Most of you know that I also have been doing speaking engagements and classes for many years, on a variety of natural gardening and design topics. * This year, I've decided to start listing the events that are open to the public, even though the organizations that hire me for these events do a lot of promotion of their own. The talks or classes listed below are all FREE, and all involve Q & A time at the end. I hope to see your smiling face in the crowd sometime!
Saturday April 10th from 9-10am: FREE Family Wetland Walk at Magnuson Park's beautiful and amazing new wetlands. April's theme: "Wetland Wake-up", focused on spring-blooming native shrubs, the end of hibernation for resident amphibians and bats, etc. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. For info and directions, call the Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.
Saturday April 10th from 10:30am-2:00pm FREE Celebrate Urban Nature family event at Magnuson Community Center, 7110 62nd Ave NE in Seattle. There will be a host of activities including interactive booths, arts & crafts, nature-games carnival, Woodland Park Raptors and Roving Reptiles shows, a nature-themed concert by Caspar Babypants, and more! I will be doing a family-friendly garden class from 11:30am-12:30pm on "How to Create a Bird-friendly Landscape", and will be hosting various other activities throughout the day. Registration is requested for the class, but walk-ins are welcome. For more info, call the Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.
Thursday April 22nd from 6-8pm: FREE Brier Natural Gardening Series, held at the Brier City Hall. I will be speaking on the topics of "Natural Yard Care" and "Child-Friendly Garden Design". Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, email email@example.com or call 425-335-5634, ext 108.
Saturday April 24th from 9am-3:30pm: FREE Spring Garden Fair, held at the UW Bothell Campus. I will be speaking from 1:15-2:15pm on the topic of "Wildlife-Friendly Gardening- for Beauty and Sustainability" and from 2:30-3:30pm on "Edible Landscapes- Vegetable Gardens and so Much More". My friend Ciscoe will be taping his radio show here and giving a talk too!
Saturday May 1st from 10-11am: FREE Family Wetland Walk at Magnuson Park's new wetlands. This month's theme: "Tadpoles and Nestlings", focused on how wetlands are a wonderful nursery where all sorts of new life begins. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. For info and directions, call the Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.
Saturday May 1st from 11:30am-12:30pm FREE family-friendly class at the Magnuson Children's Garden, on "How to Create a Child-Friendly Garden". This delightful garden contains a host of features that can be used in your own home landscape. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. For info and directions, call the Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.
Sunday May 2nd from 1-2pm: FREE (with the caveat that you will be tempted to buy plants) Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. I will be speaking on the topic of "Gardening with Native Plants". For more info on the sale, visit http://king.wsu.edu/gardening/plantsale.htm
Saturday June 5th from 10-11am: FREE Family Wetland Walk at Magnuson Park's new wetlands. This month's theme: "Spring Migration", will focus on the migratory birds who have arrived in the wetlands to spend the summer months. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. For info and directions, call the Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.
The Family Wetland Walks, each with a different theme, will continue on the first Saturday of each month, until November 6th. Besides all these adult and family oriented classes, I also teach Nature explorer camps and classes for children ages 4-12. For a complete schedule of those events, visit http://jrnatureexplorers.blogspot.com
For more details on any of the nature programs at Magnuson Park, visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/magnuson.htm and browse through the Parks Dept. brochure in the SPARC link.
* Since 1995, I've been involved in teaching about organic gardening at local schools, child care centers, nurseries, conferences and seminars, as a volunteer for King Co. Master Gardeners, and as a former staff member of Seattle Tilth. The movement towards sustainable gardening and landscaping continues forward each year with more momentum, and with an increasing number of great local organizations that are dedicated to public education about these topics. I am happy to be part of growing that movement, especially towards FREE education such as in all the events listed above!