A gang of green-thumbed experts converged on the Douglas County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building on Saturday for the 35th annual OSU Extension Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Expo. During the day-long event, more than 15,000 plants including annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees — all grown by volunteer master gardeners — were available for expo visitors to buy.

In between showing off their prized plants and holding raffles for prizes, master gardeners were on-hand to offer planting tips and advice. Local vendors also participated by selling garden-related items such as yard art, gardening tools and supplies, and specialty plants.

Proceeds from the annual expo help to support education programs for the community that are offered by the Douglas County OSU Extension Master Gardeners.

Tiffany Coleman can be reached at tgoleman@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4209.

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For a first-timer it was a little confusing to both find the hall with one sign at the door among the 4 signs for the gem show. Once inside there's a "route" to walk to see everything, pick up what you want, pay and leave. It's probably best to go the first time with someone who's been there before. Take a little box or a big pulling cart as your arms will fill up fast. I found a heather shrub, a variety of guara grass, and a little succulent I'm sure I'm going to kill. If I hadn't gone later in the afternoon to avoid the crowd, and brought a cart, I'm sure I would have come home with much more. Do keep an eye out next year and make the trip to the fairgrounds. The growers are a friendly, likable group.


It's rather sad that a great event such as this is being publicized in the paper on the Wednesday following the event.

My opinion is that it should have been discussed a week before so that local folks could attend and it would support the Master gardeners with greater attendance at the event.


Did you read the paper on May 5th?

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