Berries for Dessert!

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:48 am by

Mmmmmmm Berries! - Contributed photo

Have you decid­ed against grow­ing berries because you think your gar­den isn’t big enough? Sur­pris­ing­ly, a rel­a­tive­ly small area can yield plen­ty of straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, or rasp­ber­ries for deli­cious pre­serves and desserts.

 Join Dr. Lisa DeVet­ter, WSU Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Small Fruit Hor­ti­cul­ture, at the San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­ers Annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop to learn about grow­ing berries in your back­yard. Her top­ic, “Berry-ed Trea­sure,” cov­ers all you’ll need to know to make the pic­tures above a reality.

The PNW offers an ide­al envi­ron­ment for berry grow­ing. Some are easy and require lit­tle from the gar­den­er; oth­er berries are a bit more demand­ing. Learn how to pre­pare your site, what vari­eties to select, when to plant, and good hor­ti­cul­tur­al prac­tices for berry suc­cess, includ­ing irri­ga­tion, fer­til­iza­tion and prun­ing. Be ready to plant your berry gar­den next spring!

The Annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop is a day-long event, with not­ed author­i­ties speak­ing on a wide vari­ety of top­ics of inter­est to PNW coastal gar­den­ers. Mul­ti­ple choic­es allow you to plan your day to attend work­shops of inter­est to you. The keynote speak­er is Lin­da Gilke­son, not­ed Ento­mol­o­gist and gar­den­ing author, speak­ing on “Resilient Gar­dens in a Chang­ing Cli­mate.” Addi­tion­al work­shops include plant­i­ng for pol­li­na­tors, test­ing and fer­til­iz­ing your soil, restor­ing island wild­flow­ers, deal­ing with wire­worms, grow­ing fruit trees, small space veg­etable gar­dens, camel­lias in our cli­mate, and gar­den­ing with children.

Vis­it GardenWorkshop.org for com­plete descrip­tions of each workshop.

Pur­chase tick­ets here. Tick­ets are $40 online, $45 at the door. Advance pur­chase recommended.

San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­ers Annu­al Gar­den­ing Workshop
Pre­sent­ed by the Mas­ter Gar­den­er Foun­da­tion of San Juan Coun­ty in Coop­er­a­tion with San Juan Coun­ty Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty Extension

Octo­ber 7th, 8:30 – 4:30

Fri­day Har­bor Mid­dle School
85 Blair Avenue
Fri­day Har­bor, San Juan Island

The Annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop is pre­sent­ed by the Mas­ter Gar­den­er Foun­da­tion of San Juan Coun­ty in Coop­er­a­tion with the San Juan Coun­ty Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty Extension.

Rea­son­able accom­mo­da­tions will be made for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and spe­cial needs who con­tact the WSU San Juan Coun­ty Exten­sion office at 360–370- 7663 or ma.sanjuancounty@wsu.edu at least two weeks pri­or to the event.

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