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Spring Into Gardening

Phoenix Charter School

3131 NE Diamond Lake
Roseburg, OR 97470
United States

Mar 12, 2022

$25.00
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Contact for questions and requests for accessibility-related accommodations
Anita Clark

$25.00 for 1 or more classes

Masks are required
Registration deadline Thursday, March 3rd 2022
Registration will be complete with payment
Cancellation policy: No refunds.
The registered participant may invite another person to substitute in their place. Please notify us at 541-672-4461.

Keynote 9:30am to 10:45am

Why Natives? Speaker Lynn Kunstman

Why Natives – Lynn will explore the seven steps to restoring biodiversity in your yard: Planting native plants is crucial to ecosystem health and to preserving and protecting life on earth. Plant choice matters and choosing native plants helps to restore and ensure vital ecosystem services in our landscapes. Based on the work of Dr. Doug Tallamy, this presentation outlines seven steps you can take to create healthy, productive gardens, and help save our disappearing pollinators and birds.

Lynn Kunstman began gardening with her parents in Lafayette, California, as a young child. She moved to Humboldt County when she was 20 and lived there for 8 years. She has a degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University and, after moving with her husband and two sons to Ashland in 1986 obtained a Masters in Science Education from SOU. After teaching middle school special ed and science for 22 years, she retired, with her husband, to Medford, where they continue to grow huge vegetable gardens; harvesting and preserving food crops year round. She became a Master Gardener in 2012 and a Master Food Preserver in 2013. Most recently her focus has been on gardening for wildlife and pollinators. Her quarter acre lot in Medford is certified as a Monarch Way Station, a Pollinator Garden, and a Wildlife Habitat. She established and runs the native plants nursery at Jackson County Extension Campus. She also rears, tags and releases monarch butterflies, as part of a citizen science effort through University of Washington.


Session 1 11:00am-12:15pm

A. Managing Vertebrate Pests Leo Grass, OSU Master Gardener

Leo will teach us about all those pesky animals that can ruin any garden. He will cover how to manage deer, gophers, moles, skunks, raccoons and more.

B. Principles of Xeriscaping Jeff Puryear, OSU Master Gardener

Jeff will take us through the 7 steps of Xeriscaping and show us a large variety of plants that are very drought tolerant and can be used successfully in a Xeriscape or low water use landscape. Jeff will also discuss how to plan and layout the landscape to favor a low water use environment.

C. Growing Berry Crops Steve Renquist is the retired OSU horticulture agent from Douglas County.

This class will cover the basics of preparing your site for berry crops, soil fertility, and managing pests. The climate in Douglas County is ideal for growing berry crops. However, it is extremely important to know how to get the pH of your soil right for each type of berry crop to maximize potential plant growth. It is equally important to know how to identify and control a few major insect pests and diseases of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to be able to have an abundant harvest.

LUNCH 12:15pm to 1:00pm Brown bag lunch-Bring your own


Session 2 1:00pm-2:15pm

D. Garden Soil Basics Scott McKain, OSU Master Gardener

Scott is a lifelong vegetable gardener. Scott has a degree in oceanography from the University of Washington. He was a laboratory technician measuring nutrients in seawater for eight years and a member Umpqua Biochar Education Team.

Scott will teach us about the art of building your garden soil and the most important soil nutrients, using the latest science.

E. Growing and Propagating Succulents Ann Severson, OSU Master Gardener

Ann found her passion for succulents many years ago. Becoming a Master Gardener has helped her in learning more about succulents. She loves sharing her knowledge with those who have the same passion.

Those who attend will learn about succulent plants, and the basic tools needed for propagation and care. There will be a demonstration on propagation techniques. All participants will get the opportunity to plant a succulent using the proper tools and take one home.

F. Principles of Permaculture Jeff Puryear, OSU Master Gardener

Permaculture is a blueprint for the way we live our lives. Permaculture was originally a word made up of the two words ‘permanent’ and ‘agriculture’. It combines sustainable agriculture, landscape design and ecology to grow more food, in less time, and for less money. Permaculture is an approach to designing your garden and landscape to imitate the relationships found in natural systems and ecologies.


Session 3 2:30pm-3:45pm

G. Garden Soil Advanced Scott McKain, Master Gardener

Scott is a lifelong vegetable gardener. Scott has a degree in oceanography from the University of Washington. He was a laboratory technician measuring nutrients in seawater for eight years and a member Umpqua Biochar Education Team.

Scott will teach us more on the art of building your garden soil and the most important soil nutrients, using the latest science. Continue to learn more about how to improve your garden soil with this advanced class with a focus on minerals.

H. Growing Peppers and Tomatoes Bruce Gravens, OSU Master Gardener

Bruce will tell us about the many varieties of peppers and tomatoes suitable for growing in our area as well as growing special techniques.

I. Managing your Home Orchard Steve Renquist is the retired OSU horticulture agent from Douglas County.

He has worked with both commercial producers and homeowners for the past twenty-one years locally. His specialty was helping growers to understand how to integrate pest control methods that maximize control while minimizing pesticide use.

Growing good quality tree fruit in Douglas County requires the homeowner to have a basic understanding of how to find a good site for your trees, how to properly train a fruit tree, how to manage basic fertility, how to achieve good quality fruit by controlling diseases and insect pests, and when to harvest the fruit to maximize the storage potential. This class will cover all these issues and more.


Session 4 4:00pm-5:15pm

J. Growing and Propagating Succulents Ann Severson, OSU Master Gardener

Ann found her passion for succulents many years ago. Becoming a Master Gardener has helped her in learning more about succulents. She loves sharing her knowledge with those who have the same passion.

Those who attend will learn about succulent plants, and the basic tools needed for propagation and care. There will be a demonstration on propagation techniques. All participants will get the opportunity to plant a succulent using the proper tools and take one home.

K. Growing and Managing Olive Trees

River Ranch cultivates both Arbequina and Arbosana varieties of olives in well-tended groves nestled along the banks of the North Umpqua River in Glide, Oregon. These cold-tolerant varieties have superb olive oil attributes and exceptional flavor. The Mediterranean-like micro climate of the area provides ideal growing conditions, while thrifty watering during the growing season increases the healthful polyphenol levels in the fruit.

After months of careful tending they harvest early by hand, when not only taste but polyphenol levels, too, are at their height - and get them to press without delay. Although harvesting at this rather early stage of ripening means less oil is extracted, by doing so they produce a higher quality ultra-premium extra virgin olive oil. Participants will learn more about this fascinating topic.

L. New Vegetable Varieties from Territorial Seed Co. Tim Russell, Territorial Seed Company Outreach Coordinator

When you page through a great vegetable catalogue like the one Territorial Seed Co. puts out, you may wonder how to know what variety will work for you in Douglas County. John will guide you through their new selections and explain how they culture varieties of vegetable suitable for our area.

M. I Have Tomatoes, Now What!! Denise Fennel, OSU Master Food Preserver Coordinator

Denise will teach participants’ ways for preserving your tomatoes demonstrating canning, drying, and freezing techniques using safe and science based techniques.

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