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Yamhill County’s premier gardening seminar features a dozen speakers on a range of topics

The seventh annual Spring Into Gardening event will be held in March to promote sustainable gardening practices.

The event, hosted by the Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County Oregon State University Extension Service, will open at 8 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. March 16 at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St.

The event is a seminar and is considered by some to be the premier gardening educational event in Yamhill County. The seminar begins at 8:45 a.m.

Lunch is included in the registration fee and profits go toward continuing education for Yamhill County residents and college scholarships for local high school seniors. Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the day. Regular registration is $25 a person.

Master Gardener registration is $20 a person. Students with identification can register for $15 and day-of walk-in registration is $30 per person. To register online, go to or call the Yamhill County OSU Extension Office at 503-434-7517.

The March 16 seminar features a dozen different speakers covering a wide variety of topics. Speakers include:

Claudia Growth, Master Gardener for Multnomah County, on "Slug Hunting: Know Your Enemy."

Aaron Anderson, OSU graduate research student, speaking about "Native Plants and Pollinators."

Andrew Millison from the OSU Department of Horticulture, presenting "Introduction into Permaculture and Permaculture Design."

Ed Squiers, who has a doctorate in botany, will speak on "Climate Change in the Willamette Valley."

Kaci Buhl of the OSU Extension Service will talk about organic pesticides.

Linda Brewer, an OSU faculty research assistant from the College of Agricultural Sciences, will give a talk headlined "Managing Clay Soils."

Keith Wingfield, Master Gardener from Yamhill County, will chat about "Bonsai: Gardening with Living Art."

Anna Ashby, a second Yamhill County Master Gardener, will present "Do You Need a Soil Test for Your Garden: If So, Now What?"

Jeff Cope from Home Grown Gardens in Corvallis will speak on "Watering and Irrigation."

Chip Bubl, an associate professor from the OSU Extension Service, is slated to speak on "Weed Management or Knee Deep in Weeds."

Joshua Vlach, an entomologist from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will present "It Is Time to Take on Invasive Pests."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service's Joshua Postman will present "Grow Awesome Fruit in Trees."

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