Hi folks! The Northwestern Chapter of NARGS ( North American Rock Garden Society ) is hosting the annual Western Winter Study Weekend the week after next (9-11 March 2012) in Everett, Washington. In the past, members of the PBS that are attending, or those that are in the area, have gotten together for a "meet and greet". It's a great chance to finally meet some of the people that we communicate with through the forum, and to get a chance to talk about our favorite types of plants. If we choose to meet on Saturday the 10th, at say 3:00 p.m. in Ballroom II, that would work well. As an added inducement for those not attending the full event, the public is being invited to come enjoy the plant and book sales, and to partake of the 'Tips and Tricks' presentations from 12:30 to 5 p.m. If there is a change to the meeting place, it will be posted both online, and at the information table in the plant sales room. There are going to be roughly 17 northwest nurseries selling plants, and over 400 plant related books have been gathered. Full details are at: http://nedm.drizzlehosting.com/2012/2012.htm Alas, I'm going to be busy hosting the 'Tips and Tricks' presentations during the selected time of the gathering, but please come by the Hoyt room and say "HI". Good gardening, Dave Brastow = Tumwater, Washington, where many seedling Crocus are blooming for the first time, making me very happy!!