Resilient Gardening and Weird Weather

Posted September 7, 2017 at 5:45 am by

Thanks to Mo Sloane for this first in a series of arti­cles intro­duc­ing fea­tured speak­ers who will be pre­sent­ing at the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers Annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop on Octo­ber 7th. This first arti­cle intro­duces the work­shop’s keynote speak­er, Dr. Lin­da Gilkeson…

Peace Love Rose - Contributed Photo

Is ‘weird weath­er’ chal­leng­ing you and your gar­den­ing skills? You’re not alone! Between the increas­ing­ly vari­able weath­er and new pests and dis­eases, it seems there is more we need to know every year. PNW gar­den­ers need to be pre­pared to han­dle longer, dri­er sum­mers and water short­ages, warmer aver­age tem­per­a­tures and more extreme weath­er. But this isn’t dif­fi­cult — we can add to our exist­ing skill sets to become more resilient gardeners.

Join the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers of San Juan Coun­ty in wel­com­ing Dr. Lin­da Gilke­son as the keynote speak­er at our Annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop. Dr. Gilkeson’s talk, “Resilient Gar­dens in a Chang­ing Cli­mate,” will dis­cuss how plants respond to envi­ron­men­tal stress and how we can adapt our gar­den­ing meth­ods to meet the chal­lenges (and oppor­tu­ni­ties!) of a chang­ing cli­mate. The good news is that there is quite a lot we can do to be successful.

In addi­tion to her keynote address, Dr. Gilke­son will speak in two after­noon ses­sions, “Plant­i­ng for Pol­li­na­tors” and “Grow the Most Food in the Small­est Space.” Dr. Gilke­son is the author of “Back­yard Boun­ty: The Com­plete Guide to Year-Round Organ­ic Gar­den­ing in the Pacif­ic North­west,” the beloved and best-sell­ing guide to veg­etable gar­den suc­cess. Fol­low her month­ly newslet­ter with gar­den­ing tips and advice on insect man­age­ment on her web site,

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 ses­sions of inter­est to you. This year top­ics include soil fer­til­i­ty, restor­ing island wild­flow­ers, deal­ing with wire­worms, grow­ing berries and fruit trees, gar­den­ing with chil­dren, and camel­lias in our climate.

Vis­it for com­plete descrip­tions of each ses­sion and our speaker’s biogra­phies, includ­ing more infor­ma­tion about Dr. Gilke­son, a not­ed Ento­mol­o­gist and author.

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 Ave — 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 at least two weeks pri­or to the event.

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