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Robert Kourik

Owner and publisher of Metamorphic Press, and author, Understanding Roots

Taking to heart lessons administered with great enthusiasm by the School of Hard Knocks, Robert Kourik moved from garden maintenance in the early ’70s into landscape design. Over a 40-year period he learned a slew of horticulture-related skills from the inside out by working with clients throughout California and the U.S. Through the years, he’s focused primarily on horticulture methods known variously as organic, natural, appropriate, sustainable, integrated-system and permaculture. As a result of his continual on-the-job training he’s become handy at (and sometimes considered an authority on) a host of garden/landscape-related skills, sharing what he’s learned in a dozen practical books. These include Understanding Roots, Discover How to Make Your Garden Flourish (2015); Garden Myths: the Good, the Bad and the Unbelievable (2013); Greater Garden Yields with Drip Irrigation (2012); and No-Dig Gardening (2010), all from Metamorphic Press. And he’s still trying to graduate from the School of Hard Knocks.


Shaping, not Pruning, Fruit Trees All Summer

Have you always thought that trees can only be pruned while dormant? That water-sprouts or suckers are always bad? The answers to these questions are false. This seminar debunks and replaces common winter-based pruning myths with scientifically-proven guidelines. You will learn how to abandon your pruning shears, yet have a more bountiful harvest than ever. And, for example, how to use toothpicks and rocks to increase yields.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Understanding Roots for Healthier, More Productive Edibles

There are amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. Nearly all plants, especially trees, need this symbiotic relationship for superior growth. This fascinating seminar will explain what the relationship is, where in the roots it happens, how to promote it, how it increases yields and whether or not purchased inoculants are needed. When a plant’s roots are happy, the plant is heathier, and edible plants are more productive and nutritious!

Sunday, Feb 11 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow