CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County’s Master Gardener Association and the Benton County office of the Oregon State University Extension Service will host a seminar on Feb. 24 offering hands-on classes for novice and experienced home gardeners.

“Insights Into Gardening” will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. Registration is $15, with an optional box lunch for an additional $6.95. The seminar fills quickly and early registration is encouraged.

In addition to classes, the seminar will include numerous informative displays, the opportunity to meet and talk with Benton County Master Gardeners, a prize drawing and an on-site mini OSU bookstore.

Gardening Classes include:

  • "Heirloom Seeds: Our Shared Gardening Heritage," presented by Rose Marie Nichols McGee;
  • "Photography in Your Garden," by David P. Bayles and Tammy Skubinna;
  • "Growing Quality Grapes in Oregon," by Jessica Sandrock;
  • "Weather and Climate in the Willamette Valley," by George H. Taylor;
  • "Choosing Trees and Shrubs for Your Landscape," by Gail Gredler;
  • "Preserving Your Garden's Bounty," by Janice Gregg;
  • "Practical Lawn Care for the Willamette Valley," by Tom Cook;
  • "Design and Create Eye Catching Containers," by Russell Davis;
  • "Yes, You Can Grow Orchids!" by Dottie Ferral.

For more information, or to register, call the Benton County OSU Extension office, 541-766-6750, or visit the Benton County Master Gardener website at:

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Barb Fick,