Marianne Binetti

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.

Marianne Binetti

Change of seasons is coming, time to get your garden ready

The first week of September is time for a second spring. Fall refresh is when gardens and gardeners prepare for the change of seasons and with a new look and a fresh start. September is the month to clear away the old, the weary and sad and refresh the garden with plants that celebrate the change of seasons. Here’s how to get started:

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Problem motel in Lakewood to be demolished

Lakewood's Golden Lion Motel, for years a source of concern in the community because of frequent criminal disturbances, building code violations and unsafe living conditions, is scheduled to be demolished within the next month. Lakewood Building Abatement Program Manager Jeff Gumm points out the building's defects and dangerous flaws that led to the city's demand the building be razed.
John Gillie jgillie@thenewstribune.com
Problem motel in Lakewood to be demolished 0:55

Problem motel in Lakewood to be demolished

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Federal Way School District Superintendent Tammy Campbell offers support for levy cliff delay

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Kyle Seager on 2017 Mariners

Yelm girls win program's first team title at Mat Classic XXIX 1:04

Yelm girls win program's first team title at Mat Classic XXIX