Operating Instructions for a Garden That Fits YOU

Would you like your garden to be a remarkable reflection of who you are and what you care about? To be a landscape that supports wildlife and creative exploration? Join keynote speaker Lorene Forkner Edwards and the San Juan County Master Gardeners at their popular Annual Gardening Workshop for inspiration and truly workable ideas to create ‘a Garden That Fits YOU.’ This event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 20 at Friday Harbor Middle School on Blair Avenue in Friday Harbor. 

Lorene Edwards Forkner is an author, editor, and passionate self-proclaimed ‘horticolorist.’ The author of five gardening titles including the bestselling “Handmade Garden Projects” and the “Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest.” Lorene is the editor of Pacific Horticulture, a magazine that supports the power of gardens to enrich life and help heal our planet. Lorene will be a contributing author of a new weekly column for Pacific NW magazine called GROW. She is passionate about personality-infused garden spaces and the beautiful, fruitful, and innovative landscapes of our region.

Follow Lorene at ahandmadegarden.com and on Instagram @gardenercook.

And returning this year is Dr. Linda Gilkeson, last year’s highly regarded keynote speaker. Dr. Gilkeson will lead three afternoon sessions: “Common Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Fruits,” “Of Cabbages and [January] Kings,” and “Do You Really Know what the Problem Is?” Dr. Gilkeson is the author of “Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest,” the best-selling guide to vegetable garden success.

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:

Assessing and amending your garden soil

Common pests, diseases and fruit disorders

Pruning objectives and basic pruning skills

How to create a sustainable, aesthetically pleasing drought tolerant landscape

How to grow cabbage and its relatives for a year-round harvest

Eating seasonally from your garden for nutrition and health

Magical ornamentals: roses, salvia and the drama of foliage

25 tips to make you a better, smarter gardener

How to determine why your plant is unhappy

Visit GardenWorkshop.org for complete descriptions of each session and our speaker’s biographies.

Purchase tickets here. Tickets are $40 online, $45 at the door. Advance purchase recommended.

October 20 from  8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m. at Friday Harbor Middle School, 85 Blair Avenue,  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island


Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer?

Our next training session begins January 29, 2019, in Friday Harbor. Training occurs every Tuesday from 9 am to 3:30 pm through March 26. Applications are due by November 1.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Blethen at mg.sanjuancounty@wsu.edu 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 ma.sanjuancounty@wsu.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

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