As more and more people discover the joys of gardening during the pandemic, the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program has introduced a new series of free virtual monthly classes.
The Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series will be broadcast via Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month through November. The classes are free but registration is required. To make them accessible to those who cannot attend the live session, the classes will be recorded and available on the website for anyone to watch.
The classes, which include topics as far-ranging as Dazzling Dahlias to Adapting Your Garden and Landscape to Climate Change, are meant for those with a bit of gardening under their belt, said LeAnn Locher, OSU Extension Master Gardener outreach coordinator.
“The classes came about as Master Gardener staff across the state saw the outpouring from the public for gardening information during COVID,” she said. “The classes help as a two-fold response: One is to give Master Gardeners an opportunity to continue their education and the other is to respond to the great interest for gardening knowledge and support from the public.”
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Find out at a Free Zoom lecture by Willamette University
Professors Karen Arabas and David Craig
Monday, May 10 at10 am
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Zoom registration list.
Willamette University Professors, Karen Arabas (Environmental
Science) and David Craig (Biology), are partnering with the
Salem Parks Department on the “2021 Oregon Oak Salvage
Project.” They are taking the ice storm’s damage to Salem’s iconic
white oak trees and transforming it into knowledge that will
help us to better understand the history of Salem’s urban forests,
animal habitats and climate patterns. The professors and
students have collected over 100 oak “cookies” - thin slices of
fallen or felled Oregon white oak trees - from parks, public areas,
and residential gardens to use in their research project.