2021 Cascade Gardener Classes đŸŒ»

Cascade Water Alliance is pleased to provide the 2021 Cascade Gardener virtual class series. All classes are free and will be held through Zoom. Our presenters are regional gardening experts who will help you create beautiful gardens and landscapes that are water efficient and sustainable. Space is limited, so register today!

Mar 06, 2021 10:00 AM

Plant This Not That!

By Marianne Binetti

Class description: You will learn what plants in Western Washington cause the most problems for homeowners and what to plant instead that will be better behaved. The talk will include the top shrubs for low maintenance and year long color plus how to identify toxic weeds or shrubs and trees that can damage your property.


MARIANNE BINETTI  is a northwest horticultural expert: Marianne has a degree in horticulture from Washington State University and writes a syndicated gardening column that runs in over a dozen newspapers each week including the The Tacoma News Tribune (Sundays) and The Daily Olympian (Saturdays). She has also written or co-written 10 gardening books including “Easy Answers for Great Gardens” and her latest book “Edible Gardening for Washington and Oregon” She lectures and gives seminars on a variety of topics, has appeared on HGTV and hosts radio and TV programs. Marianne leads garden tours around the world with her husband Joe. She lives with her family in Enumclaw, near Seattle, Washington.  Follow Marianne on Twitter and Facebook!

Mar 13, 2021 10:00 AM

Easy Peasy Edible Gardening: Growing a Food Forest

By Jessi Bloom

Class description: Have you wanted to grow your own food but found it is too much work and takes too much of your time?  Learn basic permaculture concepts that employ design strategies from nature, so you can grow easy peasy edibles which are low maintenance, resilient and sustainable.  Plant and enjoy the harvest from your edible landscape for years to come!


Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Services, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

Mar 20, 2021 10:00 AM

Small Space Gardening: Grow More Food on a Tiny Footprint

By Lisa Taylor

Class description: Growing vegetables and fruit in small urban spaces is fun and easy. Join Lisa Taylor, garden educator and author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide and Your Farm in the City; An Urban Dwellers Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals in a lively discussion about growing vegetables vertically, in containers and raised beds. Learn how to reimage your garden and maximize your food production. Discover gardening techniques that protect our watershed. Explore container and vertical garden basics for growing a diverse and successful edible garden. We will identify vegetable and fruit varieties that are best suited to small space gardening.


Lisa Taylor is a freelance garden educator and author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, 2nd ed. and Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dwellers Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals. She is passionate about teaching everyone where their food comes from and how to grow it. Her garden programs provide hands-on experiences that introduce students of all ages to edible plants, worms, healthy eating, seed saving and other wonders of an organic garden. For Lisa, eating is the main reason for growing plants.

Mar 27, 2021 10:00 AM

Proven Tips & Techniques for First-Time Gardeners

By Peggy Campbell

Class description: Get started with simple tips and helpful resources for a beautiful, sustainable and low-maintenance garden. Peggy Campbell shares practical techniques that are easy on you and the environment. Discover how to keep weeds out, pests at bay, and water use low while growing a healthier garden.


Peggy Campbell believes gardening should be fun and satisfying and enjoys showing others how to take the work out of gardening. She shares tips learned from transforming her own garden from a weed-filled, time-intensive yard into an easy-care landscape  with something in-bloom nearly every week of the year! An ecoPRO Certified Sustainable Landscape Professional, Peggy has a Bachelors in horticulture from Washington State University.

Apr 10, 2021 10:00 AM

Month-to-Month Gardening in the Pacific Northwest – a Calendar of Sustainable Practices

By Christina Pfeiffer

Class description: Christina Pfeiffer, horticulture consultant and educator.  In gardening, as with many things in life, timing can be everything. Staying in step with the rhythm of the season offers opportunities to maximize our gardening efforts to achieve healthier, lovelier gardens with less effort. This talk will explain how to use the benchmarks of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes to tap into the natural energy of each season so that gardening becomes more a pleasing journey and less of a battle.


Christina is a horticulture consultant and educator with over 40 years experience in landscape management and garden care.  She brings an emphasis on sustainable garden practices that work in sync the cycle of the seasons to her teaching and writing.  She holds degrees in horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington and is an ISA Certified ArboristŸ.  She is author, with Mary Robson, of Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening, Cool Springs Press 2017.

Apr 17, 2021 10:00 AM

Designing the Northwest Garden!

By Greg Rabourn

Class description: Learn how to create a landscape that is lower maintenance, eco-friendly and looks great. With an emphasis on native plants, you will leave this class with strategies to help your yard become a healthy space for people, pets and wildlife.


Greg Rabourn’s passion for native plants collided with his dislike of mowing many years ago. He has been practicing and promoting native plant and low maintenance landscaping techniques ever since. Greg was co-host of King County TVs sustainable landscaping show Yard Talk.  Greg was a weekly guest for the Greendays Gardening Panel, a popular call-in radio show on KUOW, 94.9 FM.

Apr 24, 2021 10:00 AM

Healthy Soils

By Ladd Smith

Class description: The program will teach the value of healthy soils by understanding soil basics and soil biology.  The connection between healthy soils and how we can reduce the damage done by storm water runoff will be discussed.  The program will go over the importance of soil building, including different types of mulch and composting.


In 1994, Ladd Smith co-founded In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes, with his business partner Mark Gile, out of his lifelong passion for protecting the environment.  In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes is a provider of organic based landscape services in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.  He earned his BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Cascade Gardener is brought to you by Cascade Water Alliance and its Board of Directors. Visit cascadewater.org to learn more.