Workshops, symposiums and classes offered for home gardeners

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Students harvest lettuce in a Clackamas Community College hoop house.The Clackamas Community College Horticulture Department this winter will offer a variety of workshops, symposiums and classes for home gardeners, as well as classes for professional licensing.

A roundup of short courses and workshops during winter term 2014 follows:

  • Fruit Tree Pruning: Feb. 1 from 9 to 11:50 a.m. at the Home Orchard Society Arboretum at CCC. The class features demonstrations and practice of pruning methods appropriate for a variety of fruit trees. The class is cosponsored by the Home Orchard Society. Fee is $10.
  • Pesticide Laws and Safety in Spanish: Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 8 to 11:50 a.m. in Clairmont, Room 133. Course covers plant protection methods for weed, insect and disease control. Instruction on laws and regulations related to safety, handling and storage of pesticides, as well as techniques for product selection, applicator safety and environmental protection. Prepare and test for the Oregon Pesticide Laws and Safety exam. Fee is $120.
  • Conifer Grafting: Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. in Clairmont, Room 118. Workshop covers hands-on practice using side-veneer grafts on several conifer species. Instruction on how to sharpen a knife, prepare rootstock and basic aftercare procedures. Fee is $60.
  • Hypertufa Trough Workshop: Feb. 8 from 1 to 2:50 p.m. in Clairmont, Room 117. Hands-on instruction on how to make hypertufa containers for the garden or for housing plants on a patio, balcony or deck. Fee is $35.
  • Fruit Tree Grafting (Beginning and Intermediate): Feb. 22 in Clairmont, Room 118. These three workshops (two beginning and one intermediate) provide hands-on experience for grafting fruit trees. Co-sponsored by the Home Orchard Society. Two beginning workshops are offered: from 9 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. The intermediate workshop is from 12:45 to 2:05 p.m. Fee is $15 per workshop.
  • n Pesticide Applicator in Spanish: Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. in Training Center, Room 102. This course provides a review of the safe use of pesticides: protective equipment, mixing, loading, spraying, storage, transportation and application equipment. Recertification credits are available. Fee is $35.
  • Pesticide Core Training: Feb. 28 from 1 to 4:50 p.m. in Clairmont, Room 133. This workshop provides training required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture for the recertification of the Private Pesticide License. This workshop is designed for individuals who intend to maintain a current ODA private pesticide license. Fee is $40. For more information about horticulture offerings at CCC, call the horticulture department at 503-594-3292, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit >
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