Volume 8, Issue 7Anchorage ChapterALASKA MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATIONNEWSLETTERJuly 2006From the President’s CornerDana KlinkhartThe ink had barely dried on my message written in June when I received a call from the FairbanksExtension Service. Since that communication, the 2007 Garden Conference plan has changed. The callreported that the Tanana Valley Master Gardeners in Fairbanks have also scheduled a state conference inMarch 2007. After receiving this information, I called Fairbanks. It was my pleasure to speak with thepresident of the Tanana Valley group, Virginia Damron. She confirmed the 2007 plans for the TananaValley Master Gardener State Conference. Through email communication, our board of directors agreedthat Fairbanks should hold the conference as they have already made arrangements for guest speakers anddecided to support the garden conference in Fairbanks in March 2007. In the end, I believe this is goodfor us. This decision provides our Anchorage chapter with an additional year to plan for a gardenconference while cooperating fully with our neighbors in the north. Virginia and I have made plans to meetat the Master Gardeners State Conference in Palmer this month. Our intent is to bring master gardenerrepresentatives to the meeting to address the future plans for regional and state garden conferences. Therotation schedule of conferences will certainly be front and center in our talks as well. Your board ofdirectors and I will keep you posted on what transpires.Summer solstice has past and now July marks the time that our gardens are producing the fruits of ourlabor. The vegetables are on a race with time to grow with the abundant sunlight and our flowers arefinally showing their colors. Our backyard chickadeeshave nested and hatched. The young have fledged. Theyoung swallow family is chirping loudly for their fairshare of bugs. Soon they will fledge as well. Oh yes,the salmon are running and the fisherman are chasingthem. I am racing from flowers to fish for the nextseveral weeks. While I prepare this article from ourcabin in Seward, I am being easily distracted with theconstant activity of the Rufus hummingbirds vying forposition at the feeder. With the hum of activity aroundme, I want to be sure to remind you of the July 17thtour and potluck scheduled at Amelia and John Walsh’sbeautiful garden. Gardeners always prepare greatpotlucks, so you don’t want to miss it. I hope to seeyou there!1The Great Northern Brewers

June’s AMGA Tourby Gina Docherty and Jo Anne BantaIt was with sadness that Master Gardeners learned that InThe Garden in its present location was closing; so, despitethe cool weather, many brave gardeners showed up for ourfinal tour of that specialty nursery. Sally Arant, a landscape architect, and Anchorage gardener Lori Abel havebeen in business since 1998 supplying Alaska-hardy perennials to gardeners and landscapers, alike.In Sally’s half-acre grounds, we walked on crushed gravelpaths through island gardens of primroses, rock gardensand woodland shade gardens, all artfully arranged andaccented with antique garden art. There is a lovely wildpond and many unusual shade plants. .The private backyard is filled with sold projects andunusual goodies that Sally and Lori are donating to AlaskaBotanical Gardens or saving for special friends. There is anative spotted lady slipper orchid (Sally sold 80 of thesethis spring.) and a gorgeous nine-bark ‘Coppertina.’ Weloved the Dienanthe bifida, a hardy hydrangea cousin.There are hundreds of plants destined for one job: Sallyand Lori do the garden design, order and/or grow theplants and arrange for a contractor to install them.Lori will carry on the name and the tradition from a newlocation after Sally moves to Illinois. Should you wish topurchase new perennials, In The Garden still has saletables and will remain open through July 8.Then it was on to Jo Anne Banta’s comparatively newgarden. Among the many nice plants in her small lot, JoAnne has a three-year-old ‘Endless Summer’hydrangea andan Azalea ‘Rosy Lights’in full bloom. Her front hangingbaskets are made from buoys, and there’s