Master Gardener Round Table presentations usually focus on how to select and care for desirable plants in our cool, wet climate. The final spring Round Table, “Incredible Invasives”, will discuss how to recognize and control undesirable plants that find their way into our landscapes. Aaron Duzik, Invasive Species Specialist for the Lincoln County Soil and Water District, will be on hand to guide participants in identifying, removing and replacing invasive plants here on the coast.
Invasive plants are those that have been introduced from outside our area, often but not always, by human activity. The natural enemies that held them in check back home are either absent or can’t live here, allowing the invasives not only to survive, but to aggressively outcompete our native species. As a result, they can become a threat to our environment’s health and economy.
Duzik will share ten years of education and control experience with invasive species in Lincoln County. His power point program promises to help attendees be aware of harmful invasives, provide advice on eradication and recommend native plant alternatives.
The “Incredible Invasives” Round Table will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Newport Library’s lower meeting room. The Round Table is free to all, but those interested in attending are asked to call the OSU Extension office in Newport at 541-574-6534 ext. 57411 (not the Library, please) to reserve seating and ensure that enough printed handouts are available.
2016 is the fifth year that the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association is sponsoring a series of Round Table discussions oriented to gardeners and the general public. If you have gardening questions, please call or stop by the Master Gardener Help Desk at the OSU Extension office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, 1/4 mile east of the Embarcadero.