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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Jennifer Johnson, Education and Outreach Specialist (360) 754-4111 ext. 7631

2006 Garden Rhapsodies A Success!

​OLYMPIA – Thank you, Thurston County , for helping to create another successful Garden Rhapsodies Tour!  The tenth annual tour drew nearly 600 people into local gardens to learn about less-toxic gardening, water conservation and the benefits of compost.   Local gardeners, musicians, artists and demonstrators donated hundreds of hours of their time to help create this fun and educational community event.  Proceeds from the tour benefit The Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County , WSU Native Plant Salvage Project, and the Olympia Symphony Guild. 

We are already searching out great gardens for next year.  Any size or style of garden is considered, we ask only that Common Sense Gardening is used.  Common Sense Gardening or Integrated Pest Management indicates that pesticides are used only as a last resort.  Instead of reaching for a product, common sense gardeners use pest and disease prevention strategies and less water.  They can then relax, knowing that their gardens are kid and pet-safe.  If you garden to provide beauty, healthy food and flowers for your family and neighborhood, common sense gardening is simply……..common sense!

For more information on Common Sense Gardening or to suggest a garden for future tours, please contact Jennifer Johnson at (360) 754-4111 or johnsoj@co.thurston.wa.us   The TDD line is (360) 360-754-2933 or you can get more information online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehcsg

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3