- Recordings of Guest Speakers -
How the Dahlia Returned to America
After 51 years of growing dahlias, Martin has developed a keen understanding of his favorite flowers. His talk will focus on the plant’s development from its Mexican roots to hybridization of the species and its prominence in the Pacific Northwest today.
Guest Speaker: Martin Kral
APRIL 18th, 2022
MARCH 21st, 2022
The Siren Song of Species Rhododendrons
Bob gives us an introduction to some of the best species rhodies for our Northwest gardens and recalls stories of some of the amazing adventures that led him to collect the seeds.
Guest Speaker: Bob Zimmerman
Owner of Chimacum Woods Rhododendron Nursery.
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening
Master Gardener Mark Hawley talks about raised beds, construction, soil, plant selection, nutrition, maintenance and integrated pest management.
Guest Speaker: Mark Hawley
Master Gardener, Snohomish County,
FEB 28th, 2022
DECEMBER 20th, 2021
The Basics of Successful Composting
What is compost? What materials can you use (or should you avoid) in your home piles? What impact does compost have on soil and the organisms living in it? What methods and equipment do you need to make finished compost? Learn about fast methods used at the Bellevue Botanical Garden and slow, low-energy methods for backyards.
Guest Speaker: Fred Wemer
Master Gardener, King County
Grow It. Make It. Share It. Food: A Celebration
Join Nancy in her kitchen as she laughs (and cries) over the many ways in which she finds culinary inspiration. In her talk, ” Grow It. Make It. Share It. Food: A Celebration,” she tells stories about pulling carrots from her container garden, culling the blackberries that menace her quarter-century-old grapevines, and trading Northwest bounty — from sourdough to sour cherries, gravlox to Gravensteins — with her green-thumbed friends and neighbors.
Guest Speaker: Nancy Leson
Award-winning food writer, radio personality, public speaker and Edmonds neighborhood coordinator for the Community Loaves project.
NOVEMBER 15th, 2021
Edmonds Parks during a Pandemic
At a time when indoor activities are limited, Edmonds parks have become needed gathering places, and the city’s flower beds and hanging baskets are iconic to the city’s identity. Angie’s talk focuses on the importance of the beautification program, in normal times and especially during a pandemic.
Guest Speaker: Angie Feser
Director of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and
SEPTEMBER 20th, 2021
MAY 16th, 2022
‘Living With Mosses’
“When you see moss, think moisture,” says botanist Louise Koehn. Moss must be wet to thrive – hence our abundant Pacific Northwest moss crop this year. Her talk touches on the ecology, morphology and reproduction of mosses, as well as the uses and historical importance of these tenacious plants.
Guest Speaker: Louise Koehn
Botanist and oceanographer
OCTOBER 18th, 2021
Shifting Gears Horticulturally: Simplify, Downsize, but Keep it Pretty
Gardens take on a life of their own, we hope. But they also require a lot of attention. As we grow with our gardens, we have to make sure that our gardens are in step with us. Time to have the hard discussion of who goes and who stays. More importantly, who takes their place. What are some key factors to consider? Upkeep, climate change, durability, wow factor.
Guest Speaker: Joe Abken
Executive Director, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden