Eco-Smart Reasons for Fall Planting in Home Gardens


For SeattleDIRT, I thought you might be interested in what Seattle Public Utilities and the Saving Water Partnership are doing to promote resource-friendly gardening practices in our region. Among these practices is the not-so-well-known environmental benefits of fall planting:

  • Cooler autumn air and increased rainfall make the perfect conditions for developing strong roots.
  • Healthy roots make for more drought-tolerant and disease-resistant plants
  • Taking action in the garden now will not only help the garden thrive come spring, it will also make it more resilient to the impacts of climate change, such as drier summers and wetter winters.

A series of free seminars are being presented at nurseries around Seattle, where people can learn all about the benefits of fall planting, as well as all the exciting choices of plants available:

Fall into Lazy Gardening

Molbak’s, 13625 NE 175th St, Woodinville

Phone: (425) 483-5000 Website:

Saturday, September 12, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Shrink Your Lawn, Grow Your Garden

Swansons Nursery at 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle

Phone: (206) 782-2543 Website:

Saturday, September 19, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Jazz Up Your Garden with a Fall Makeover

Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave N.

Phone: (206) 546-4851 Website:

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Seattle Public Utilities and the Saving Water Partnership have also put together some great resources, as well as a Savvy Gardener newsletter, that can help gardeners choose the right plants for the fall. I’ve attached a few images of recommended varieties for fall planting. Please let me know if you’d like any more information!



Emily Sherry



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