Panelists: Sharon Collman, Professor Emeritus, WSU Extension; Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D Horticulture; Todd Murray, WSU College of Agriculture; Dr. André-Denis Wright, Dean of CAHNRS; Jennifer Marquis, WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Leader
Things are changing in the gardening world. This panel will consider the latest advancements in our field and how the basics of our training are evolving. A glance at the future of the WSU Master Gardener Program.
Instructor: Dr. David Crowder, Associate Professor, WSU Dept of Entomology
Plants face constant attack from pests like herbivores and pathogens. Plants are not undefended, however, and have a variety of chemical and physical defenses to repel attackers. This course will discuss the ways in which plants defend themselves and how growers may be able to promote healthy plants that can protect themselves from stressors.
If bugs could talk they’d be shaking their antennae and stridulating in disbelief at our efforts to control them. The Collman/Pehling duo will take a merry look at the insects and how their life cycles should influence your actions. It’s really not that hard.
Instructor: Paula Dinius, WSU Urban Horticulturist
The accumulation of daily heat values can be used to predict plant phases and insect activity…a much better predictor of life cycle stage than calendar timings. Pest control is most effective in an integrated pest management plan when growing degree days are used together with plant phenology, the visual phase of a plant.
Instructor: Dale Whaley, Coordinator Integrated Weed Control Project-WSU Extension
Learn about “Glyphosate Resistance”, the timeline of events that led the International Agency for Research on Cancer to declare Glyphosate (aka Roundup) a “Group 2A Carcinogen”, and what this potentially means for you today.
Instructor: Karen Chapman, CPH
What deer-challenged homeowners need from master gardeners are tried and true strategies and design tricks that will enable them to have the garden of their dreams without resorting to fences or constant spraying. This class illustrates key design steps and abundant examples.
Instructor: Mary Foster, WSU Master Gardener
This class features Northwest native plants used to highlight beauty and color throughout the year, including attractive native flowers. Learn how berries, colorful leaves, and interesting texture can also add depth, variety and attractive features to your garden.
Instructor: Ben Thompson, Department of Natural Resources, Urban Forestry Specialist
Trees are the longest-lived plants in our gardens and landscapes, bearing witness to changes between seasons and years, and evolving to those changes. Today we find ourselves also needing to adapt. Explore the value and relevance of trees to the planet and our daily lives today and into the future.
Instructor: Carlene Boxman, WSU Master Gardener
Learn how to time your crops within each season to ensure you have food to harvest all year around. This class will focus on the basic principles and practices of crop planning including: crop rotation, timing, succession planting techniques, and how to grow successfully in the fall and winter months. (Note: Focus is Western Washington.)
Instructor: Linda Chalker-Scott, Ph.D Horticulture
The increase in unfiltered information available on the web has created a need for university Extension programs to assist citizens in developing critical evaluation skills .This presentation will provide Master Gardeners with guidelines for evaluating articles, books, and electronic resources objectively.
Instructor: Everett Chu , CPH, ECO-Pro
In our climate with increasingly bone-dry summers, a practical answer is Xeriscape, an ecological approach for dry, water-wise gardening. Learn how to be successful incorporating key design principles, selecting plants with drought-tolerant characteristics, and constructing the garden for long-term sustainability.