Annual Gardening Workshop

Posted October 2, 2019 at 10:02 am by

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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.

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