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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 (UW Press), slated to be published in 2017. 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.


Home Grown Goodness: Keeping Your Vegetablesand Your FamilySafe

Interest in home gardening is increasing along with our desire for healthy food and environmental sustainability. Yet even in home-grown produce may not be completely safe, especially when grown in untested soils. This seminar will introduce the most common sources of soil and vegetable contamination, particularly heavy metals. We’ll then compare the relative abilities of vegetables to take up and accumulate heavy metals, and finish with some simple but effective strategies on how to avoid problems.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 10:00 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Garden 101: The Best Damn Garden Advice Ever!

Garden Zombies: Horticultural Myths that Refuse to Die!

Plants die. Weeds won’t die. Your “home remedies” make things worse. You keep repeating the same chores—but want better results! Never fear—Robin Haglund, Mary-Kate Mackey and Linda Chalker-Scott are coming to your rescue! Robin covers useful tools, actions to save your body, and unnecessary chores to jettison. Mary-Kate presents a collection of tough Northwest survivors that will carry on despite the challenges you throw at them. And Linda will discuss those infamous “home remedies,” suggesting alternatives to use that will actually be beneficial.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow