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Originally published Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 5:04 AM

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3 harvest fairs to welcome fall

Harvest fairs are filling up the calendar, and garden writer Ciscoe Morris recommends a few that offer education as well as fun.

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Ciscoe’s Pick

New Zealand Forest opens at the Washington Park Arboretum: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sept. 15. Ribbon-cutting and tours of the new garden, traditional Maori dancing and music, family activities and refreshments. Pacific Connections Meadow, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; (www.arboretumfoundation.org).

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In the Garden

Harvest fairs offer you an opportunity to learn, taste delicious food and take part in fun activities for all ages. Here are some coming up:

The Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7, Meridian Park, behind the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Workshops, cooking demonstrations, vendors selling plants, crafts and food. Local organic farms will offer tastings and sell produce. There will even be a parade with a marching band. In addition, you can visit the famous Tilth Garden and talk to experts from the garden hotline (206-633-0451 or seattletilth.org).

The King County Master Gardener Harvest Fair: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 14 at the Lake Hills Greenbelt Urban Demonstration Garden, 15500 S.E. 16th St. in Bellevue. According to tomato expert Wally Prestbo, this is the best tomato year since he became a Master Gardener 17 years ago. The Master Gardeners are celebrating the abundant harvest with a huge tomato tasting. In addition, there will be a potato-digging contest, dried-flower arranging classes and more. Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk about the best varieties of vegetables to grow in our climate and to answer garden questions (www.mgfkc.org).

Piper’s Orchard Annual Fall Festival of Fruit: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14. After eating all those healthy veggies at the harvest fairs, reward yourself with some apple pie at this event! Also, tour the orchard, watch apple cider being made, taste apples, listen to music, and learn about orchard history. 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle (www.pipersorchard.org).

MG conference is full

The 2013 Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference, Sept. 26-28 at Comcast Arena in Everett, has already sold out. But the conference does have a waitlist; to sign up, go to www.wa-mg-conf.org.

Ciscoe Morris: ciscoe@ciscoe.com “Gardening With Ciscoe” airs at 10 a.m. Saturdays on KING 5.

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About Ciscoe Morris

Ciscoe Morris' column runs Thursdays. His show "Gardening with Ciscoe" airs at 10 a.m. on Saturdays on King 5.
ciscoe@ciscoe.com

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