Master Gardeners’ online gardening workshop starts Oct. 18

Posted September 16, 2022 at 10:16 am by

Linda Gilkeson, Ph.D.

The Mas­ter Gar­den­ers of San Juan Coun­ty share news about their upcom­ing speak­er series.

Join the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers of San Juan Coun­ty in wel­com­ing the very pop­u­lar Dr. Lin­da Gilke­son — also known as the Gar­den Doc­tor — as the keynote speak­er at our annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop Series this Octo­ber. Dr. Gilkeson’s talk, Resilient Gar­dens in a Chang­ing Cli­mate, will dis­cuss how greater resilien­cy in our gar­den­ing meth­ods can help min­i­mize the effects of local cli­mate change. Pacif­ic North­west gar­den­ers need to be pre­pared to han­dle cool­er, wet­ter springs; longer, dri­er sum­mers; unex­pect­ed win­ter cold snaps; and water shortages.

In addi­tion to her keynote address, Dr. Gilke­son will also speak in an after­noon ses­sion, Prepar­ing Our Gar­dens for Win­ter, which will talk about pro­tect­ing soil and pre­serv­ing ben­e­fi­cial insect habi­tat. It will also cov­er what to plant in the fall to increase next year’s food sup­ply for pollinators.

Dr. Gilke­son earned a Ph.D. in Ento­mol­o­gy from McGill Uni­ver­si­ty and worked for the Cana­di­an gov­ern­ment on var­i­ous pro­grams designed to reduce pes­ti­cide use. She is the author of Back­yard Boun­ty: The Com­plete Guide to Year-Round Organ­ic Gar­den­ing in the Pacif­ic North­west. She lives in British Colum­bia and writes a month­ly newslet­ter with gar­den­ing tips on her web­site.

The work­shops con­sist of two Zoom webi­na­rs at noon and 1:45 each Tues­day and Thurs­day from Oct. 18–27. Each ses­sion is an hour long with a ques­tion and answer peri­od at the end.

In addi­tion to the keynote, the series speak­ers and their top­ics are:

  • Vole Man­age­ment by Danielle Gunn, MS. Ms. Gunn is the Agri­cul­tur­al Exten­sion Edu­ca­tor on the Fort Hall Reser­va­tion for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ida­ho Exten­sion. Her talk will cov­er vole biol­o­gy and effec­tive vole man­age­ment meth­ods for home gardening.
  • Irri­ga­tion Design, Instal­la­tion & Main­te­nance by Alec Kowalews­ki, PhD. Dr. Kowalews­ki is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at Ore­gon State Uni­ver­si­ty and teach­es sev­er­al under­grad­u­ate class­es in hor­ti­cul­ture and land­scape man­age­ment. He will teach atten­dees the prin­ci­pals of irri­ga­tion design and instal­la­tion, includ­ing how to mea­sure water flow rate at your home.
  • Small Space Gar­den­ing – How to Make Your Gar­den Feel Larg­er by Tobey Nel­son. Ms. Nel­son has a BS in Land­scape Hor­ti­cul­ture from Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty and is an offi­cial plant-a-holic. Her class is for those who feel chal­lenged by the size of their gar­den. She will offer some strate­gies for mak­ing the most of small gar­den spaces.
  • Pots with Pizazz, again by Tobey Nel­son. She will take your con­tain­er gar­den game to the next lev­el with tips on select­ing con­tain­ers, plants and soil.
  • Insect Pest Who­dunit by our very own islander Kate Ytur­ri. Ms. Ytur­ri is a San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­er who aspires to improve her skills as an ama­teur ento­mol­o­gist and help oth­ers iden­ti­fy the insects in their gar­dens. She will talk about how to col­lect clues when deal­ing with plant dam­age to arrive at a solution.
  • Wild About Dahlias by Mary Ban­nis­ter. Ms. Ban­nis­ter is a retired geol­o­gist who has been grow­ing dahlias for over 30 years. She will dis­cuss grow­ing and car­ing for dahlias with an empha­sis on vari­eties and propagation.

Vis­it the Gar­den­ing Work­shop Series web­site to reg­is­ter and for more infor­ma­tion. Tick­ets are $35 for all eight webi­na­rs. Atten­dees have access to record­ings of the class­es for up to a month, in the event of con­flict­ing sched­ules. The reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Oct. 12.

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