In about 25 days, I will be leaving to travel to the Pacific Northwest territory, Washington State! There, I will be interning with Matthew Berberich, Professional Gardening Services I will be there for about six months, where I will be working for and learning from Matt. The unique thing about this internship is that Matt has been through the same ‘Professional Gardener Training Program’ that I recently completed in December ’10.
Matt completed the course about eight years ago. This is special because Matt will be able to show me how he has excelled using the vast knowledge and intense training achieved at Longwood Gardens, as well as how I can do the same! Some services I will be completing while working in Port Townsend include; a lot of planting (trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbs..), hardscaping walls & walkways, natural area maintenance, general garden maintenance, and much more.
About the climate… As you may already know, the PNW climate is a good bit different from our East coast climate. Port Townsend, WA is actually a more-mild, USDA hardiness zone 8, whereas Lancaster County, PA is a zone 6. Port Townse (PT) average temperatures are 43.9 – 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (annual), and average rainfall per year is around 19 inches! Pennsylvania precipitation accumulates to about 40 inches per year! A general consumption is that Washington state receives a lot of RAIN. This may be true to some, but false to others. The weather in Washington is typically overcast and MISTY. It rains often, but not in large amounts of water, usually.
I will be keeping an updated blog during my time in Washington! I will have much more time to commit to posts than I did during the Longwood Gardens PG program. Some places I plan to travel to and blog about include; Olympic National Park/Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, Wenatchee National Forest, Mt. Baker National Forest, Victoria, and many other places. I will be driving across the country to Washington and plan to site-see and make many stops along the way! I will certainly be stopping in at Marion, Illinois, to visit my older brother Garrison, and his wife, Terran! For Washington Native Plants information! For more info on Washington State. Washington State Parks… Please leave comments so I can see what you are enjoying reading about, or finding interesting!