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Home & garden briefs: Yakima Area Arboretum to have annual plant sale

YAKIMA -- The Yakima Area Arboretum will have its annual spring plant sale from 3 to 7 p.m. May 8 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9.

Arboretum volunteers and staff have selected outstanding plants that will thrive in Eastern Washington.

The sale will feature choice small garden trees, hardy perennials and grasses for color and texture, shrubs for four season color, native and low water use plants plus an assortment of vines, including over 100 clematis.

Several garden clubs will also be selling plants and garden items, including the Homemaker's Garden Club and Nature Artists.

Proceeds will benefit the Yakima Area Arboretum and the various garden clubs.

The arboretum is at 1401 Arboretum Drive.

For more information, call 509-248-7337.

Classes on hypertufa May 16 in Kennewick

KENNEWICK -- Two classes on making and using hypertufa -- a mixture of Portland cement, perlite and peat used to make lightweight planters -- will be May 16.

The classes will be taught by Washington State University Master Gardeners in Benton and Franklin counties.

The first class, at 10 a.m., is filled. A second class, at 1 p.m. on the same day, is planned. Both classes will be held at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.

Cost is $15. Preregisteration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 735-3551.

Walla Walla Iris Society to have show May 16

WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Iris Society is holding a Tall Bearded Iris and Spring Flower Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 at the Milton-Freewater Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth St., Milton-Freewater.

The public is welcome to enter named iris stalks, spring flowers and floral arrangements. Entries will be accepted from 7 to 10 a.m.

For more information, call Lucy Floren 509-525-3960.

Native Plant Society to meet Wednesday

RICHLAND -- The Columbia Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Washington State University East Auditorium in Richland.

Featured speaker will be Richard Olmstead, professor of biology at the University of Washington and Herbarium Curator at the Burke Museum. His topic will be "Building the Tree of Life from its Tips to its Root." (A metaphor for understanding life's diversity.)

Olmstead's talk is part of Native Plant Appreciation Week next week.

Other activities include wildflower walks in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla.

For a schedule, go to www.wnps.org/cbasin/walks.html.

Grow mushrooms inside with easy gardening kit

Organic Gourmet Mushroom Home Growing Kits help bring out the gardener in you, without requiring outdoor work.

Grown indoors at room temperature, the kits aren't messy and fit almost anywhere, taking up about 6 square inches of space.

You can grow, cook and eat mushrooms in the comfort of your home in anywhere from four to 14 days -- the time it takes the mushrooms to sprout and grow.

Choose from Shiitake, Blue Oyster, Sonoma Brown Oyster or Pom Pom Blanc kits.

All components of the kits are recyclable.

On the net: gmushrooms.com.

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