For the first time Whidbey Gardening Workshop is offering field trips – 6 in all. You can choose one in each the morning and afternoon sessions. There is ample time for travel and lunch between sessions.
Early Bird registrants will get their first choice for field trip tickets. Tickets will be available first come, first serve after January 16. There is a 20-person limit for each field trip, except for Seed Propagation, which is limited to 15.
MORNING FIELD TRIPS
On this Field Trip at the Greenhouse, 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!
Dr. Robert Pelant, DVM
Native Plants, Native Prairies
Discover some of the native plants that call the 175-acre glacial outwash prairie home. Learn about the Pacific Rim Institute and our efforts to restore the degraded prairie, savanna and forest land through increasing biodiversity, controlling key invasive species, and building in resilience. Walk part of our 2.2 miles of trails to learn about various restoration projects in various stages, as well as our native remnant containing ~50 species of natives, and our Native Plant Center where we propagate ~40+ species. There will be an opportunity to purchase native plants at PRI before or after the tour, and they come with instructions! 20% of the sale price will be donated to the Master Gardeners.
Composting: The act of taking complex organic waste material and breaking it down into simpler and simpler forms.
Well made organic compost makes a dynamite amendment that can improve your garden soil in a myriad of ways. Poorly made compost, however, is much less helpful for your soil and may even prove detrimental to your plant’s health.
One way to improve the quality of the compost you spread on your garden is to employ hot composting. By carefully selecting the material in the compost pile and by paying attention to how the pile is constructed and maintained, we can encourage the growth of several classes of thermophilic bacteria. These bacteria will then break down the material in the pile faster and more completely than the decomposition that occurs in nature. The goal is more compost, better compost, and in less time.
Join Master Gardener Tom Vincent for a hands on demo of hot composting. Topics covered include: Materials best for hot composting, how to build and maintain a pile for best decomposition, and tools and space required. By the end of the session everyone should have the knowledge to produce quality compost that will put a smile on any gardener’s face.
AFTERNOON FIELD TRIPS
A Walk Through Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens
Join Trevor for a guided tour of one of the largest collections of maples on the west coast. This unique opportunity will allow you to view mature specimens and ask specific questions about them, including pruning tips. There are some spectacular trees in the Arboretum to admire and learn about. These trees for all seasons will wow you with their foliage and structure. Be sure to bring your smiles, questions, and cameras - there will certainly be a few to consider adding to your home landscape!
Ed and Martha Hollis
Hands-on Pruning Techniques
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!
Vegetable Gardens Tour
NOTE: THIS FIELD TRIP BEGINS AT 1:30PM ****
We will begin our Field Trip at Crescent Harbor Elementary, Oak Harbor, and will visit two school gardens. If you are interested in establishing and maintaining a large vegetable garden this is the Field Trip for you. If you are an educator, work with children and youth, or if you are on the management team of an existing school or community garden, this is also your Field Trip. Learn how our two gardens got started, initial budgets and funding, landscaping considerations and prepping the beds, what to begin with, how to work the gardens through harvest.