CCC Horticulture Department Offers Variety of Winter Programs

 The Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College 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 2013 follows:

Basic Pruning: Mondays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 27 from 1 to 4:50 p.m. in Clairmont, room 133. This hands-on course includes instruction on pruning trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines. It covers tools and equipment used for various pruning practices. Tuition and fees are $100.50.

Orchard Care Seminar: Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the McLoughlin Auditorium. This half-day seminar provides information about winter care of fruit-bearing plants and features local experts covering a variety of fruit growing techniques. Co-sponsored by the Home Orchard Society. Fee is $15.

Herb Growing and Gardening: This one-credit course is taught by instructor Elizabeth Howley. Meets Saturdays, Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 2, from 8:30 to 11:50 a.m. in Clairmont, room 118. Students will study herb plants, including propagation and garden use. Tuition and fees: $105.50.

Marketing Waterwise Landscaping: Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. in Clairmont, room 117. Explore ways to incorporate water efficiency into standard business practices including business retention, new business and water conservation practices for residential and commercial clients. This workshop qualifies for Irrigation Association CEUs. Fee is $20.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop: Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 to 11:50 a.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.

Organic Land Care for the Professional: Jan. 28 through Feb. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. in Clairmont, room 118. This five-day workshop for landscape professionals focuses on organic practices for soil building and sustainable landscape design. Co-sponsored by Oregon Tilth and the Horticulture Department. Fee is $550. Accreditation exam is an additional cost of $100. Register at or call 503-378-0690.

Fruit Tree Pruning:  Saturday, Feb. 2, 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.

Urban Pest Management Course: Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. in the Gregory Forum. Workshop covers current ornamental plant pest control information, with eight ODA pesticide re-certification credits available. The fee is $75 by Feb. 1 or $85 after Feb. 1. To register call 541-737-3541.

Pesticide Core Training: Friday, Feb. 15, from 8 to 11:50 a.m. in Clairmont room 133. This workshop provides training required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture for the re-certification of the Private Pesticide License. This workshop is designed for individuals who intend to maintain a current ODA Private Pesticide License. Fee is $40.

Pesticide Applicator in Spanish: Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. in Clairmont 118. 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.

Fruit Tree Grafting (Beginning and Intermediate): Saturday, Feb. 23, in Clairmont 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 Fruit Tree Grafting workshops are offered: from 9 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. The intermediate Fruit Tree Grafting workshop is from 12:45 to 2:05 p.m. Fee is $15 per workshop.

For more information about horticulture offerings at CCC, please call the Horticulture Department at 503-594-3292 or visit

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