Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott – Author, “The Informed Gardener” & WSU Horticulture instructor

Linda Chalker-ScottDr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified 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.  She is the author of three books: the award-winning, horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: good science – practical application, a comprehensive approach to the science behind urban horticulture and arboriculture.  Two other books are in progress: How Plants Work – a gardener’s guide to plant physiology (Timber Press) and an update of Art Kruckeberg’s seminal work Gardening with Native Plants (University of Washington Press). She has published extensively in the scientific literature as well as in popular magazines such as American Nurseryman, Organic Gardening, and Fine Gardening. She and three other academic colleagues host “The Garden Professors” blog and Facebook page, through which they educate and entertain an international audience.
Follow Linda online at:
Website:  http://www.theinformedgardener.com
Blog:  http://www.gardenprofessors.com
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TheGardenProfessors
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/200375441489/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LindaCS

Going Native
Are NW Natives the Best Choice for Gardens?
Sun, Feb 9 at 3 pm / Rainier Room

Many cities, including Seattle, are considering native species requirements for landscape trees and shrubs. Native plants are presumed to be a more sustainable choice, while introduced ornamentals are perceived as undesirable. Does “introduced” equal “invasive?” Are native plants always the best choice? This presentation will summarize the current science comparing the benefits of native and nonnative species in home gardens. A more practical, research-based approach than simply mandating more native species will be suggested for home gardeners. Handouts containing the text of the talk will be provided.

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Here’s what people are saying about Linda:

 Always love Linda! An all-around pro; very comfortable, engaging, and made the audience chuckle. She took questions throughout her talk which was nice. Lots of compliments afterwards.


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