Spring at last? Looks that way in South Sound

Sodden natives are wary, but garden buds show this could be the real deal

Staff writerApril 10, 2014 

  • IF YOU GO

    Olympia Master Builder’s Big Home and Garden Show: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Saint Martin’s University’s Marcus Pavilion. Admission is $5 for those older than 12 (kids get in free), but those who arrive in the first hour Saturday (between 10 and 11 a.m.) get half off the regular admission price. Active and retired military also receive half-off admission with valid military ID. Seniors get half-priced admission on Sunday. The Marcus Pavilion is at 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. For more information, visit omb.org or call 360-754-0912.

    The Barn: Sunday topics include, backyard homesteading at 10 a.m., grafting at 11 a.m. and Cisco Morris and Marianne Binetti at 1:30 p.m. The Barn is located at 9510 Old Highway 99 SE, Olympia. For information, call 360-943-2826.

    Hands on Children’s Museum: Mud Pies, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Parents Night Out, 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Sign up at www.hocm.org or call 360-956-0818 x 103. The museum is located at 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia.

After one of the wettest winters on record, spring seems to have sprung in South Sound, just in time for the weekend.

For gardeners, it’s time to buy bedding plants and start seeds, said Carla O’Neill of The Barn Nursery. Area nurseries, home and garden stores and the Farmers Market have a large variety of vegetable starts and flowers ready to plant.

If the good weather prompts you to start a home improvement project, there’s information and inspiration at the Olympia Master Builder’s Big Home and Garden Show this weekend at Saint Martin University’s Marcus Pavilion.

Or, if you don’t have enough at home to keep you busy, help spruce up Percival Landing on Olympia’s waterfront. A work party is meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday to help city park staff weed and mulch the renovated landing. Meet near the covered pavilion. Parking is available in The Olympia Center parking lot for up to two hours without a permit.

Whatever you choose to do, protect that winter-pale skin with some sunscreen. Saturday is forecast for mostly sunny and a high near 63 and the temperature will flirt with 70 degrees on Sunday. That’s T-shirt and shorts weather for native Northwesterners.

If gardening is at the top of your weekend agenda, consider what you can add to your yard, O’Neill said. Dwarf trees and succulents are especially popular, she said.

“People want to create a haven of their home,” O’Neill said. Children are participating more and more, she added.

Speaking of children, the Hands On Children’s Museum has outdoor and garden-related programs this weekend, including mud pies Saturday and Sunday, and planting vegetables in compostable pots Saturday evening during Parents Night Out.

“We’re starting to expand our programs to the east side of the plaza,’ said Genevieve Chan, spokesperson for the museum. Chan said that there would also be animals at the museum this weekend, turtles both days, and 4-H dogs Saturday.

Whatever you choose to do, make the most of the next few days. Forecasters say clouds will return Tuesday and Wednesday has a chance of showers.

jredecker@theolympian.com

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