribal Life Trail; Winter – Time to Practice Pruning; President’s Message; Miller Library A New Garden Ethic; News Shoots – Reapplication Starts Soon; News & Updates

October 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: President’s Message; MG Program: Lend a Hand; Plant ID Project; November CE-Environmental Stewardship; Lake City Planter Project; 4th Annual Cool Plants, Hot Topics; Program Update 2-WSU Report; Growing Groceries Starts; Miller Library Street Farm; News Shoots; News & Updates

September 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: Changes to the Foundation Board; Growing Groceries Season 2; Program Coordinator Search Update; Your Autumn To-Do List; Foodies in the Garden: Sorrel; Call for Nominations for Outstanding MGs; Garden Revolution; News Shoots: What’s Killing the Birch Trees, CHOMP!

August 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: Gadabout Gardener in the Southwest, 2019 Ellen A’Key Grant, Growing Groceries Season 2, Who Deserves our Applause? Outstanding MGs, Cool Plants & Hot Topics 4, Rabbits in the Garden, 2020 Spring Plant Sale: Houseplants, The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour, What I Like about the MG Program, News Shoots: 2020 MG Applications, Get a Tetanus Shot

July 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: President’s Message: Your Help Needed, MGF CUH Plant Sale, International MG Conference Summary, Magnuson Children’s Garden Celebration, Garden Wise Non-Invasive Plants for Your Garden, News Shoots: Neely-Soames Open House, Magnuson CG Radio

June 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Plant Sales 2019, Happy Hour Plus, MG Teaching Kits, Favorite Annuals, Foundation Board Transitions, Raffle Winners, What I Like about the MG Program, Growing Roses in the PNW

May 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: A Closer Look at the Diagnostics Lab, Remember to Vote, Typical Clinic Client Questions, MGF Plant Sale History, Remember to GiveBIG, A’Key Grant, Zero Hours??, MG of the Year Nominations; Incredible Edibles

April 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: Call for Volunteers for Plant Sale; Plant Sale Happy Hour Plus Party; Eat What You Grow; Choosing Tomato Varieties; Plant Sale Parking; Potting Parties Perennials Galore; Ellen A’Key Grant Announcement; GiveBIG May 8; Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden

March 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: Say-Show-Share; MG Plant Sale; Mini Potting Party Time; Noxious Weed Control Classes; February Snowpocalypse; Serving on the Foundation Board; Our Native Bees; News Shoots: Growing Groceries classes update; Plant Sale Party Silent Auction; Call for Creative types

February 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: MGs John and Lynne Skidmore, MGFKC Search, new WSU publications, CE Day at Shoreline, CUH Plant Sale volunteerism, 2018 Foundation financial report, The Northwest Garden Manifesto, Needing MG volunteers for local events

January 2019 MGF e-Newsletter: Re-evaluating our Plant Clinic Processes, Epsom Salts Use in Home Gardens, 2019 CUH Master Gardener Plant Sale, Gadabout Gardener Goes Victorian, Favorite Plant Propagation Books, President’s Message, Remembering Steve Walker– the Gardenfather


November-December 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: 2018 Annual Meeting and Recognition Event, President’s Message, New Publications from WSU, Remembering Barbara Hainley, Your Generosity Makes a Difference, RHS Genealogy for Gardeners

October 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: Vashon Island MG Community in the Garden; September Events Digest: Cool Plants, A Retirement of Importance, the State MG Conference; Fruit tree covers; Growing Groceries 2.0 update; Nov. 17 All Day CE; Rhapsody in Green

September 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Lisa Marahrens; 12th Annual Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit, Sept. 22 at Bellevue Botanical Garden; 2018 Ellen A’Key Award; Growing Groceries 2.0; Outstanding MGs Nominations; The Living Jigsaw: The secret life in your garden

