Erica Guttman, Senior Extension Coordinator and Educator with Thurston County Cooperative Extension, will be joining us to share her passion for fabulous plants with other plant geeks! First she will discuss some design ideas to reduce maintenance, protect water, and support small wildlife. Then she’ll talk about experiences with her favorite plants—from old standbys to newer cultivars—appropriate for various site conditions. She looks forward to a robust exchange of ideas and experiences with the group.
Location: Thurston County Public Health Department
412 Lilly Road NE
Olympia WA 98506 Map & Directions
Note: The public is welcome – no preregistration is required. Admission is $5 for non-Foundation members, so feel free to invite your family, friends, and neighbors.
The Handicrafts committee will have some great items for sale, so bring your checkbooks!
Bio: Erica has been a hands-on environmental educator for over 30 years and has led WSU Thurston County Extension’s water resources work since 1997, through classroom and field teaching, and engaging hundreds of community volunteers in learning through hands-on installations of stewardship projects.
She leads workshops for a variety of professional and lay audiences on a range of topics relating to protection and conserving water resources and habitat, including rain garden design and construction, other green stormwater management techniques, sustainable landscaping practices, and ecological restoration.
Erica has a MA in ecological restoration with a focus on the Salish Sea nearshore. She has authored and contributed to a number of publications and videos to help landowners protect water resources, including handbooks on rain gardens, residential-scale low-impact development, shoreline revegetation, winter-twig identification, and videos guiding residents in building rain gardens in the PNW and protecting marine shorelines.