This page contains recent information about the Boston Harbor Garden Club, also known as the Sewer Sisters.

The Sewer Sisters thanks the BHA for their financial assistance last year which in part paid for the repair of the drinking fountain at Shipwreck corner. It is now operational and available for use by people and pets.

October 10th Work Party at Shipwreck Corner

An intrepid group of Sewer Sisters braved the cool rainy weather to weed and to wash the Boston Harbor Association sign. Both the sign and the flower bed are much improved in appearance! And the rain stopped for about an hour around 9:30 AM making for a more pleasant work environment. Thanks to all you showed up to help!

September Pruning Demonstration

About twelve hardy souls braved the smoky skies on Saturday and attended the Sewer Sisters meeting held in Mary Gentry’s yard. They were not disappointed! Emily Roberts, owner of Diversitree, Arbor Care, gave an excellent demonstration of how to properly prune a rhododendron. The minutes provide more details: Sewer Sisters Minutes.
A PDF which contains several handouts she provided, as well as her business card can be accessed here: Diversitree Handout

Mary also gave a short talk about the Olympia Solar Hummingbird Project. This is a community solar project at the Hands On Children’s Museum where people can purchase solar panels as a contribution to the museum’s project, and then receive a yearly rebate. An interesting fact sheet is provided here: Hummingbird Solar Project Fact Sheet

2020 Garden Tour Details

Several of the gardeners who had planned to be on this year’s tour were interested in being part of a small, Sewer Sister’s only tour this year on June 28th. This was TOTALLY voluntary, for the hosts as well as those interested in the tour. Much like a Sewer Sister work party – About 20 Sewer Sisters and spouses attended, all wearing masks. This year because of Covid-19 we had a pared down version of the Garden Tour, open only to Sewer Sisters and their spouses. Because there were fewer participants, it was done as a group tour. This allowed those who were participating to see each garden too. The tour started at 10:00 AM on Sunday, June 28th and lasted approximately 2 hours.

The group met at Lasha Steinweg’s home for the first garden on the tour. Lasha served Mary’s incredible oatmeal coffee cake ready for everyone on paper napkins. Anyone who wanted to also have a nice hot drink, brought their own, in their own mug. Lasha lives at 7230 Bayview Drive NE. the corner of 73rd and Bayview, across from the Marina. Lasha’s garden’s are quite impressive! The Steinwegs also have 45 solar panels.

The group proceeded to Peggy Dreyfus’ home (424 72nd Way NE) to see her new raised beds and admire other recent landscaping she and her husband had done. They worked with Puget Sound Landscaping for backyard design and planting.

Cedar Bouta’s solar panels are next on the tour. Cedar lives next to Peggy so no one will get lost finding her home. Cedar had arranged for a South Sound Solar representative, AJ, to talk to the group. AJ gave a very informative talk about Cedar’s and Larry’s panels, including a second set installed just last week on their garage. South Sound Solar has installed panels at many Boston Harbor homes in recent years, including Mark and Nancy Brown whose raised beds were the last on the tour. Cedar provided a piece of fruit to all attendees.

The group then walked next door to Jan Dempsey’s home to look at her’s and Tom’s raised beds.

The next stop was Joanne Koenig’s – across Boston Harbor Rd and up 72nd Ave (524 72nd Ave. NE) The Koenigs have many raised beds and other flower and shrub beds, all arranged along a rock lined set of hills. Very impressive!

The tour ended at Mark and Nancy Brown’s home (7434 Boston Harbor Rd NE), focusing on the raised beds Mark built a couple of years ago. There are 8 raised beds, many of which are already producing vegetables. Lettuce and beets are plentiful right now and bush beans, tomatoes, patty pan squash, and cucumbers will be along before too long. Nancy and Mark also entertained questions about their solar panels, which became operational on the roof in October 2015 and the car port a year or so later.

Feedback from those who attended was very positive:

From Mary Gentry
Thank you for sharing your wonderful gardens with all of us. It was an inspiration and a real treat to see everyone! I hope you will all be part of next year’s public tour. Fingers crossed we can have it.
We all owe Mary a huge thank you for encouraging us to proceed with this COVID-19 compliant tour!

From Cedar Bouta
Thanks Mary and Nancy for making it happen! It was very fun to be inspired and see each other – masks and all!

From Joanne Koenig
Yes! . Great thanks for making a fun morning thru our gardens possible! Loved the creative things Boston Harbor folks are doing to stay healthy and create a healthy environment!

Everyone was diligent about wearing masks and in this case intensely interested in what Joanne was saying!

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