Marianne Binetti

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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W.F. West beats Wapato in 2A girls basketball regional playoffs

The Bearcats are guaranteed a first-round bye at the 2A state tournament in Yakima.
Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com
W.F. West beats Wapato in 2A girls basketball regional playoffs 3:33

W.F. West beats Wapato in 2A girls basketball regional playoffs

W.F. West turns up defense, coasts to regional win over Wapato 2:29

W.F. West turns up defense, coasts to regional win over Wapato

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UWT Writing Lab at center of controversy over statement on race in writing

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar previews trip to Washington State 2:13

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar previews trip to Washington State