August 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: Elaine’s Retiring from the Perfect Job, Growing Groceries, Marking Time & Anniversaries, mid-year Financials, 2019 Applications for MG Training, Getting Educated at the OR MG Conference, Make Your Hours Count Literally, Colors of the West

July 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: Partnering with Bellevue Botanical Garden, Spring Plant Sales Results, MG Maggie Greenslit, Pfingst Animal Acres, MGF President’s Letter, Fronds & Anemones

June 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: Garden Gala: 12 Years of Great Fun, Garden Gala Gift Raffle, MG Suzanne Abbott, Earth Day at Bothell Children’s Garden, MGF President’s Letter, King County’s Diagnostics Lab: Problem Solvers Extraordinaire, Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak, Save-the-Date for Bellevue Botanical Garden Sale & Speakers, News Shoots: New Board Members, 2018 GiveBIG Results, Plant Sale Raffle Winners

May 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: 2018 Garden Gala, GiveBIG, Vote!-Board Elections, MGF President’s Letter, Master Gardener of the Year, News Shoots: Plant Sale Parking and Volunteer Instructions, Birds of the Pacific NorthwestThe Foundation Connection: Editorial Guidelines

April 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: Parking at the Plant Sale, Garden Gala, Vashon’s New MG Garden, Flowers vs Foliage, Plains Perennials Part 3, MG Teaching Kits, Welcome New MG Interns, MGF President’s Letter, GiveBIG, Raffle Tickets, A’Key Grant Applications, Container Theme Gardens

March 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: Bellevue Nursery & Botanical Garden Clinics, CUH Plant Sale Pot ‘Em Ups, Volunteer at the Plant Sale, MGF President’s Letter, Gadabout Gardener: Plains Perennials Part 2, Easy CEs, Purple Veggies, Month-by-Month in PNW

February 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: MG CUH Plant Sale-Changing Perennials, Growing Peppers Trial Results, Pocket Orchards, Spring CE Opportunity in King County, MGF President’s Letter, MGF 2017 Financial Results, High-Yield Vegetable Gardening

January 2018 MGF e-Newsletter: MG CUH Plant Sale Changing, MGF President’s Letter, Gadabout Gardener: Plants Part 1, Growing Peppers in King County, Spring CE Opportunity, Miller Library Book List


November-December 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: 2017 MG Recognition Event, Ballard Fred Meyer Clinic, MGF President’s Letter, Thank You Generous MGs, Amazon Smile, Changes to KCMG Internships, Book Review: Seeds on Ice

October 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Renton McLendon Hardware Clinic, MGF President’s Letter, Ashes on My Asters, Generous Master Gardeners, Renton CE: Epic Battle of Plants, September MG Events Recap, Book Review: How Plants Work

September 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Renton Farmers Market and Fairwood Library Clinics, A’Key Grant 2017 Winner, MG Gordon Polson, MG Summer Picnic, BDG Harvest Festival, MGF Fall Sale & Speakers Event, Short Subjects on MG Applications, Outstanding MGs Nominations, Piper’s Creek Orchard Festival

August 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Redmond market Clinic, MG Carrie Hill, MGF President’s Letter, Westside Clinics Get Together, MGF Midyear Financials, Short Subjects on MG Summer Picnic and 2018 KCMG Training in Burien

July 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Ballard Farmers Market Clinic, MG Jean Wang, Outgoing MGF President’s Message, 40 Year MGs Celebrated, The Gadabout Gardener: Next Stop, Yosemite, Short Subjects on Spring Sale, Raffle Winners, GiveBIG, new MGF Board of Directors

June 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Kent-McLendon & Covington Library Clinics, MG Linda Heaney, Attracting Beneficials to Your Garden, MG Book Groups, Congratulations new Board members

May 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: University District Clinic, MG Jim Little, The Gadabout Gardener: View from Here, Late Bloomers, MGFKC Plant Sale and CE

