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.