anchor in theflowerbed out front – evidence of her fishing backgroundin Cordova. A winding gravel dry creek solves a drainageproblem. There is a small creek behind the house, and afootbridge leads to the bank on the other side, plantedwith unrestrained plots of raspberries, strawberries andrhubarb to help control erosion. One particularly interesting plant was a maroon lilac – it was blooming madly, andso rich in color! She didn’t know the name, as she’d gottenit from a friend. Her birch trees had the latest means ofinsect control: a band of tree wrap with sticky insect goo.Apparently the birch leaf miners crawl up the tree to dotheir damage in the spring.A wonderful Charlotte Jackman Clematis nearly covers awall next to a Polestar rose.Entering Klinkhart’s backyard is like walking into a fairyland. Against a tall cedar fence, tiered gardens become apanorama of color. Clematis, roses and delphiniums form abackground for a trickling waterfall that flows into apond featuring native marsh marigolds and floating islandsof colorful potted petunias. This time of year the dame’srocket dominates and becomes a riot of purple accentingthe cottage garden effect. There is a Miss Kim lilac;ornamental rhubarb; and a huge red fern-leafed peony infull bloom. Garden art features Ed Klinkhart’s hand-madebird houses, complete with birds. (If you saw the pictureof the chickadee with worm in the paper last week, youshould know that it came from Dana’s backyard.)CONTINUED ON PAGE 6Spring Time in AlaskaBy Marge OlsonWe live on the east side wherewe get more snow than the balmy downtown and west side.We just had visitors from New York who chose to come toAlaska at this particular time to experience spring in Alaska.In preparation for their arrival I had raked up the debrisfrom the front yard since our back yard still had an occasionalicy spot here and there. At least the front yard looked cleanbut bleak with only occasional tufts of green.They arrived late after a grueling day flying clear across thelower 48. They didn’t notice anything when they went in thehouse. The next day Karen kept saying that she wanted towalk around the yard and see the flowers. I finally walkedher to the window to look out on the back yard. She wasshocked because it hadn’t even been raked. That sounds betterthan saying that our two dogs had the run of a steep backyard all winter where it is too dangerous to walk and it hadn’tbeen cleaned up yet.They spent a week here busy with meetings. Everyday thelittle green tufts grew but not even crocus had decided thatit was spring. They left without seeing a single flower.Then spring arrived two days after they left. The weatherwarmed and my flowers sprang from their winter bed to growinches every day. A border of bright yellow violas line thefront bed with blue bells and trollius intermingled behindthem. I bought the huechera and astilbe already bloomingWe then meandered down Meander Lane to Danaand they joined the ferns that were growing so fast that IKlinkhart’s. What a treat! The front borders feature tallthink you could see them get taller while I watched. Theirises alternating with bleeding hearts; next to the house,primulas are blooming and the ligularias are filling out. Thepeonies, primroses and herbs thrive against a backgrounddead vine of clematis is alive with green. The roses leafedof ornamental Allium. Center beds hold a variety ofout and the crabapple is blooming. It is springtime in Alaskaperennials -- the Turk’s cap Lilium is a rare beauty.andBrewersit isn’t 40 below.2The Great NorthernPAGE2

