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Gardeners grow students

Besides flowers and plants, the green thumbs at the Bainbridge Island Garden Club will be nurturing students of horticulture this year.

“We wanted a way to have a funding program for youth in horticulture to pass on the love of the garden and growing to the younger generation,” member Liz Knobloch said.

This year the club will be funding a two-year scholarship of $500 each year – totaling $1,000 – for a graduating senior from Bainbridge High School enrolled in a at least two-year horticultural or environmental studies program, starting in the 2006 academic year. Knobloch says the club hopes to make the scholarship an annual offering.

To be eligible, students must also show a demonstrated financial need and have at least a C+ average in high school. The scholarship will be administered through the BHS Scholarship application process with funds sent directly to the educational institution.

The garden club, founded in 1936, meets once a month for a social get-together at which members discuss gardening issues and tips and listen to guest speakers. The club’s objective, Knobloch said, is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and promote native trees and plants.

Over the years, the club has been involved in conservancy and provided flowers to the Bainbridge Library and other public areas.

Its members came up with the idea for a scholarship when the club received legacies from members who passed away.

For a while, the club had used the funds to donate plants to public gardens, but “plants come and go,” Knobloch said. “We wanted something more permanent, and there’s no better way than education.”

Interested students need to complete the BHS Scholarship application by April 15. Call the high school at 842-2634 for more information.

To learn more about the garden club, call 780-2950. New members are welcome. The next meeting is 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at First Baptist Church with a program on the care of peonies.

—Tina Lieu

Put on your thinking caps

Let the good ideas flow.

The Bainbridge Island Watershed Council’s annual retreat is open to everyone who wants to get involved with promoting the island’s watersheds, shorelines and wildlife habitats, volunteer stewardship and doing educational outreach. Newcomers are very welcome.

The potluck brunch meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 4 at a member home. For directions, contact 855-4634 or

Council member Jeanne Huber said that many great ideas came out of last year’s retreat.

In addition to discussing ideas, participants set up goals and subcommittees to carry out the various projects for the coming year.

In 2005, the council was a co-sponsor for, and involved in, several events: a Low-Impact Development Workshop; low-impact development and sustainable gardening booths at island events; salmon spawning monitoring; work parties for a native plant salvage and combatting invasive non-native weeds; and providing input on the city’s water monitoring program.

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