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Secrets of Gardening
Friday Harbor Middle School
Friday Harbor, WA
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Secrets of Gardening

2016 San Juan County Master Gardener Annual Gardening Workshop

Presented by Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County In Cooperation with the Washington State University Extension

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Keynote Speaker

Thor Hanson, biologist and author of The Triumph of Seeds, Feathers and Bartholomew Quill  

Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal. His books include The Impenetrable Forest, Feathers, and The Triumph of Seeds, as well as the illustrated childrens favorite, Bartholomew Quill. Honors for Thors writing include two Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards and The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, and his many media appearances have included NPRs Fresh Air, PRIs Science Friday and The World, and The Current on CBC. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

Preliminary Schedule

8:30 Registration, coffee, raffle perusal  
9:00-10:15 Keynote speaker: Thor Hanson "The Triumph of Seeds"
BREAK 10:15-10:30
Session #1 10:30  11:45
    Redefining Bread-Stephen Jones, ph.d. WSU Bread Lab
    Imagining Japanese Garden Design-Everett Chu, Master Gardener
    Creating a Beautiful Deer Resistant Garden-are there secrets to
    share?-Jody Burns, Master Gardener
Lunch 11:45-1:15-Bring your own or walk to nearby restaurants
Session #2 1:15-2:15
    Utilizing Cold Frames and Unheated Greenhouses in the PNW-Carol
     Miles, ph.d. WSU
    Tomato Magic-Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest-Debby Hatch, Lopez
     Island Kitchen Magic
    Backyard Fruit Pests in Western Washington-Bev Gerdeman, ph.d.
BREAK 2:15-2:30
Session #3 2:30-3:45
    Attracting Bees to Your Garden Throughout the Seasons of the PNW-
    Evan Sugden, ph.d. UW        
    Why this Bean? Exploring the Role of Heirloom Dry Beans in Western
    Washington-Brook Brouwer,     ph.d WSU
    Keys to Weed Control-Chris Benedict, WSU
3:00 Raffle winners posted
3:45-4:00 Wrap up & adjourn


Redefining Bread - Dr. Stephen Jones  of the WSU Bread Lab and featured in the bestselling The Third Plate, will combine science, art, curiosity, and innovation to explore ways of using regionally available grains to move whole grain bread baking forward.

Dr. Stephen Jones is a wheat breeder and the Director of the WSU Mount Vernon Bread Lab.Stephen has a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis and teaches graduate courses in advanced classical genetics and in the history and ethics of genetics. His first wheat crop was on five acres at Chico State Universitys student farm in 1977. Together with his graduate students he breeds wheat and other grains for local uses to be grown on small farms in the coastal West, the upper Northeast and other regions of the country. The Bread Lab is a combination think tank and baking laboratory where scientists, bakers, chefs, farmers, maltsters, brewers, distillers and millers experiment with improved flavor, nutrition and functionality of regional and obscure wheats, barley, other small grains and beans.

Covert Success- Utilizing Cold Frames and Unheated Greenhouses in the PNW
If you are still wondering how to keep your garden going through our mild winters, Dr. Carol Miles will share her tips for successful growing during winter and spring.

Carol Miles is a professor in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University, at the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. She received her BS in Bio-Agricultural Sciences from Colorado State University, and MS and Ph.D. in Vegetable Crops from Cornell University.  Her research interests include high value vegetable crops, including wasabi, pea shoots, edamame, niche-market dry beans,icebox watermelon, leafy greens, grafted vegetables; plasticulture; and hard cider.

Imagining Japanese Garden Design - Master Gardener and owner of Azusa Nursery, Everett Chu, will present a home gardeners guide to the design and maintenance of an Asian- inspired garden or garden feature.

Everett Chu is the Owner of Azusa Farm and Gardens LLC.  He is a Skagit County Master Gardener who also is skilled as a nurseryman, garden coach/landscape designer, and community advocate in Mount Vernon.  He received his education at the University of Washington and City College of Seattle.

Attracting Bees to Your Garden -  Throughout the Seasons of the PNW
University of Washington entomologist and bee enthusiast, Dr. Evan Sugden, will recommend the best flowering plants to entice pollinators into your garden throughout the seasons.

