JUNE – Sue Olsen – Ferns

Sue Olsen

Ferns: They don’t all look alike

Monday June 18th, 7pm-9pm

NHS Hall Section A, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105 Map
Photo Credit: Sue Olson

Photo Credit: Sue Olsen

Ferns are the garden’s graceful greenery. Come learn about how to use them with their variable sizes and shapes, interesting textures, and wonderful landscaping options. Talk will include information on natives and exotics from a small water covering mosquito fern to tree ferns and the delights in between. They offer everything but flowers (although some do indeed have color.)


Update 6/6/12 Here’s the handout:  Ferns – They Don’t All Look Alike!  We’ll have printouts available, too.

MAY – Sharon Collman – Insects

Sharon Collman

Plants and their Partners: Pollinators, Predators and Parasitoids

Monday, May 21st, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NHS Hall Section A, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105 Map

Sharon Collman in her garden

To ensure their survival, plants have developed ingenious ways to attract and feed insects so they become unwitting carriers of pollen and defenders of the plants. Venture into this tiny and colorful world with entomologist and WSU Extension Educator Sharon J. Collman.  Sharon gardens to attract insects to her small-plot backyard biodiversity study.

Instructor Bio:
Sharon Collman has been employed with WSU Extension since 1973 when she helped develop the pilot WSU Master Gardener Program in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Sharon has worked for WSU as a horticulture and pest management educator in King and Snohomish Counties and as a liaison to EPA Region 10 working on Water Quality issues and as the regional IPM Coordinator in WA, OR, ID, and AK at EPA. In Dec. 2005, she returned to WSU Snohomish County Extension as the Extension Educator for Commercial and Community Horticulture and Master Gardener Program lead. She provides education programs for nursery and landscape professionals, garden writers and Master Gardeners. She is also adjunct faculty at WSU Department of Entomology and is continuing to work to complete her Ph.D. Collman has authored more than 75 articles and publications, received numerous awards for her educational programs including the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association’s Educator of the year award.  She occasionally appears on Ed Hume’s “Gardening in America” TV show and Ciscoe Morris’s “Gardening with Ciscoe” radio show.

MARCH – David Selk – Horticulture with the Animals

David Selk

Horticulture with the Animals

Monday March 19th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NHS Hall Section A, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105 Map

GorillaThis presentation will discuss the role of horticulture in a zoological setting. To accomplish this, a brief history of horticulture at Woodland Park Zoo will be described followed by an explanation of habitat immersion and its role in modern zoo exhibitry. This will set the foundation for a discussion of how the design of a zoological exhibit is approached from a botanical viewpoint, how plant choices are made, and what role the landscape plays in animal health, animal enrichment, the visitor experience, and education. The 100% organic rose garden and the role of pesticides in such a public setting will be touched on. Finally there will be a discussion about the challenges and rewards of maintaining a year round landscape exposed to more than a million visitors a year.

FEBRUARY – Flower and Garden Show 2012

NW flower and garden show logo "A floral Symphony"We hope to see you at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show February 8 – 12, 2012.

You can see our previous booths on our Flower and Garden show pages.


JANUARY – Del Webber – Vegetable Gardening

[Important update]

RESCHEDULED for Monday, January 23rd, 7-9 pm in the Douglas Classroom at CUH (the west side of the main parking lot)

Del Webber

Vegetable Gardening and our New Relationship with Food

Monday January 16th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NHS Hall Section A, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105 Map
Vee Garden Tower

Vee Garden Tower

The Vee Garden offers convenient container gardening systems and easy vertical garden kits.  It takes 15 square feet of traditional garden space to grow what a Vee Garden kit can produce in an 18″ square footprint. Imagine, your kitchen garden could be just outside the door!



JULY – Summer Picnic – TBD

Summer picnic at location and time to be determined