By Carrina Stanton / For The Chronicle
Last year’s Lewis County Master Gardeners Gardening for Everyone event was among the myriad events suddenly canceled last year at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jason Adams, program coordinator for the WSU Lewis County Extension Office’s Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter programs, recalled they had posters up and speakers ready, but the event, like so many others to come, would not happen.
This year’s Gardening for Everyone event will reflect the new normal that the Master Gardeners and many other nonprofits, organizations and clubs have embraced by moving their interactions online. Gardening for Everyone, planned for Saturday, March 13, will happen entirely over the Zoom platform.
“I think what really makes it beautiful is how many people we can reach,” Adams said of the virtual format for Gardening for Everyone. “This is going out to not only people in Lewis County but people in other counties, other communities, can access it.”
Gardening for Everyone is a free community education event that has been hosted by local Master Gardeners for dozens of years and has always been touted as a way for Master Gardeners to pass on their expertise in many subjects to the public. Some of the subjects for the classes come from suggestions from the Master Gardeners themselves, while others are suggestions from Gardening for Everyone participants. This year’s class subjects are: planning a vegetable garden; growing tomatoes; rhododendron 101; and