2021 March of Daffodils celebrates virtually throughout March and early April

Photo by Cheryl Landes Last year, the annual daffodil festival in Amity, Oregon, cancelled due to COVID. This year throughout March and in early April, the town is hosting virtual events. Some are online and others are outside. Each weekend has a theme. March 12-14 is the Awakening weekend, which kicked off with National Plant … Continue reading 2021 March of Daffodils celebrates virtually throughout March and early April

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon, returns March 19-May 2

Tulips at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) After a year off due to the COVID pandemic, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival returns from Friday, March 19, until Sunday, May 2. This year, all tickets must be purchased online, and COVID safety protocols will be in place. Season tickets … Continue reading Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon, returns March 19-May 2

2021 Nantucket Daffodil Festival to be replaced with Help Our Businesses Bloom

Photo by Cheryl Landes The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the 2021 Daffodil Festival Car Parade and Picnic in Siasconset, Massachusetts, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, planning for an event called Help Our Businesses Bloom is underway. The chamber is planning shopping and dining promotions to support local businesses, along with virtual … Continue reading 2021 Nantucket Daffodil Festival to be replaced with Help Our Businesses Bloom

Virtual nature events with Clark County Green Neighbors

A forest near the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Clark County Green Neighbors has moved all of its events online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Their events cover a wide range of activities, from a nature lover's book club to question and answer sessions with local gardening experts. During … Continue reading Virtual nature events with Clark County Green Neighbors

2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival a hybrid event

Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC (photo by Cheryl Landes) The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, will feature a combination of virtual and outdoor activities March 20-April 11. The new format "honors the tradition of the Festival, while prioritizing the health and safety of … Continue reading 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival a hybrid event

Get outside with Go Play, Vancouver!

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) The City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation (Washington) is hosting a new event called Go Play, Vancouver! The event encourages residents and non-residents to go outside safely during the coronavirus pandemic to get exercise and enjoy nature in the city's parks, historic sites, … Continue reading Get outside with Go Play, Vancouver!

Take seven virtual tree tours at Lakewold Gardens

Lakewold Gardens in University Place, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Learn about some of the trees in the Lakewold Gardens in University Place, Washington, south of Tacoma, in a series of virtual tours. John Wilcox, a long-time volunteer at the gardens, leads these seven tours. Each tour features a different tree. The seven videos are … Continue reading Take seven virtual tree tours at Lakewold Gardens

Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle

Photos by Cheryl Landes The 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum is a beautiful place to walk any time of year. Wander trails through forests, marshes, a Japanese garden, rhododendron glen, azalea collection, and winter garden. Look for birds and other wildlife in the trees, shrubs, and along the shoreline, and in the water. Every season brings … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall stroll in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: Fall at the Kubota Garden in Seattle

Photos by Cheryl Landes The Kubota Garden in South Seattle is a treat for the eyes in the fall. The colors of the trees and shrubs are breathtaking in the textured landscape. The garden is the work of Fujitaro Kubota, a self-taught gardener who immigrated from Japan to Seattle in 1907. The Kubota Garden's address … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Fall at the Kubota Garden in Seattle