Kirkland Green E-Updates - March 2010

Help Restore Our Urban Forest

Cotton Hill Park (110th Ave NE & NE 98th St) Saturday, March 20 9am to noon

Join UW students and the Highlands Neighborhood to remove invasive plants and plant in the UW Restoration Ecology student project site.

Snacks, beverages, and limited tools will be provided. Bring a lunch, your own gloves, boots and clippers (if you have them). Extra shovels and stiff rakes are also always welcome.

For questions, please contact Green Kirkland Steward Karen,

Kiwanis Park (1405 10th St W) Saturday, April 10 9am to noon

Join the Friends of Kiwanis Park at this restoration event. For more details or to sign up, contact Carol Lee Power at 425-828-4220 or


Saturday, March 27 8:30pm to 9:30 pm

Join Sustainable Kirkland and the City of Kirkland – and millions of people around the world - by turning off your lights for one hour—Earth Hour – to make a collective statement of concern about climate change.

On March 27 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., let’s all turn out and take action.

Additional details are available at

Rain Garden Workshops

March 18, North Creek Event Center, Bothell March 30, UW Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle April 1, Community Center, Mercer Island April 20, Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park April 29, City Hall, Bellevue May 18, Fire Station 66, Duvall All workshops - 6:30 to 8:30pm

Learn how to build your own rain garden to help soak up rainwater from downspouts, driveways, and sidewalks while protecting our local waterways. Advance registration required. Suggested donation is $10. At the workshop, you’ll receive a free rain garden manual and additional materials. You can also start designing your own rain garden during the class! There will be opportunities to gain further hands-on experience by helping create rain gardens later in the summer.

Advance registration is required! For more information or to register, please contact Stacey at (206) 292-9875 or

Native Garden Design Workshops

Classroom sessions: April 22 & 29, 6:30 to 9pm Garden-tour field trip: May 1 Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington, Seattle

Learn about evaluating your garden site, drawing plans, site considerations, design principles and approaches, plant selection, and more, with a focus on Northwest native plants. Cost of the workshop is $100 for Washington Native Plant Society members, $120 non-members.

To sign up, print out and complete the Workshop Registration Form. More information on the workshop can be found at

Early Spring Edible Plant Sale

March 20, 9am to 2pm Warren G. Magnuson Park, Hangar 30 6310 NE 74th Street (off of Sandpoint Way NE), Seattle, WA  98115

Celebrate the first day of spring by getting the healthiest plants for your garden this year and starting with the best selection of edible veggies, fruits and herbs in the region! More information on the sale can be found at

Fix a Leak Week

March 15 to 21 Every Drop Counts!

Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That's why WaterSense is promoting Fix a Leak Week from March 15 to 21, 2010, to remind Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Here’s how you can participate: The 2010 Cascade Leak Detection Mailer is coming to your home! Cascade Water Alliance and the City of Kirkland will be sending the annual toilet leak detection dye to all single family residences around March 15th. The leak detection dye will allow you to easily check your toilets for costly leaks. A leaky toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water per year – water you pay for! In addition, Cascade will be partnering with local hardware stores to offer special discounts on replacement flappers and free classes on toilet repair. So watch for your mailbox for the Cascade Leak Detection Mailer and visit for more details.