Grow a Gardener

Kids of all ages LOVE to get in the dirt, for gardens are magical, fun, and full of surprises. It’s often where children first experience the wonders of science and the natural world.

And beyond science and math, gardens teach patience, cooperation, the joy of learning, responsibility, respect for where we live, and that vegetables taste great!

Join our noted panelists – experts in school garden programs, garden-keepers and educators – as they discuss getting kids enjoyably in the dirt and excited about growing and eating vegetables. They’ve got activities, lessons, tricks, and recipes to share.

Our panelists are Ashley Randall, Colleen Stewart, Mandy Randolph, and Jennifer Pietsch, from the Orcas School Garden, and Caitie Blethen, San Juan County Master Gardener Coordinator. All are experienced educators and advocates for dirty hands!

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 workshops of interest to you. The keynote speaker is Linda Gilkeson, noted Entomologist and gardening author, speaking on “Resilient Gardens in a Changing Climate.” Additional workshops include planting for pollinators, testing and fertilizing your soil, restoring island wildflowers, dealing with wireworms, growing fruit trees, small space vegetable gardens, camellias in our climate, and gardening with children.

Visit for complete descriptions of each workshop. Purchase tickets here. Tickets are $40 online, $45 at the door. Advance purchase recommended.

San Juan County Master Gardeners Annual Gardening Workshop Presented by the Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in Cooperation with San Juan County Washington State University Extension

October 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Friday Harbor Middle School 85 Blair Ave. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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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