The Northwest produces wonderful fruit, and it is not hard to preserve it, but how much jam can one person eat? Join food and garden writer Tara Austen Weaver to learn three new methods to preserve your garden berries and fruit for the winter months.
Bob Bryan followed two career paths in succession, first in neurochemistry at the University of California San Diego, and second in biotechnology, developing clinical microbiology tests, cancer drugs, and vaccines at five west coast startup companies. He has been a Skagit County Master Gardener since 2009.
Take the work out of watering. Learn how to set up your own drip irrigation system. It is good for garden beds, deck plants, greenhouses, orchards and row crops. Drip irrigation reduces water loss and can be programmed to irrigate on your schedule.
As a landscape designer, Craftsy instructor, international design consultant, experienced television and radio guest, author and popular speaker at international Flower and Garden Shows, nurseries and garden clubs, Karen Chapman's aim is always to inspire, educate and share the fun of gardening with her audience.
In this presentation, Karen Chapman will explain the importance of establishing focal points, a key component of good garden design, and analyze three areas where they will play an important role. We will explore the use of containers, structures, water features and artistic sculptural elements as focal points and discuss how to frame and enhance these with interesting foliage to create a memorable vignette. With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes.
Learn how to create a sense of mystery and intrigue in your garden using light, movement, portals and much more. Using examples gleaned from her recent coast to coast travels, noted designer, teacher and author Karen Chapman will offer a plethora of ideas for injecting a little magic into your own personal landscape.
Everett Chu is a certified professional horticulturist and ecoPRO sustainable landscape professional and owner and landscape designer/builder of Azusa Farm and Gardens in Mount Vernon. He is a WSU/Skagit County master gardener and a Northwest Flower and Garden Show garden creator.
Gardens should appeal to all senses. A garden with seductive fragrance would be a place of love and romance. Nurseryman, plant collector, and landscape designer Everett Chu will offer a show-and-tell session on the use of many plants for all-season enjoyments.
Marti Civarra is a landscape designer, garden mentor and the owner of Leaf Lessons, offering professional landscape design, planning, hardscape and plant selection services. As a garden mentor, Marti offers site assistance with garden design and plant evaluations. She is a popular speaker at Sunnyside Nursery as a part of their yearly seminar series, and a featured speaker at Everett Arboretum and Garden.
Gardening space seems to be getting smaller and smaller, compared to yards of days gone by. Whether you have a porch, patio or small yard space Marti Civarra, expert horticulturist & landscape designer, will help you with the best ways to get a big impact from a little space--including how to garden in containers, growing up instead of out--and more!
Craig Cogger was an Extension Soil Scientist at WSU from 1984-2015 and taught Master Gardener soils classes for 30+ years. His research focused on agricultural use of organic soil amendments.
In this class we will look at putting permaculture concepts into practice with real world examples that you can apply to your own garden. Learn how to use select plants and techniques to help your garden thrive.
Learn the basics about how to grow great tomatoes in our challenging Pacific NW climate. Class will cover everything from seed to harvest and will include the latest varieties and trends.
Scott Freeman teaches biology courses at the University of Washington where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He worked in environmental education and international conservation before completing a PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Washington and conducting post-doctoral work at Princeton University as a Sloan Fellow. His book, "Saving Tarboo Creek", tells an inspiring story of community conservation and renewal.
Scott Freeman skillfully intertwines his story of how he restored a dysfunctional drainage ditch to a vital passage way for salmon with a passionate vision of how we too might become stewards to our land. In 2004, Scott Freeman and his partner, Susan Leopoid, granddaughter of Aldo Leopoid, bought 18 acres along Tarboo Creek on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, and began reforestation, salmon stream restoration work and invasive removal in conjunction with the Northwest Watershed Institute and Jefferson Land Trust. As a result, Scott developed a deep understanding of the nature of our land in the Pacific Northwest and its relationship to water, leading to a book, "Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family's Quest to Heal the Land," from Timber Press. In this class, Scott helps us to understand how rain runoffs, wetlands, tidelands, old creek or stream beds are all incredibly valuable common resources to care for, and that the value of rehabilitating "water features" is right up there with tilling the soil.
