Events & Media

Attend an upcoming talk, browse my articles and media mentions of my work, and see where I’ll be appearing to talk about cycling, gardening or writing.

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Gardening talks and events:

  • Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m. — “Cool Season Gardening: Grow Edibles Through the Year,” Grays Harbor/Pacific Master Gardeners Home & Garden Show, County Fairgrounds, 34 Elma McCleary Rd, Elma.

Presentations: Topics for my gardening talks include growing cool-season edibles, heirloom vegetables, and tomatoes; year-round gardening; perennial vegetables; season extension; soil building; seed starting; seed saving; and garden tool care. Contact me to discuss having a presentation at your event.

Pro Tips: Looking for the ProTips handout from my talk Perennial Vegetables, Easy Fruit & Hardy Herbs” at the 2024 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival in Seattle? Click here, scroll down to Saturday. Lots of other great resources there too!

Video Replay: Did you miss my sold out “Seed Starting and Early Season Tasks for the Edible Garden” at our beloved City People’s Garden Store before it closed? Watch it on Instagram or YouTube.

Video Class: Learning about gardening? Try my Craftsy class The Extended Harvest: Vegetables for Every Season

We spent three days filming my Craftsy class, then edited it down to 7 sessions totalling just over 2.5 hours.

Cycling talks and events:

  • No events currently scheduled.

Presentations: I regularly give talks and slide shows about my favorite cycling routes and my two cycling guidebooks. I also lead rides and support non-profit cycling organizations. Contact me to book a presentation about Cycling the Pacific Coast or Biking Puget Sound.

Online Routes: Visit my Ride Ambassador page at to see my recommended tours in the San Juan Islands.


Media mentions, articles and interviews on edible gardening:

“Grow Your Own Victory Garden,” Mountaineers Books “Be Well” Webinar Series

“Your Garden Can Be a Treasure Trove of Activities for Your Kids,” The Seattle Times

“Eat Your Year” and “Ten Tips to Your Best Tomato Year Yet” — free handouts from my talks (and all the other talks too) at the 2020 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. Get handouts.

Learning about gardening? Try my Craftsy video class The Extended Harvest: Vegetables for Every Season

Media mentions, articles and interviews on Cycling the Pacific Coast:

2024 Traveler’s Journal: Cycling the Pacific Coast, Sequim Gazette

How to Bike the Pacific Coast, The

Researching and Writing “Cycling the Pacific Coast,” (podcast) a Conversation with Sheila Bender,

Q&A: Deep Forests, Sunny Beaches and Driving Rain,

Afternoon Live interview, (video) KATU-TV, Portland, Ore.

“New Cycling Guide Offers Epic Pacific Coast Ride,” Brian J. Cantwell, Travel and Outdoors Editor, The Seattle Times

“Bicycle Touring the Pacific Coast with Bill Thorness,” Adventure Sports Podcast

“Cycling the Pacific Coast” is Definitive Guidebook for West Coast Adventure,”

“New Guidebook Charts Coastal Charms,” Pedal Washington magazine, Cascade Bicycle Club

Cycling the Coast Book Trailer, Mountaineers Books channel, You Tube

Cycling the Pacific Coast webinar, (members only) cosponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club

Media mentions, articles and interviews on Biking Puget Sound:

“What’s New in the Fight to Fix the ‘Missing Link’ in the Burke-Gilman Trail,” Seattle Times

“How Seattle’s Cycling History Intersects with Stages of the City’s Growth,” a Q&A with the author of a new cycling history book, Seattle Times

“These 5 Seattle Cycling Routes Feature Holiday Lights: Try Them This Winter,” Seattle Times

“125 years ago, bicyclists paved the way for the Lake Washington Path: A short history of cycling in Seattle,” Seattle Times

“Roll Around Washington: 5 Cycling Trips to Take Around the State This Summer,” The Seattle Times

“Here’s How to Winterize Your Bicycle for the Pacific Northwest Rainy Season,” The Seattle Times

“While Coronavirus Keeps Cyclists Off the Trails, See Seattle on These 5 Street Loops, The Seattle Times

“Three Great Spots for Easy Summer Cycling in the Seattle Area,” The Seattle Times

“What to Look For in a Bike Shop,” The Seattle Times

“For New Terrain or Uncharted Waters, Take Your Bike on a Ferry (or Two),” The Seattle Times

“Bill Thorness Shares Great Rides Around the Puget Sound,”

“Sound Cycling: The No-Pollute Commute, Bellevue

“Ride your bike to an explosive Seattle view,” Everett