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Willi regularly speaks at events around the country, including the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, and for the Garden Conservancy. To schedule Willi for your event, please email


Upcoming Events

Gourmet Gardening

What:  Homegrown food just tastes better, especially if you understand the factors that influence flavor. In this fact-filled lecture, you’ll learn the science behind flavor and how variety choice, soil, and watering all influence the taste and quality of the food you grow in your garden. I will offer specific advice for preventing bitterness, bolting, cracking. Plus, we will explore crops can be eaten at more than one stage of growth, how to harvest crops like garlic scapes and green coriander, and learn about the best vegetable varieties for the Pacific Northwest.

When: Wednesday, March 14 at 6:45 pm

Where: The Northwest Horticultural Society will host this lecture at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle.


Succession Planning 101 at The Seed Bank

What: Even small vegetable gardens can produce a remarkable amount and variety of food. All it takes is a little planning! Planting food in intervals throughout the season – a practice known as succession planting – allows you to keep your garden full and productive from spring through fall (and even into winter). This talk covers basic succession planting strategies, walks you through a three-season succession planting plan, and gives you ideas for simplifying and streamlining the process.

When: Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm

Where: The Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma, CA 94952


Grow Cook Eat: Gourmet Gardening Tips!

 What: In this presentation I’m excited to introduce some overlooked, but delicious, edible crops, including pea shoots, green coriander seed, and garlic scapes! We will also enjoy some samples of the recipes in the book!

 When: Friday, March 23rd from 6pm to 8pm

 Where: The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek CA (hosted by the Ruth Bancroft Garden)


Gourmet Gardening at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

What: At the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show I will be discussing how to grow gourmet quality vegetables at home. You’ll learn about how to grow and harvest delicious extra edibles and I will share some of my very favorite varieties, including ‘Purple Peacock’ broccoli and ‘Golden India’ snow pea.

When: Saturday, March 24th at 3:15 in the Meeting Pavillion

Where: The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show at the San Mateo Event Center (conveniently located where Highway 101 meets 92)


From the Herb Garden to the Kitchen: Cooking Demo and Q&A at Book Passage 

What: Learn how to grow herbs and infuse their flavor into your everyday recipes! In this hands-on workshop I’m going to share tips for growing the best spring herbs (think parsley, chives, and dill) and demonstrate how to make a delicious compound butter flavored with garden fresh herbs. Plus, I will be answering your most pressing vegetable gardening questions.

When: Monday, March 26th at 6:00 pm

Where: Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, 94111


Grow Cook Eat: A Reading and Talk at Omnivore Books

What: In this fun evening at Omnivore Books, I will be talking about my favorite subject: exploring all the wonderful food available to gardeners. I will share how to grow and harvest ephemeral treats like radish greens, garlic scapes, and green coriander seeds, talk about cooking with fresh food from the garden. There will also be a Q&A!

When: Wednesday, March 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Where: Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street(at Church Street), San Francisco, CA 94131


Some Like It Hot: How to Grow Warm Season Vegetables in the Cool Pacific Northwest

What: The Pacific Northwest is a great climate for gardening, but growing heat-loving vegetables and herbs can be a challenge. This practical seminar reveals simple tricks for successfully growing warm season crops, including how to warm up soil earlier in the spring and how to build a mini hoophouse and use other essential season-extending techniques and products. Plus, I will give step-by-step growing plans for maximizing the harvest of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, squash and basil and share time-tested varieties that perform in the Northwest.

When:  Saturday, April 7th at 1:00 pm

Where: The Oregon Garden, 879 West Main Street, Silverton, Oregon, 97381

Salad All Summer Long

What: Learn how to map out a delicious and nutritious salad garden – one that will provide you with fresh, tasty salad ingredients month after month. Hear Willi’s tested tips on fertilizing, creating a weed-free bed, and her suggestions on when to use seeds or starts.  Book signing to follow.

When: Sunday, April 15th from 11:00 am to noon

Where: Molbaks Nursery in Woodinville, Washington

Maximum Harvest, Minimum Effort

What: Follow a few simple rules and you can spend less time maintaining a healthy, productive vegetable garden, and more time enjoying it. Join Willi as she shares practical strategies for preventing problems with pests and disease; discusses how to properly fertilize vegetables; gives tips on harvesting at the peak of flavor; and explains how to keep your garden producing well into fall. Be sure to bring your most pressing vegetable-growing questions!  Book signing to follow.

When: Saturday, May 26 to 10:00 am

Where: Molbaks Nursery in Woodinville, Washington

Ongoing Events

Greendays: A Weekly Gardening Panel on KUOW 94.9

When: Every Tuesday at 10:00 am PST

What: Listen to Willi and her fellow panelists Greg Raybourn and Marty Wingate talk gardening. Got a question? Call in and ask it!

Where: To listen live or to download a podcast of past shows, visit (The quickest way to find past shows is to type the word greendays into the search bar).


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