Like spring flowers and leafy plants popping up this time of year in area gardens, a full-day gardening event this Saturday will offer a colorful variety of people, knowledge and things that grow.

“It’s educational, it’s an opportunity for socializing with like-minded gardeners and a place to actually buy plants,” said Marcus McCartney, OSU Extension educator for Washington County. “Be prepared for vendors, flowers and handouts.”

OSU Extension’s Garden Symposium XXXV: Gardening for Life will include a presentation from gardener Debra Knapke, along with several breakout sessions, lunch, vendors, demonstrations and a plant sale.

“The symposium is just a real highlight for gardeners in our area,” said Donis Yoder, an event committee member. “It’s really for just about everyone. There’s some aspect of it that will speak to us all.”

Yoder, an OSU Master Gardener, will be presenting a session called “Foliage, the New Flower. My Favorites and Best for 2017.”

Other sessions will focus on design elements, organic gardening, edible landscapes and growing fruit in the home garden.

Knapke’s keynote presentation has a theme of “Simplifying Your Garden Without Diminishing Your Joy.”

“She’s written some great gardening books and…