Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti

Plant marriages that create heaven

The third week in March is when the nurseries are filling up with fresh perennials, roses, conifers, flowering shrubs and berry bushes. It’s time to get to a nursery while the selection is good and the weather still cool enough to make transplanting easy.

Marianne Binetti

Ornamental grasses are due for a trim

Cutting back grasses early in the spring means the fresh new growth won’t be tangled with the old brown duff from last year. It doesn’t matter much if you use hand pruners, electric trimmers or hedge shears to take off the old dead growth.

Marianne Binetti

Garden shows are great for inspiration during the dark, dreary months

The end of January is when Home and Garden shows in the area give gardeners a sneak peek at spring while still under the protective roof of an exhibition center. The Tacoma Home and Garden Show runs Jan 26-29 at the Tacoma Dome, and then the biggest garden show on the West Coast — the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle — celebrates spring this year by opening February 22 - 26. (Order early-bird discount tickets online at gardenshow.com)

Marianne Binetti

Hellebores perfect in many ways in winter

Winter is here and so are the blooms on hellebore plants. Hellebores are the perfect perennial for Western Washington gardeners, because not only are they slug-, drought- and deer-resistant, they love our rain and bloom in the shade of evergreen trees.

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Auburn remembers 'Mr Auburn' Bob Jones in gym dedication

Auburn held a celebration of life ceremony at in the newly dedicated Bob Jones Gym as hundreds of community members remembered the 36-year athletic director and football coach, Bob Jones, of Auburn High School.
TJ Cotterill tcotterill@thenewstribune.com
Auburn remembers 'Mr Auburn' Bob Jones in gym dedication 1:43

Auburn remembers 'Mr Auburn' Bob Jones in gym dedication

New cafeteria manager feels problems have been remedied 1:27

New cafeteria manager feels problems have been remedied

Proposed cuts threaten AmeriCorps program at Mary Lyon Elementary 1:38

Proposed cuts threaten AmeriCorps program at Mary Lyon Elementary

Construction progress on pedestrian bridge at Point Defiance 1:36

Construction progress on pedestrian bridge at Point Defiance