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Specialty Cut Flower Growers School Offered at WSU Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Washington State University and the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market are offering a Specialty Cut Flower Growers School, Feb. 24 and 25. The two-day workshop will be held in the Sakuma Auditorium at WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mt. Vernon. Classes run from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. both days. Registration is $125 per person, with lunch both days included.

Join local flower growers Diane Szukovathy of Jello Mold Farm, Vivian Larson of Everyday Flowers, and Joe Schmidt of Fair Field Flowers, for a class focusing on sustainable flower growing techniques for the Pacific Northwest. The class is geared toward beginning to intermediate growers interested in selling high-quality cut flowers. Participants will receive a workbook with resources and technical information. Topics to be covered include:

  • Business planning basics
  • Plant selection
  • Growing techniques
  • Pest-management strategies
  • Specialized equipment
  • Quality postharvest care
  • Season extension
  • Marketing opportunities

The growers school is limited to 40 participants. Registration is open now. To register, send a check for $125 to: The Seattle Wholesale Growers Market; P.O. Box 1976; Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Please indicate if you would prefer a vegetarian meal. For questions, please contact Diane Szukovathy at 206-290-3154 or