Meeting Speakers

A Listing of Our Scheduled Speakers and Topics
September 2016

Mary Fisher
Garden Design

Cultus Bay Nursery has been owned and operated by Mary Fisher since 1986. Whidbey Island seems to reflect Fisher’s philosophy about how to live life. “Whether you’re an artist or a scientist, it requires patience to observe nature. In order to see the patterns, move slowly and develop your observational skills”. Mary is a garden designer, florist and community activist whose destination nursery, written up in The New York Times a few years ago, is known for its variety of special plants. Mary has gardened on the Pacific coast from Alaska to California for 36 years. She has an excellent knowledge of what will do well in the region.

October 2016

Ed Hume
What I’ve learned in 65 years of gardening

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ed Hume is especially proud of his induction into the Garden Writers Association “Hall of Fame”, their highest honor. He has also received the “National Garden Communicators Award” (1977). He is an honorary “Master Gardener”; “Certified Professional Horticulturist”; honorary member of the “Washington Association of Landscape Professionals” and an honorary lifetime member of the ‘Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association”.   His latest book, is GARDENING WITH ED HUME, NORTHWEST GARDENING MADE EASY

November 2016

Jon Throne
Decorating for the Holidays

The always flamboyant Jon Throne, AIFD, is renowned in this area.  He is extremely knowledgeable in horticulture and a true artist in floral arrangements, and his gift for presenting these to an audience cannot be surpassed.  Although his Specialties are in Floral for Weddings and Events and Christmas Home Décor.  Hobbies include gardening, orchids, water gardens and shade gardens. Jon is the latest recipient of the NACE award (National Association of Catering and Events).

December 2016

Christmas Party!

January 2017

Richie Steffens
Shade Gardens

Few people have a passion for plants or an excitement about gardening more than Richie Steffen. Richie is the curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he manages the Garden, rare plant collections, and heads acquisition of new plants. He also supervises the primary educational program of the Miller Garden: Great Plant Picks. GPP is committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding and reliable plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardens. A noted photographer, author, lecturer and horticultural personality, Richie is ready to share his knowledge and make you want to plant too!

February 2017

Susie Egan
Spring Ephemerals

Susie and her husband are the owners of Cottage Lake Gardens, a multi-faceted joint venture they developed gradually over the last twenty years.  It includes a two-acre private botanical garden that hosts dozens of garden tours each year including the popular Trillium Tea, Talk & Tours, and a small on-site nursery where Susie grows her specialty plants – trilliums – from seed.  She sells her trilliums as well as other rare and unusual perennials by appointment and through their website.


March 2017

Rod Banach
Getting your roses off on the right foot for ‘17

Rod has been a rosarian since the mid-1980.  He has grown roses in the Pacific NW for too long to count and has also lived and grown roses near Nashville, TN and Boston, MA. Rod is a Life member of American Rose Society, Accredited Horticultural Judge from 1996-2008, and Consulting Rosarian from 1995-2008.  He has judged at ARS rose shows across the Pacific NW, Southeast, and New England. Rod most enjoys Old Garden, Climbing, and Miniature roses. He also enjoys hybridizing.


April 2017

Karen Chapman
Container Gardens to Suit Your Style

Karen Chapman is a professional garden designer, instructor and author.  Originally from England, she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 to work at Molbak’s before establishing her own garden design business, Le Jardinet.  Her container garden designs have been featured in many publications including Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Sunset, Gardens West and Better Homes & Gardens.  She has appeared on KOMO 4 and KING 5 as well as been a regular guest of Cisco Morris on KIRO radio.  Her new book, Gardening with Foliage First (release January 2017 ) will be available for purchase at the meeting.  Whether on stage, television or radio, Karen’s aim is to always inspire, educate and share the fun of gardening with her audience.


May 2017

Trevor Cameron
Topic TBD

Trever is the new president of the Evergreen Arboretum and Garden at Legion Park in Everett. Trever was born and raised in Everett and has work in the horticulture field for over 30 years.  He has a great respect for all things nature and his passion is sharing his love of gardening.


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