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It's all about the garden

The annual Spring Garden Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, at the Clackamas County Event Center.

Created in 1984 by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners, the event has grown from a small fuchsia sale to nearly 200 vendors and more than 15,000 visitors each year.

Once again, this year’s event will provide everything from something special to grow, to art for the yard. Garden vendors from the Pacific Northwest will offer veggies and herbs, perennials and annuals, trees and shrubs, as well as other specialized items.

The Plant Taxi students will again be on hand to cart purchases around the fair and to vehicles for a donation.

The fair’s free 10 Minute University classes will help attendees gather enough sustainable gardening information to ensure success. The newest class, “Attracting Pollinators to your Garden,” will be held along with favorites such as “Growing Tomatoes,” “Growing Blueberries” and “Managing Slugs and Snails.”

Visitors can also “Ask an OSU Master Gardener” any garden questions they have. The new plant introductions and silent auction provide a chance to preview the latest in plants for this year.

The fair’s exhibits center has many educational displays. Another free service is pH soil testing.

Admission to the fairgrounds is $3; 16 and under are admitted free. Parking is free and ATMs are available on-site.

ABOUT OSU MASTER GARDENERS: Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Oregon State University in the science of gardening. They provide free advice that is research-based, reliable, and localized for the area. They promote sustainability by encouraging gardening practices that conserve water, improve soil health and protect the environment. They also enjoy sharing gardening successes. The Spring Garden Fair is a major fundraiser of the Clackamas Chapter. Proceeds from the event go to fund an endowment providing horticultural scholarships at Clackamas Community College, as well as community grants and programs of Oregon State University and in Clackamas County.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by April 18 to Jean Bremer, 503-655-8631,




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