Schedule at a Glance

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Thursday, Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1

8:00 am — 5:00 pm  Registration/Check-In


10:00 am - 12:00N

Native Plants of Fort Worden:   Guided tour, with Native Plants Botanist, Landscape Designers and Horticulture Expert

10:00 am - 12:00

Far Reaches Plant Botanical Conservancy: Internationally recognized plant experts Kelly Dobson and Sue Milliken.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bloedel Preserve: Curated walk through beautiful forest gardens.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fort Worden Military History Tour: including the Coast Artillery Museum

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Finnriver Cidery: guided tour, samples, history and insights

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Port Townsend Vineyards: Vintner-led tour and tastings

All Day

Whale Watching Tour: the perfect combination of wildlife and scenery


Field Session: Tree Planting, Pruning, Stewardship

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Master Gardener Coordinators Annual Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm

Master Gardener Foundation Annual Membership Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Hors d’oeuvre Reception/Mingle -Visit the Marketplace, Raffle and Exhibitors

Friday, Oct. 2

Thursday, Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am -10:00 am

Coffee and Pastry Buffet

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Visit the Marketplace and Raffle

10:30 am - 12N

Welcome and Plenary Panel: “The Master Gardener: From Here into the Future” Sharon Collman, Linda Chalker Scott, Todd Murray

12N - 1:00 pm

Buffet Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm  Session ONE Classes

  • Garden Design Makeovers! 
  • Creating Pollinator Friendly Gardens
  • Year Round Organic Gardening in Western Washington State
  • Lessons in a Box
  •  Glyphosate Resistance and Cancer...What's the Latest News?
  • The Importance of Trees to Our Lives and Landscapes

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm  Session TWO Classes

  • Sustainable Stormwater Management and the Role that MGs Can Play
  • Watering Systems: What Questions do YOU get in a Clinic? 
  • Gardening Amid the Tree Roots
  • Pesticides: WSU Master Gardener Policies and the Law
  • Demo Gardens: Everything You Need to Know
  • A Convenient Truth - Composting for the Home Gardener

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Session THREE Classes

  • Creating Garden Beauty All Year with Native Plants
  • Planning a Water-Wise Garden: Design Principles for Everyone
  • Mixed Vegetable Crop Planning
  • Citizen Science - Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills
  • Deer Resistant Garden Design
  • If Bugs Could Talk …Gardening in Tune with Insect Lifecycles

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

No-Host Bar

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Banquet & Keynote Speaker 

Ron Gagliardo/Amazon- “Year 5 on Day One: Building the Amazon Spheres”

Saturday, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 1

Saturday, Oct. 3

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Coffee and Pastry Buffet

9:00 am - 10:15 am  Session FOUR Classes

  • Not in My Back Yard!
  • Soil: What it is and How it Works
  • Do Plants Talk?
  • Plant & insect Clinic: Helping Clients Figure Out the Problem
  • Growing Degree Days: Plant Phenology
  • Graft Your Own Designer Fruit Trees

10:30 - 11:45 am  Session FIVE Classes

  • The Best Plants for Challenging Places
  • Soil Test Results in Hand - What Does it all Mean?
  • Community Gardens and Food Banks
  • "Can I Plant Something Pretty on my Drainfield?”
  • Ten Things a MG should Know about Lawn Care
  • Leading Through Change: Empowering Volunteers

12N - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Awards Program

1:15 - 2:30 pm  Session SIX - Plenary Panel

Climate Change and the Gardener - Chad Kruger, WSU Climate Program Team, Joan Qazi, Ph.D 

To-Go packet pickup