Vernonia Garden Tour

June 29 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Spencer City Park, 199 Bridge St, Vernonia, OR 97064 Vernonia Improvement Project is hosting a garden tour to benefit the Vernonia City Parks. 8-10 local gardens will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with educators on site to answer your questions. Free classes will be provided […]

Help deter wildfires around homes with appropriate landscaping

Drawing a line around the house with fire-resistant landscapes can mean the difference between a home consumed by flames and one left standing. “Fire specialists often show pictures of houses where people took adequate precautions,” said Brad Withrow-Robinson, forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “I’ve seen lots of photos of land charred all around […]

Sweeten up summer by growing strawberries

Whether dipped in chocolate, tossed in a fruit salad or eaten naked, strawberries say summer in a big way. But they aren’t always cheap or sweet when bought at the store, so save money and get the freshest by growing your own. The first thing you need to know is what type of strawberry you […]

Barring wildlife helps get your space back

When it comes to sharing space, humans and wildlife don’t see eye to eye. “Our homes and gardens often overlap with spaces and resources used by wild animals, both native and non-native,” said Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service wildlife specialist. “A ‘shared habitat’ situation can pose some challenges when the animals’ day-to-day activities […]

Retail Nursery Spotlight – Blooming Junction

A complete garden center on a beautiful old farmstead, offering perennials, herbs, edible plants, grasses, shade trees, shrubs and annuals, plus farm grown produce and locally sourced grocery items and feeds. 35105 N.W. Zion Church Road, Cornelius, Oregon 97113 Open seasonally from March to December from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, plus longer hours in season. […]

5 easy ways to be sustainable in the garden

As the gardening season gets started in earnest, you may want to think about how you can be kinder on the environment – and your wallet, too. “Everyone can be sustainable,” said Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “If you use drip irrigation, you’re doing your part to save this resource. […]

Horticultural Expert to Speak on Garden Mulches

Contact: Sherry Sheng, Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott will offer an extensive presentation on “Mulches: The Good, The Bad, and The Really, Really Ugly” at the monthly meeting of Clackamas County Master Gardeners, 7-8 pm on May 13. The meeting will be held at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. The program is […]

Popularity of native plants on the rise

As you celebrate spring, get your hands in the soil and start buying plants to decorate your garden, consider the benefits of natives. “There’s a new aesthetic,” said Weston Miller, horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “Gardeners want to connect to nature and the heritage of plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest.” Part […]

7 tips for controlling frustrating apple scab

Wet weather, which is bound to come in the weeks ahead, builds potential for apple scab, a fungal disease of apples. The apple scab disease fungus overwinters on dead apple leaves and fruit left on the ground, explained Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. During spring moisture, scab spores are forcibly […]

22nd Annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair

Save the date for the 22nd Annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair in Downtown Camas. The day before Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 11th, 9am-4pm. Gorgeous plants, trees, and flowers galore and locally made garden art will fill our downtown! Free kids zone, petting zoo, plant & garden experts, live music, tasty food, local shops, and […]

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