Starlings are voracious predators of cranefly larvae. (Courtesy of Master Gardeners)

Master Gardener workshops offered

The Daily World

The Washington State University Master Gardeners program has scheduled two free workshops.

At 1 p.m. April 29, Master Gardener intern Shellie-Ann Kerns will present “Gardening for Renters.” This one-hour class, offered in partnership with the Hoquiam Timberland Library, will focus on container and vertical gardening and getting the greatest impact out of small spaces. Kerns will talk about brightening up a patio, growing vegetables in small spaces, and making good use of windowsills and balcony railings.

No fee or preregistration is required. The library is located at 420 Seventh St. in Hoquiam.

For more information or questions about this class, call the library at 360-532-1710.

The next workshop, “Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden,” will begin at 10 a.m. May 6, at the WSU Extension office at the Elma Fairgrounds.

Presenters will discuss the needs of birds, insects, amphibians and other wildlife found in this region. They also will share ways to modify landscaping with plants and other features to attract those creatures to your garden – not only for your enjoyment, but also to create habitat for pollinators and beneficial predators.

Immediately following this workshop, the presenters will offer a plant clinic at noon to answer any gardening questions.

Again, no fee or registration is required. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to ensure their seat.

Please contact Cindy Burton at with any questions about this second workshop.