WSU Clallam County Master Gardener Audreen Williams will explain why gardeners should recognize several common insects as more helpful than harmful and employ them to do their free work in their vegetable gardens at noon Thursday, Oct. 26, in the county commissioner’s meeting room at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles.
This presentation is part of the “Green Thumb Garden Tips” education series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.
In her presentation, “Beneficial Insects: Larvae and Adults,” Williams will identify the adult and larvae stages of a number of beetles, lacewings, predatory and parasitic wasps and others. She will discuss at what stage or stages they are likely to be most beneficial. She will also explain how to protect and attract these pollinators and beneficial predators to the home garden.
A Master Gardener since 2012, Williams earned the 2014 Master Gardener of the Year Award. She manages the Port Angeles Fifth Street Garden Master Gardener plots and volunteers at Master Gardeners Woodcock Demonstration Garden, Saturday Walk in the Garden and 4-H Program.
The “Green Thumb Garden Tips” series runs the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Presentations are from noon-1 p.m. For more information, call 360-565-2679.