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Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott

WSU Asso. Professor and author, How Plants Work and The Informed Gardener

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture, and holds two affiliate associate professor positions at University of Washington. Linda is the author of four books: the award-winning, horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener (2008) and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010) from the University of Washington Press and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science – Practical Application (2009) from GFG Publishing, Inc. Her most recent book, How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do (Timber Press, 2015), has received numerous national awards (American Horticultural Society best book award, best book award from the National Association of Agricultural Agents, and a National Science Teachers Association recommended book.) Most recently she is co-authoring an update of Art Kruckeberg’s Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, to be published in 2019 by UW Press. Linda has also published extensively in the scientific literature and in popular magazines including American Nurseryman, Organic Gardening, and Fine Gardening. She also is one of the Garden Professors—a group of academic colleagues who educate and entertain through their blog and Facebook pages. Linda’s contribution to gardeners was recognized in 2017 by the Association for Garden Communicators as the first recipient of their Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.


You’re Stuck With the Soil You’ve GotNow Deal With It!

This seminar will address the most common problem seen in residential landscapes: poor water movement. We’ll demonstrate how mulches and amendments can either improve or worsen drainage. What happens when you use gravel in the bottom of pots? Does water move best through landscape fabric, newspaper, cardboard, or wood chips? You’ll see the evidence for yourself! Handouts containing the text of the talk will be provided.

Friday, Feb 9 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow