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Fall 2015 Education Conference

Program Contact: Master Gardeners
(509) 667-6540 •

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Get READY to garden in 2016. You’ll be SET as you learn and GROW in garden know-how.

  • Saturday, November 21, 2015 9:00 am- 6:00 pm
  • Best Western Plus Icicle Inn
    505 Highway
    Leavenworth, WA  98826
    800-961-0162 or 509-548-7000
    Lodging rate is $139 for this conference
  • Master Gardeners $79 [Master Gardeners earn 5 CE credits]
    Non-Master Gardeners  $99
    SAVE $20 when you register by October 15, 2015
Superior Fruit Equipment
Thanks to our Conference Sponsor! Visit their website

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  • Complete the Reservation Form Online or by mail. Then return here to pay online.
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      After you enter your Payer Information, under “Choose Your Program”, Select “Master Gardeners Program Fees”
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    • Send payments, either check or Purchase Order, by mail to:
      WSU Chelan County Extension
      Master Gardeners
      400 Washington Street
      Wenatchee, WA 98801
  • Your reservation is not confirmed until we receive your Reservation Form and appropriate payment.
  • Contact us if you have questions or need special assistance.
    – by phone: 509-667-6540
    – by email: Jennifer Marquis, Master Gardener Coordinator

Program Schedule

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am            Registration/Coffee hour with pastries
  • 10:05 am – 4:30 pm    Informative and fun seminars
  • 12:15- 1:15 pm           Lunch and afternoon beverages/snacks included
  • 4:30 – 6:00 pm            Meet & Greet with appetizers and no-host bar

9:00 – 9:30 AM Key Note Address

Nicole MartiniNicole Martini, WSU Master Gardener StateProgram Leader

Nicole Martini began her Extension career as an Urban Horticulture Agent for University of Georgia (UGA) in a metro-Atlanta county in 2005. She has a background in landscape design and graduated from UGA with a Master of Science in Horticulture with a focus on sustainable agriculture, conservation and sustainable development. After six years coordinating the WSU Pierce County Master Gardener Program she became the WSU MG Program State Leader.

9:30 – 9:55 AM Hear from our Sponsor

Superior Fruit EquipmentSuperior Fruit Equipment was founded in 1995 in Wenatchee, WA, the heart of the fruit growing region of the Pacific Northwest. At our founding, we took over the manufacturing of three of the most well-known and respected brands in the professional tree fruit industry: Hickok Pruning Tools (established in 1928), Vaca Shears (established in 1912), and Wells & Wade Harvest Equipment (established in 1922).

Seminars 10:05 – 11:00 AM

timsmithGrowing Backyard Fruit Trees”:

Tim Smith, WSU Extension Professor Emeritus- Tree Fruit Specialist

Learn how to grow backyard tree fruit from world-renowned expert in the tree fruit industry, Tim Smith.  Tim will talk about best tree fruit training systems,  varieties for the backyard, mistakes to be avoided, and tasks you should always do to be a successful backyard grower.

Tim Smith, WSU Extension Professor (Emeritus), began his career as an extension agent in Grant and Adams counties from 1975 to 1982. Based in Wenatchee until his retirement in August 2014, he worked with tree fruit growers and their support industries in Washington. Tim has continued his work as a plant pathologist and tree fruit specialist in Wenatchee and has earned international recognition for his work on fireblight, replant disease and cherry fruit fly control.

timalway“Landscaping with Native Plants: Opportunities and Limitations”

Ted Alway, Owner, Derby Canyon Natives

Learn about the opportunities and limitations using native plants in the home landscape. Ted Alway, owner of Derby Canyon Natives, will discuss when using natives in home landscapes is appropriate and when it is not. Ted will also discuss planting techniques and proper care of native plants. Learn to be successful using natives in your own backyard.

Ted is the owner of Derby Canyon Natives, a specialty nursery growing wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees native to Central Washington. Container-grown plants are produced from seeds and cuttings collected from the region’s varied habitats, including the shrub-steppe, pine forest and riparian zones.  Established in 2002, most of the plants produced are for environmental restoration projects, primarily for county, state and federal agencies.

Seminars 11:10 AM-12:05 PM

dalewhaley“The Beautiful Pollinator”

Dale Whaley, Regional Extension Specialist – Integrated Weed Management & Agriculture

Learn how to create welcoming habitat in your garden for butterflies from WSU Extension Educator, Entomologist and Agronomist Dale Whaley. Dale will discuss the habitat needs of butterflies so you can provide everything these beautiful pollinators need to go through their complete metamorphosis.

Dale’s focuses on biological weed control for noxious weeds, insect pest management, and alternative cropping systems in the low-to-intermediate rainfall zones of eastern Washington. He can assist you with your questions about noxious weed identification, integrated weed management, insect identification and management options, and alternative cropping systems.

erikbanker“Biomechanics: The Value of Efficient Movement”

Eric Banker, Chiropractor

Dr. Banker, Chiropractor and certified sports physician with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, will discuss proper body movement to avoid injury while gardening and strengthening and stretching exercises we should all be doing to keep our bodies limber and free of pain

Dr. Banker graduated from Central Washington University in 2000 with a degree in Biology. He immediately went into studying chiropractic at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, OR. Dr. Eric joined his father treating patients in Wenatchee in 2004. Dr. Eric’s love of sports of all kinds led him to further his studies in sports specific injuries. In 2010, he became a board certified sports physician with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Seminars 1:25 PM–2:20 PM

donrolfs“Native Bees in Washington State”

Don Rolfs, A Lifelong Naturalist

Native bee lifestyles, life history, structure, and behavior will be presented and illustrated in stunning photos, most of which were created by Dr. Rolfs. Biologists have only recently begun documenting our native bees.
Many species have yet to be described and assigned a name. A new species was recently discovered by Dr. Rolfs here in Central Washington. There is no field guide to native bees – anywhere.

