The Oregon Master Gardener Association, in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension service, is holding its Growing Gardeners conference July 13th through July 14th. The gardening symposium, formerly known as Mini College, is taking place at Linfield College in McMinnville and will feature a wide range of speakers and 38 workshop sessions!
This year’s keynote speakers are Philip Mote and Gail Langellotto. Dr. Mote is the director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, and a professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; he will speak about what climate change means for gardeners on Thursday.
On Friday, Gail Langellotto, statewide coordinator of the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener program, will share a vision for the role of gardening in environmental sustainability and public health.
Attendees will get to pick between 38 sessions, where they will learn about everything from orchids and plant identification to dwarf conifers and rain gardens. There are many types of sessions, including hands on workshops like building a birdhouse and creating table centerpieces, as well as less involved lectures. Additionally, there will be four tours to choose from.