CSU, Chico News

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to Offer Gardening Essentials Course at New Oroville Chapter

Date: 02-06-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Ann Nikolai

OLLI Program Director


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Chico will be collaborating with the University of California (UC) Butte County Master Gardener Program to offer the course Gardening Essentials for Small Yards and Patios this spring at the institute’s new Oroville chapter.

The Butte County Master Gardener Program extends to the public UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management. In exchange for the training and materials received from the University of California, master gardeners perform volunteer services in venues including classes, workshops, one-on-one consultation, demonstration gardens, fairs and plant clinics, and by serving on the Butte County hotline and writing articles for various publications.

This semester, the master gardeners are partnering with OLLI to deliver a series of five workshops designed for the small-space gardener. The workshops include

  • “Edible Landscaping,” where you will learn how to incorporate edible plants into your ornamental garden
  • “Irrigation,” where you will learn how to choose an efficient irrigation system for your small yard or patio
  • “The Right Plant for the Right Place,” where the keys to selecting and placing the right plants into your garden will be discussed
  • “Composting,” where you will learn how to combine your backyard waste and kitchen scraps with air, water and heat to create a rich organic fertilizer
  • “Small Space Gardening,” where you’ll be introduced to gardening trends including container and vertical gardening

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, representatives of the new Oroville chapter and class instructors (peer leaders) will host a class preview, open to the public, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Butte County Office of Education at 1859 Bird Street in Oroville.

Formerly known as Prime Timers, OLLI at CSU, Chico is a participatory and self-directed group whose mission is to further the pursuit of lifelong learning by offering a diverse educational program of high-quality, affordable courses and events for senior adults living in Chico and nearby communities.

OLLI currently offers more than 60 non-credit classes to members 55+ or retired, who pay an annual fee in the fall of $75 (or $50 for spring) for unlimited classes in Chico and in Oroville.

Registration is now open for the Gardening Essentials for Small Yards and Patios course, which begins March 5 and meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon for five Tuesdays at the Butte County Library. This course is one of five available in Oroville this spring. For more information, call OLLI at 530-898-6679 or visit the website at rce.csuchico.edu/osher.