Confessions of Ignoranceby Kyle WessellsLittle did I know that for years I was passing it on .thedreaded STD’s: Sneaky Transplanted Dicotyledons, orinvasive plants as I was most guilt ridden to learn.My friends would say, “I love those yellow flowers” (ToadFlax, Linaria Vulgaris), “and I need a ground cover”. Ofcourse, being the buddy that I am, I gave aplenty with awarning, “They do spread”. (Unbeknownst to me, into thesurrounding forest).I even gave the little devils a ride to the hillside with somelovely ferns, now they love the view!I can’t take all the credit for this faux pas. My parentsoriginally planted toad flax, Siberian pea shrub (cariganaarborescens), Rampian Bell flower (campunularapunculoides) in 1968. I have never seen a bigger granddaddy of a pea shrub than in my parent’s yard . he has atleast 5 children (who knows how many grand children?)playing at the forest edge. The bell flower is now makingits way into the woods via a trail. (resourceful littlehummer!)So if you want to see invasiveplants in action, come join us at5429 Skylark Drive for theupcoming fundraiser for themaster gardeners.The rest of the summer I will bewith trowel & shovel doing mypenance.Master Gardener BenefitGarage Sale, Plants & Baked GoodsMaster Gardener Booth:Come See Invasive Plants in Action!Master Gardener Kyle Wessells and associates aresponsoring a Master Gardener benefit sale: garagesale items, plants, baked goods. 100% of theproceeds will go to the Alaska Master GardenerAssociation, Anchorage Chapter. Donations arewelcome. There will be a Master GardenerInformation booth, featuring invasive plants inaction. Bring baked goods, extra plants, & garagesale items to donate.False Solomon Sealby Gina DochertyOne of the interesting plants featured at Sally Arant’sgarden tour was False Solomon’s Seal, Smilacina racimosa.This plant resembles Polyganatum multiflorum (Solomon’sSeal) but the blossoms are on the terminal stalk, creamywhite, small and numerous rather than pendulous along thestalk. The blossoms arealso very fragrant. Theterminal cluster ofwhite flowers in thespring turns into acluster of berries byfall. A native of thePacific Northwest, andhardy in our climate, itmakes a goodornamental foliage plantin moist shaded beds.Smilacina racimosa, FalseSolomon's SealBoth true and False Solomon’s Seal are members of the Lilyfamily. They are differentiated by the distinctive scar leftat the base of the plant stemwhen it is broken away from theroot; True Solomon’s seal has adistinctive pattern whichreminded early Americancolonists of the seal of KingSolomon, while the False varietymerely exhibits a circularpattern. However, it is alsoclaimed that the original medieval Latin refers to one of thependulous flowers hanging likea seal on a document.Polygonatum multiflorum,True Solomon's SealAnother variety of thisspecies is Star-FloweredFalse Solomon’s Seal,Smilacina stellata. Therhizomes are slender, paleand “wide ranging” (in otherwords: invasive!) while theflowers are star-like.Smilacina stellata,Star FloweredFalse Solomon's SealWhen: July 28 - 30Where: 5429 Skylark Drive, off Sand Lake.Who:Contact Kyle Wessells: 243 - 5581The Great Northern Brewers3PAGE3

Mostly MulchBy Sheena Adams[Reprinted with permission fromGardens West Magazine,June 2001and featured in the AMGANewsletter, July, 2001]Perennial & Herb Mulch1 cubic foot peat moss2 cubic feet bark mulch5 lbs. fish compost2 cups bone mealMix thoroughly and place 2" layer on plants and water well.What is mulch? Put in thesimplest terms, mulch is just another name for any numberof materials spread on our soil surface.Gardens West Website: www.gardenswest.comThis material can be straw (avoid hay), leaves, bark, woodchips, stones or even compost. In fact, it can be anysuitable material that will help protect the soil fromfreezing, rain drop compaction, evaporation and weeds. Italso keeps the garden looking tidy and fresh, addsnutrients and give those hard working worms a place tohide! A variety of mulches are readily available to buy,such as the beautiful black fish compost or the cinder redbark mulch. But you may wish to be more inventive, creativeand plant specific. Here are a number of do-it-yourselfmixes to help your garden grow gloriously. Mulches can beapplied any time of the day or month. There are no mulchrestrictions.A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil;but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small,silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying outcompletely.Pam BrownAcid Loving Plant MulchWe are holding the conference this year in conjunctionwith the second annual Garden and Art Festival. Thisaffords us a wonderful shopping venue as well as a greatformat for our