As a lifelong naturalist, Don has studied and collected insects in Europe, Turkey, Siberia, the Amazon Basin and throughout the U.S. Don is a 2007 graduate of the America Museum of Natural History’s annual 11-day “Bee Course” at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona. Now retired from his dental career, Don conducts original research on native bees of Washington and leads field seminars on native bee ecology.

peterbauer“Focus on Backyard Photography”

Dr. Peter Bauer, fantastic amateur photographer, will give you tips on how to capture all things living in your landscape. From your prized roses and favorite perennials to insects, birds and squirrels, learn how to freeze a moment in time worthy of hanging on your wall.

Peter’s interest in photography began in middle school, developing film and prints in the darkroom. In 2003 he acquired his first digital camera: what a revelation! Color prints in minutes! Working as a family physician fortunately gave Peter a lot of wall space on which to hang pictures. He has exhibited at NCW Museum, several cafes, and,for the last year, Confluence Gallery in Twisp.

Seminars 2:30 PM–3:25 PM

“Making the Cut: Pruning Trees & Shrubs”

Paula Dinius, Urban Horticulturist, WSU Chelan County Extension, Certified Arborist &
Tim Reinbold, Owner Peaceful Retreat Landscaping, Certified Arborist, WSU Master Gardener

Pruning trees and shrubs is done for a variety of reasons, which may include promoting plant health, controlling growth, and rejuvenating older plants. Paula Dinius and Tim Reinbold will teach techniques that promote good branch structure for trees and shrubs as they mature. The time of year pruning is done can be important for flowering shrubs, conifers and some broadleaf trees. We will look at common plants that have special timing needs. Another aspect of pruning is managing neglected or overgrown plants. When rejuvenative pruning is done properly it can increase the vitality and appearance of older plants in the landscape. They will discuss pruning tools that make the job easier.

pauladinius Paula, WSU Extension Educator began her career with WSU in 2004 in urban horticulture. She is a botanist and plant pathologist who shares her urban horticulture expertise with the landscaping industry, local governments and municipalities. Paula is also known for her work in educating the WSU Extension Master Gardener program volunteers.

timreinboldTim founded his Landscaping business in 2009 focusing on renovation, maintenance and design. Currently, his main focus is restorative pruning for shrubs and trees along with diagnostics of tree and shrub problems. Tim’s overall goal is to use an environmentally friendly approach to create a peaceful retreat for others to relax and enjoy what nature has to offer.

“Organic vs. Inorganic: The Best Mulch”

Al Murphy and Norval Fliegel, WSU Master Gardeners

WSU Master Gardeners Al Murphy and Norval Fliegel will discuss landscape mulches for the health of your trees, shrubs, perennials and soil. They will cover the ground with everything you need to know about the uses for, and differences in, organic and inorganic mulches. They will evenly spread the word on the pros and cons of the different mulches and tie in the concepts of Firewise mulching.

norvfliegelNorval grew up in the Tri-Cties, but moved to Seattle to work for The Boeing Co. He retired after 37 years in the commercial publications department. After retirement, he and his wife moved back to the dry side of the State and joined the Master Gardener program in 2007. Norval enjoys the opportunity for continued learning, and at present, coordinates the compost station at the Community Education Garden with fellow WSU Master Gardener Barry Benbow.

almurphyAl is married to fellow master gardener, Nancy Murphy. They are both retired and enjoy traveling off the beaten path. Al worked for the BLM as Chief of Community Assistance and Protection. He has over 37 years of experience with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Al worked in most of the western States as well as the National Office. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Forest Science. Al has worked in many different disciplines and spent most of his summer “vacations” working on fire suppression teams.

Seminars 3:35 PM–4:30 PM

erondrew“Vegetables From Seed to Dinner Table”

Eron Drew, WSU Master Gardener, Owner Tierra Garden Organics

WSU Master Gardener and co-owner of Tierra Garden Organics, Eron Drew will talk about best practices for growing abundant, delicious vegetables. She will walk you through how to start, how to grow and how to harvest your bounty. With 9 years of professional growing experience, she will also discuss pitfalls and mistakes to be avoided as well as avenues for marketing your over-abundance and building farm-to-table relationships.

Tierra Garden Organics is the labor of love of Eron Drew and Willy Stockman. They are a leased, certified organic family run farm. Currently, they are farming approximately 5 acres of mixed veggies and fruit and 40 acres of grains and alfalfa. Over the last 9 years, they have dedicated themselves to improving the soil and biological processes, increasing their knowledge of organic-based farming and providing the best possible produce to their surrounding community. They have also seen the birth of our two children, Leif Haakon and Ingrid Lily.

gabrieltorres“The Future of Farming: Drones and Precision Agriculture”

Gabriel Torres, Aerospace Engineer, Co-Founder/CEO of MicaSense, Inc.

Unmanned aircraft (or “drones”) are set to revolutionize multiple industries, and most importantly agriculture. Learn about how drone and sensor technology can be applied in agricultural operations. What is hype? What is real? What’s the science behind it and most importantly how does that science lead to practical implications in the field?

Gabriel has over 14 years of unmanned system development experience. He has led the development and transition to production of multiple Unmanned Aircraft Systems and has been an active advocate for commercial use of UAS and participated in the development of rules for safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. Gabriel is an expert in systems engineering for unmanned systems, payload integration, remote sensing, and manufacturing. He earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where he studied the aerodynamics of miniature aircraft.

Meet & Greet 4:40 PM—6:00 PM

Meet & Greet, Appetizers and Drinks

Please join our speakers, fellow WSU Master Gardeners and gardening enthusiasts for a meet and greet with appetizers and a no-host bar.

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