DescriptionThe workshop will be composed of several segments of presentations and interactive workshops to cover a number of sustainable and organic practices and principles for the home garden. We will begin with an overview of sustainable and organic principles ranging from the definition and importance of healthy soils for healthy plants, cultivation techniques, plant propagation and planting techniques, variety selection, seasonal planting, ameliorating the climate, combining plants with the same cultural needs, irrigation techniques, the importance of supporting insects and birds, natural pest control, greenhouse culture, and more. The workshop will be held over three days. It will be a combination of Power Point Presentations and interactive workshops and will encompass approx. 3 hours each morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Each day a bus will depart from outside Building 16 at 12:45 p.m. to take participants to CSOB, for the afternoon session of these workshops.
Kate Frey is a world-class garden designer and consultant, specializing in sustainable, bio- diverse, ecological gardens and landscaping. Her gardens all reflect her concern with the environment, love of nature and life. Kate won the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London, receiving gold medals in 2005 and 2007. In 2009 she was invited to participate in the World Garden Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan, and in 2011 she went to Malaysia to participate in a flower show in Putrajaya. Currently she directs and teaches at Sonoma State University’s Sustainable Landscape Program as well as consulting for various wineries and residences around California. In 2009, she and her husband Ben, consulted and worked part time in Saudi Arabia on an organic farm near Riyadh for a Saudi Prince. Kate strives to create gardens that are adapted to and express the locality: its climate, soils and the biodiversity that lives in and migrates through the area. She believes that each garden should have a goal of giving to the environment through compositions of flower filled spaces, shrubs, trees for shade and development of healthy soils- that together provide habitat for insects and birds and are vital, vibrant spaces that express joy to the viewer. Kate Freys website contains many breathtaking photos of the various gardens that she has set up.http://freygardens.com/
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