conference.2 cubic feet peat moss2 cubic feet bark mulch5 lbs. manure or fish compost4 cups bone meal4 cups old coffee grindsMix thoroughly and place a 2" layer around plant drip line,then water well.Alkaline Loving Plant Mulch2 cubic feet peat moss3 lbs. mature compost3 cups wood ash6 cups limeMix thoroughly and place a 2" layer around plant drip line,water well.Succulents and Cacti Mulch10 cups clean sand2 cups compost½ cup bone mealMix thoroughly and place a 1" layer around plants, waterlightly.42006 Alaska Master Gardener ConferenceBy Sally KoppenbergA few noteworthy things: The price is very reasonable!There are MANY garden tours this year with species listsand expert guides: a rose garden, perennial gardens,vegetable garden, arboretum, historical colony garden, citygarden, pond, fruit garden, herb garden and so much more!The Mat-Su Master Gardener chapter graduated the firstJR. MG group in the state last year, and in keeping withthis celebration, as well as our theme 'Pass Along Gardening' , we are breaking ground with a full children's venueat this year's conference! There is also a child's registration for the conference.Participants will have a many topic choices - too many tochoose from, including Ed Buyarski's encyclopedic knowledge of Primroses, Dan Elliot's expertise on growingapples in Alaska and Annie Nevaldine's garden photography insight. Add to this an introduction to two greatbooks: Jeff Lowenfels’s 'Teaming with Microbes' andHazel Koppenberg's 'Cracker Box' (including herbalcrackers and flatbreads), and some fabulous garden andwild food, and this will be a conference to mark on thecalendar!Thank you all for passing the word! Hope to see you allthere!The Great NorthernBrewersPAGE4

sprouted as I am too taken up with my own garden. But I’vemet some neat people that I want to keep in touch with.Isn’t that the way it goes when meeting gardeners?Central Peninsula Master Gardener Newsby Rosemary KimballAll of a sudden while walking down the road and looking atthe mountains, I realized that the snow there last week isgone!Summer (and this year it is summer-sort-of) is here. Isthere any one who is not complaining about the coldweather? In Sterling we had a 24º morning around themiddle of the month and the poor cauliflower took a realhit. I was too lazy to cover them with floating row coverand we’ll see what happens when it goes to maturity. I’mbetting that the cold stress is going to give me cauliflowerthe size of a 50-cent piece. I did replant but by that timethe plants from the nursery were root bound - not anauspicious start to the summer. The green beans (under rowcover— not too lazy for that!) are going gangbusters. I justwish that the peas would take inspiration and go likewise.We always put peas out as 28-day transplants and thenseed on the other side of the wire. The transplants are finebut the seeded peas are not enthusiastic.If you are interested in adding to a global warming opinionpoll, e-mail Jenny Allen ([email protected]) who writes “I amespecially interested to know about gardening changes thatyou and your colleagues have seen in Anchorage over theyears due to our gradually warming climate. For example, Ihave read older articles about new and more severe pestinfestations, and I hear anecdotally about more tenderspecies seemingly surviving, as well as longer growingseasons (in general that is, not counting this presentunusually cool year!)” She does realize that this was notreally the right year to ask about warming? She is avolunteer with Deborah Williams and volunteers certainlydeserve a hand.And this is the time of the year when we use only darktowels in the bathroom as I forget to scrub my knees. Mudstreaks on ivory towels is sooo tacky. The Poa in our gardenis certainly not annua! It bloomed before the strawberriesand is the reason for the dirty knees. Gardening must be areligious activity since one spends so much time on one’sknees.I have been blessed with a friend from Germany for twoweeks in June. I don’t dare mention to Uschi that I mightsomeday soon weed before she is telling me to get busy andwhat weeds and why am I not down in the garden. She