Annual Gardening Workshop: Operating Instructions for a Garden That Fits YOU

Posted September 26, 2018 at 6:30 am by

Life’s a Gar­den Par­ty — Con­tributed photo

Would you like your gar­den to be a remark­able reflec­tion of who you are and what you care about? To be a land­scape that sup­ports wildlife and cre­ative exploration?

Join keynote speak­er Lorene Forkn­er Edwards and the San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­ers at their pop­u­lar Annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop for inspi­ra­tion and tru­ly work­able ideas to cre­ate ‘a Gar­den That Fits YOU.’

Lorene Edwards Forkn­er — Con­tributed photo

Lorene Edwards Forkn­er is an author, edi­tor, and pas­sion­ate self-pro­claimed ‘hor­ti­col­orist.’ The author of five gar­den­ing titles includ­ing the best­selling “Hand­made Gar­den Projects” and the “Tim­ber Press Guide to Veg­etable Gar­den­ing: Pacif­ic North­west.” Lorene is the edi­tor of Pacif­ic Hor­ti­cul­ture, a mag­a­zine that sup­ports the pow­er of gar­dens to enrich life and help heal our plan­et. Lorene will be a con­tribut­ing author of a new week­ly col­umn for Pacif­ic NW mag­a­zine called GROW. She is pas­sion­ate about per­son­al­i­ty-infused gar­den spaces and the beau­ti­ful, fruit­ful, and inno­v­a­tive land­scapes of our region. Fol­low Lorene at and on Insta­gram @gardenercook. 

And return­ing this year is Dr. Lin­da Gilke­son, last year’s high­ly regard­ed keynote speak­er. Dr. Gilke­son will lead three after­noon ses­sions: “Com­mon Pests, Dis­eases and Dis­or­ders of Fruits,” “Of Cab­bages and [Jan­u­ary] Kings,” and “Do You Real­ly Know what the Prob­lem Is?” Dr. Gilke­son is the author of “Back­yard Boun­ty: The Com­plete Guide to Year-Round Organ­ic Gar­den­ing in the Pacif­ic North­west,” the best-sell­ing guide to veg­etable gar­den success.

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:

  • Assess­ing and amend­ing your gar­den soil
  • Com­mon pests, dis­eases and fruit disorders
  • Prun­ing objec­tives and basic prun­ing skills
  • How to cre­ate a sus­tain­able, aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing drought tol­er­ant landscape
  • How to grow cab­bage and its rel­a­tives for a year-round harvest
  • Eat­ing sea­son­al­ly from your gar­den for nutri­tion and health
  • Mag­i­cal orna­men­tals: ros­es, salvia and the dra­ma of foliage
  • 25 tips to make you a bet­ter, smarter gardener
  • How to deter­mine why your plant is unhappy

Vis­it for com­plete descrip­tions of each ses­sion and our speaker’s biographies.

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

Octo­ber 20th
8:30 – 4:30
Fri­day Har­bor Mid­dle School
85 Blair Ave.
Fri­day Har­bor, San Juan Island

Are you inter­est­ed in becom­ing a Mas­ter Gar­den­er volunteer?

Our next train­ing ses­sion begins Jan­u­ary 29th, 2019, in Fri­day Har­bor. Train­ing occurs every Tues­day from 9am‑3:30pm through March 26th.  Appli­ca­tions are due by Novem­ber 1.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Caitlin Blethen at mg.sanjuancounty@wsu.eduor 360–370-7663. Infor­ma­tion about the pro­gram and what vol­un­teers do is locat­ed here.

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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