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Grafting Presentation


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Be sure to join us on Thursday evening, 6:30 p.m., in the County Extension classroom as West Washington High School student, Griffin Packwood presents on “Grafting.”

Training is open to the public and we especially encourage those interested in becoming a Master Gardener to meet and learn with us.

Thursday’s training will be followed by our monthly business meeting and refreshments.


“Grafting or graftage is a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. This vascular joining is called inosculation. The technique is most commonly used in asexual propagation of commercially grown plants for the horticultural and agricultural trades.” ~

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FFA Students Present to Master Gardeners

Griffin Packwood, Clara Guthrie

At our last meeting, local West Washington High School FFA students, Griffin Packwood and Clara Guthrie, presented on Hydroponics and how to make and use a “Topsy-Turvy” tomato planter.

With projects created for State-level competition, the students provided a lecture with Power Point presentation, diagrams, and in-class samples of their work.  The students demonstrated how each system was, and can be, created using simple and readily available items from any local hardware store.

Most informative was an in-depth description of how hydroponics works and the advantage hydroponic systems have towards sustainability.  Packwood described the systems as a “faster way to grow food … 30-50% faster,” and “better for the environment.”  He also explained that a main advantage to using the Topsy-Turvy system is the lowering of disease and insect infestation due to the plants being off of the ground surface.

Griffin Packwood, FFA Presentation

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Speaker Change for March Meeting

Please note that there has been a change in the speakers for this week’s meeting. 

Welcome to our new presenters!

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 12th, 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension office large conference room.  Our featured speakers will be Griffin Packwood and Lauren Blanton, both are freshman students at West Washington High School and are in their second year of FFA.  Griffin will be doing a “Topsy Turvy” presentation demonstration (how-to build one for anyone to use).  Then he and Lauren will be presenting “Hydroponics”.