Kudos go to those who maintain the Manito Park Rose Hill Garden. It was recently given an Outstanding Maintenance award by the All-American Rose Selections organization.
Says Larry Burks, president of the All-American Rose Selections: “Manito Park’s Rose Hill is a splendid tribute to the queen of flowers. Nowhere will you find a more stunning display of beauty and tranquility. It is a real asset to the community and a showcase for the world’s most-loved flower.”
Rose Hill has more than 800 rose bushes.
Paint it and enter it
Those needing an extra thousand bucks to redecorate might consider entering the “Paint on the Personality with American Accents” contest.
To enter, send a color photo of a project - furniture, crafts or decorative items, such as picture frames, plant holders or table centerpieces - painted with American Accents paint (a Rust-Oleum product).
Grand prize is a $1,000 home make-over shopping spree. Three first-prize winners get a $500 shopping spree. All entrants receive a free decorating booklet.
Entry forms are available at home improvement stores or by writing “Paint on the Personality” Contest, c/o Woman’s Day, 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Entry deadline is Sept. 30.
No reservations needed
There’s no need to sign up for one of the free workshops at HomeBase stores this weekend. The one-hour sessions are conducted on a drop-in basis.
The lineup of workshops Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with installing mirror closet doors followed by installing vanities at 11 a.m., spring planting tips at noon and installing kitchen cabinets at 1 p.m.
Sunday, the workshops begin at 10 a.m. with basic wiring, followed by installing a new faucet at 11 a.m., organizing your closet at noon and installing parquet flooring at 1 p.m.
For clean edges in the yard
The folks who brought us Walk Makers have expanded their product line, and this year a new Border Maker and three Step Makers will be on the market.
With Walk Makers, do-it-yourselfers could use plain or colored concrete to create cobblestones or bricks with a plastic form.
The Border Maker form makes 18-inch-long by 4-inch tall pieces to create a flower garden border.
The Step Makers will come in the same round, hexagon and cobblestone shapes available in the Walk Maker.
All are Quikrete products, carried in most home improvement and garden centers.
People interested in keeping their gardens green can begin making reservations for their spring supplies of ZooDoo.
Wednesday the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle began taking reservations for its organic compost, composed largely of offerings from the zoo’s elephants, zebras, ponies, giraffes and other herbivores. Proceeds benefit the zoo’s Resource Conservation Program.
Cost ranges from $2 for a small bag to $45 for a full-size pickup load. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (206) 625-POOP.
While we’re on the topic
As long as we’re discussing dirt and gardening, the Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardener’s Companion recommends this soil mixture for window boxes and other containers: 1 part peat moss, 1 part rich garden soil or potting soil, 1 part sand.
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