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Learn to grow berries, grapes and tomatoes


McMINNVILLE — The Yamhill County Master Gardener Association (YCMGA) will host a day to learn gardening basics.

“Spring into Gardening” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 8 in the auditorium at McMinnville High School. A variety of seminar lectures will be covered during the day. Participants will learn about growing blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, tool sharpening and tomato grafting.

This is the second year the YCMGA has held a spring horticulture event, according to a press release. Last year roughly 120 people attended.

“The event goes back to the nature of the Master Gardeners Mission,” Yamhill Master Gardeners Association President Gene Nesbitt said. “To bring research based information on horticultural to the community. There were a high number of questions from the community members regarding small berries and tomatoes. This event is to meet that demand.”

Several of the speakers are from the OSU Extension Service and Oregonian columnist Vernon Nelson will share “My Favorite Grapes in the Home Garden.”

YCMGA was able to award $3,000 in scholarships from last year’s spring event. Registration for the event can be found at bit.ly/1aIkOoy. Lunch is provided in the cost of the registration fee.

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