“How Gardening Will Save the World”, Gail Langellotto, OSU, Master Gardener State Coordinator, Tuesday, June 12th, 6:30pm

In a rapidly urbanizing world, gardens will play an increasingly important role in community food security, climate moderation, and biodiversity conservation. In cities, gardens provide important opportunities to interact with the natural world and to experience new foods.

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This talk will present the latest research on ecosystem services provided by gardens, and tips that you can use to make your garden a lean, mean ecosystem-service machine.

Gail Langellotto is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University (OSU), where she also coordinates the statewide Extension Master Gardener Program. She has a B.S. in biology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology, all from the University of Maryland. She oversees the Garden Ecology Lab at OSU, where she and her students have active research projects on garden pollinators, native plants, garden soils. She also conducts similar research project in the Portland Metro area.