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Zsofia Pasztor

Founder and Executive Director, Farmer Frog and author, Rain Gardens for the Pacific NW

Zsofia Pasztor is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organizations, Farmer Frog and a founder for Fonix Eco-Institute. Her first book, Rain Gardens for the Pacific Northwest, was just released by Mountaineers Books in January. Zsofia is the owner of Innovative Landscape Technologies, and Talajtechnika Kft. She teaches horticulture, urban agriculture and low impact development at Edmonds Community College. She has received many awards, including 2013 Faculty of the Year, 2014 Part-time Faculty of the Year Award and 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. She has also taught at several local and international continuing education programs, and is an ISA Certified Arborist since 2006. Zsofia has designed many popular gardens for the NWFGS, all featured ideas for gardening sustainably. Zsofia is the past-president of the Sustainable Development Task Force of Snohomish County (SDTF), a member of the Rain Garden Coalition of Snohomish County, the Sno-King Watershed Council and a member of the Curriculum Board for Edmonds Community College.


Designing a Show Stopping Rain Garden

Because they are specially functioning systems, designing rain gardens is more complex than designing most gardens. Zsofia will take you step by step so you can follow the steps and successfully design your own rain garden. She will cover measuring, special site considerations, other variables to consider, planting plans and drawing a construction plan. You’ll be off to a good start learning how to plan your rain garden and avoid many mistakes before you make them!

Friday, Feb 24 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Build a Pallet Planter Box for Food or Habitat Plants

Pallets are often free and readily available and they make very attractive planters. Designer Zsofia Pasztor and her son Zsolt will show you how to craft a planter, including what to look for, how to select pallets, cut them and prepare them; how to build the box and line it; and tips on filling it with soil, compost or other materials, depending on the purpose. Also discover planter designs that work well and are easy to maintain in a pallet box.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow