Fall and Winter Color Class with Jim Locke

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With the weather changing, many of us wonder what comes next? Are we doomed to a dreary winter of bare soil and stripped foliage? How can we inject some color into our fall and winter gardens?

This Saturday, Jim Locke of Van Klaveren’s nursery comes to the Garden Spot for a free class on trees and shrubs for fall and winter color. A friendly fellow with a dynamite knowledge of plants, we are all looking forward to what should be a fun and informative event.

We talked with Jim about his life in gardening last week, and here’s what we learned…


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How did you get into horticulture?

I’ve been doing this since I was sixteen years old. Back then, I actually worked at a retail nursery in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

 Who was your biggest influence?

Probably a nursery inspector had the most influence on me staying in this field and going to college. He came by to chat fairly often, and his advice really stuck with me.

What do you like to grow?

Everything, but probably if I had to pick one, I’d say vegetables. This year we had a great chard crop as well as lettuce and carrots.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Well I’m lucky enough to work on a fourteen-acre nursery. So I just have to walk outside and see all the beautiful plants to get inspired.

When would you say is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?

I really believe that fall is for planting. Things are cooling down and plants can acclimate before the heat of the summer. The only downside is, you may not find all the plant material you want this time of year.


If you’d like to join us on Saturday, just call our store: 360-676-5480, or click here to register online. This class is free and starts at 9am.


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