Marilyn Glenn is a WSU trained Master Gardener and is currently on the Board for the Whatcom County Master Gardener Foundation. She worked as a research chemist and environmental compliance specialist for The Boeing Company. Marilyn and her husband have a four-season ornamental garden on Alabama Hill in Bellingham, Washington. Their garden was featured by the Whatcom Horticultural Society in 2017.
Whether you have one clematis or a dozen you can always introduce one more into your garden. Learn about different types of clematis based on bloom time and vigor and how they can be used as companion plants. Learn tips about initial planting and subsequent growth and training. Learn some basic guidelines for pruning and that pruning rarely kills a clematis. Leave this talk ready to buy your next clematis!
Marsha Goller directed her love of playing in the dirt and weeding to becoming a Skagit County Master Gardener in 2012. She currently coordinates the Four Seasons Garden at the Master Garden Discovery Garden.
"Color in the Winter Garden" is a picture book of winter color available in the Pacific Northwest. Winter here can be dark, wet, gray and dreary, but because of our climate, we can also choose from a large number of plants that provide rich color, and eye-catching foliage and bark.
Ian Horton is a licensed landscape architect based in Skagit County. He was raised in Seattle and studied at the University of Washington and the University of Virginia.
Local Landscape Architect Ian Horton (Working Landscapes PLLC, Mount Vernon) will describe the basics of mulch and mulching for the home gardener. This talk will review background, benefits, and methods of mulch application as well as comparison of locally available mulch types and their respective advantages.
Ellon Jarvis has been a King County MG since 1993, scheduling workshops for the BDG. She worked for the airlines for 50 years and retired in 2017. She attended the School of Forestry at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. She has been married for over 40 years and lives on a small lake in SE King County. Her home which sits on a fairly steep slope and borders a lake is surrounded by large conifers and big leaf maples offering many different types of shade.
Shade gardens do not have to be dull and boring. There are many plants that do very well in shade and some with variegated leaves that will lighten up the area. There are even plants that will do well competing with tree roots. You can create interest in the shade garden by using variety of leaf texture. Ellon Jarvis, who has worked the shade garden at the demonstration garden for several years, will help you in selecting the plants that will grow well in your type of shade. She will explain the different types of shade and how best to handle them.
Comprising the production and instruction team of the Organic Farm School, Raelani Kesler is the Production Manager and Field Instructor, and Aaron Varadi is the Program Manager and Lead Instructor.
This class will cover the basics of vegetable propagation, covering such topics as variety selection and seed storage, seeding timing, temperature regulation, transplanting vs. direct-seeding, growing mediums, and seed-bed preparation.
Jim Kropf is the Natural Resources Program Director and the Director of County Administration for WSU Extension. He has been an Extension agronomist in eastern WA and horticulturalist in western WA during his 39 year career with WSU. Jim grew up on a small berry farm in Puyallup.
Learn about the production of small fruit crops in the home garden, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi and grapes. Topics covered will include cultivars, general production practices and pest identification and management.
Connecting people and plants drives George Lasch to find and critique plants and gardens with his humor and opinion. Teaching at Edmonds CC and helping clients achieve their best gardens keeps him busy.
Hydrangeas, the garden stalwarts are continuing a renaissance across the globe. Join George Lasch for his opinions and humor as he discusses the main type and how to get the most out of them through pruning and maintenance.
Eric Lee-Mader co-directs the Pollinator Conservation program at the Xerces Society (Xerces.org). In this role, he collaborates with government agencies, international development organizations, food companies and farmers to protect wildlife habitat on farms. His work has been featured in major media, White House reports, and his books include "Attracting Native Pollinators", and "Farming with Beneficial Insects". Eric is a Whidbey farmer and owner of Northwest Meadowscapes Native Seed Co. (northwestmeadowscapes.com)
Pollinators are essential to both our food supply and to the perpetuation of natural ecosystems. Unfortunately pollinators face significant threats. This talk will introduce native bee ecology and the habitat systems that can support them such as meadows and hedgerows, habitat restoration methodologies, and how to access additional resources to support pollinator conservation projects. Case studies will be provided, and all topics will be discussed against a backdrop of visually stunning photos.
