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Learn about bugs, buds March 7 at WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND -- Discover what goes on inside a bee hive, what the new trends are in gardening and more at the Spring Garden Day on March 7.

It's a daylong program of gardening classes covering a variety of topics for urban, suburban and condo-dwelling gardeners at Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2770 University Drive, Richland.

Marianne Ophardt, Washington State University Extension Area Educator, will be the keynote speaker. Her topic, New and Upcoming Trends, will be an interactive presentation on what gardeners can expect to see in garden centers, plants and tools in the next few years.

For example, rich purples and bright oranges are the hot colors in plants for 2009, and container planting is going simple with a single type of plant per pot instead of a mix. Garden art is getting dramatic with pewter and bronze, even electric pink and acid green hues, replacing terra cotta and other earthy tones.

Ophardt has been a WSU faculty member for 28 years, directs the Master Gardener program and is the director for Benton County WSU Extension.

Ophardt writes the weekly Garden Tips column for the Herald's Home and Garden section.

If you subscribe to Master Gardener magazine, you'll recognize her name from there too. She's the Central Washington editor, a contributing author and writes the Botany 101 column.

A variety of gardening classes presented by WSU Master Gardeners and Mid-Columbia gardening experts will follow Ophardt's talk. The classes are divided into three sessions and you'll need to indicate on the registration form which you want so organizers can ensure there are seats for everyone.

The classes offered this year are: Growing dahlias, square foot vegetable gardening, creating a backyard habitat, landscaping with ornamental grasses, backyard fruit trees, xeric and alpine plants, honeybees and other pollinators, basics of perennials, rose care, composting with worms and basic perennial garden design.

Check in is at 8:45 a.m. and the last class of the day ends at 3:30 p.m. There is a lunch break at noon. Coffee and box lunches will be available for purchase at Magic Beans Espresso in the student commons, or you can bring your own sack lunch.

Deadline for registrations is March 4.

Cost is $22 per person and preregistration is required.

To request a registration brochure or more information, call 509-735-3551.

You may also pick up a brochure at the Extension office in Kennewick, 5600-E W. Canal Drive (by the Juvenile Justice Center).

You'll also be able to register online at http://benton-franklin. wsu.edu.

The WSU Tri-Cities building is handicapped accessible.

Contact Marianne Ophardt, 509-735-3551, if you have special needs.

Spring Garden Day is presented by WSU Extension and the Benton Franklin Master Gardener Foundation.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com