Demonstration Gardens are integral to the WSU Master Gardener Program. This session will focus on creating meaningful partnerships, encouraging volunteer support, providing quality education and managing a successful garden.
Instructor: Wendy Sue Wheeler
Pesticide laws are critical to protect human health and the environment. It is important to understand how pesticide use is regulated. Federal, state, county, and local laws can impact pesticide applications. This class will cover labels, formulations, personal safety, and environmental safety topics and the laws that govern them.
Instructor: Tim Kohlhauff, Urban Horticulture-WSU Extension
“Garden Lessons in a Box”, are effective research-based lessons for younger gardeners that can be easily carried to remote sites, and include supplies, resources and curriculum outline that any Master Gardener can use.
Instructor: Mary Dessel, WSU Master Gardener, Masters in Forestry
Bumblebees and other pollinators are declining due to multiple threats such as habitat loss. Learn how insect pollinators benefit us and what you can do to protect them…and improve habitat in your own gardens.
Instructor: Eve Rickenbaker
The staff and visitors of many public gardens are less diverse than the communities they serve due to historical events and policies that created long-standing barriers and exclusionary practices. In this talk, I will discuss these events, along with the results of interviews with African Americans in public gardens in Seattle, Washington who have described current barriers and offer solutions to opening the garden gate to all. Participants will depart with knowledge about the history of exclusion along with contemporary views to apply in developing new approaches that will include everyone.
It’s ALL about soil! You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients. The fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know!
Instructor: Dr. Ani Jayakaran, Associate Professor-WSU Extension
Learn the current state of the science related to green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), how it can be used as a means to sustainably manage stormwater, impact Puget Sound communities, and the role that Master Gardeners can play.
JennyGlass, WSU Plant & Insect Diagnostic Lab
WSU Plant Diagnosticians will team up to help you improve your plant problem diagnostic skills. The class will highlight the lines of diagnostic questioning that lead to answers, resources available, and ways to engage your clients as vital team members in the diagnostic inquiry.
Installing new plantings and maintaining old gardens within the shade and root zone of large trees can present challenges. This class provides information and methods for improving long-term success for both the trees and surrounding landscape.
Instructor: Bob Simmons, Associate Professor Water Resources-WSU Extension
There are plenty of great plant options for planting over septic system drainfields. This presentation provides an overview of how septic systems work and the do’s and don’ts in the drainfield area. This will include how to go about landscaping on and around the drainfield area, what plants to avoid and which ones work well.
Instructor: James Cassidy, Soil Sciences-Oregon State University
If you are serious about growing plants, you really need to know your soil type and get a soil test –Test results will allow you to correct for nutrient deficiencies and track your progress over time . Learn how to take a representative soil sample, where and how to send the sample, what to ask for and how to interpret the results.
Panelists: Beth Chisolm, WSU Master Gardener Program Community Gardens Project; Jeannine Polaski, WSU Master Gardener Program Coordinator - Mason County; Jennifer Marquis, WSU Master Gardener Program Statewide Coordinator
Join in the discussion as our panelists share their experiences and explain the roles that community gardens and food banks can play in fulfilling WSU Extension’s mission. Bring your questions & experiences to share and learn how you can enrich your local WSU Master Gardener program!
Instructor: Sue Goetz, CPH, ECO-Pro
Breathe new life into a garden with practical easy tips and advice on simple fixes you can do to make-over the garden. Learn shortcuts to good design by using photos and insider tips from an award-winning designer.
Instructor: R. Troy Peters, Irrigation Specialist, WSU Extension
Get answers to the most common questions from the public - from “What’s back flow prevention all about?” to “How do I prepare my sprinkler system for the winter?”…and many topics in between!