Grow Now with Emily Murphy

Join us for a fun and informative workshop with local author and gardener Emily Murphy. We’ll start with a presentation in The Studio on her new book, Grow Now, followed by a trip outdoors for a a sheet-mulching demonstration and a chance to get all your questions answered.

We’ll end the event with a book sale and signing with light refreshments, so get your tickets now!




May 18 2022


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Questions? email or call 415-455-5260


  • Emily Murphy
    Emily Murphy

    Emily Murphy is the author of the best-selling book, Grow What You Love (Firefly Books), and, GROW NOW: How We Can Save Our Health, Communities, and Planet — One Garden at a Time (Timberpress). Emily is also an expert regenerative organic gardener, designer, and photographer. She studied ethnobotany, environmental science, and garden design, and pursues a plant-driven life focused on nature-postive garden education and climate action. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in publications and other media such as NBC’s “The Today Show”, The Marilyn Denis Show, Reader’s Digest Canada, Pacific Horticulture Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Mother Earth News, The North Coast Journal, The Morning Show—Global News Toronto, The Marilyn Denis Show, Mind Body Green, Sunset Magazine, and Better Homes & Gardens.

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