Mad about tomatoes? Floretum Garden Club has workshop with an expert

Mar 03, 2017

The Edmonds Floretum Garden Club plans a workshop called “Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 18, at Edmonds’ Coldwell Bank Bain 108 Fifth Ave. S, Edmonds.

Jeff Thompson, Snohomish County master gardener and expert tomato grower and lifelong gardener, will presents tips and recommendations.

Thompson has grown tomatoes since age 8. He has started over 40,000 plants and grown over 350 varieties.

After retiring and moving to Edmonds from Texas, he became a master gardener and teacher at Edmonds Community College.

Thompson gives seminars for the county’s extension service and has in the past managed tomato plant production for the annual master gardener’s plant sale.

Currently, he has moved on to hydroponic tomato growing in his home greenhouse.

Along with recommended varieties of tomatoes to grow, how and when to start, care and culture for optimal yield, participants can also hear about proper watering, soils and his newest passion: beekeeping.

The Workshop is free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit local educational organizations.

An active member of the Edmonds community since its founding in 1922, the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club runs an array of local events that help foster community-building, including sponsoring gardening workshops and seminars, and providing scholarships for horticulture students.

Learn more at the Florteum Garden Club website: www.edmondsfloretumgardenclub.org/.

 

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