The upcoming Whidbey Gardening Workshop explores the theme “Back to Our Roots” and returns to its original format of a one-day, in-person workshop at Oak Harbor High School on Saturday, March 2,2024. Come enjoy the day filled with gardening classes, panel discussions, hands-on learning, demonstrations, and our always exciting Marketplace, where participants browse vendors’ booths for gardening tools, books, and décor, and have a cup of coffee and a snack at the 4-H booth.
Topics include everything from composting to beginners’ tips, from tool selection to herb gardens, from small spaces to drought resistant gardens—there’s something for every gardener, whether novice or experienced, to learn and absorb.
Our Keynote Speaker for 2024 is Woodinville gardener and popular author Jessi Bloom, whose presentation will include thoughts on ecological landscaping, permaculture, and the popular concepts of rewilding and forest gardens.
Gardening educational sessions are complemented throughout the day with other engaging activities —Plant clinics, demonstrations, a Garden Marketplace, and more. Attendees can enjoy refreshments served by our local 4-H group as they browse the Marketplace and gather with other gardeners.
New for 2024: “Make-n-Take” Classes!
For the first time, the Whidbey Gardening Workshop offers hands-on classes during which each student creates something to bring home and enjoy in their own gardens. In addition to our typica gardening classes, attendees can choose from these classes during the day: Building a Mason Bee House, Practicing the Skills of Transplanting Seedlings, or Discover the Art of Kokedama. For a small additional fee, you’ll make it and take it home. These sessions may fill up fast, so complete your registration early!