I have created a variety of presentations that are suitable for home gardeners, neighborhood sustainability groups, garden clubs, professional landscaping organizations, plant nurseries, childcare providers, elementary teachers, and other adult groups. Each includes a PowerPoint and other visual displays, including plenty of books, tools, and other hands-on materials to browse.
My presentations involve a two-way dialogue with attendees that keeps the event lively and fun, and allows me to learn too!
I will provide a one-paragraph class description in advance, to use for your newsletter, website or other promo, plus a simple fact-sheet on the topic that you can copy for all attendees. Plant nurseries are also provided with a topic-appropriate plant list for creating a display that adds extra "zing" to the presentation. I have my own laptop and projector to bring if there is not one available on-site.
The length of each presentation listed below can be customized to be from 1-2 hours including Q & A, according to the desired time frame. Many of the workshops can also be done outdoors without the PowerPoint if that is preferable. Scroll down to download a flier with complete details on each available presentation!
Wildlife-Friendly Gardening for Beauty and Sustainability: Landscapes containing plants and other features that fulfill the needs of songbirds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and other wildlife have a kind of a beauty that plants alone cannot provide. Learn how to design or enhance a garden so that it attracts beneficial wildlife to visit and nest there, how to avoid common problems with feeding stations, and wildlife-friendly maintenance practices to keep them in your garden year-round.
Child-friendly Gardens: Children and plants can thrive together in a wonder-filled garden! Learn ways of using plants and features that invite the curiosity and creativity of children as they establish a relationship with the natural world. This presentation is full of practical and fun design tips to enhance any existing landscape for hands-on learning, child-friendly maintenance, and moreEdible Landscapes: Vegetable Gardens and So Much More: Growing your own food can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience! Learn how to seamlessly integrate food growing into an ornamental landscape or a brand new garden, varieties of vegetables and fruits that are especially ornamental, practical and beautiful food-growing structures, and ways of preventing pest and disease problems.
Rain Gardens and More: Managing Storm Water in the Landscape: The Puget Sound region is struggling with increased flooding and other storm water problems, and your landscape can be part of the solution! Learn the step-by-step method of adding a rain garden, and how a rock-filled trough, cistern, and other features can be a beautiful as well as functional garden element.
Natural Pest, Weed, and Disease Control: Learn ways to create a healthy, beautiful garden that is resistant to the most common Pacific NW pests and disease problems, and
ways to successfully manage any problems that do arise without the
use of pesticides, steps to take when making the transition towards a
natural approach to pest management. I also have a version of this presentation that is focused mainly on natural controls for Edible Gardens.
The Keys to Sustainability: Building Healthy Soil and Natural Yard Care: Learn how to start off right in building healthy soil to provide a strong foundation for a vibrant, sustainable garden, then maintain that vigor in your garden with tried-and-true techniques for plant selection, organic fertilization, wise watering, and natural management of pests and diseases.
Natural Lawn Care: A healthy lawn can be a beautiful and sustainable part of your garden! Learn tips and techniques for maintaining or restoring soil health, proper application of fertilizer, least-toxic weed control, how and when to do a full lawn renovation, and ideas for low-maintenance lawn alternatives in hard-to-grow areas.
Smart Watering: Water is one of the most precious resources we have in the Puget Sound region, and using it wisely in our gardens will benefit us all. Learn how to determine the right amount and frequency for your lawn and/or garden beds, efficient watering methods, how to create a healthy garden that uses less water, and easy ways to utilize a simple drip irrigation system as one of your watering strategies.
If there is another sustainable gardening topic that you'd prefer, or you'd like to combine elements from more than one of the topics listed above, just let me know. Fees are based on the length of the presentation, and the drive to get there from NE Seattle - contact me and I'll be glad to talk over your plans!
For the schedule of my 2014 presentations, visit my garden blog.