April 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Pot Up Your Extras, More Plants Needed for the Sale, MG Debi Quirk, Pend Oreille-A 2015 A’Key Success Story, 2017 A’Key Grant, 2017 GiveBIG, How to Buy Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies, BDG Plant Sale, Board Elections, Openings for Education Committee

March 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Become a Better Diagnostician, Diversity in the Garden, MG Marcia Dillon: The Tomato Lady, Remembering Cass Turnbull, Root Girdling, Food and the City, May 2017 CUH Plant Sale

February 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: Updated Clinic Resources, MG Traci Hanna, Searching for Board Nominations, Getting Ready for the Plant Sale, A Botanist’s Vocabulary, Join the Education Committee

January 2017 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Tom Church, Winter Propagation, Molbak’s Clinic, Article on Biosolids, WSU Dealing with Drought, Book on Earthworms


November-December 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: Recognition Breakfast, 2017 Plant Sale, Fall Plant Sale Review, MG Phyllis Kaiden at Vashon, Poinsettias, Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardening

October 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: Zoo Clinic, Shorewood HS Culinary Garden, 2016 A’Key Grant, BDG Tomato Test

September 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Wally Prestbo, Bellevue Home Depot Clinic, Neely-Soames Homestead Demo Garden, Cultivating (More) Knowledge: Lichens

August 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Frank Peters, Vashon Dry Garden, Vashon Island Ace Hardware Clinic, Article on Fall and Winter Crops

July 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: 2016 Plant Sale Results, Ronald McDonald House Gardens, Auburn Farmers Market Clinic, Summer Picnic Survey Results, Board Elections

June 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Drexie Malone at Carkeek Gardens, Bothell Children’s Garden, 2016 Preview Party Relived, A President’s Farewell, Cultivating (More) Knowledge: Poison Hemlock, Pop-Up Clinics

May 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: President’s Message, MG Mick Duggan, Cesar Chavez Demo Garden, 15 Years After the Fire – CUH is Thriving, CUH Clinic

April 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Patty Logan, CE Marathon, Issaquah Clinic, Online Clinic and Garden Map, Board Member Gary Scheider, A’Key Grant Program

March 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Gia Parsons, Growing Groceries Program, 2016 NW Flower & Garden Show, Snoqualmie Valley and Issaquah Clinics Join, Article on Bees

February 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Suzanne Broback, MGF Plant Sale, MG Class of 2016

January 2016 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Steve Walker, Bellevue Demo Garden, BDG Clinic, Serving on the MGFKC Board, Article on Making Better Planting Decisions


December 2015 MGF e-Newsletter: Bountiful Demo Gardens, MG Fred Wemer, Washington Park Arboretum Clinic, Board Member Paul Gardiner, Neely Mansion Demo Garden

November 2015 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Pat Surr and the Teaching Kit Program, MGF Education Committee, Magnuson Children’s Garden, West Seattle Clinic, Update on the Clinic Project, Bard Member Alison Johnson, MG Recognition Dinner

October 2015 MGF e-Newsletter: Ask-a-Master Gardener e-Clinic, MG State Conference, Tribal Life Trail Garden, 2015 A’Key Grant Awardee, Board Member Kelly Angell

September 2015 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Elaine Sherbrooke and the Diagnostics Lab, Carkeek Gardens Become a MG Demo Garden, Lake City Clinic, MG Rain Garden Program, Board Member Stephenie Kramer

August 2015 MGF e-Newsletter: MG Pat Roome and the MG Foundation of King County, Eldergrow, Burien Clinic, Soos Creek Growing Groceries Demo Garden

July 2015 MGF e-Newsletter: Welcome to The Connection, MG Horst Momber, MGFKC Facebook Page, History of the MG Program in King County


The Dirt Back Issues

The Dirt was a PDF newsletter sent to active Master Gardeners from 2010 to 2015. In it you would find a message from the President, information about upcoming Foundation and program events, changes that affect Master Gardeners active in the program, continuing education opportunities, books of interest, and other items of interest to MGF members