MYRTLE POINT — Gardening enthusiast can’t wait to get out into the garden in the springtime. To get inspired and prepare for this growing season, join Coos County Master Gardeners for the 13th annual garden seminar, “Fertilize Your Mind: The Dirt on Backyard Gardening,”  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College.

This day-long seminar offers hands-on classes for avid gardeners. Whether you’re an experienced or novice gardener, new to the area or have lived here for decades, you can find plenty of ideas to make gardening easier, inspiring and more successful.

Keynote speaker will be Jim Myers, Vegetable Breeding and Genetics Professor at Oregon State University. Myers’ presentation, “The Culinary Cutting Edge and Vegetable Breeding,” will describe the ongoing efforts of the OSU Vegetable Breeding Program to develop vegetables with better nutrition and novel quality and taste attributes.

In addition, participants will be able to select three informational classes presented by experienced and practical speakers. Some of the topics include: winter gardening, basic backyard pruning, tomatoes 101: growing on the Oregon Coast, water-wise landscaping, growing strawberries and raspberries, beekeeping 101 and more. In the lobby throughout the event will be displays by local nursery and landscaping companies, a plant clinic to answer gardening questions, and a selection of free gardening and seed catalogs.

Registration is $25, which includes the keynote address, three lecture sessions and coffee or tea. To register, contact the Coos County Extension Office at 541-572-5263, stop by the OSU Extension office at 631 Alder St., in Myrtle Point, or get the registration form online at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/fertilize-your-mind. You may also register the morning of the event, beginning at 8 a.m., but class selections may be limited.

This seminar is sponsored by the Coos County Oregon State University Extension Service and the Coos County Master Gardener Association.

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