What Garden Clubs have to say:

posted Dec 31, 2011, 8:20 PM by Emily Bishton   [ updated Dec 21, 2017, 10:50 AM ]

Emily was one of the most engaging speakers we have had at the Orcas Island Garden Club.  She answered questions throughout her presentation to directly address members problems and concerns making her lecture more personal.  We look forward to having her back very soon on a different topic.
Cindy R., Education Coordinator

What Magnuson Nature Programs participants have to say:

posted Oct 17, 2009, 7:44 PM by Emily Bishton   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 8:41 AM ]

Our children, Naomi (age 9) and Noah (age 7), are truly lucky to have met you.  You have a special way of touching our children's hearts and you have turned them into curious nature explorers!

Naomi and Noah have both been in your nature classes since they were 3 years old.  Both kids used to think that nature was boring and all about walking.  At your classes every summer, they came home and told me how much fun they had at the nature camp.

Both kids at multiple occasions told me something very specific that I was surprised how they could understand at such a young age.  You had a way to explain something like camouflage and eco-system so well to pre-school children.  I was very, very impressed.

As the kids get older, our family joined the family walk a few times.  You are very knowledgeable and the 4 of us had much fun being guided by you.  You definitely enhanced our park experience.  We tried to go back to certain park area a couple of times to look for bats, beavers, frogs, owls, and we could never find them again when we go on our own.  We realized how lucky we are to have gone on those family walks with you.

Emily, you are a very special person and we wish you all the best. 
Mona and Sascha Elsing

Dearest Emily,
Just a note that we were all so touched and thrilled that one of your memorable moments in this month's newsletter featured Rowan. What a magical moment; thank you for sharing such pure joy with all of us. 

Rowan is now 9, entering 4th grade, still loves worms, and remains a nature explorer at heart, no doubt in part to your fine tutelage. Thank you for being the force of 1,000 flowers and helping his love of the outdoors blossom.

Lara (Rowan's mom)

What Other Educators Have to Say

posted Oct 17, 2009, 7:43 PM by Emily Bishton   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 8:42 AM ]

Emily, you will be sorely missed at Magnuson.  The new kids on the block won’t know what they’re missing out on, of course, but they will be missing out.  It has been wonderful listening to how you talk to the kids as I walk by.  You are so effective.  I am always amazed by how you are able to hold their rapt attention.  And I’m always amazed by your breadth of knowledge and how you are able to share that with children.  Parks will “replace” you, but they will never truly replace you.  No one else will have your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment.  
Congratulations on a job well done!
Jan Bragg, Magnuson Habitat Committee member, Seattle Audubon Master Birder, and Magnuson monthly bird count leader

Many gardeners do good work with youth --but Emily Bishton stands out for her remarkable combination of enthusiasm and imaginative creation. She's taught me that every corner of a children's garden holds precious discovery opportunities, and she develops gardens within gardens, the spaces transformed into spots that fit a child's reality, not an adult's idea of a child's reality.
Mary Robson, Seattle Times columnist, author of "
Washington & Oregon Gardener's Guide" and "Month-By- Month Gardening in Washington & Oregon", and retired WSU Cooperative Extension Agent for King & Pierce Counties


Congratulations on your retirement! You have built something impressive there--long may it continue to grow!

Laura Blumhagen, Elizabeth C. Miller Librarian at the Center for Urban Horticulture

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