Upcoming Speakers

January 20, 2022

Speaker: Susan Mulvihill

Subject: Vegetable Garden Pests,

Susan Mulvihill is passionate about growing vegetables! She is the longtime garden columnist for the Sunday edition of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., and has been a Spokane County Master Gardener since 2002. Her popular new book, The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook, was published in April 2021. Susan is also the co-author of the Northwest Gardener’s Handbook. She has created and hosted over 300 how-to-garden videos, which can be found on her YouTube channel, Susan’s in the Garden. Susan is also a member of the professional organization, Garden Communicators International. She and her husband, Bill, live on 5 acres, where they grow all sorts of edible crops in their large raised-bed garden. In 2017, and again in 2021, their garden was featured on the popular public television program, “Growing a Greener World” (episode 809 and 1202), hosted by Joe Lamp’l. Her website can be found at SusansintheGarden.com and contains resources for organic pest control along with many other guides designed to help gardeners be successful at gardening. In her “Vegetable Garden Pests” presentation, Susan will discuss cultural practices to keep plants healthy and better able to withstand pest problems, how to identify the bugs you encounter in your garden, and profile some commonly-found insects and strategies for dealing with them.

Author of "The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook" (Cool Springs Press,2021)

Co-author of "Northwest Gardener's Handbook" (Cool Springs Press)

Garden columnist, The Spokesman-Review

Spokane County Master Gardener

Member, Garden Communicators International

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February 17, 2022

Speaker: Kristen Miskelly of Satinflower Nurseries

Subject: Turn Your Lawn into a Native Plant Meadow

Kristen Miskelly is co-owner of Satinflower Nurseries (previously Saanich Native Plants), a native plant, native seed, and consulting business  on Southern Vancouver Island.  She is passionate about conservation, ecosystem restoration,  native plants, and native plant propagation. She is a biologist with specialty in the botany and ecology of southeastern Vancouver Island.  Among other projects, she helps coordinate the Haliburton Biodiversity Project and is on the Steering Committee for the Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership. She teaches a variety of workshops and courses and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria teaching ‘Ecosystem Design through Propagation of Native Plants’ and 'Urban Restoration and Sustainable Agricultural Systems.'