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Gardeners gear up for spring

Published on March 14, 2017 12:55PM

As spring begins to creep across the Oregon Coast, the Lincoln County Master Gardeners are offering a pair of presentations in Lincoln City and Newport.

On Monday, March 20, the group will host a Lunch & Learn session entitled “What Grows on the Coast” from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Lincoln City Council Chambers, located on the third floor of the Lincoln Square Civic Complex, 801 SW Hwy. 101.

Guests are invited to bring a brown bag lunch along with plenty of questions about everything from gardening in containers and growing ornamental plants to flowers for the fog zone, pollinator plants and cultivating native Oregon species.

The local horticultural environment will be the focus of the group’s Thursday, March 23, round table discussion in Newport entitled “You’ve Gotta Love Natives.”

Master Gardener and longtime native plant enthusiast, Ann Geyer, will lead a lively discussion covering topics including how to grow native plants, integrate them into your existing garden, and create a thriving habitat for birds, bees and wildlife.

The round table will run from 10 am until noon at Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way.

Both events are free and open to all, but please call 541-574-6534 ext. 57411 to ensure there is an adequate supply of materials.

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners are once again offering an academic scholarship for 2017-18, aimed at any Lincoln County high school senior or college student interested in pursuing a college degree in horticulture or a related field.

The scholarship is awarded on a yearly basis and is renewable for three additional years as the recipient maintains a high GPA and a focused curriculum.

Applications are due by April 7, with forms available through Lincoln County high school guidance counselors or the Lincoln County Foundation at www.lincf.org.

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