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.
Jenny Glass, 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.
Instructor: Christina Pfeiffer, Horticultural Writer/Educator
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.
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!
Instructor: Dan Hinkley, Plantsman/Garden Writer/Horticulturist
Doing battle with dry shade, poor soil, and overly moist sites can be challenging; however much easier if armed with the knowledge of those plants that tolerate these conditions. Dan Hinkley will present some of his favorite selections for rigorous garden conditions while complementing his recommendations with tidbits of how to best establish plants in difficult sites.
Instructor: Jana Ferris, Associate Professor-WSU
As our programs continue to become aligned with social norms, university regulations, and a changing volunteer population, change is constant. This interactive workshop includes hands-on, skill building activities and resources that attendees can begin using day one…techniques to implement to lead their volunteers through the process of change management.
Bess Bronstein, Educator, horticulture consultant and ISA-Certified Arborist
As Bob Dylan noted, “the times they are a changin’”. The impacts of climate change are visible in our landscapes. Plants are under stress due to rising temperatures, less typical rainfall, and increased pest and disease problems. It is clear that we need to make modifications in how we garden into the future, including changes in plant selection, irrigation and landscape management. Find out what you can do to make this transition successful in your garden.
Joan A. Qazi, Ph.D.
According to a Yale Survey, the percentage of Americans who are alarmed or concerned about climate change has increased to 60%, but about the same percentage say they rarely or never discuss climate change with family or friends. How can we not be talking about a global crisis, one that 90% of scientists say must be addressed now if we are to maintain a livable planet? This presentation will offer tips for how to get these important climate conversations started; how to find common ground; and how to focus on the science not the politics.