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Ciscoe Morris

Radio, TV host, Seattle Times columnist & author, Ask Ciscoe

Ciscoe Morris began his gardening career at age ten, when he harassed a priest at a neighborhood church into hiring him as a lawn boy. For 24 years he directed the gardening and landscaping at Seattle University. During his tenure, the University won several prestigious environmental awards including the EPA’s highest national environmental award. The program he developed led Seattle University to be the only University campus in Washington designated as a wildlife sanctuary. In 2001 he was awarded the King County ‘Earth Hero Award.’ Ciscoe has been a longtime WSU Master Gardener, an ISA Certified Arborist and a WSNLA Horticulturist. He has a distinguished media career. ‘Gardening with Ciscoe’ is on KIRO Radio 97.3 every Saturday from 11am – 1 pm. Ciscoe also writes a weekly column in the Seattle Times, and his book, Ask Ciscoe—Oh La La! Your Gardening Questions Answered (Sasquatch, 2006) is a national bestseller. Ciscoe’s home garden has been featured in local and national publications. Despite giving close to 100 garden talks a year, Ciscoe regularly leads garden tours to countries all over the world.

BOOKS BY THIS SPEAKER

Container Wars

Back by popular demand, we’ve lined up gardening personalities and plant nerds to “battle it out” in our highly acclaimed “Container Wars.” Containers can go virtually anywhere—patios, decks and balconies or even in the garden! Drawing from identical plant materials, NW gardening icon Ciscoe Morris will ‘compete’ against Miller Botanical Garden Curator Richie Steffen as they each create 3 gorgeous containers—all in under an hour! Working against the clock, and with fun “challenges” thrown at them by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti, see how they pull together plants and share their tips for designing luscious container gardens. Learning about plants has never been so fun!

Friday, Feb 9 at 11:00 am / Designer’s Arena

Life’s Lessons: What 30 Years of Gardening Have Taught Me

When the Northwest’s beloved icon Ciscoe Morris began his gardening career, he was just James Morris. Over the years he became a pioneer in gardening and environmental leadership, as he coaxed his first major employer, Seattle University, to practice Earth-friendly, sustainable landscape management. As his popularity grew (and his jokes improved) Ciscoe’s influence spread throughout the Northwest and U.S., helping thousands of gardeners who soon knew him as just Ciscoe. Join Ciscoe as he reminiscences about his life in gardens, and what the people, and the planet have taught him.

Friday, Feb 9 at 4:30 pm / Rainer Room / Book signing to follow

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