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May 12 event features plant sale, seminar, Mother’s Day gifts, raffle prizes

Published on May 9, 2018 9:51AM

There is a huge variety of plants that thrive in our coastal gardens.

Courtesy Clatsop County Master Gardener Association

There is a huge variety of plants that thrive in our coastal gardens.

Jennifer Bell (right), a biological science technician at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, will teach at the Clatsop County Master Gardener Association’s spring seminar.

Courtesy Clatsop County Master Gardener Association

Jennifer Bell (right), a biological science technician at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, will teach at the Clatsop County Master Gardener Association’s spring seminar.

Eighteen varieties of tomato starts will be available during the Clatsop County Master Gardener Association plant sale.

Courtesy Clatsop County Master Gardener Association

Eighteen varieties of tomato starts will be available during the Clatsop County Master Gardener Association plant sale.

Learn vertical gardening with 18 varieties of tomatoes on sale at the Master Gardener event.

Courtesy Clatsop County Master Gardener Association

Learn vertical gardening with 18 varieties of tomatoes on sale at the Master Gardener event.


ASTORIA — Clatsop County Master Gardener Association will hold a spring garden seminar and plant sale 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

Classes, vendors, raffles and gardening advice from Master Gardeners make this a daylong affair.


Plant sale


The plant sale is enormous this year. Tomato starts, vegetable starts, perennials, natives, ground covers, pollinators, succulents, ornamental grasses, Hostas, Dahlias and a great selection of houseplants and tropicals will be available.

For Mother’s Day, Master Gardener has created vintage teacups and driftwood planted with succulents — perfect green gifts and no work for you.

Dozens of vendors will be on hand selling all things related to gardening, with many gift options for Mother’s Day: garden art, garden tools, kitchen items, food items and nurseries with even more plant options.


Seminar


This year’s seminar — themed “Coastal Garden Design” — provides options to gardeners with limited space and those wanting to expand their garden with easy-care native plants.

• “Edible Vertical Gardening in Small Spaces” with Harry Olson: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Olson, an Oregon State Master Gardener from Marion County, is an award-winning expert on garden design for high yield in small spaces. Gardeners will learn how to grow fruits and vegetables they didn’t think they had the room or climate for. He shares his growing practices with a visual presentation of lush photos demonstrating the techniques used from his own garden and the Vertical Demo Garden at the Oregon Garden. He promotes organic gardening.

• “Designing with Native Plants” with Jennifer Bell: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Bell, a biological science technician at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, is an enthusiastic native plant specialist. Native plants are adapted to our local soil and climate conditions, making them easier to maintain. Gardeners will learn the practical benefits of native plant gardening, what plants are native to our coastal ecoregion, where to get them and how to select and place native plants for different growing conditions.

• “Grafting Vegetables” with Harry Olson: 1:45 to 3 p.m.

Grafted vegetables are superhero vegetables — stronger, bigger, more disease-resistant. Grafting tomatoes will be demonstrated along with specific instructions. Peppers, melons cucumbers and eggplants will be discussed. Every gardener should be aware of this fascinating practice.


And more


Raffles round out the fun with high stakes and good chances to win art, painting lessons, luscious baked goods, restaurant certificates, a charming umbrella, wine, beer and other great items.

And there are fun garden activities for kids. Bring your parents, too!

Proceeds from this event fund the Clatsop County Master Gardener Association’s scholarship fund, the Learning Garden, demonstration garden, pet-friendly demonstration garden, plant diagnosis clinics, seed-to-supper gardening course, Fresh Starts program, Monthly Speaker Series and the Astoria Sunday Market info booth.



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