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Spring Symposium  – – Plant Sale – –  Taking Care of Our Earth (Youth Fun) – – Garden Classes

Four Wednesdays in March

Register here today!

Fascinating lectures designed to speak specifically to our Central Washington gardening interests!

March 7Washington State Master Gardener of the Year, Yakima’s own Phyllis Pugnetti will explore techniques to extend the growing season for a year-round vegetable harvest.

Extending the Harvest – There are many vegetables that will survive well into the winter. Using cold frames, low tunnels, and other hints, you can do this, too! Phyllis will discuss how to select varieties that survive in low light and cold weather, sequential planting, and other helpful growing techniques. Understanding what to plant, and when, will assure a year-round vegetable harvest.

March 14WSU Extension Tree Fruit, Grape and Berry Specialist, Gwen Hoheisel will focus on how to be successful in backyard blueberry production, while embracing the growing industry in Eastern Washington.

Backyard Berry Success – Gwen received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Entomology from Pennsylvania State University focusing on IPM and insect diversity.   Gwen now works for WSU extension in perennial fruit crops.  Currently she is focusing on sustainable pest management and application technologies in fruit crops. She has worked with the commercial blueberry industry and WSU Master Gardeners for the past several years.

March 21Yakima’s own Dr. David James, well-known researcher, author and expert brings us the latest information on how to attract and protect the beautiful Monarch butterfly in our own gardens and neighborhoods.

How Can I Help the Butterflies – Information on our rapidly evolving understanding of Monarch butterflies in the Pacific Northwest will be presented. Five years of citizen-scientist-aided tagging of Monarchs has given us insight into these important creatures. It is vital that the we maintain Monarch butterfly habitat in Washington gardens, parks and natural areas to help reverse population declines. Come hear Dr. James help you to help them in this important quest.

March 28Our favorite Yakima Herald-Republic gardening columnist, Carol Barany, is here to teach us about growing a cut flower garden for spectacular arrangements in our own homes.

Flower Power: A Garden for Bouquets – Making a bouquet from armloads of fresh flowers that you grow in your own backyard can’t solve all your problems, but it’s a good start.  Are you drawn to flowers like a bee is to honey?  Then imagine burying your head in a bunch of lavish blooms that you grew with ease just outside your door.  Unlike an ornamental flower bed that’s planted to provide a lasting display, a cutting garden is grown to be harvested. In this class, learn how to grow an array of cut flowers that thrive in Yakima, with a special emphasis on dahlias.

Make plans today!

Attend all four of these great evenings for only $30. We will begin at 7:00 pm on each Wednesday in March, at the Pacific Northwest University’s wonderful lecture auditorium.

Annual Plant Sale!

Come choose from thousands of bedding plants for your yard and gardens. Vegetables, Annuals, Perennials, Herbs, gorgeous hanging baskets and more. This year we have a treat – – several dozen orchids!

Mark you calendar … May 4, 5, and 6 … 1522 South 18th Ave. – Yakima 

Classes in the Garden! (Beginning in May)

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
Look for us on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 10:00am.
Ahtanum Youth Activities Park
1000 Ahtanum Blvd., Union Gap

May 26 – Sustainable Garden Design July 28 – Seven Principles of Xeric Gardening
Jun 9 – Dahlias Aug 11 – Plant Identification
June 23 – Roses, Planting, Pruning, Protecting Aug 25 – Build It and They Will Come (pollinators)
July 14 – Growing Color, Herbs and Food in Containers Sep 8 – Tool Care


Master Gardener Heirloom Garden
Look for us on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00am.
1522 South 18th Ave., Yakima

May 26 – Good Soil

June 23 – Pruning Tomatoes

July 21 – Crop Rotation

Aug 18 – Cherry Tomatofest

Sep 15 – Culinary Herbs

All Classes are FREE!
And so is the parking.

Seating is limited. It helps if you bring a lawn chair!

Spring Youth Fun – “Taking Care of Our Earth”

This three session Saturday class series is FREE, and will be held on March 24, March 31 and April 7 from 10 am-12 at the Master Gardener GreenhouseClasses will be limited to 20 students ages 5 and up.

At our first class, students will plant a variety of vegetables from scraps that are usually thrown away i.e. sweet potato, celery bottom, pineapple top, avocado pit, etc.  They will learn about seeds (and where to find them!) and the different types of roots that plants have.  In the second class, we will read The Diary of a Worm. Students will learn about composting and will make their own composting bin to take home.  They will also check on the progress of the previous week’s plantings.  Our final class will tie it all together and we hope to send the children home with a variety of interesting plants, a notebook that they have compiled and an appreciation for our earth’s resources and how to help protect them.

There is no fee for this class!  Please note: This event has reached the limit of 20 students. However, we are collecting names of interested young folks on a waiting list. If there are enough more, we will schedule an afternoon session. 

To sign up, REGISTER HERE!