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Native Plant Sale

Thursday, March 2

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual Native Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane, McMinnville. The sale benefits the Miller Woods Educational Center.

For more information, call Julie Lorenzen at 503-472-6403

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