evencleans the kitchen which I appreciate from the bottom ofmy heart. (Did anyone see the sign in my kitchen “Manypeople have eaten from this kitchen and gone on to leadnormal lives”)?Tomatoes are starting to ripen and the basil is good to go.I’ve got to get back on my knees .ARGS Speaker set for AugustDavid Hale, a rock gardener of reknown, will be speakingon the Perennials of the Dolomites on Sunday afternoon,August 12. At this time the place is not set so call Rosemary at 262-6187 for details closer to August 1st.California Master Gardener SeeksGardens to Tour in AugustThe editor received an email from a California MG whowill be here on August:Hello, I am a University of California Master Gardener inYuba and Sutter counties, (Northern California). I amvisiting Alaska in August; I will be hiking the Kenai Peninsula – starting in Anchorage and ending in Homer. I wouldlike to visit some gardens and talk to gardeners are any ofyour members willing to share their gardens? I write forour local newspaper and host a radio show, “Garden Talk”,I think it would be great to share the gardens of Alaskathrough both of these mediums as well as with my fellowMaster Gardeners.Thank you, Ellie CaryIn Skagit County, Washington, Master Gardeners, to keeptheir accreditation, must do continuing education yearly soI signed up for a class in Organic Gardening at KPCCtaught by our local agent, Tom Jahns. Land for thepracticum was donated by Alaska Christian College and,after classroom computations for fertilizer types and(Dates in Alaska – August 19th – mid-day August 26th)amounts, we went to work. Peat was incorporated into thewinter hockey rink and rototilled. Ten rows were set: thePlease contact Gina Docherty ([email protected], 345-4099) orfirst three to commercial fertilizer plus chicken manure,Dana Klinkhart ([email protected], 346-1631) if you wouldthe middle four to all-organic fertilizer (Sea-Ag plus green be willing to share your garden with a fellow MG.sand) and the last three to regular commercial fertilizer5The Great Northern Brewersonly. I confess that I haven’t been over to see what hasPAGE5

Soil TestingBird Chatter— MG Sonja Arduser reports that as an ABG docent she gotto lead a tour for a group of spouses from the Pentagon.— Herb Spencer has donated one of his Aquilegia toExtension’s quest to identify the species of the columbinedefoliator. His plant is now sitting encased in cheese clothuntil the adults emerge from their pupal stage.— Congratulations to Brigitte Ressel and Roberta Landgrenfor completing their 40 hours of volunteer time!— At a silent auction to benefit TREErific Anchorage JulieRiley bought 3 hours of Nickel LaFleur’s pruning expertise.Not only did Nickel prune, she also weeded!— Linda Ewers was seen speeding along on her bicyclewearing her MG nametag as she helped organize vendorssetting up for the ABG Fair.— MG Blythe Campbell did a bang-up job on her featurestories for the Anchorage Daily News. One was on“Weathering the Chill”; the other on new ABG Director AnnRothe. (Reporter Donna Freedman is back in town to dogarden writing for July and August.)— AMGA President Dana Klinkhart’s picture was in the ADNon June 15 demonstrating the use of “specialty” fabric toprotect her tomatoes which were already the size of a fist.— Julie Riley attended the national Master Gardener’sCoordinator’s meeting outside of Chicago June 28-30.— MGs Ruth Kircher, Margaret Barnard, Amy Olmstead andDonna Rulien are assisting with the Junior Master Gardenerprogram at ABG. Donna and Brenda Krauss even taughtentire 3-hour sessions while Pat Ryan was at an Ag in theClassroom Conference.— Tip from Brenda’s JMG class on roots (or was itDonna’s): the ginger root in real gingerale is not a root, it’sa rhizome which makes it a stem. Don’t believe what youread on the label!— After their June meeting, North Root Big Lake GardenClub members (including many MGs) went on a “greenhousegallop” to four Big Lake greenhouses to see who could scorethe most points by buying plants to beautify the Big LakeLibrary while keeping their purchases under 40.