Tag: outdoors

Fatsia japonica flowers

The Hardy Fatsia Japonica with a Tropical Flair

For a shrub that looks like it belongs in the tropics, Fatsias are surprisingly hardy in our region. The plant provides spectacular foliar effects to the West Sound garden, whether it is a plain green-leaf species or one of the variegated cultivars. It’s … read more

Permaculture Garden

Permaculture Garden Becomes Museum of Edible Trees

In the middle of Bainbridge Island, there is an unusual garden gem. “This started out as a permaculture project, but mostly I just have a lot of fun with trees,” says Mark Shaffer. In 1978, Shaffer and his wife, Susan, purchased 1908 farmhouse … read more

Heermann’s gull in nonbreeding plumage strolls the beach at Point No Point County Park in Hansville.

Not Your Average ‘Seagull’

A little-known fact, outside the world of birding, is that there is no such bird as a “seagull.” Rather, the term “seagull” is an informal name given to any member of the Laridae (Greek for “ravenous seabird”) family. Gulls, as they are correctly … read more

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4-H

Learn about Kitsap 4-H Clubs — Oct. 13 at Kitsap Mall

Kitsap County 4-H Clubs kick off their new year and a special partnership with the Kitsap Mall at a Welcome to 4-H! event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Kitsap Mall, 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale. Learn more about … read more

Waterside Gardening

Perfect Plants for Your Waterside Gardening

West Sound residents seldom forget how fortunate they are to be surrounded by water. Thousands of miles of shoreline influence everyday activities, especially for those lucky enough to be the stewards of waterfront property. The thought of a seaside garden conjures up romance, … read more

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John J. Albers

Why Gardening Helps Preserve Our Planet

Editor’s note: Albers Vista Gardens is a West Sound treasure that demonstrates how to garden sustainably and preserve flora and fauna. This excerpt was adapted from Albers Vista Gardens’ founder John J. Albers’ book, “The Northwest Garden Manifesto: Create, Restore, and Maintain a … read more

Barbara and Jim Rogers
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Barbara and Jim Rogers — Once Upon a Time…

Their love story began when Barbara and Jim Rogers met in a church youth group in Santa Barbara, California, while Barbara was in high school and Jim in college. Eventually young love blossomed into engagement and a wedding 54 years ago. In 1977, … read more

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Front Door

Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

September was “Curb Appeal Month,” and before we wrap it up — along with many of the summer maintenance chores — we asked our local realtors a few questions about curb appeal. If you’re getting ready to sell your home, or simply want … read more

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