Yes Virginia, Spring is coming! Master Gardeners annual Seminar April 16 CC Fairgrounds

Sean Hogan
Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery

Seed catalogs not doing it for you anymore? Need even more of a promise of Spring shot in the arm? Mark your calendars for the Clatsop County Master Gardeners “Spring into Gardening” seminar at the Clatsop Co. fairgrounds, Saturday, April 16 from 9am to 4pm.

The day focuses on the topic of coastal gardening, and features keynote speaker Sean Hogan. “Amazing Plants for the Northwest” is Hogan’s topic; this Portland born, world-traveling, and mega-knowledgeable horticulturalist owns Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island. Hogan has lectured extensively in North America and Europe about his explorations of South America, South Africa and the western regions of the United States and northern Mexico. His writing and photos can be found in a wide range of horticultural and botanical literature and magazines. In addition he has edited approximately 20,000 entries of Flora (2003) and Trees for All Seasons (2008) both published by the Timber Press.

Seminar hi-jinks include a plant sale, vendor area, classes, advice (the Dr. is in!) and a raffle. Local land-girl extraordinaire Teresa Retzlaff, co-owner of 46 North Farm and Development Director for the North Coast Land Conservancy will advise on coast-loving edible plants. Beating back the bugs organically will be addressed by OSU Extension agent Chip Bubl, and Joy Jones, also of OSU Extension service, will be on hand to sow encouraging words, tips, and practical information about soil amendment.

Register before April 11 for $15, or ante up $18 at the door; Seniors $12 and students are free with a valid ID. Contact the OSU Extension office to register: 2001 Marine Dr., Astoria; 503-325-8573.

Scholarship Award For Seniors

Clatsop Co. Master Gardeners are greening up more than your thumb and your garden. The group also offers a scholarship for graduating seniors interested in horticulture. Awards go to one or two county graduates, and range from $500 to $1000. Candidates can pick up an application from their high school counselor or OSU Extension. Applications due April 15, 2011.

By Elia Seely

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