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Of course the theme is Going Green

The Mesogeo Greenhouse is shown here in full bloom. - Courtesy Photo/Mesogeo
The Mesogeo Greenhouse is shown here in full bloom.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo/Mesogeo

“Going Green,” this year’s Bainbridge Island Home and Garden show, carries many meanings.

There’s going green in a conservation sense — energy and maintenance savings. There’s going green in the environmental sense — earth-friendly, safe and sustainable techniques. And there’s going green in the sense of the flora all around as spring rises.

All of those three will be hit on at Bainbridge Island’s 2008 Home and Garden Show the weekend with 75 scheduled vendors and exhibitors and six speakers slated throughout the day — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m March 22 at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge.

At 11 a.m., national award winning local architect James Cutler kicks off the Going Green speaker schedule.

Since the 1970s Cutler has been building his career in residential, commercial, public and intensely private abodes. His company, Cutler Anderson Architects, has received six National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, in recognition for sound theory and practice of architecture.

On the firm’s complete awards list (which is said to have more awards on a per architect basis than any other in the country), there are both local residences and local public buildings — including the S’Klallam Tribal Center, Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge and the Capitol Hill Library in Seattle. Cutler’s recently been building homes in Moscow and Amsterdam.

March 22, of course, the man declared a local treasure by the Home and Garden Show will have a few tips for your home.

Also speaking of the home, there will be a panel discussion of affordable housing at noon focusing on the topic of Accessory Dwelling Units — a bureaucratic term for renting out space in an unused area of your home. While antique experts Kathleen Victor and Don Jensen will also be on hand to appraise people’s rustics pretty much all day.

At 3 p.m., Ciscoe Morris, host of “Gardening with Ciscoe,” returns to the Home and Garden Show to talk environmentally and eccentrically, sharing tips and stories from what he’s learned in the garden.

“That’s what’s so cool about gardening, you never stop learnin, ’ ” he says in his funky Wisconsinite/Canadian/Seattlite accent. “It doesn’t matter if you’re the best gardener in the world or just a novice ... it’s an endless amount of learning you can do. And the funnest way to learn is to try.”

Terry Moyemont and Terri Stanley, purveyors of the island’s Mesogeo Greenhouse, will discuss something that sounds fun to try at 2 p.m. — growing Mediterranean and tropical plants in the Northwest. While syndicated columnist and garden specialist author Marianne Binetti talks water conservation in the garden at 1 p.m.

For more information, call the organizers at (206) 842-3700.


Features 75 exhibition and vendor booths and six specialist speakers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge.

The speakers are:

11 a.m. Architect James Cutler

12 p.m. Affordable Housing Panel

1 p.m. Author Marianne Binetti

2 p.m. Owners of the Mesogeo Greenhouse

3 p.m. Gardener Ciscoe Morris

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