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Better gardening and tax shock at March Civic Cocktail

The March Civic Cocktail has a green theme. We’ll talk gardening and the impacts of growing property tax bills, 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 at Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave.

First up, Seattle gardening guru Ciscoe Morris will join host Joni Balter to discuss why gardening has taken root in the Pacific Northwest and share his trade secrets, including what grows best in our climate. Morris appears regularly on TV and radio, where he doles out gardening advice with a healthy dose of enthusiasm. Last August, he received national attention from Jon Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, which featured Morris in a one-minute segment (recapped on KING 5) titled “You Wish You Loved Anything as Much as Seattle Gardening Expert Ciscoe Morris Loves Everything.”

Then, how will the jump in property taxes affect you? King County Assessor John Wilson, KVI-AM radio host John Carlson, State Sen. Reuven Carlyle and Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold will discuss the tax increase and what it means for the region, property owners and renters. The average bill in King County is going up 17 percent. The main reason for the bump is the state’s new school-funding plan. KIRO 7 has a piece on how to find your King County property tax bill.

Advance tickets to Civic Cocktail are $25. Register via Seattle CityClub. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Civic Cocktail will premiere on Seattle Channel (cable 21),
8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, and will also be available online.

Civic Cocktail — presented in partnership with Seattle CityClub — offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar. Thanks to media sponsors KUOW and Crosscut.