Dr. Evan Sugden is currently an instructor in the Biology Department of the University of Washington where he teaches entomology, beekeeping and ecology.  His business, Entomo-Logic, specializes in solitary bee production and consulting.  He has worked for the USDA, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and a private overseas development company.  Dr. Sugden received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Davis.

Why This Bean? -  Exploring the Role of Heirloom Dry Beans in Western Washington
Farmers and gardeners in San Juan County and other parts of NW Washington have maintained local heirloom dry beans for over 100 years. Such on-farm conservation of crop diversity is a critical component of agricultural resiliency. Through a study of local heirloom dry bean production, Dr. Brook Brouwer, SJC Extension Director, will explore this history and questions such as: What are challenges facing regional dry bean production? What bean characteristic do local growers value? And what potential is there to utilize local heirloomsin expanding dry bean production?  

Dr. Brook Brouwer is the new County Director for WSU San Juan County Extension. Brouwer, who grew up on Lopez Island, completed his Ph.D. with WSU in Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. He was the first recipient of a Seed Matters Fellowship in organic plant breeding and worked on his Ph.D. under Dr. Stephen Jones at Washington State University, Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center. (Jones now leads The Bread Lab.) Brouwer was a research associate with a longtime WSU program partner, The Organic Seed Alliance.

Creating a Beautiful Deer Resistant Garden  Are There Secrets To Share?
San Juan Island Master Gardener, Jody Burns, will discuss why and when deer eat our plants and what may discourage them.

Jody Burns has been a Master Gardener for 12 years on San Juan Island.  Shes been gardening with deer, both as adversaries and as companions, for 10 of those twelve years.  In a former life she had an organic vegetable garden for 25 years in the backyard of her Seattle home where there were no deer, but there were raccoons, possums, squirrels, crows, neighborhood cats and dogs.   The raccoons won the battle of growing corn in Seattle, but she has refused to let the deer win the gardening battle on San Juan Island, even though sometimes her best strategy has been if you cant beat em, joinem.

Tomato Magic - Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest - Lopez Island home gardener Debby Hatch will describe how she selects tomato varieties, germinates seeds, raises sturdy seedlings, transplants them, trains growing plants and finally harvests tomatoes. There will be time for participants to share their experiences with each of these stages. Everyone will leave the workshop with more ideas for how to grow this summer treat.

Debby Hatch has grown a four-season vegetable garden on Lopez Island for the past 23 years. Before moving to Lopez, she gardened on Bainbridge Island, in Seattle, and in Massachusetts. From 2006-2011, she wrote the monthly Green Living column for the Islands Weekly. She has given workshops on vegetable gardening for the WSU Master Gardeners, the San Juan County Fair Ag Tent, and the Orcas and Lopez Garden Clubs. She currently writes the blog Lopez Island Kitchen Gardenshttp://lopezislandkitchengardens.wordpress.com/

Keys to Weed Control - Learn innovative techniques to manage weeds safely and effectively in the home garden from WSU Whatcom County Extension Educator Chris Benedict.

Chris Benedict is the Regional Extension Specialist for WSU Extension based in Bellingham, WA.  His responsibilities include outreach for commercial agriculture operations and oversight of the community horticulture program. Chris has worked in agriculture outreach and research for nearly 15 years. Since 2011, Chris has partnered with others at WSU and local farmers to improve leafy greens production in the region.  His background and experience include both an MS and BS in plant and soil sciences from the University of Vermont and almost three years at Cornell University as a research support specialist.

Backyard Fruit Pests in Western Washington  - Dr. Bev Gerdeman, WSU entomologist, will share pragmatic and feasible techniques for protecting backyard fruit from damaging insects, including the dreaded spotted wing Drosophila.

Dr. Beverly Gerdeman is a Research Associate in the Entomology Department at Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center.  She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from Ohio State University.  Her research interests include IPM integrated pest management, organic/sustainable methods for managing agricultural pests, and invasive pests among many others.

WSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through you local WSU Extension office.


Friday Harbor Middle School (View)
85 Blair Ave
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
United States


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
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