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January 17, 2001

Flower and Garden Show Features Salmon-Friendly Landscape

An exciting garden display at this year’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show will demonstrate how to save salmon, conserve precious water and protect streams and lakes from chemical runoff.

The garden, titled "Your Home is Our Watershed, " is being created by Seattle-based SH-Landscapes, Inc., in cooperation with Seattle Public Utilities. It will be on display at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center throughout the show, February 7-11. The Convention Center is located at 8th & Pike in downtown Seattle. The Flower and Garden Show will be open Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The innovative display demonstrates how to create beautiful landscapes that are easy to care for and also easy on the environment, including simple practices that we can all apply to our own yards:

  • Start with the Soil - Prepare soils with compost. It makes plants healthier, builds beneficial soil life and cuts down on water and fertilizer needs.
  • Choose the Right Plant for the Right Place - Choose plants that grow well in this region, have few pests, fit the sun and soil conditions in your yard and need little water after establishment. This will help you create a beautiful, easy-to-care-for landscape.
  • Mulch, Mulch, Mulch – Mulch annually with chips, leaves or bark to cut down on weeds and water needs. You work less, need less herbicides and save on water bills.
  • Let in the Rain - Stormwater that rushes off pavement in our neighborhoods can cause floods and erode streams. To avoid this, let the rain soak in. Choose materials such as open-spaced pavers, stone or gravel for paths, driveways and patios, so rain can find its way into the soil.
  • Water Wisely (Leave Some for the Salmon) – Water in the early morning, choose drought-tolerant plants, test irrigation systems annually and mulch around plants to save lots of water. You will leave more water in the rivers for salmon and reduce our need for costly new water supplies.
  • Think Twice Before Using Chemicals - Choose pest-resistant plants, tolerate a few weeds and bugs in the garden, hand-pull or spot spray weeds and use organic or slow-release fertilizers to help reduce chemical runoff from yards. It is healthier for people, fish, birds and other wildlife.

"We receive many calls asking for information about how to grow and maintain beautiful landscapes that are easier on the environment – landscapes that need less water, produce less waste, and do not pollute our streams, lakes, and marine waters," said Diana Gale, SPU managing director. "This partnership creates a great opportunity for residents to enjoy the beauty of the Flower and Garden Show, prepare for Spring, and learn how to be good neighbors in their watershed at the same time," she added.

In addition to providing more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area with a reliable water supply, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintains the City’s infrastructure, and protects, conserves and enhances the region's environmental resources.