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Annual Gardening Workshop 2018 Presented by Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County
Friday Harbor Middle School
Friday Harbor, WA
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Annual Gardening Workshop 2018 Presented by Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County
8:00-9:00 Registration


Keynote Speaker Lorene Edwards Forkner presents:


Operating Instructions for a Garden that Fits YOU!

Lorene Edwards Forkner is the author of 5 gardening titles including the bestselling Handmade Garden Projects and the Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: PNW, both from Timber Press. Lorene is also the editor of Pacific Horticulture, a magazine that supports the power of gardens to enrich life and help heal our planet. She is passionate about personality-infused garden spaces and the beautiful, fruitful, and innovative landscapes of our region.

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:45 Session 1

Assessing and Amending your Garden Soil - Craig Cogger

Healthy soil is productive soil. It conserves water, stores carbon, and produces high-quality vegetables and fruit that nourish the home gardener. Learn how to build healthy soils, rich in nutrients, microbes, and earthworms. 

Dr. Craig Cogger is a retired soil scientist from WSU. Craig's work has focused on recycling organic wastes in agriculture - including animal manure, yard debris, compost, and bio-solids.  Craig and his colleagues have also studied organic amendments to urban areas as a way to improve urban soils.  He also collaborated with other scientists on organic farms to study the effects of organic amendments on plant disease suppression.  In addition to his research, Craig taught basic soil science to Master Gardeners throughout western Washington.

Common Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Fruits - Linda Gilkeson

Linda will show you how to identify, prevent and manage common problems of home berries and tree fruits using organic methods. It will cover new problems, including spotted wing Drosophila and garlic rust, as well as long-established problems, including blossom end rot, root maggots, flea beetles, powdery mildew and tomato late blight.

Linda earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from McGill University in 1986, and then moved to British Columbia to work for a company that produces biological controls. From 1991 to 2002 she worked for the provincial government, promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. She was head of the provincial State of Environment Reporting Unit for the next six years, then the Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy until the end of 2011. Linda now devotes her time to writing, teaching and consulting.

Pruning Basics - Christina Pfeiffer

In this class you will learn how to improve your pruning results through matching plant growth characteristics and pruning objectives with the right tools, pruning cuts and timing.

Christina Pfeiffer is a horticulture consultant and educator with over 35 years experience in landscape horticulture. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and co-author of Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening, Cool Springs Press.

11:45-1:15 Lunch- Bring a brown bag or try a local restaurant

1:15- 2:45 Session 2

Of Cabbages and [January] Kings  - Linda Gilkeson

The humble cabbage and its diverse relatives (broccoli, Brussels sprouts,
cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, kale) are mainstay vegetables for a year-round harvest in our climate. Learn how to grow them really well: soil nutrients, irrigation requirements, timing of plantings, recommended varieties for all seasons and how to avoid damage from insects and diseases.

Twenty- five Tips to Make you a Better Gardener - Diana Wisen

You may be new to gardening in the Pacific Northwest or an experienced, long time resident, but there might be tips and skills that can increase your success. Our gardens are always evolving and changing, as well as our interests, needs and abilities. Here are some ideas that will help you be a better, smarter gardener. The handout will include more than 25 tips.

Diana Wisen has lived in the Puget Sound area all of her life. She became a WSU Master Gardener in 1991 and has been a MG trainer, Speakers Bureau chairman and educational outreach instructor much of that time.

Drought Tolerant Gardens - Everett Chu

Mr. Chu will present the advantages of a sustainable, aesthetically pleasing drought tolerant landscape.  He will describe how to design and plant a healthy landscape that would be ecologically sound, supported by biodiversity and treasured by the occupants and the wildlife.  He will emphasize a cost-effective approach to create the garden and maintain it over the years.

Everett Chu is a Skagit County Master Gardener who is also a skilled 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. 

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Session 3

Eating Seasonally from your Garden   Kristen Rezabek, MS, RDN, CD, CDE

Explore the bounty and nutritional benefits to eating more locally grown foods. Plan your garden for a four-season harvest and recipes that take advantage of seasonal produce. Learn what essentials to stock in your pantry to help make simple, delicious, and healthy meals.

Kristen Rezabek, MS, RDN, CD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator for San Juan County Health and Community Services. She also works as a Dietitian for Peace Island Medical Center and is a Nutrition Consultant with Arcora Foundation. She is a Master Gardener and is raising her family on a small farm on San Juan Island with a large garden, orchard, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, and honeybees. She is passionate about ensuring families and children in our community are accessing nourishing food and the resources they need to achieve good health.

Do You Really Know What the Problem Is? -  Linda Gilkeson

If you don't have a correct diagnosis, there is no way to successfully treat a problem. Disorders caused by poor growing conditions are often mistaken for pests or disease, therefore, this talk provides tips on how to tell whether damage to food and landscape plants is caused by pathogens, insects, mites or disorders.

Magical Ornamentals for Pacific Northwest Gardens

From enthusiasts to horticulture professionals, this panel of San Juan Island Master Gardener volunteers will talk about what ornamental obsession is growing in their own home gardens. The roles of ornamental plants in the NW garden are many. Yes, they are beautiful, but they arent idle lovelies. They create pollinator habitat, bird joy, tapestries of depth and color, and provide todays gardener with a daily connection to the natural world, as well as an open window to humankinds horticultural past. There have always been plants.

Roses and All

Judy Cumming and Linda Thompson met in the Master Gardening training class of 2009. At the training, Judy realized that her true love in the garden was ornamentals. Linda was already an avowed rosarian. The two would later lead rose pruning demonstrations for gardeners on SJ Island. Until that training, even though Judy grew up in Santa Rosa, CA (Rosa, get it?) she believed roses in the garden were only for big girl gardeners not amateurs like her. A friend introduced her to the rose Bonica and the love affair began. Linda, also a California transplant, was used to lots of sunshine and no black leaf. She had to relearn her roses in the Pacific NW when she moved north in 1998. Thank the god of flowers for Heirloom Roses in St. Paul, OR and David Austin roses.

The Drama of Leaves

Fiona Norris is a botanist with a degree from University of Liverpool in taxonomy (science of classification of organisms). She completed MG training in 2002 and has been involved in many county garden projects since. Most recently, she leads the FH Elementary School gardening program, teaching children how to plant, care for, and ultimately eat what they grow. She and her late husband, Richard, looked for unusual plants from Mediterranean climates and one of her favorites is Melianthus major or Giant Honey Bush. It currently flourishes at the top of a dry bank and she is trying it out as a dramatic backdrop in a small perennial bed. Melianthus has large, decorative leaves and dramatic purple inflorescences. Its flowers have black nectar. This species is available at local nurseries where it is known as the peanut butter plant.

A Visit with the Lovely Genus, Salvia

Jenny Harris is a passionate gardener who works in ecological landscape design and maintenance. She studied horticulture in college and is a MG trainee circa 1995 & 2017. Jenny says, I am inspired and entranced by the variety, intelligence, and endless glory of plants.  As for Salvia, what more could bees, wasps, beetles, hummingbirds, and humans want than a palette of interesting, droughty, often gloriously fragrant herbs and sub-shrubs in the dry garden? She will introduce common and less common varieties, as well as a few lively cousins and friends of Sage.

4:30 Wrap-up and Adjourn


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


Education > Workshops
Other > Green
Other > Health & Wellness

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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