Our gardens teem with life; with insects, mammals, plant life and more. Many of these living organisms are considered friends while others are regarded as pests or “foes.” Designating organisms as being either a friend or a foe can be problematic or, as Nelson Mandela said, “Nothing is black or white.”
Join us for a program that will challenge pre-conceived notions about garden friends and foes and help you understand the complexity of trying to put a label on a biological being. You will leave this program equipped with the knowledge to decide for yourself how to view the guests in your own home garden. This program will also share with you free resources that you can use to find effective and safe solutions to manage your garden’s foes.
Register with your email on this page, and you will receive the Zoom login information by email the day of the program. Close-captioning will be provided. This program will also stream live on YouTube, and it will be recorded so you can watch later on our Master Gardener YouTube playlist.
About the Speaker
After 34 years on the faculty at UCSF, John Fike retired from academia and soon thereafter became active in the Master Gardener program for Contra Costa County. He co-leads the Ask a Master Gardener program, is active in the Speaker’s Bureau and is on the leadership team for the organization. His passion for biology and his interest in education have been instrumental in his contributions to new volunteer training and programs like Growing Gardeners. One of his goals as a Master Gardener is to introduce more science into the gardening landscape in the hopes that people will develop an enhanced perspective and appreciation of the fascinating world around us.