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L: I ~. 1 Wednesday, October 19, 1994 3M1 artist featured in exhibit at Tolles "i ’? {‘27 . Nancy Axell-of Mercer Island is one of the 65 artists represented in the Northwest Watercolor Soci- ety’s 1994 annual membership show, “Waterworks 94.” This ju- ried art show, which will run from Oct. 25 to Dec. 2 at Tolles Gallery on Mercer Island, features origi- nal works created in water based mediums. Axell has exhibited and won awards in many juried shows in Washington and Oregon. A native of the Northwest, she likes to re- cord history in old buildings and changing landscapes. If you need an After retiring from her teach- ing career with Bellevue Commu- nity College and Mercer Island schools, Axell started “serious” painting, studying for two semes- ters with Jess Cauthorn at BCC. She is an active member of MI ’ Visual Art League, Women Paint— ers of Washington and a signature member of the Northwest Water- color Society. A preview, reception and awards ceremony for the show will be held from 5:30 to 8 pm. on Oct. 27 at Tolles Gallery. Andrea Marchese Nancy Axell’s “Rhody Rhapsody” is on display at the Tolles Gallery through Dec. 2. Mercer Island Reporter Students can show gardens in exhibit Attention all Mercer Island school teachers! . A wonderful classroom project is to prepare a garden exhibit to display in the 1995 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Pre- vious shows have had about 100 gardens in the youth exhibition. Entries are divided into three classes: grades K—6, grades 7-9, grades 1012. Every imaginable theme has been chosen for indi- vidual class gardens: desert, backyard, Hawaiian, tropical, for- est, Japanese, and waterfront. Container size is 14 inches by 18 app ointment to see ~ your true love, our . DISCOVER IIITISH COLUMIIA THE FAST, EASY, FREE WAY TO BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS THROUGHOUT BRITISH COLUMBIA. 1.800.663.6000 ASK FOR THE VANCOUVER/WHISTLER RESORT GETAWAY OFFER. 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To enter, phone the show office at 789-5333, and someone will de- liver one to three containers per class, together with information on how to put together a garden. The show will be this Febru- ary, so you should get started with plans. Please let me know if you will have an entry. The show has never had an entry from Mer- cer Island. Let’s go in the next show. 0 When visual delights are at a minimum in the garden during the winter, you can have fra- grance. A number of plants re— lease scents that spread in the air quite a distance. Winter fra- grances seem to be stronger than at other times of the year because the pollinator insects that are to be attracted are few and far be- tween. Plants must make an ex- tra effort to attract them. For winter fragrance, try Sarcococca humilis with its scent of vanilla, Daphne mezereum with its heavenly fragrance. Witch hazel (hamamilis varieties) displays yellow pom-poms, and Viburnum bodnantense with its pink-balled flowers fill a room yd Atl Master gardener with sweetness when clippings are brought in. , 0 Young fruit trees have thin bark that is vulnerable to freeze damage. When a bright sun shinesrduring a day, sap will rise in the free. When the sun sets and the temperature drops below freezing, the trunk may freeze be- fore the sap has dropped to the safety of the roots. The liquid‘sap could freeze, expand, and crack the bark. To help prevent this damage, wrap the trunkwith a special tree wrap, or even weed block cloth. Avoid using any cloth that could hold water and get soggy. This could invite disease. 0 Just a reminder to plant the spring flowering bulbs that you put on the shelf to plant manana. Tomorrow has arrived. I want to avoid calls in January asking if it is too late to plant the bulbs. No, it is never too late. 0 Slug control is difficult for or- ganic gardeners and for homes withchildren and pets who might get into toxic slug bait. Slugs are not much of a problem now that they have laid their eggs that will be such a nuisance next spring. A suggested control is to use egg shells. Crush the egg shells and sprinkle in the garden next spring. One reader has gotten rid of slugs with this practice every year. Eat lots of eggs that come in shells, not cartons. Another suggested method is been in a bowl set in the ground. To avoid animals from guzzling the beer, add a little hot sauce. Effective, although a little expen- s1ve. 0 Many Mercer Islandersgar- den on slopes or hillsides, some- times unsuccessfully because of runoff eroding the soil instead of soaking in. Water must drain through the soil for the roots to re- main healthy. Internal drainage of the soil should be tested to determine the soil’s capacity to get rid of water before planting any new shrubs or trees. Dig a hole where you cite p pect to plant. For shallow rooted plants, a hole about 18 inches deep is fine, but for trees or deep mating shrubs, dig a hole at least three feet deep. You can use a posthole digger. Fill the hole twice with water to determine how fast the soil drains when it is completely wet. Place a stick across the top of , the hole and measure the distance to the water surface with a ruler. After several hours, measure the distance again. If the soil absorbs at least 1/2 inch of water per hour, the soil drainage is likely to be adequate. " ‘ ‘ Slower drainage indicates that you. should avoid plants that re: - quire well drained soil. If there is water in the hole after a day, ma‘ jor effort would be required to en- able plants to survive. This may entail installation of tile drains, breaking through the hard pan, or adding top soil to plant in a berm. If you add top soil, you may need arm to hold the soil from washing away until the roots are soil. well established to stabilize the 1‘