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We have a busy Spring 2017 planned!

In March, we’ll be hosting our annual Spring Symposium… four Wednesday evenings in March featuring some of the northwest’s most interesting speakers.  See below for details!

The first weekend in May brings our popular Master Gardener Plant Sale.  Thousands of vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs and baskets, as well as fun garden art pieces. Watch this page for details!

Spring Symposium

March 8, 15, 22, 29  –  7:00 pm

Eventbrite - Master Gardener Spring Symposium - 2017

Wednesday, March 8 – Robin Haglund

Top Gardening Mistakes (and How Not to Make Them!) 

Professional garden coach Robin Haglund teaches the top gardening mistakes she sees day in & day out. And she’ll share simple tips and tricks so you can avoid these often costly whoopsies before they happen.

Robin has spent a lifetime gardening, ranching and farming all over California, in Virginia, andHaglund_Robin in the Puget Sound region of Washington. She has appeared internationally on her award-winning garden design episode of  HGTV’s Landscaper’s Challenge, and she is featured in multiple episodes of  PBS’ Growing a Greener World .

Robin is enthusiastic about teaching interested people of all gardening skill levels, ages and budgets how to become more active and successful in their personal gardening spaces. As well, she strives to expand her own gardening knowledge through continuing education, networking with other professionals and learning-by-doing.

In addition to holding a certificate in Environmental Horticulture from Lake Washington Technical College and a BA in English from University of California at Santa Barbara, Robin is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) as defined by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. Robin’s garden coaching, design insights, her tips for gardening with pets, and her experiences with urban beekeeping are featured in several media sources including Organic Gardening Magazine, The New York Times, Sunset Magazine, PBS’s “Growing a Greener World”, HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”, The Seattle Times, and several gardening books.

Wednesday, March 15 – Daniel Mount

In Living Color: The Fundamentals of Color for the Modern Gardener

Daniel’s very dynamic, interactive and exciting discussion of color in the garden promises to entertain and educate us about garden design.

Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers. He received his first shovel for his second birthday and began his gardening career in the sand box later that afternoon. Spending most of his youthful summers in a vegetable patch, on a farm, in parks, or in thmount_daniele woods, the curiosity of a scientist and the soul of a poet were awakened in him.
Daniel went on to study fine arts and botany at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from which he received a BS in Botany in 1986. He wrote the treatment for the Araceae, the aroid family, for the Flora of Paraguay and Flora of Hawaii projects during his senior internship at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where he was employed after graduation. He started his garden design business in St. Louis while working as a herbarium assistant and grower at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Drawn to the legendary gardening climate of the Pacific Northwest, Daniel left St. Louis for Seattle, Washington. Since that time he has created, maintained and consulted on gardens primarily in the Puget Sound Basin. The skills he acquired working in the passionate gardening environment of Pacific Northwest opened many doors. He was invited to Cologne, Germany, where he worked on urban roof-top and courtyard gardens as well as rural estates. He was next called to Orto dei Semplici Elbano on the Island of Elba, Italy where he collected and designed with the unique flora of this island. He maintains an ancillary connection to this garden to this day. Closer to home he has consulted on projects in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Montana.


Wednesday, March 22 – Elizabeth Murphy

The Carbon Connection: Soil Climate Solutions

Soil is life, and life is carbon. The carbon and organic matter in soil plays an important role in capturing greenhouse gases, protecting water resources, and feeding a growing planet. How we treat soil on farms, in cities, and in our backyards is an important part of the solution to many of the global environmental dilemmas we face. To understand how the local affects the global, come learn aboumurphy_elizabetht the cycles of organic matter and the role of soil carbon in the garden. This class will cover how to build organic matter, manage nutrients, develop natural soil communities, and promote other ecosystem benefits to grow gardens, cities, and farms that are not only more bountiful, but more climate friendly as well.

Ea Murphy is a soil scientist and author of Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach (Cool Springs Press, 2015). Her passion for growin
g food led to a master’s degree from University of California, Davis, where she researched the fundamentals of soil organic matter and sustainable ways to improve it. She has worked on farms, with urban gardens, in environmental restoration, in agroecological research, and as a faculty instructor for Oregon State University Extension. With twenty years of hands-on practical experience and the latest research in soil health to back her up, she shares the simple truth that to grow more, we need to do less. She has shared the message of living soil with audiences across the country, including appearances on King 5’s New Day Northwest, WHYY’s You Bet Your Garden, and PRI’s Science Friday.

Based in Tacoma, Washington, Ea offers classes and workshops, one-on-one consultation services, and online soil and garden support and resources at her website One thing she believes: the future health of our planet depends on us all bringing soil to life, wherever we are.

Wednesday, March 29 – Jessi Bloom

Water-Wise Gardening – Low Impact Design

With our desert climate in mind, Jessi will share ideas to use in designing our landscapes to be successful without an abundance of water.

Jessi Bloom is a best selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, professional horticulturalist, and certified arborist. She owns N.W. Bloom–EcoLogical Landscapes, known fobloom_jessir innovation in sustainable landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Jessi is committed to educating others and now spends much of her time teaching, consulting, and speaking nationwide in addition to designing landscapes.

Her best-selling book Free-Range Chicken Gardens has been praised for being informative and inspiring, changing the way people integrate animals into their landscapes. Her work has appeared nationally in Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, NY Times, PBS’s Growing a Greener World TV, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News and many other large media outlets. Recognition for her work includes awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture magazine, Sunset magazine, the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. She lives north of Seattle with her two sons on her permaculture homestead.


Classes in the Garden are finished for this year!

Look for us again next year on the second, third, and fourth Saturdays of each month at 10:00 am beginning in May.

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
Ahtanum Youth Activities Park
1000 Ahtanum Blvd., Union Gap

Master Gardener Heirloom Garden
1522 South 18th Ave., Yakima

All Classes are FREE!
And so is the parking.