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Anne Biklé and David Montgomery

Biologist, geologist and co-authors, The Hidden Half of Nature

Anne Biklé and David Montgomery are the co-authors of The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health (W.W. Norton, 2016). Anne and David are married and live in Seattle.

Anne Biklé is a biologist, writer, and gardener with wide-ranging interests. She has over two decades of professional experience spanning field biology, watershed restoration, environmental planning and stewardship, and public health. She uses her broad background and endless fascination with the natural world to examine connections between people and their environments. She spends her free time out in the garden with her hands on plants and dirt to stay connected to nature. Anne attended the University of California, Santa Cruz earning Bachelors’ degrees in Biology and Natural History. She holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. In 2008 he received a MacArthur Fellowship (known popularly as the “Genius Award”). He is the author of three previous popular science trade books, including Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations (University of California Press, 2007), which won the Washington State Book Award. He has been featured in documentary films (Symphony of the Soil, Damnation, Sustainability, and most recently PBS’ Making North America) as well as local and national network and cable news, and other media. David received a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Geomorphology.


Food for the Soil: The Relationship Between Soil Life, Plant Health and Nutrition

Seasoned gardeners know that it’s the soil that makes a garden flourish. Organic matter is the lifeblood of soil; building soil fertility delivers nutrients to a plant’s roots, so you have a good-looking garden filled with thriving plants, both ornamental and nutritious. In this fascinating seminar you’ll discover the soil-making techniques that best build soil fertility and deliver nutrients to a plant’s roots, and get a clear idea of what you can do to improve and maintain the health of your garden’s soil.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

A Journey to the Heart of Your Garden and Your Gut

There are stunning similarities between your gut and the root of a plant. Much of a plant’s body-wide defenses stem from the root microbiome, while our defenses—our immune system—heavily rely upon our gut microbiome. This puts roots and the gut at the center of well-being in both plants and people. Just as what we put into the soil feeds a plant’s roots, certain foods in our diet better nourish our gut microbiome. Discover how you can best feed both your plants and your own gut for your own built-in “health plan.”

Saturday, Feb 25 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow