‘Green Thumb’ series presenter to talk about beneficial insects today

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County Master Gardener Audreen Williams will explain why gardeners should recognize several common insects as more helpful than harmful and employ them to do free work in their vegetable gardens at noon today.

She will speak in the county commissioners’ meeting room (160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles.

The free presentation is part of the “Green Thumb Garden Tips” education series sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners.

In her presentation, “Beneficial Insects: Larvae and Adults,” Williams will identify the adult and larvae stages of a number of beetles, lacewings, predatory and parasitic wasps. She will discuss at what stage or stages they are likely to be most beneficial and tell how to protect and attract these pollinators and beneficial predators to the home garden.

A Master Gardener since 2012, Williams earned the 2014 Master Gardener of the Year Award. She manages the Port Angeles Fifth Street Garden Master Gardener plots and volunteers at the Master Gardeners’ Woodcock Demonstration Garden, Saturday Walk in the Garden and 4-H Program.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.