Seth Luginbill currently serves as the Noxious Weed Program Coordinator for the Island County Noxious Weed Control Board. Seth comes with a background in botany and natural resource management. He has spent most of his professional career working in restoration of native glacial outwash prairie and garry oak ecosystems both here in Washington, as well as in British Columbia.
What weeds do I have in my yard and how can I effectively get rid of them? A challenge to achieving healthy habits in our yards, forests, and fields is the presence of invasive weed populations. Noxious weeds destroy biological diversity, decrease forage, increase erosion, and decrease land values across Island County. We will explore our most prevalent invaders and provide hands-on experiences with tools and techniques for specific invasive species. We will also look at management principles in which landowners may control invasive plant species and improve native habitats.
Lisa Miller is deeply passionate about caring for our individual communities as a means to care for the whole Earth and trusts that each person can make a difference wherever they are. She has studied environmental sciences and natural resources for many years; she received a Masters' in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Washington in 2014. After that she worked for the last 4 years in land conservation, restoration and volunteer coordination to get more people, especially youth, outside in Skagit County. She recently has started her own business, primarily working with homeowners to create, enhance or restore more ecologically vibrant outdoor spaces.
Samuel Mitchell's entree to water gardens began when he moved to a house with a pond. Soon enough the aquatic plant palette grew limited and he branched out to terrestrial horticulture.
Water embodies an elemental counterpoint to everything else in the garden yet it is often used poorly. From waterfalls to birdbaths to fishponds, each choice brings technical demands that can frustrate and overwhelm the beginning aquatic gardener. Beginning with a survey of the aesthetics of water features in gardens: sight, sound and smell, we will explore fish and plant options and care as well as resources for the questions and problems that arise. We'll also begin to explore the technical specs necessary to achieve a satisfying harvest of all that water can bring to the garden.
Jumanji Moritz has been a professional garden designer for over 10 years, focusing primarily on native plants of the Pacific Northwest. She is the owner of Rainy Day Flora, a natives nursery located outside of Langley, WA and together with two colleagues has participated in the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, winning Gold in 2015 and best use of show theme in 2016 with their stunning installations.
Some alpine plants are great for rock gardens, others prefer wet conditions. And you can grow them here at sea level! Learn more about alpine plants, what makes them unique and how to feature and grow them in your garden for color and interest at varying times of the year. In this class you will gain helpful information about native varieties, ethical seed harvesting and some tips on propagation.
Kelsi Mottet is a fifth generation Whidbey Island native, who holds a deeply embedded passion for this place. As the Marketing, Education, and Outreach Coordinator for the Whidbey Island Conservation District, Kelsi enjoys cultivating community, sharing resources and ideas and inspiring and empowering landowners toward voluntary conservation of their natural resources.
When it comes to wildfire does Whidbey come to mind? Although most of us would venture to our neighbors east of the mountains, Whidbey's unique wildfire regime has sculpted this landscape like all its other natural processes. The next time wildfire happens here, will you be prepared? Come learn from Kelsi Mottet, Whidbey Island Firewise Coordinator, about wildfire science, its unique history on Whidbey Island, and ideas for how you can adapt your landscape to living with wildfire Whidbey style, while meeting your other conservation and land use goals.
Anza Muenchow has been enjoying growing food at her farm in Clinton for the past 15 years. But beyond her 2 acre Maha Farm, she is also passionate about improving fresh food access for her community and especially for low income families. Anza volunteers for Master Gardeners, SW Tilth and the Whidbey Island Conservation District.
Growing your favorite crops and what to do with them, successful vegetable varieties A-Z, timing your harvests, food preparation tips, NW favorite annuals and perennials, seed sourcing and seed saving.
Tobey Nelson is an official plant-a-holic. She has a BS in Landscape Horticulture from Michigan State University. She is the owner of Tobey Nelson Events and Design LLC.
