EUGENE, Ore. — As the Fall leaves start to show their color already, so has the Fall gardening season. The 2012 Fall Gardening Festival kicked off Saturday. The event combines activities and workshops, like how to grow great garlic and ways to create a low-cost greenhouse, dozens of vendors, featuring handmade local garden art, and a tomato taste off.
In its 5th year, Master Gardeners through the OSU Extension Service say, like a juicy tomato on the vine, the event just keeps on growing, at a time when they need it most.
“With the struggles of the extension service and the county, when we’ve lost funding, and that when our measure for tax support fell through, we are raising the funds ourselves to help keep the office open, to help keep the service available to people in the county,” said Cindy Wise, Lane County Master Gardener’s Vice President.
A couple hundred people were expected to show Saturday.