2016-17 Calendar of Programs and Events

November 16, 2016, "Raising Backyard Fruits in the San Juan Islands," with Janice and John Hagey.  Janice and John will discuss choosing trees for the backyard orchard, to include recommendations for planting and early care, maintenance, common pest management, organic spray schedules and harvest of the most common fruits grown in the San Juan Islands.

December 14, 2016, "Developing a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary with Birds and Mason Bees," with James Ulrich of Gig Harbor.  The Mason Bee is a non-aggressive pollinator native to our area.  Jim will cover all of the Mason Bee's needs, including proper housing, location, plants to assist in the success of attracting  Mason Bees into one's yard, and maintenance of a colony during the pollination process.  He will review weather cycles that affect our bees, predator issues and success stories, and how to ensure a successful crop of bees from year to year.  James is president of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gig Harbor and past-president of the Kitsap Audubon Society.

January 18, 2017, "Growing Baby Lettuces and Greens Year Round in the Pacific Northwest," with Chris Benedict, MS, Whatcom County Extension, Washington State University.  Since 2011, Chris has partnered with local farmers to improve leafy-greens production in the region.  Chris will teach us how to grow year-round salads by combining lettuce with six to eight leafy greens that are flavorful, nutritional and easy to grow. 

February 15, 2017, "Photography in the Garden," with Mark Turner of Bellingham.  Mark has been photographing gardens for national book and magazine publishers since 1994, including Garden Design, Sunset, and Organic Gardening.  Using examples from his extensive photo library, he will show us how to use basic photographic techniques of light, composition, perspective, and juxtaposition  to see and record our gardens in new ways.

March 15, 2017, "High Yield Vegetable Gardening in Your Backyard," with Colin McCrate and Brad Halm of Seattle Urban Farm Company.   Colin and Brad will share professional farm-planning techniques to help our home gardens thrive.   We will learn how to build planting calendars, choose appropriate varieties of vegetables, use succession planting, and make garden maps and crop-rotation plans to create ecological and sustainable gardens.  Colin and Brad  worked and taught on several farms in the midwest before moving west to create the Seattle Urban Farm Company. 

April 19, 2017, "The Recipe for Healthy Soil," with Dr. Craig Cogger, WSU Soil Scientist. Healthy soil is productive soil!  It conserves water, stores carbon and produces high-quality vegetables and fruits that nourish the home gardener.   Learn about how to build healthy soils, rich in nutrients, microbes, and earthworms. 

May 17, 2017, "Birds in Your Garden," with Dr. John Marzluff, author of Subirdia

Dr. John Marzluff's Welcome to Subirdia offers us something to celebrate.  Our suburbs and city parks are often remarkably rich in bird diversity.   Dr. Marzluff will teach us how to manage our properties, plan our towns, and think about the nonhuman residents of our ecosystems so we can make a difference for our children and grandchildren.. Dr. Marzluff is the James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, where he teaches classes in ornithology, urban ecology, conservation and field research.

June 14, 2017,  Annual Garden Club Picnic

June 24 and 25, 2017, Annual Garden Tour