In 2023, the Workshop celebrates Gardening with Purpose — Beauty, Bounty, and Benefit.
This 2-day event provides a platform to develop new skills and discover the many healthful benefits of gardening. Explore the critical connections between the soil, the bugs, the plants, and sustainable practices. Learn to mix ornamentals and edibles while creating a four-season pollinator habitat.
From cultivating mushrooms, and growing bouquets, to tool sharpening and composting, you'll find a diverse selection of classes that will expand your gardening knowledge and widen your gardening horizons. Enjoy creating beauty and bounty, while gardening with purpose and sustainability.
Friday, March 3
Practical sessions at various locations on Whidbey and Camano Islands offer interactive, hands-on demonstrations; both indoors and in the garden. Topics include: Hardwood bench grafting, habitat restoration, and garden and organic farm tours.
Saturday, March 4
The Workshop presents a full day of educational sessions at Oak Harbor High School, with select classes live-streamed in real-time for viewing on your computer. Attendees can choose from 28 Focused Classes on specific topics throughout the day. Or you can attend one or two of three Themed Sessions, each featuring three horticultural experts sharing their perspectives on a related topic. Both Focused Classes and Themed Sessions offer opportunities for attendee participation. We will be live-streaming select instructors from their classrooms at Oak Harbor High School for online viewers to experience at the same time as onsite attendees. Live-stream classes will be available as recordings.
Horticulturist, media personality, and author, Donna Balzer delivers the Keynote on: New Soil, New Climate, New Plants: How a professional gardener started again from scratch and learned from her failures.
Gardening educational sessions are complemented throughout the day with other engaging activities —Plant clinics, demonstrations, a Garden Marketplace, and more. Attendees can select from lunch options and enjoy refreshments as you browse the Marketplace and gather with other gardeners.