— Think about participating in the Anchorage Garden Club’sAnnual Flower Show, August 5 & 6. You don’t have to be amember to make a horticultural entry. MG Sally Mallory isgeneral chairman of the show. For questions, leave amessage at 566-0539.— A Master Gardener is needed to write a short “Volunteerof the Month” article for the AMGA newsletter. The AMGABoard of Directors decided to highlight a Master Gardenereach month and your Extension Horticulture Agent spacedout finding a volunteer to do the writing (and someone whocan take digital photos).6Now is the perfect time to get a soil test to be ready fornext year. Companies outside Alaska are the mosteconomical. With the CES you just get NPK for 40. WithBrookside Laboratories, you get NPK plus sulfur,magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc, copper, boron, iron,cat ion exchange capacity and percent base saturation. Allthat for 16.50! ( The caveat with gettingan out-of-state soil test is that you must request a certainprocedure to have the fertilizer requirement compatiblewith the CES recommendations. For Brookside, it is “SoilTest Package S001AN”. Another company is SoilTest FarmConsultants, ( the cost is 20 for mostof the stuff above and the Test Group to request is S3.See CES publication FGV-00045.MGs Strut their Stuffat Garden & Arts FestivalMaster Gardeners are a talented group. If you check outthe web page for the Alaska Garden & Arts Festival, you’llsee at least10 AMGA members making presentations at theevent. Mary Jo Burns is speaking on primroses; AnnieNevaldine on flower and garden photographpy. Homer MGRita Jo Shoutlz is giving a talk on what everything on thoseconfusing garden labels means. Dan Elliott will share hisknowledge on apples and even though he lives in Wasilla hewent through the MG course in Anchorage so we can claimhim.Anchorage Master Gardeners sharing information in theSpecial Plants Forum include Catherine Renfro onDelphinium, Marge Olson on Ligularia; Annie Nevaldine onLilies; Sally Karabelnikoff on Clematis; Sharon Davies onHosta and Mel Monsen on Lilacs. Master Gardeners fromother locations in the state are also on the agenda.JUNE'S AMGA TOURCONTINUED.In the shade corner, a little girl fountain pours her watering can for the juncos and baby chickadees.And, of course, there are her beautiful living wreaths,great splashes of impatiens, violas and alyssum in theirmossy homes, hanging on walls and fence.Food and fellowship in Dana’s warm garage completed theevening. Many thanks to Sally, Jo Anne and Dana whovolunteered their gardens at the last minute and saved oursummer tour program! Next month it’s the Summer Tourand Potluck at Amelia Walsh’s garden, 12330 Lilac Drive,phone 345-9343. ‘See you there.The Great Northern BrewersPAGE6

July Summer Garden Tourand Pot LuckGardening CalendarWhere:Amelia Walsh’s garden12330 Lilac Drive345-9343Tuesday, July 115:00- 6:00 p.m. Master Gardeners tour of Alaska FoodBank.Learn how and where to make donations of food. The FoodBank accepts fresh garden produce, large or small quantities.2121 Spar Ave. Map available at CES if you have questions, 786-6300. Public welcome.When:July 17th, 7 p.m.How to get there:From Seward Highway, travel 1.8 miles up Huffman Road,left on Lilac (the sign is hidden behind some trees) it's thesecond house on the left.Bring a dish and your appetite, but please no children orpets. Also, please stay on the paths and stay off the rocksaround the waterfall!Food Bank of Alaska Can Use Your ProduceMG Roberta Landgren has set up a special field trip to visitthe Food Bank of Alaska on July 11 at 5 p.m. While helpingcoordinate speakers for the ABG Fair, Roberta met FoodBank of Alaska Director of Development, Merri MikeAdams. The Food Bank of Alaska is happy to acceptdonations of fresh garden vegetables and Merri will tell usmore on how to get involved. In order to donate produce,gardeners need to know where to go to drop off theiritems. Checking out the location of the Food Bank of Alaskain advance will make it easier to drop off five extrapotatoes or the lettuce that you can’t eat.The Food Bank is just down the street from Alaska MillFeed & Garden Center. To get there take East 1st Avenuetowards