2012-13 Business Directory

August 6, 2012

Open publication – Free publishing

Hayes Nursery, longtime local business, to close

November 29, 2011

The entrance to Hayes Nursery below Tiger Mountain was recently renovated. By Greg Farrar

Hayes Nursery, a destination for springtime shrubs and sage gardening advice, plans to close by late December, after rain-sodden summers and a feeble economy hurt the longtime local business.

Clare and Larry Hayes opened the nursery along Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast in time for Mother’s Day 1987 and expanded the business throughout the decades.

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Bring the tropics to your garden

April 19, 2011

Western Washington is not a tropical environment, but with the addition of a few exotic, tropical plants — and maybe a heat lamp to warm you up — you can turn your garden into a tropical oasis.

Evening glow New Zealand flax makes a nice addition to a garden with its warm red tones, reminiscent of a summer sunset. By Tim Pfarr

The hardiest tropical plants that can survive in the Pacific Northwest are windmill palm trees — which are native to Asia from central China to northern Burma — Mediterranean palm trees and New Zealand flax, said Carole Moklebust, shrub buyer at Squak Mt. Greenhouses & Nursery.

“Everybody loves that look,” she said about tropical plants and trees. “Those who are lucky enough to have swimming pools love the palms.”

All three can be planted in the ground or in pots — there are advantages to both. Potted plants can be easily moved when the winter weather turns too harsh, although they do dry out quicker. Those planted in the ground can better withstand the cold.

“One factor in plants surviving is obviously how cold it gets,” said Matt Pommer, Squak Mt. Greenhouses & Nursery general manager.

Moklebust said spring is the best time to plant tropical plants, because spring yields the best selection at nurseries and comes at the tail end of nippy winter conditions.

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Frogs can be fun and help your garden

September 7, 2010

This frog was photographed on a peony in Sammamish. Frogs can be helpful in keeping a garden healthy and pest free. By Jeanine Bracco

They can be cute, slimy, freak people out, loud when you’re trying to sleep and children sometimes love to catch them.

Don’t be alarmed if frogs are in your yard — these amphibians mean that you have a healthy environment, free of pesticides and other harmful products.

“They eat insects and a lot of other smaller things that may be harmful to your garden,” said Michael Aguilar, certified professional horticulturalist and lawn and garden specialist at The Grange.

Attracting frogs into your yard can be easy; there are a few things that need to be done in order to do it. Read more