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County Master Gardeners offer

free program April 8

David Palmer will present “Vines: Creepers and Crawlers, Twiners and Viners” on April 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie. Sponsored by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners, the program is free and open to the public.

A professional horticulturist, Palmer will discuss perennial and annual vines, evergreen and flowering vines for all situations, how they climb and methods of pruning to keep them in bounds.

Palmer started training in public parks before earning an honors diploma from the Royal Horticultural Society’s School of Horticulture at Wisley, a 200 plus-acre garden south of London. He spent a year as director of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua in upstate New York before coming to Oregon as director of the Berry Botanical Gardens. He is currently garden manager of a large, private estate in Portland’s West Hills.

One of the founding members of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Palmer has been an active member of the organization as well as of the local chapter of the American Rock Garden Society.