Annual Gardening Workshop

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Need Help Managing “Watchable Wildlife” in Your Garden?

Leave this class with a better understanding of how to manage deer and other mammals in your gardens. The San Juan County Master Gardeners are pleased to welcome Dave Pehling, retired WSU Extension Zoologist. Dave will discuss integrated pest management, deterring pests by understanding their needs for, and controlling access to, food, water and shelter. You will also learn options for protecting your garden, like fences, scare tactics, repellants and resistant plants.

Dave Pehling joined WSU Extension in Snohomish County for a six-month position in 1978 and remained until retirement over 40 years later. He has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Washington and taught vertebrate pest management for the WSU Master Gardener and Livestock Advisor programs, as well as providing citizens with information about vertebrates, insects, native plants, plant diseases and pesticides. Dave teaches the Washington State Beekeepers Beginning Beekeeper classes twice each year for WSU Extension in Snohomish County.

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:

  • Keynote Address: Seasonal, local and sustainable flowers with Debra Prinzing
  • Planning, planting and protecting a winter kitchen garden
  • Good, bad, beautiful and ugly insects in your garden
  • Care and pruning of caneberries
  • Color in the winter garden
  • Care and pruning of grapes and kiwi vines
  • Exploring new and old British gardens
  • Forest and tree health in San Juan county
  • Taking care of your landscape

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 strongly recommended.

Coffee and tea are complimentary; pastries from Café Demeter are available for purchase.

October 19th
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 in January 2021, in Friday Harbor. 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.

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.

Posted on October 2, 2019 at 10:02 am by

Categories: Animals, Education, Recreation, Wildlife

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