Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti

Ornamental grasses are due for a trim

Cutting back grasses early in the spring means the fresh new growth won’t be tangled with the old brown duff from last year. It doesn’t matter much if you use hand pruners, electric trimmers or hedge shears to take off the old dead growth.

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.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ will have Disney’s first ever gay character

The film's director told Attitude Magazine that the remake of the classic 1991 film will include a subplot involving Gaston’s sidekick LeFou and his unrequited love for the self-absorbed villain. Check out this preview from the movie as LeFou (played by Josh Gad) sings to Gaston (played by Luke Evans).
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ will have Disney’s first ever gay character 0:47

‘Beauty and the Beast’ will have Disney’s first ever gay character

Capital's TJ Mickelson is The Olympian's 2017 All-Area boys basketball player of the year 2:44

Capital's TJ Mickelson is The Olympian's 2017 All-Area boys basketball player of the year

Meet the Olympian’s 2017 All-Area boys basketball team 2:15

Meet the Olympian’s 2017 All-Area boys basketball team

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar discusses health of Markelle Fultz 2:33

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar discusses health of Markelle Fultz