Master Gardeners hosts annual workshop

Submitted by the San Juan County Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners is pleased to announce its annual Gardening Workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Friday Harbor Middle School.

“Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, from the Field to your Vase,” is the keynote address by Debra Prinzing, accomplished garden writer and advocate for American-grown flowers.

Prinzing’s talk addresses the renaissance of domestic flower farming and the emerging eco-floral design movement. As many cut flowers for the market are laden with chemicals and imported from thousands of miles away, Prinzing will share her ideas about healthier alternatives for you, your home, and the planet. During each month of the year, the garden has something wonderful to offer those who want to enjoy cut floral arrangements indoors. Expand the views of one’s own backyard, the flowers sold by vendors at the local farmers market and even the “weeds” in wild places. Prinzing’s presentation will feature her beautiful season-by-season bouquets and many useful tips for do-it-yourself floral design.

Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that stimulates consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. She is the producer of, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, there is a new Slow Flowers Podcast.

The annual gardening workshop is a day-long event, with noted authorities speaking on a wide variety of topics of interest to Pacific Northwest coastal gardeners. Multiple choices allow attendees to plan their day to attend sessions of most interest.

Topics include caring and pruning of caneberries; caring and pruning of grapes and kiwi vines; color in the winter garden; exploring new and old British gardens; forest and tree health in San Juan County; Good, bad, beautiful and ugly insects in your garden; managing deer and other mammals; planning, planting and protecting a winter kitchen garden; and taking care of your landscape.

Visit for complete descriptions of each session and our speakers’ biographies.

Tickets may be purchased online at The cost is $40 online, $45 at the door. Advance purchase strongly recommended.

Coffee and tea will be complimentary and Café Demeter pastries available for purchase.

The Annual Gardening Workshop is presented by the Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in Cooperation with the San Juan County Washington State University Extension.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact the WSU San Juan County Extension office at 360-370-7663 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Our next training session begins in January 2021, in Friday Harbor. For more information about Master Gardeners, contact Caitlin Blethen at 360-370-7663, or visit