Margery Whites, a local Master Gardener, leads a free virtual gardening class for peninsula newcomers on April 10. Submitted photo

Margery Whites, a local Master Gardener, leads a free virtual gardening class for peninsula newcomers on April 10. Submitted photo

Free virtual gardening class set for peninsula newcomers

Master Gardener Margery Whites will teach a class for newcomers to the North Olympic Peninsula about gardening success in this area, from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 10, on Zoom.

New residents to the area may face gardening and landscaping challenges in the unique climate of the Pacific Northwest. To address these challenges, Whites will cover choosing appropriate plants for a homeowner’s property based on their specific microclimate, basic landscape planning that will help homeowners grow and maintain a sustainable garden, and problem-solving techniques to address problems brought on by our wet winters and dry summers.

To join the presentation by computer, go to extension.wsu.edu/clallam and select the crimson button for the Zoom link. To join by phone, call 253-215-8782 (meeting ID: 947 0105 8398, passcode: 390942).

Whites is a retired professor from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She moved to the area five years ago with her husband and experienced many challenges while trying to garden in this climate. She said she is excited to share what she has learned to make gardening for newcomers a successful and rewarding experience.

This workshop is part of the Digging Deeper Webinar Series, one that has taken the place of the regular in-person Saturdays in the Woodcock Garden workshops while the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people apart.

Sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, the livestream series looks to provide home gardeners with education on research-based sustainable garden practices in Clallam County. Presentations are available from 10:30 a.m.-noon on selected Saturdays through October.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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