We have several membership meetings throughout the year. Check calendar for dates, location, time, and discussion topic. Members generally get in for free (some special events may be different and will be noted in the meeting announcements). Non-members are welcome. A $5 admission fee will be charged with the option of joining the Foundation for an additional $5.
Master Gardener Foundation members (which can be MG’s, MRC’s and anyone from the community) are invited to attend these meetings Not a member of the Foundation, no problem. Dues are only $10 a year.
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Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at…
- Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department
412 Lilly Rd. NE
Olympia, WA 98506-5132 Map & Directions
2018 Meeting Dates and Speakers
February 27th – MGFTC Membership Meeting & Potluck
6pm – Potluck
7pm – Speaker: WSU Master Gardener, Laura Westrup will be discussing what she has picked up through hit-or-miss opportunities regarding planting medium, type of wood needed and when it is best to take the cuttings. This presentation will involve a short PowerPoint presentation and lots of hands on fun with many giveaways for all.
Bio: Laura is an enthusiastic Dirt Works Nursery, Wednesday morning volunteer. Because of that great team she has learned about shrubs and perennials that do well in the Pacific Northwest. As a fairly recent Master Gardener (2015), she was inspired by a class that involved propagation. Having just built a greenhouse on her property she decided to experiment with cuttings.
April 18th – MGFTC Membership Meeting (no potluck) – 6:30pm
7pm – Speakers: Thane and Peggy Bryenton from Evergreen Lavender Farm will be discussing different types of lavender, uses for dried buds, arrangements and essential oil distillation. There will also be samples of some of the products they create and offer in their on-site gift shoppe.
Bio: Thane and Peggy Bryenton, escapees from California since 1980, had always had a dream of “getting back to the land “. Thane’s family were potato farmers on Prince Edward Island, Canada, so farming was bred into him at an early age. Peggy, a former New Yorker, had dreamed of owning land, growing her own food and having goats, sheep, chickens and a myriad of farm animals. Well, in 2006, they found their current piece of paradise in the Evergreen Valley, off Yelm Hwy. With a shy 4 acres to work with, they diligently developed a plan for a large AG building and, later on, a location for a new home. Thane didn’t want to mow all 4 acres and, being a bit of a capitalist, sought out a crop to produce revenue. It seemed all the neighbors had Christmas tree and pumpkin farms, or berries and bees. But no one had a Lavender Farm. A trip to Sequim soon set into motion the Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm, or EVLF (their friends call it).
June 20th – MGFTC Membership Meeting (no potluck) – 6:30pm
7pm – Speaker: Erica Guttman with the Native Plant Salvage Foundation speaking on use native plants in an urban landscape.
Erica is excited to 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.
Bio: Erica Guttman 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 annually on a range of topics relating to protecting and conserving water resources and habitat, including rain garden design and construction, other green-stormwater-management techniques, sustainable landscaping practices, and ecological restoration.
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 re-vegetation, winter-twig identification and videos guiding residents in building rain gardens in the Pacific Northwest and protecting marine shorelines.
Her MA is in ecological restoration with a focus on the Salish Sea nearshore.
August 16th – MG & MRC Picnic
5:30pm at Priest Point Park Rose Garden
December 1st – MGFTC Membership Annual Meeting
Noon to 2pm