the mountains (E), turn left (N) on North Sitka andthen right (S) on Spar Ave. The Food Bank of Alaska’sbuilding is at 2121 Spar Ave., phone number 272-3663.For a number of years MG Judy Christianson and hergranddaughter have been stapling instructions to “Plant aRow for the Hungry” on free seed packets distributed byMaster Gardeners. “Plant a Row for the Hungry” is anational effort supported by the Garden WritersAssociation. You may have heard Jeff Lowenfels promotingthat gardeners donate their extra vegetables to food banksand soup kitchens. Keep track of the number of pounds ofproduce you donate. It can be then be added together withthe amount donated in the rest of the country. Report yourefforts to Julie Riley at the end of the season.The GreatThursday, July 1312:30-3:00 p.m., Invasive Plants Identification Workshop. Learnwhich plants are of concern in Alaska. Workshop includes liveplants and herbarium specimens. Bring in your unknown weeds foridentification. Free, but pre-registration required, 786-6300.Monday, July 177:00 p.m. Anchorage Master Gardener Association field trip andpotluck. Amelia and Jon Walsh’s, 12330 Lilac, Dr., CES 786-6300.Friday & Saturday, July 21 & 22Alaska Master Gardener Conference, Palmer. “Pass AlongGardening” Includes walking tour of historic Palmer, gardentours, presentations on primroses, apples and more. Featuredspeaker Ed Buyarski, MG from Juneau and President of theAmerican Primrose Society. Includes dinner at Stonehill Gardenswith presentation and book signing by Jeff Lowenfels, Teamingwith Microbes. Registration 85/adult, 40/child. Conferencebrochure available at CES, in Anchorage 786-6300.Saturday, July 22Alaska Garden & Arts Festival, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 5, In conjunctionwith the Master Gardener Conference, includes presentations,tours gardenshowspeakerlist.html.Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 28-30Master Gardener Fundraiser GARAGE SALE, baked goods & plantsale (and Invasive Plants display), 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 5429Skylark, right off Sand Lake Road. To donate items (includingplants), contact MG Kyle Wessells at 243-5581.Monday, August 217:00 p.m. Anchorage Master Gardener Association field trip tothe garden of Thais Thomas, 3501 Lake Shore Dr., CES 786-6300.August 24 – September 4Alaska State Fair, Palmer. “A Tradition of Gathering: Gettin’Together for Fun”. Enter your flowers and vegetables August 23/August 30, 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. Look for the CES display in RavenHall.The Anchorage Chapter of the Alaska Master Gardeners Associationwelcomes letters, opinions, articles, ideas and inquiries. Contact theeditor, Gina Docherty, at:Mail:4006 DeArmoun RoadAnchorage, AK 99516Phone: 345-4099Email: [email protected] Web Site: www.alaskamastergardeners.org7(The Newsletterwill be on-line in living color!)NorthernBrewersPAGE7

For information about membership or upcoming programs, contact:Cooperative Extension Office2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd.Anchorage, AK 99508PhoneFax Line786-6300786-6312Inside this issue.From the President's CornerJune's AMGA TourSpring Time in AlaskaConfessions of IgnoranceMaster Gardener Benefit Garage SaleFalse Solomon SealMostly Mulch2006 MG Conference Information and BrochureCentral Peninsula MG NewsBird ChatterSoil TestingMG's Strut their StuffJuly Summer Tour and Pot LuckFood Bank of Alaska Can Use Your ProduceGardening CalendarSally Arant of "In The Garden Nursery" shows one of her'special' plants at the AMGA summer tour June 19thAlaska Master Gardeners Association, Inc.Anchorage ChapterUniversity of Alaska Cooperative ExtensionP.O. Box 221403Anchorage, Alaska 99522-14038The Great Northern BrewersNon Profit OrganizationUS Postage PaidPermit #107Anchorage, Alaska

Master Gardener Booth: Come See Invasive Plants in Action! Master Gardener Kyle Wessells and associates are sponsoring a Master Gardener benefit sale: garage sale items, plants, baked goods. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Alaska Master Gardener Association, Anchorage Chapter. Donations are