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Friday, March 13

Whidbey Gardening Workshop is offering four unique and engaging field trips. These are hands-on experiences “in the field” rather than classroom presentations. They offer gardening topics of key interest for every home gardener, including propagation from seeds, pruning, composting, and rhododendrons.

You can sign up for as many as two field trips - one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from field trip locations. All locations are within a one-hour drive from Oak Harbor. Because the field trips are in March, the weather will be unpredictable. Hope for sun, but dress for rain or snow!

Each field trip costs $20. Space is limited so register early. Choose from the following field trips:


10 am to 12 noon, choose between:

FA1 - Hot Composting, by Tom Vincent, at South Whidbey Tilth

FA2 - All About Seeds!, by Anza Muenchow, at Master Gardener Educational Gardens at Greenbank Farm

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, choose between: Both afternoon workshops are FULL

FP1 - Hands-on Pruning Basics, by Ed and Martha Hollis at Master Gardener Educational Gardens at Greenbank Farm

FP2 - Redesigning a Mature Garden, by Frank Simpson, at Meerkerk Gardens

How to Register

Select the field trip and pay for it when you register for the workshop.


Initially field trips are only available to Whidbey Gardening Workshop ticket holders. After registration to the workshop closes, the public may sign up for unfilled field trips at the regular price.

Instructor: Tom Vincent

Location:  South Whidbey Tilth

What do you know about hot composting other than it is a better way to reduce seeds in the end result? Hot Composting allows microbial activity within a compost pile to produce finished compost in less time than the cold composting method.


Vincent will teach us how the addition of compost to garden soil can improve the soil’s texture or “tilth,” adding valuable pore space to aid a plant’s ability to get oxygen to its roots. This class will cover topics such as what organic materials work best for hot composting, size of compost pile needed, moisture levels, heat, tool and space requirements, and labor involved.


Those attending should leave with enough knowledge to build their own successful home hot-compost pile.

Hot Composting

10 am-12 noon

Instructor: Anza Muenchow

Location:   Master Gardener Educational Gardens at Greenbank Farm

In this class you will get hands-on experience with seeding trays for indoor germination. You will learn about the process of buying, planting, and germinating seeds, and transplanting seedlings into the ground.


Topics such as seed types, starting mixes, planting depth, moisture, temperature, air circulation, lighting, and more are covered. You’ll get answers to questions such as, When do I use transplants? When do transplants need to go into the ground outside? What is “hardening off”? What do I need to germinate seeds indoors—containers, heat mats, lights, etc.?


This class is for gardeners wanting to perfect their own propagation techniques. Come prepared to ask questions of expert Anza and start your own propagating right now!

All About Seeds!

10 am-12 noon

Instructors: Ed and Martha Hollis

Location:   Master Gardener Educational Gardens at Greenbank Farm


Join Ed and Martha Hollis at the Greenbank Farm Educational Garden in Greenbank, WA to learn about pruning shrubs, trees, and other kinds of plants.


As pruning techniques are demonstrated, participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience in working with on-site trees and shrubs. Learn reasons for pruning, such as to maintain size and revitalize old, overgrown trees and shrubs.


Understand the importance of tools and tool maintenance. Learn how to properly control and direct plant growth on various types of trees, shrubs, grasses and more with confidence. Come prepared with questions!

Hands-on Pruning Basics

1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Instructor:  Frank Simpson

Location:   Meerkerk Gardens

We know how gardens at times need refreshing and rethinking, often requiring a completely new vision.​ To that end, redesign and landscaping have been undertaken over the past two years in wonderful Meerkerk Gardens.

In this class, Frank Simpson will explain how he handled the redesign of the Entry Garden to Meerkerk Gardens, describing some of his key strategies, such as adapting and redesigning a mature garden to further extend seasonal interest, enhance visual attraction, increase access to plants, and introduce companion plants that have a tolerance for our changing weather patterns.

One of Frank's goals in this class is to enable you to solve problems in your own gardens through demonstrating his process of redesign at Meerkerk Gardens. Come prepared to ask questions and develop new visions of what your garden could be!

Redesigning a Mature Garden

1:30 pm-3:30 pm