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.

Pruning Blueberries 101
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • 10:00am-12:00pm
PCC Rock Creek, Portland, OR

Presenters: Cindy Muir, Master Gardener; Sue Ryburn, Master Gardener. Blueberries are relatively easy and fun to grow. Learn about proper pruning techniques, including some hands-on opportunity to prune. Bring your own hand pruners and garden gloves.

Location: PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden (across the street from Building 9) WCMGA Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek,17705 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229. No registration needed, free parking: For weekday WCMGA educational events, use the Events Parking Lot behind Building 9. On Saturdays all campus parking areas available for free.

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.

Kids' Club: Strawberries
Saturday, March 2, 2019(W) • 11:00am
Saturday, March 9, 2019(S) • 11:00am
Saturday, March 16, 2019(G) • 11:00am
Saturday, March 23, 2019(V) • 11:00am
Al’s Garden & Home, Woodburn, Sherwood, Gresham, Wilsonville(V), OR

Back by popular demand, we are planting strawberry plants in a unique container. Kids will love picking and eating their delicious red, ripe strawberries throughout the summer months! Join us to learn more about this wonderful fruit! $7.50 to cover the cost of materials.

What to Do in the March Vegetable Garden
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • 11:00am
Portland Nursery (Division), Portland, OR

With Robyn Streeter of Your Backyard Farmer. Join Robyn for a great refresher on what to do in the veggie garden for the month of March. This includes: soils and composts to get the garden ready, irrigation techniques, and developing a timeline and planting calendar for spring and summer.

Pond Kit and Construction
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • 12:00pm-1:00pm
Hughes Water Gardens, Stafford, OR

Come to Hughes Water Gardens and learn how to put together a pond with supplies available at our store. We will show you how the liner, pump, filter, skimmer, hoses, and plants all fit together to create a wonderful water garden which is easy to maintain. Please e-mail us at or call us at (503) 638-1709 to put your name on the class list. There's no charge for the class, but there is limited room in our classroom, so reserve your spot beforehand.
This will be our first class of the year, with more classes every Saturday, so if you can't make this one keep an eye out for the next one.

Year-round Veggie Gardening: Basic
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • 1:00pm
Portland Nursery (Stark), Portland, OR

With Polly Gottesman of Pumpkin Ridge Gardens. Polly has been providing vegetables year-round to her CSA subscribers for decades, and her seminar on planning year-round gardens in our area has been a perennially popular one here. Come learn about the best timing, dependable varieties and other tips so you can garden like you eat – 12 months a year. This is the first of two classes, created for new and continuing gardeners alike, and will present the outlines of four-season gardening in the northwest.

Pruning Apple Trees
Saturday, March 2, 2019 • 1:00pm
Portland Nursery (Division), Portland, OR

With Portland Nursery’s Jarid Kroes. Spring is almost here and it is time to winter prune your apples! Join Jarid of Portland Nursery for an intro to essential care for your apple trees. Learn how to improve your yields, train young trees, reinvigorate your old growth tree and more. We will discuss some of the fundamentals of apple tree growth and how you can use that knowledge to get the most from your tree.

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