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Organic gardens may yield more nutrients
April 22, 2009

PULLMAN – One of the hottest trends in gardening today is organic gardening which relies on natural processes to grow plants. There is now a growing consensus among scientists that organically grown fruits and vegetables may contain higher levels of nutrients than conventionally grown produce.

“Organic gardening is experiencing a surge in interest,” said Tonie Fitzgerald, state Master Gardener program leader for WSU Extension, “and there is more information about doing it correctly.”

Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteer educators who answer garden-related questions, teach gardening classes, and manage demonstration gardens on behalf of county extension offices across the state.

There is no question that organic … » More …

Horticulturist leads Master Gardeners
January 30, 2008

Photo: Tonie Fitzgerald (left)


PULLMAN – Tonie Fitzgerald, a longtime horticulture educator with WSU Extension in Spokane County, is the new program leader for the statewide Master Gardener program.
“Tonie is known for her leadership in bringing community awareness and educational programming to Inland Northwest gardeners, arborists and landscape professionals,” said Linda Kirk Fox, associate vice president and dean of WSU Extension. “We are delighted she will be in a position to bring her enthusiasm for the Master Gardener program and commitment to well-trained volunteers to this new statewide … » More …

Xeriscaping: Untap your landscape
December 17, 2007

Photo: Flagstone pavers and drought-tolerant plants help make this front yard area water wise. (Photo courtesy of Tonie Fitzgerald).

There is more to landscaping than pretty plants. Sustainable park design, drought-tolerant trees and proper watering to prevent turf diseases are just a few of the topics that will be addressed at this year’s WSU Turf, Tree and Landscape conference. 

More than 400 people from Washington, Idaho, Montana and other locations are expected to attend.

The conference, Feb. 7-8 at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, will focus on the importance of water … » More …