Magical Ornamentals – Salvias, Roses and the Drama of Leaves


A panel of San Juan Island Master Gardener volunteers will share their ornamental obsessions and inspire you to join them in their love of salvias, roses, and plants with beautiful leaves at the Annual Gardening Workshop, this Saturday, October 20th. Ornamental garden plants aren’t ‘idle lovelies’ – they create pollinator habitats and bird joy, bring depth, structure, and color to landscapes, and provide connections to our environment beyond the garden. Plus, these plants are easy to grow in the PNW. Join Judy Cumming and Linda Thompson (roses), Jenny Harris (salvia), and Fiona Norris (dramatic foliage) for inspiration and instructions for success in your garden.

And Kristen Rezabek, also a Master Gardener volunteer and a MS, RDN, CD, CDE, leads a session exploring the bounty and nutritional benefits of locally grown foods. Plan your garden for a four-season harvest and utilize recipes that take full advantage of seasonal produce. Kristen is passionate about ensuring that families and children access nourishing food and the resources they need to achieve good health.

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. This year our keynote speaker is the respected author, speaker, editor, and ‘horticolorist’ Lorene Forkner Edwards.

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. She is a fervent believer in the power of personality-infused garden spaces and the beautiful, fruitful, and innovative landscapes of our region.

Visit for complete descriptions of each session and our speaker’s biographies. Multiple choices allow you to plan your day to attend sessions of interest to you.

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

  • October 20th
  • 8:00 – 4:30

Registration opens at 8am; coffee, tea, and pastries available. Keynote begins at 9am.

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 or 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.

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 5:48 am by

Categories: Education, Environment, Nature, Recreation
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