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Join us for this new series of gardening classes beginning February and running through June. Registration links to be posted one week before class. For a full list of classes please check our Events Calendar


Wednesday, April 14, Noon – 1:00 PM Spring/Summer Pests & Diseases: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat This free class requires advanced registration. Please click here.

Learn all about worthy adversaries in your garden and how to tame them. This class will cover common diseases and pests that affect ornamental plants in the landscape, fruiting trees and shrubs, and vegetables.

They include: Anthracnose, Aphids, Apple Scab, Azalea Lacebug, Bacteria Blight, Black Spot, Botrytis, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Cutworm, Flea and Cucumber Beetle, Geranium Bud Worm, Rust, Powdery Mildew, Sooty Mold, Spotted Wing Drosophila, Verticillium Wilt
You will learn how to identify them and the problems they cause. We will also offer ideas for getting rid of them by applying Integrated Pest Management.

Our speaker Jane Collier is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She and her husband subsistence farm their five-acre home garden.


Tuesday, April 20, Noon – 1:00 PM Shade Garden: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat This free class requires advanced registration. Please click here.

Shade is a luxury for some gardeners and a challenge for others. If you fall into the latter group, don’t give up. A thriving garden in the shade is possible!

Whether you want to spruce up a shady backyard patio, add color to a shaded border or bring life to a woodland path, a well-thought-out design and carefully selected plants are essential.

In this class we will learn strategies to brighten up these areas with plants and non-living elements, meet a wide palette of shade-loving plants that will flourish in filtered light and deep shade, and develop a plan for proper care (watering, fertilizing, etc.) to sustain your new creation.

Our speaker Laura Eyer is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She designed gardens for others in the past and now gardens at home and on neighbors’ properties, usually with their consent.


Wednesday, April 21, Noon – 1:00 PM Attracting Pollinators: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat This free class requires advanced registration. Please click here.

Did you know one-third of the food we eat, including blueberries, apples, almonds and watermelon, will only bear fruit if pollinated by an animal such as bees and birds? Did you know over 75% of the world’s plants need animal pollination to set seed?

Pollinators are essential to our quality of life – both in the variety of food we eat and in the diversity of plants we enjoy.

The trend in pollinator populations is not encouraging, but gardeners can do a lot to help! Learn how to become a super great host to common pollinators in our area.

This class will highlight hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Discover how they live, what they need, and how to transform your home garden into a hospitable refuge for them.

Our speaker Sherry Sheng is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She gardens at home, at a community garden, and manages a pollinator garden at a State Park.


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10-Minute University™ is the trademark of short classes on essential gardening information. All presentations are free and each is accompanied by a handout. Oregon State University owns the trademark and Clackamas County Master Gardeners develop and manage the program.


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