WEBINAR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
All webinars are available to you on Sunday, March 6. You do not need to select specific webinars during registration. Webinar ticket holders will have access to all recorded webinars for 3 weeks following Workshop.
GROW NOW: A Guide to Garden-Based Climate Activism
Our gardens are a source of beauty, food, and respite from the world. They also have the power to improve personal health and the planet’s health, acting as a critical source for positive environmental change. This class outlines how to enact change beginning at home with seeds, soil, and a new frame of reference. Discover the connectivity of biodiversity and rewilding; the benefits of no-dig gardening, soil health, composting, and companion planting; the how-tos for growing a better garden for people and wildlife; and much more. In short—everything you need to know to change your life and the planet — one garden at a time.
Grow Tomatoes in the Drizzly Pacific Northwest
Learn the basics about how to grow great tomatoes in our challenging, short-season climate. This class covers all aspects — starting from seed, selecting and preparing garden space or containers, good varieties to grow, planting and aftercare, common problems and solutions, and harvesting tips. The information is comprehensive and is appropriate for any level of gardener who is interested in growing tomatoes.
Gardening under Large Trees
Installing new plantings and maintaining old gardens within the shade and root zone of large trees can present challenges for trees and companion plantings alike. Misunderstandings about tree roots often leads to eventual decline of valued trees. Grass and other plantings can decline under increasing competition with maturing trees. This talk provides practical and sustainable methods for improving long-term success for both the trees and the surrounding landscape.
Small Space Gardening - How to Make Your Garden Feel Larger
Small gardens can be tricky to get right. Sometimes we assume that since our space is limited it can't be useful, and we miss out on making the most of our garden. This class is for those who feel challenged by the size of your garden, or just want ideas for how to maximize any space. Tobey will offer some tricks and strategies for making the most of your small garden space.
WEBINAR CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
The Science of Companion Planting
Did you know that some plants grow better together? Improve the health and productivity of your vegetable garden by choosing plants that work together as companions, rather than competing for resources.
Garden Design Makeovers
Don’t just settle for a simple landscape; plant a garden with texture, dimension, and longevity. Breathing new life into a garden can be daunting and rewarding-get started with practical advice on fixes you can do to make-over the garden. Inspiration with photos of before and after projects with ideas to steal and insider tips from an award winning garden designer.
Grow the Heck Up! With Vines
Learn how to embellish your garden with the remarkable beauty and diversity of vines. Using great photos and a friendly speaking style, Laura Watson showcases the amazing variety in color, shape, bloom time, and growth habit of vines that do well in the Pacific Northwest — wisteria, clematis, passionflower, and more. Get details about their care, information about pruning, and recommendations for easy vines to try.
Japanese Maple Selection & Management
Japanese maples can provide year-round interest to almost any garden. Each season brings beauty, ranging from beautiful sculptural branching in winter, to bright leaf shapes and colors of spring and summer, followed by brilliant fall foliage color. Given the many choices of Japanese maples, it is personal as to what size, form, leaf color and shape you might desire. Join Bess Bronstein to learn about some of the best garden selections, as well as how to best manage them. Proper pruning is essential to enhancing the already beautiful form of these trees, and monitoring for disease, pest and stress problems will ensure long-lived healthy standouts in the garden.
A Convenient Truth — Composting for the Home Gardener
Learn how to teach the basics of composting through this primer on waste management, reasons to compost and the basics of the process and material. Enhance your understanding of the benefits and ways to promote it to the home and community gardener.
The Squish Factor: Designing Abundant Containers
Do you dream of creating Instagram-worthy container gardens? Are you frustrated that no matter what you try your pots either fizzle out mid-season or just look like a jumble of odd plants rather than a cohesive, dramatic medley?
The hallmarks of a well-designed container include rich layers of foliage and flowers that completely fill out the container yet don’t look overgrown, a cohesive color palette, exciting plant combinations, well balanced in form and scale, and longevity.
In this presentation, you will learn about the best materials and products to use, how to map out a design, and how to select plants that look good together using Karen's unique design strategy to ensure you'll be successful every time.
Note that this class will not be recorded.
Rhonda Fleming Hayes
Bountiful and Beautiful: The New Kitchen Garden
Rhonda combines vegetables, herbs and flowers to create a kitchen garden that is both pretty and productive. Tips for supercharging your soil, maximizing your garden "real estate", designing a visual feast, and more. Follow her process for making a front yard-worthy food garden.
Landscaping Your Property with Wildfire Preparedness in Mind
When you think of wildfire, does Whidbey Island come to mind? Although most of us would venture that Washington wildfires concern only our neighbors east of the mountains, in fact, wildfire has sculpted Whidbey's landscape like all its other natural processes. Wildfire can and does happen here. Are you prepared? Come learn about the science behind wildfire, its unique history on the island, and practical tips and resources as to how you can adapt your property's landscape to be wildfire prepared while meeting your other land use goals.