"It’s show time!" by the Whistling Gardener

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show runs February 22nd through 26th, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Photo courtesy of Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

This week marks the beginning of the 29th annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show which will run Wednesday, February 22nd, through Sunday, February 26th, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

This is a world-class production that is sure to get you in the mood for the upcoming gardening season. Every year I come away with some new ideas, a few new plant purchases, and an overall renewed excitement for gardening.

Career connected learning draws more students to Cascade High School advanced placement classes

Cascade High School AP Economics students work on their presentation. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

The number of students attending Breanna Youngber's Advanced Placement Economics courses have nearly doubled in the last three years. The number of students enrolled in AP classes across the Everett School District has also nearly doubled in the past five years.

Left Coast / Right Coast: Volunteering

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Scott Brown.

I’ve volunteered some of my time for quite a long period. It started while I was still a relatively young worker. I was working at Raytheon in Waltham, Mass. building anti-aircraft missiles (ground to air).

At any rate, when the Raytheon annual picnic (for employees) came around each spring, I volunteered to dress up as a clown (some say it absolutely fits my personality – and I don’t actually have to pretend at all!) to entertain the children at the picnic.

Grammy nominated musician Josh Rawlings inspires Mill Creek Girl Scout Troop.

Girl Scout Troop 42725 with Josh Rawlings. Photo credit: Scott Harder.

Grammy nominated producer, composer, and instrumentalist Josh Rawlings made a guest appearance for Girl Scout Troop 42725 on Wednesday, February 8th, as they earned their music badge.

According to Scott Harder, one of the adults present, “He inspired everyone (even the adults), and made a lasting impression on our local youth.”

"What a difference two weeks makes," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I just returned from spending two deliciously warm and sunny weeks in Mexico doing as little as possible while the rest of you endured “Snowmageddon” and some nasty freezes that pretty much put the skids on any productive work in the garden.

With that kind of weather I would have expected my garden to look about the same as when I left it fourteen days prior but I discovered some surprising changes.