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.”
Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy. The first one is next Thursday (feb. 11th) on the Botanical Bright Spots in 2020 highlighting a lot of first-flowerings in the FRBC collection as well as some very special rarities. Later in the month will be the Amazing Plants of Southern China and in March we all can go to Argentina Plant Hunting in the Pandemic. These are a great antidote to winter and each talk will be available for viewing for two weeks following the presentation. FRBC members and donors watch for free and others for $10 per talk or all three for $25. Click here for more information on participating or go to the Events page at farreachesbotanicalconservancy.org. Plant-geeky, fun and guaranteed you will see something new!
Virtual gardening festival set for March 19
Some of the biggest names in gardening are joining forces to empower the 16 million new people who took up the hobby in 2020 and ensuring they become lifelong gardeners.
The Great Grow Along (https://www.greatgrowalong.com/) is a three-day online event, March 19-21, 2021, designed to connect with this sizeable and diverse audience. Lifestyle taste-makers, plant gurus, and cutting-edge designers from around the world will offer engaging and accessible garden content to help inexperienced gardeners be successful and fall in love with the hobby. Reserve your spot
Are you looking to increase your gardening knowledge but don't know where to begin? We've rounded up some of the best online gardening classes, whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, to get you started! Check back often as class offerings may change!