Registration opens for Oregon Master Gardeners Mini College

April 20, 2012
Grow With Your Garden
Photo by Lynn Ketchum.

SALEM, Ore. – Registration has opened for the 29th annual Mini College for Gardeners, which this year will be held in Salem July 25–28 at Willamette University.

"Grow With Your Garden" is the theme of this year’s mini-college, which is hosted by the Oregon Master Gardener Association, a nonprofit organization that works to support activities of the Oregon State University Extension Service’s home horticulture program.

"Education is leading us to ever‐better practices in home horticulture, and Mini College for Gardeners is where it's happening," said David Rugg, president of the Oregon Master Gardener Association. "Classes are designed to increase knowledge and understanding of today’s practices for backyard gardening."

More than 36 research-based seminars will focus on horticulture, environmental protection, food gardening, volunteer skills and creatures – both friend and foe. Twenty of the seminars qualify for continuing education credit for OSU Master Gardener volunteer recertification.

In addition to the seminars, 13 speakers will discuss how to enhance volunteer work and leadership with nonprofit organizations. Tours of the Salem area include Willamette University, which has an Oregon Tilth Organic Land Care accreditation.

Total costs of the mini college depend on what classes are taken. For more information, including lodging, and to register online, visit the Mini College website. Or, call Jim Liskey at 503-551-6895.

The deadline for online registration is July 13. Late registration forms will be accepted at the door on the day of the event, but you must register by July 13 to reserve a room on campus for the discounted price.

Author: Judy Scott
Source: Jim Liskey