Monthly Programs

The Monthly Speaker Program

Due to COVID precautions, our monthly programs meetings will be conducted via Zoom, available to club members only.
Zoom links will be emailed to members on the morning of each meeting. 
Meetings will begin at 10am


Current Programs for 2020-2021

Thursday, October 15, 2020: Janis Searles Jones, CEO of the Ocean Conservancy

“Our Ocean Garden: How we can work together for its future”


Friday, January 22, 2021: Allyson Hayward, Noted International Author, Lecturer, and Landscape Historian

 “Norah Lindsay: the Life and Art of a Garden Designer”


Thursday, February 18: Jennifer Jewell (gardener, garden writer, gardening educator and advocate)



Thursday, March 18, 2021: Eileen Stark (ecological landscape designer, consultant, writer, and photographer)

“Native By Design: Reimagine Beauty With More Habitat, Less Lawn”


Friday, April 16, 2021: Marta McDowell, (Author, Consultant, Instructor, GCA Zone IV)

“Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life”


History of Guest Speakers


September 19: Carolyn Doepke Bennett,  “Your Garden Bed: Time to Change the Sheets?”

October 17: Guido Rahr, “Where Have all the Wild Salmon Gone?”

November 21: Françoise Weeks, “Woodland and Botanical Couture Design”

January 16: Anne Scott, “Jewelry Just Faux Fun”

February 20: Deb Stoner,“Pay Attention to What You Pay Attention To”


October, Conservation:Plastic Purge: How to use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save Sea Turtles! Michael SanClements, PhD.

November,PhotographyPacific Light, Doug Steakley.

January, Horticulture: The Science and Culture of Coffee, Sarada Krishnan, PhD.

February,Community Outreach: Gorgeous Again? Restoring the Scenic Columbia River Gorge, Panel with Lisa Platt, Moderator.

March,Garden History & Design, Weaving Spring Blooms into Your Garden, Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne, ” A Tapestry Garden.”

April, Floral Design, Living Floral, Margot Shaw

May, Andrea Wulf, author, “Founding Gardeners” and other books.


September, The Intertwine: A Collective Impact Model For Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas Panel with Mike Wetter – Executive Director, Intertwine Alliance; Mike Houck – Executive Director Urban Greenspaces Institute; and Dr. Phil Wu, Intertwine Alliance Board (Community Outreach)

October, Truly Compelling Combinations – Creating Sizzle and Subtlety, Brenda Adams, Gardens by Design (Garden History & Design/Horticulture)

November 1, Impact Investing and TPGC, Lori Flexer, Jim Rudd & Mary Lago, Ferguson Wellman (Community Outreach)

January, C-Change Conversations (creating effective dialogue on climate change), Kathleen Biggins, (Conservation)

February, Garden Goddesses: Four California Women and their Legendary Gardens, Donald Olson (GH&D)

March, The Real Dirt: How the Soil with Save Us, Kristin Ohlson (Horticulture)

April, Wildflower Highlights: California Superblooms to the Gorge and Mount Adams, Darryl Lloyd (Photography) Plus workshop with Digits

May, Floral Diplomacy at the White House, Laura Dowling (Floral Design) Plus afternoon workshop for Hand-Tied Bouquets