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Faculty

Mara Grey

Born and raised in Hawaii, Mara fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and has made her home there for over thirty years. She first studied Botany at the U. of Washington, then went into horticulture. She is the author of “The Lazy Gardener” and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Flower Gardening” and is currently working on a new book, “Planting Joy – Bringing Your Inner Life Into Your Garden.” A longtime Celtic harpist, she is now performing as a storyteller with harp accompaniment.

Events with Mara Grey

Drought Tolerant Flower Gardening
March 29, 2020

Join us from 10 am to noon in the Appletree Garden for this class with Master Gardener Mara Grey. Add color and drama to your water-wise garden with drought-tolerant plants from a rapidly expanding list of bulbs, perennials and small shrubs.  This two-hour, hands on class is open to gardeners of all ages and experience levels.  Tickets are $40 or $25 for Whidbey Institute volunteers. 

Healing Ourselves with Flowers
June 28, 2020

Join us from 10 am to noon in the Appletree Garden for this class with Master Gardener Mara Grey. Inviting nature’s support into our lives by making and using flower essences. All supplies will be provided! The class will include learning, writing, and product-making, in the beautiful Appletree Garden at the peak of early summer’s beauty. Tickets are $40 or $25 for Whidbey Institute volunteers. 

Speaking Music to the Land
August 23, 2020

Join us from 3 pm to 5 pm in the Appletree Garden. Speaking directly to someone has power. Nature responds—often in subtle, almost imperceptible ways—when we speak in music. Join Mara Grey, Celtic harpist, for a time of stories, personal experiences, lore from traditional cultures, and free time to wander and find your own ways to speak to the land. Instruments are welcome, but not necessary. Humming, singing, even softly chanted words are just fine . Tickets are $40 or $25 for Whidbey Institute volunteers.