Artwork © Carolyn Bischoff 2018


Whidbey Gardening Workshop 2020

Welcome to the 32nd year of the Workshop! Our workshop team and dedicated volunteers strive to make the workshop weekend an educational and exciting event for you. As always, we have listened to you and worked hard to provide new and enhanced experiences, so that your time with us is well spent.

  • For the first time, Workshop events will span two days. On Friday, you can sign up for hands-on Field Trips that provide direct experience with different aspects of gardening. You can choose from four Field Trips – two in the morning and two in the afternoon.


  • On Saturday, the main Workshop offers over 45 classes with expert instructors, an engaging keynote by Richie Steffen, a vibrant Marketplace, an impressive Floral Design Competition by area garden clubs, food and beverages (including espresso this year), a Raffle and Store with exciting items some of which were made by our Master Gardeners, and ample opportunity for you to interact with fellow gardeners.


  • The Whidbey Gardening Workshop is produced and presented by the Island County Master Gardener Foundation. All Master Gardeners are trained through the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Program as community volunteers who provide public education in gardening and environmental stewardship based on research at WSU and other university systems. The Master Gardener Program in Island County makes between 2500 and 4000 contacts each year through its various outreach and educational programs, including plant clinics.

*Please note: Photographers will be present at the Whidbey Gardening Workshop. Please let them know if you prefer not to be photographed.


Join us in making the the 2020 Whidbey Gardening Workshop a resounding success!

Whidbey Gardening Workshop 2020 Committees

These are the committee coordinators that have been working throughout the year to bring you the workshop this year:

Chair                             Carole Matthews

Bookstore                      Amy Bullis, Barbara Peskuric

Content                         Carole Matthews

Decorations                   Barbara Mosher

Facilities                       Gary Ketcheson

Floral Design                 Paul McKenna

Field Trips                     Barbara Douglas

Hospitality                     Annette Yell

Packet Assembly           Chris Dimm

Marketing                      Barbara Schmitt

Marketplace                  Melissa Evans

MG Store                      Sally Cahill, Luella Golder

Raffle                            Judi Moore

Registrar                       Re McClung, with Chris Dimm

Room Hosts                   Ilze Zigurs

Setup/Takedown            Gary Ketcheson with Jim Peskuric

Signage                         Barbara Douglas

Sponsorship                   Katie Reid Levine

Ticketing                        Re McClung

Treasurer                       Re McClung

Wastewise                      Liz Ketcheson

Webmaster                     Becky Dawson

Website Development     Ilze Zigurs, lead

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