March 2, 2019

5th Annual BeeVent Pollinator Conference
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • Doors open 8:00am
Linn Co. Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon

Would you like to increase the size of the raspberries growing in your garden by 30%? Can the fruit on your apple tree grow bigger and healthier without adding more fertilizer? Yes! What is the secret? Personalized pollinators. This year's BeeVent Pollinator Conference on March 2, sponsored by the Linn Co. Extension Master Gardeners, will teach you ways to enhance the habitat in your yard to encourage specific beneficial butterflies and insects to take up residence and do their magic on your flowers, fruits and vegetables. And it just might improve the whole neighborhood!

Most of the bee and butterfly research conducted to date has been for commercial growers. But this fifth annual gathering of home gardeners, small farmers and city dwellers who love flowers, has become an essential element in the growth of interest and knowledge surrounding the plight of our pollinators. Learn what citizen-scientists around the northwest are doing to enhance our knowledge of native bees and other pollinators. Some butterflies, monarchs are one, can only reproduce if they lay eggs on a specific plant that will provide food for the caterpillars when they hatch. What are those plants? Can I buy them at our local nurseries? Which ones will grow well in my garden? What is an Oregon Berry Bee?

Our expert speakers will address these and many other common questions. Vendors will be available for the purchase of products and plants and local non-profit groups will share valuable information. Please join us on March 2 at the Linn Co. Fair and Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. Doors open at 8:00; bring a lunch or pre-order when purchasing tickets.

Leach Botanical Garden Free 1st Saturday Guided Tours
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • 11:00am-12:00pm
Leach Botanical Garden, Portland, OR

Join Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick for seasonal explorations of the Garden. She will show you what's blooming and of seasonal interest, provide useful and engaging information, and share fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach. This tour occurs the first Saturday of the month, March 2–November 2. Meet in front of the Manor House.

Free. No registration required. First come, first served. Maximum tour size 15 visitors. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97236. 503-823-1671.

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