Our annual BBQ celebrating our hard work! Our team gets together to spend time together and enjoy some food our president Terry Posner has made for us! This year we had carnitas and carne asada, we had a drawing and some won some prices! Everyone had a blast and we can’t wait until next year to celebrate again!
Plantscapes’ owner, Terry Posner (right), and the Exterior Division Manager, Dustin Madden (left), were in Olympia to take part inf WALP WSNLA Legislative Day to raise awareness of the green industry’s needs and priorities and to meet with our district and state representatives.
My time here in East Africa has been going well. We are now into the third week at the Kitale, Kenya Organics 4 Orphans base. I am assisting in teaching this month long course in the biointensive gardening & natural health.
Weather here at 6000 feet is very tolerable. Great really. Here in the dry season I am not missing Seattle’s rain. But I do miss seeing all of you (except Hedley, of course). Ha.
There are about 30 students from a half dozen countries training here in equipping Africans. Since my time here 2 1/2 years ago, I now see more clearly that this program can effect change for the better.
Went to a ‘nursery’ African style last week. Interesting how many Zone 7 & 8 plants are growing here in the tropics. You Interior folks might be awed to see interior plants there growing big time outdoors here. I have an install I am working on at the comfortable guesthouse at which I am staying. Guess I can’t get away from seeing possibilities for improvement with landscapes.
Attached is a picture of some of the local kids. They love to practice their English phrases on us ‘mahzungas’ (white folks) like “How are you?’ & ‘I am fine’ as I pass them walking to their schools and while I walk to the O4O base.
Today I learned I am invited to go to Mozambique as I had hoped to teach this course in the capital Maputo (next to South Africa). That’ll be the week after next if I can acquire a visa for Mozambique in Nairobi.Hopefully, not a problem.
Oh, a hotel/bar is going to open up their establishment for some of us North Americans here @ 2 AM Monday morning to see the SuperBowl Seahawks repeat. I am sure nobody there has been discussing this. I will be cheering from this side of the planet.
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been heralding the start of spring since 1989, as gardening enthusiasts from around the Northwest flock to this annual celebration, held in the beautiful Washington State Convention Center for five magical days.
Kathy Madsen, Plantscapes’ Total Quality Control Manager and Secretary And Board Member of WALP, is a co-designer of the WALP display. Many Plantscapes employees will be volunteering their time helping with the construction of the display.
Plantscapes is proud to announce that Gary Linden, a Plantscapes customer service representative, will once again be volunteering with Organics 4 Orphans in Africa. During the two months Gary spends in Africa, he will be on leave from Plantscapes. His duties and clients will be managed by Exterior Manager Dustin Madden until Gary’s return. Here’s what Gary has to say about this project:
“Plantscapes has granted me a two month leave of absence to volunteer to again teach sustainable gardening in Africa (i.e. East Africa and southern Africa not Ebola troubled West Africa).
I will be working with the Canadian non-profit, Organics 4 Orphans (O4O.org) in Kitale, KENYA to assist in training twenty some Africans in biointensive agriculture, nutrition and natural medicine.
Following this month I am planning toward flying to southern Africa to launch this program in Mozambique &/or Malawi.
Any communications with Plantscapes regarding my areas of responsibility are being fielded by our Exterior Maintenance Manager, Dustin Madden. He can be reached by phone through Plantscapes main office at 206-623-7100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Be assured, whether you email me, Dustin or call our office during my absence, I am confident we will continue to serve your needs.”
Everyone at Plantscapes wished Gary a safe and successful journey. We are very proud of the work he is doing.
King County has honored Plantscapes as a Leader in Hazardous Waste Reduction and Sustainable Business Practices with a 2011 Green Globe Award.
The text of the award reads:
“Providing services throughout Seattle for over 40 years, Plantscapes offers interior and exterior landscape management. Plantscapes works primarily with commercial properties, homeowner associations, and multi-family properties.
“They have earned the highest 5-Star certification from the EnviroStars Program by choosing the least toxic, most environmentally sensitive options available for every job, and spreading best practices through Green Gardening workshops and the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals.”
Plantscapes has long been a leader in environmentally friendly landscape practices. Our employees have adopted traffic circles – weeding, planting, and beautifying the neighborhood. They join community organizations like Master Gardeners, Master Composters, Plant Amnesty, the Association of Women in Landscaping, and Seattle Tilth. Plantscapes employees are passionate about gardening and the environment – so we are particularly proud to receive this recognition.
Congratulations to Azure Allender and Kathie Madsen who have spearheaded so many of our environmental efforts in the past year.
This year, the show begins on Feb. 3 and runs through Feb. 7 at the Seattle Convention Center.
In among the 6 acres of gardens and 350 exhibits, you’ll find Plantscapes’ own Kathie Madsen at the WALP (Washington Association of Landscape Professionals) booth. Kathie is serving as Treasurer for WALP this year, and will be on hand to answer all your questions – so please stop by and say hello!