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July 2021

Fire-wise Landscaping

July 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As the Western United States population continues to grow, more and more homes are creeping into forest and rangeland areas called the wildland urban interface. The number of wildfires in combination with this urban sprawl can potentially increase the number of fire-prone landscapes. Learn more about creating a fire-wise landscape. In this class you will learn about fire behavior basics, ways to reduce the fuel load, ways to design your landscape in the home ignition zone, characteristics of fire-resistant plants,…

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August 2021

Season Extension Techniques | Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series

August 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Season extension is a bundle of techniques used to provide an earlier and/or later harvest in the garden. In this webinar you will examine a variety of season extension tactics available to home gardeners and compare how they may be used differently to match regional needs. This class is just in time for fall planting!

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September 2021

Gardening with Native Plants for Pollinators

September 14 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Native plant gardening has been ranked as one of the top three landscape and garden trends over the past few years, in part because of the benefits that they offer to pollinators. However, native plants are not widely planted by home gardeners, and only limited selections can be found at many retail nurseries. This talk will share research conducted by the OSU Garden Ecology Lab for the past four years, and will address questions such as: Which Willamette Valley native…

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October 2021

Adapting Your Garden and Landscape for Climate Change

October 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Northwest gardeners and landscapers are accustomed to our Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. With climate change, we can expect more variability in our weather with more frequent and intense weather events. How will these extreme events affect your plants? Learn strategies to adapt your garden and landscape to these new conditions. Registration information to come.

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November 2021

Healthy Soils for Healthy People

November 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Research has suggested that healthy soils can benefit human health, via transfer of beneficial microbes from the soil to the skin. What are the characteristics of healthy soils, and do these characteristics align with the soils tended by Oregon gardeners? This talk will provide an overview of what is known as the 'hygiene hypothesis', and how this relates to healthy garden soils.  OSU will present data gathered from the soils of Oregon gardeners, as well as share initial results on…

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