We’re sad that we had to cancel our planned field trips due to COVID-19 restrictions, but here is a preview of possible field trips you can expect at the Whidbey Gardening Workshop 2022.
Look for more information on field trips and other educational opportunities to be scheduled later this year.
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!
Native Plants, Native Prairies
Dr. Robert Pelant
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.
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.
Tom 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.
A Landscape Design Lesson at Meerkerk Gardens
We know how gardens at times need refreshing and rethinking, often requiring a completely new vision.
During this field trip, Frank Simpson will describe, demonstrate and outline the process he used to redesign the Meerkerk Gardens: Adapt and alter a mature garden in order to extend seasonal interest, think through visual viewpoints garden-wide, increase access to plants, introduce companion plants that have a tolerance for our changing weather patterns, time lines, key strategies used to implement.
One of Frank's goals is to guide you to solve problems in your own gardens. Come prepared to ask questions and develop new visions of what your garden could be through his demonstrations.
AFTERNOON FIELD TRIPS
A Walk Through the Evergreen Arboretum
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!
Hands-on Pruning Techniques
Ed and Martha Hollis
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!
Renovating an Old Landscape into a New Garden
The class will focus on how to renovate a mature landscape garden by identifying which plants should be pruned, which plants should be moved, and which plants should be removed and replaced.
The field trip will be at the home of Chuck Clark, in Clinton WA. The home had a 20 year-old landscape that was very mature and overgrown when Clark decided he needed some professional help to regain control. The past few years have been spent doing significant pruning, transplanting, and in some cases plant removal yielding a landscape that is both beautiful and in control.