Tree tags in Mill Creek Town Center share value of trees to the community

Tree tag in the Mill Creek Town Center. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

Money really does grow on trees! People wandering through the south end of Mill Creek Town Center can now see tags attached to trees featuring dollar signs. The tags are part of an educational effort undertaken by the City of Mill Creek to help the community understand the value that trees and landscaping add to the city.

"Bonkers over Begonias," by The Whistling Gardener

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

I confess, growing up in southern California, I have always had an affection for begonias. My very first purchase, at the young age of eight, was from the county fair and was a rhizomatous variety that I grew for many years. While I have never met a begonia I didn’t like, the number of varieties to choose from is far too numerous to cover in a short column like this, so I am going to focus on three of my favorites that are garden worthy.

Mill Creek Garden Tour or “boogying with the garden stars”

Holly is the perfect place for a little Salsa dance and it's sustainable! Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

The popularity of dancing shows on television and in movies is well known, but have you ever considered that gardening and dancing are similar?  Both are a creative form of expression; both involve planned moves with preparation and both gardeners and dancers aspire to a great finish as they rock their individual style.