This floral design demonstration is loaded with info and tips for the home floral designer. While creating an eco-friendly arrangement, Tobey will share all sorts of tips and info about what to cut from the garden and to condition it for use; basic principles of design; ideas for plants to incorporate into your garden for cutting; and she'll talk about the importance of working foam-free and with locally grown flowers. You'll learn about the Slow Flowers movement, and you will go away with lots of ideas, inspiration and even a few floral design tricks!
Take your container garden game to the next level! Get insight on attributes to consider when selecting a container. Learn a few design principles that will have you thinking about your plant selections in a new way. Get loads of tips - and even learn some soil science to give your container gardens the very best foundation for rocking success!
Zsofia Pasztor is the founder and one of the co-executive directors of the non-profit organization, Farmer Frog. She teaches restoration horticulture, urban agriculture, aquaponics and low impact development. She trains professionals about sustainable site management, small scale integrated agriculture, community development and natural resource conservation.
The class will discuss what rain gardens are, why someone would build one, how to assess the site and feasibility, the design and creation, how to maintain it and how to spot and correct common mistakes.
The class will discuss challenges of steep slopes and bluffs in general and more specifically, in the Pacific NW--what practices can help prevent failures or stabilize unstable areas, how to notice some of the most common signs of failures and who are the professionals (field of expertise) able to help assess and or design and implement solutions.
Dr. Robert K. Pelant is the founding director of the Pacific Rim Institute. He spent 30 years in sustainable food production and habitat restoration in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Learn how to use native plants and convert part of your lawn or your small field into a more diverse habitat for pollinators and other wildlife! Dr. Robert Pelant, founding Director of the Pacific Rim Institute near Coupeville, Whidbey Island, will share techniques, rational and challenges in land preparation, obtaining seed or plants, choosing which plants to use, planting/seeding techniques and timing, as well as various challenges that Mother Nature may throw your way!
In this class you will learn ecological and permaculture techniques to increase the usefulness of your yard, attract wildlife by creating a healthy habitat, and reduce maintenance and inputs of chemicals all while restoring the ecosystem. Find out how by applying just a few or many of these principles, you can begin healing the Earth in your backyard and beyond.
Christina Pfeiffer is a horticulture consultant and educator with over 35 years of experience in landscape horticulture. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and co-author of Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening, Cool Springs Press.
We will cover different roses for different garden needs, shade or sun, climbers, shrubs, floribundas and old garden roses, colors and fragrances. A rose to suit every need! We will go over the history and development of the roses we all love.
Susie Reynolds is a noted expert on Rhododendrons and was the Nursery Manager for Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens for over 20 years.
Join expert, Susie Reynolds, for this interactive class and learn all about the history and care of Rhododendrons--reliable evergreen shrubs for spectacular spring color. Pick up tips on propagation and pruning, and everything in between...and bring your questions!
Pat Roome is a longtime Master Gardener and landscape designer. She specializes in consulting with homeowners and makes suggestions for changes and how they can be accomplished.
In this class we will discuss approaches to changes in the landscape and options on how to decode and accomplish them. Lists of plants for difficult situations will be provided. There will be an accompanying slide show to illustrate points.
Val Schroeder, Habitat Steward Host, is coordinator of the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, the 10th Community Habitat in the nation certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Camano has more than 925 certified wildlife habitats. Val holds monthly education programs on environment issues, maintains three public demonstration gardens, and participates in critical areas preservation and restoration efforts on the Island. Val received the National Wildlife Federation Volunteer to the Year Award in 2006 and is the author of "Exploring Camano Island: A History and Guide."
Imagine turning your garden into a year-round haven for birds, butterflies, pollinators, Douglas squirrels and a host of other delightful creatures. It is easier than you might think to put out the welcome mat for the birds and animals you want to entertain in your garden - no matter where you live or what size garden you have. The nature-loving folks from the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project will show you how to create a garden that is as inviting to wildlife as it is beautiful with simple techniques that benefit wildlife and help preserve and protect our natural resources. You will learn the four basic habitat requirements needed to sustain wildlife and how to provide them in your garden. You will also find out how to join a growing movement of folks in the Puget Sound region who are taking steps to become wildlife-friendly -- one yard at a time.
