Master Gardener Pioneer to Speak at Spring Workshop

– from Kate Yturri, 2014 Spring Gardening Workshop Coordinator

Entomologist Collman

Entomologist Collman


Sharon Collman will speak about tent caterpillars and exotic insects at the San Juan County Master Gardeners Spring Gardening Workshop, April 26th.

Dr. Collman has spent her career studying and photographing insects and plant problems, as well as writing and teaching workshops on garden and household pest management, plant problem diagnosis and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

One of her early projects as Extension Educator for Horticulture/IPM at WSU Extension was organizing the first pilot Master Gardener programs in King and Pierce counties, which have now grown to more than 1,500 volunteers throughout the state.

She has been employed with WSU Extension since 1973 and has worked for WSU as a horticulture and pest management educator in King and Snohomish Counties, and as a liaison to the EPA working on Water Quality and IPM issues. She is also adjunct faculty at WSU Department of Entomology and has authored more than 75 articles and publications, received numerous awards for her educational programs including the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association’s Educator of the year award. She occasionally appears on Ed Hume’s “Gardening in America” TV show and Ciscoe Morris’s “Gardening with Ciscoe” radio show.

Her presentations at this year’s Workshop are titled “Using Integrated Pest Management in the Fight Against Tent Caterpillars” and “The Menace of Exotic Insects”.

Join us for our 2014 Spring Gardening Workshop, Saturday, April 26 in Friday Harbor! For a complete schedule and to register, go to our page at Brown Paper Tickets.

Read more about this year’s workshop here.

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