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May talk: "Northwest Natural Rock Garden" by Mark Turner

Thursday, May 11, 2023


Meeting at the Bellevue Botanical Garden



Sulfur Buckwheat on ridge w/ Mt. Baker & Black Buttes bkgnd [Eriogonum umbellatum]. Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF Grouse Ridge, Glacier, WA. © Mark Turner


Our May talk is by Mark Turner who is the photographer and co-author of the award-winning Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, published by Timber Press in 2006. He travelled over 45,000 miles throughout Washington and Oregon in 2003 and 2004 to find and photograph the flowers which are included in the book. Since then, he’s continued to photograph wildflowers and add them to his library.


Here is some information about his talk:


When we choose plants and a design for our rock gardens, we’re often looking to nature for inspiration. Washington has a number of natural rocky environments we can visit or use for ideas. In this program, Mark will showcase plants from two of his favorite areas in the state: the lithosol and sandy habitats around Vantage in central Washington, and the high mountain ridges of the North Cascades in the Mt. Baker region. You’ll see both common and uncommon plants, some you can grow fairly easily and others that could be quite challenging in the garden.


Gairdner's Penstemon [Penstemon gairdneri]. Grant Co. near Hwy 243 at Wanapum Dam, WA. © Mark Turner


Also, new officers and board members will be voted on at the May meeting.


Social time begins at 7.00 pm, meeting starts at 7.30 pm!


Our meetings are free and open to the public. Looking forward to seeing you there!


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