Frank Simpson earned his undergraduate degrees in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture. He has taught college level Landscape Architecture at both California State Polytechnic University and the University of California Los Angeles where water conservation is central to the curriculum. Frank currently lives on Whidbey Island and is Executive Director and Garden Manager of Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in Greenbank WA where his work continues to be centered on landscape design and management and the promotion of regionally sustainable landscapes.
Sometimes it can be so hard to know where to begin with the design of your landscape. This workshop will cover some basic principles of landscape design that have proven successful through the ages, and guide you to apply these principles to everyday small and large landscape design projects. We will review some design examples and analyze what makes them work.
Eric Studebaker is an area garden and landscape consultant who has been in the nursery trade for over 30 years and is a veteran well-versed on an island challenged by drought, wind and deer. He was the trees and shrubs buyer at Whidbey Island's Bayview Farm and Garden for over a decade, and in recent years was manager and buyer at Venture Out Nursery. He is a respected expert who has presented Whidbey Gardening Workshop talks on Great Northwest Roses, Japanese Maples and Small Shrubs and Trees, and is a speaker at various area gardener events.
Learn about good small trees that will not overwhelm your landscape--trees that provide structure, color, and form without being overly dominant.
Nathaniel Talbot and his wife, Annie Jesperson, run Deep Harvest Farm, in Freeland, WA, a 10-acre certified organic vegetable, seed and flower operation. Their small seed company, Deep Harvest Seeds, sells over 100 varieties of organic open-pollinated vegetable and flower seeds through their regional seed racks and online store.
This class will provide an introduction to seed saving on common vegetables and socioeconomic importance of the pastime. We will cover a wide range of botanic concepts and practical techniques including pollination, space and equipment needs, plant physiology, patents and much more.
Dave Thomas has over 60 years of gardening experience and has taught popular classes on successful vegetable growing, fruit tree care and more. He has been the "field boss" of the Lord's Garden for over 21 years, providing fresh vegetables and fruits for those in need in Oak Harbor and Coupeville. He is an Island County Master Gardener.
Whether planting a new tree or rehabbing one you have inherited on your property, this class will go over the basics - why and what variety to choose for where you live, and tips on when and how to grow, prune and maintain for optimal production.
Carey Thornton teaches classes and workshops as part of Tilth Alliance's Community Education team on topics including organic gardening, composting, food preservation and permaculture.
Learn about some common and easy to identify plants that you can harvest for food or medicine. Many plants thought of as weeds can be tastier and more nutritious than the cultivated plants growing in our gardens.
Plant once and harvest for years to come. Growing sweet berries, fragrant herbs and perennial vegetables are an easy way to incorporate food crops into your ornamental landscape or add interest to your annual veggie beds.
Dan Vorhis has an agriculture background, a B.S. from the Ohio State University, and 45 years in edible horticulture. He and his wife Bernadine own Muscle and Arm Farm, a small fruit farm on Whidbey Island.
Slides and discussion are designed to help you consistently harvest quality fruit from your Pacific NW orchard. We'll touch on climate, soils, best cultivars, rootstocks, cultural practices, pests and diseases, with Q and A worked in.
Laura Watson, a King County Master Gardener and Plant Amnesty Master Pruner, enjoys sharing her ever increasing knowledge of vines. She has published several articles about them and writes a blog, clematisinseattle.com.
Learn how to embellish your garden with the remarkable beauty and diversity of vines. Using great photos and a friendly speaking style, Laura Watson showcases the amazing variety in color, shape, bloom time and growth habit of vines that do well in the Pacific NW -- wisteria, clematis, passionflower, and more. Get details about their care, information about pruning and recommendations for easy vines to try. Receive an informative and detailed handout to take home.
Diana Wisen has lived in the Puget Sound area all her life. She became a WSU Master Gardener in 1991 and has been a Master Gardener trainer, Speakers Bureau Chairman and educational outreach instructor much of that time.
You may be new to gardening in the Pacific Northwest or an experienced longtime resident, but there might be tips and skills that can increase your success. Our gardens are always evolving and changing as well as our interests, needs and abilities. Here are some ideas that will help you be a better smarter gardener. The handout will include more than 25 tips.