Topic: "Life's Lessons - What 30 years of Gardening Have Taught Me"
Throughout his gardening career, Ciscoe has been a pioneer in environmental leadership. He encouraged his first major employer, Seattle University, to practice Earth-friendly, sustainable landscape management. As his popularity grew, Ciscoe's influence spread throughout the Northwest, helping thousands of gardeners design and plant landscapes without the use of poisons. Join Ciscoe as he reminisces about his life in gardens, and what he has learned from years of experience. This talk will have numerous stories about what worked and what didn't. Attendees of every skill level will learn practical lessons to use in their own gardens.
Speaker Profile: Ciscoe Morris
Ciscoe Morris is one of the most recognized gardening experts in the area. His trademark exclamation of “oh-la-la” is known to home gardeners and professionals alike. So where did that accent come from? Wisconsin. Ciscoe Morris grew up in Wauwatosa, WI before a visit to the Northwest sparked his love for the area. He’s made Seattle his home since the early 70s.
Once here, he turned his gardening passion into a profession. He earned an AA from South Seattle Community College’s Landscape Horticulture program and then earned a master’s degree from Seattle University. At that campus, Ciscoe dug in, quite literally, becoming the University’s Landscape and Grounds Manager for 24 years. Along the way, he found an opportunity to bring his delight of gardening and humorous approach to gardening advice to viewers across Western Washington and throughout the Northwest on KING 5 and Northwest Cable News (NWCN).
His weekly show “Gardening with Ciscoe” with co-host Meeghan Black of KING 5’s Evening Magazine aired for many years on Saturday mornings. Friday night at 6:00, NWCN viewers can get answers on their gardening questions from “Gardening with Ciscoe Live.”
In addition to his television shows, Ciscoe writes a column for the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times; hosts a two-hour weekly radio show on 97.3 KIRO FM, is the author of a top-selling garden book, "Ask Ciscoe" and co-author of books on roses and perennials. He has been a frequent speaker at local gardening events such as the NW Flower and Garden Show and Sorticulture.
With all this, Ciscoe still makes time for his Seattle garden, which has been featured in several publications, his dogs Fred and Ruby and combining his love of gardening with his love of travel by leading garden tours all over the world.