Over the years, I've created a many classes for Puget Sound municipalities and other organizations. My teaching style encourages a two-way dialogue with attendees
that keeps the event lively and fun, and I usually learn something as well!
Each of the 16
classes listed below includes a PowerPoint slideshow, a 1-2 page handout for
attendees with topic-specific gardening tips and resources, a table display, and
Q & A time.
can be customized to be 60, 90, 120 minutes, or more, and tailored for your
specific education goals. They can also be customized for any season of the
year, and for specific audiences from novice to experienced home gardeners,
stewardship trainees to professional landscapers.
I usually include some type of gardening demonstration with each class topic, and can also include a hands-on experience
for the attendees if desired.
on Garden Design and Plant Choices:
Gardening for Beauty and Sustainability
- Incredible Edible Gardens:
Increasing your Success and Sustainability
Lovely: Great Plants for Northwest Gardens
Solutions for Gardening on Slopes
Splendor in the Garden
on Pesticide Reduction, Resource Conservation, and other Sustainable Gardening
Pest, Weed, and Disease Control
Weeds, and Pest Control
to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Getting Plants off to a Great Start: Proper Planting,
Watering, and More!
- Building Healthy Soil: The Key to a Sustainable Lawn and
- Fabulous Fall Leaves: Garden
Gardens and More: Managing Storm Water in the Landscape
For detailed descriptions on the content of each class and its table display, handout, and other info, click on the links above or download the attached pdf document below.
If there is another sustainable gardening topic that you have in mind, or if you'd like me to combine elements from more than one of the topics listed above, contact me and I'll be glad to talk with you about what you envision!
My presenter fees are based on the length of the class, the driving distance from NE Seattle, and the number of classes you want me to teach.
Bishton is an environmental educator and landscape designer who has gardened
organically for 30 years. Since 1997, she has specialized in creating wildlife-friendly
and child-friendly gardens, and edible landscapes throughout the Seattle area.
During that time, Emily has also taught gardening and environmental education
programs throughout the Puget Sound region,
reaching a wide range of audiences from elementary school and community college
students to homeowners and professional landscapers.
past clients include the Snohomish County Water District and Conservation
District, Seattle Public Utilities and other members of the Saving Water
Partnership, Cascade Water Alliance, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, WSU/King and
Snohomish County Master Gardeners, City of Bellevue Natural Yard Care program,
City of Federal Way, King Co. Natural Yard Care program, Molbak’s, Sky Nursery,
City People’s Garden Store, the Green Gardening Program, Seattle Tilth, and
Since 2005, Emily has been director and lead educator for the Magnuson
Community Center Nature Programs, which provide hands-on environmental
education for children and families via camps, classes, field trips, and guided
walks. She is also the lead garden educator for Sand Point Elementary School and the 70th & Sand Point Child Care Center.