Registration is Open!

We’re offering lots of choices for the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference:  44 concurrent session classes and 16 tours to choose from; extra events such as the opening reception and 3 movies in a film festival.  With this many choices, it can take some time to consider your choices and register.

This page contains some hints to make your registration process a bit easier.

For Conference Attendees

  1. First:  Register for the conference:  registration is being handled by OSU Conference Services.  You can register online, or can register directly by calling OSU conference services.
  2. Next:  Reserve your hotel room:  Our conference hotels are the Doubletree Portland and the Crowne Plaza.  A third hotel, the Inn at the Convention Center, may have reservation codes available, shortly.
  3. Finally:  Register for a Tour:  We’re offering a total of 16 unique, fun and educational tours.  From a pre-conference tour through the lava fields of Central Oregon, to full day tours to the Columbia Gorge or Willamette Valley, or half day tours of Portland’s green and quirky side ~ you’re sure to find a fun trip, where you can enjoy Oregon beyond the Convention Center, and make new friends along the way.

For Exhibitors at the Conference Trade Show

  1. Review the general information about the 2017 IMGC Trade Show.
  2. Choose your booth location.
  3. Secure your booth by registering with OSU Conference Services.
  4. Order booth furnishings (if needed) through the official show decorator, DWA.
  5. Order utilities (if needed) through the Oregon Convention Center.

2017 IMGC Certified for Landscape Industry CEUs

GreLandscape Industry CEU NALPat news!  Over the next few months, I will be submitting the 2017 IMGC agenda for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) consideration to various professional organizations.  The first certification approval came through this week, from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Professional CEUs can be useful to those who need continuing education to maintain their professional certifications.  We are proud that the NALP recognizes the value of the sessions that we are offering to Master Gardeners and professionals working in the landscaping industry.

The 2017 International Master Gardener Conference is approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended.

With three keynote presentations and eight concurrent session classes representing 12 hours of instruction, you can earn up to 12 Landscape Industry Certified CEUs with the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

For more information on the National Association of Landscape Professionals recertification, please visit the NALP Recertification Center at


Sustainability at the 2017 IMGC

The 2017 IMGC will be held at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC), which has the distinction of being certified as a LEED Platinum(R) facility, in 2014.  They were the first convention center in the world to earn LEED certification, in 2004.  Over 6,500 solar panels provide power to the OCC, providing 25-30% of the facility’s electrical power.  Upgrades to bathroom fixtures save over 1.2 million gallons of water, annually.  A 6-acre rain garden filters rain water before it flows into the river.

Leftover food is donated to the Oregon Food Bank or to Blanchet House (a local shelter), or else composted if it is not able to be donated.  Leftover conference bags, goods and materials are donated to local community organizations.

As one of our conference tours, we are planning a tour of the OCC grounds, as part of a larger ‘sustainability’ tour of Portland.

To keep their LEED Platinum Certification, the OCC has a waste diversion policy that impacts what exhibitors and attendees can bring into the facility.  Please help us adhere to OCC’s waste diversion policy.  Place items in the correct recycle or compost containers.  Bring a water bottle with you to the conference.  We will have printed conference programs, but will be doing our best to keep paper and printing to a minimum.

Please help us adhere to the Oregon Convention Center Waste Diversion Policy

Prohibited in OCC are:

  • hazardous substances or items containing hazardous substances
  • signage that cannot be recycled or re-used
  • foam core signage
  • helium balloons
  • single use plastic bags

The following items are allowed in the building, but must be removed when we vacate:

  • banners (vinyl)
  • electronics, furniture or equipment
  • carpet, carpet scraps or carpet padding
  • items that cannot be donated, such as plaques or trophies
  • pallets
Oregon Convention Center Rain Garden
Rain Garden at the Oregon Convention Center.


Sign up for our Email Newsletter

Join the nearly 3,000 Master Gardeners who have opted-in to receive our electronic newsletter.  We will be sending out a short, e-mail newsletter once a month, starting in July of 2016.  The newsletter will contain the latest conference news, as well as fun facts and tidbits about Portland, OR.

Click the button, below, to sign up for the newsletter, or else text IMGC to 22828.  You will receive a text back, asking for your email address.

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International Search for Excellence Nominations

We are pleased to announce that the International Master Gardener Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 International Master Gardener Search for Excellence (SFE), through August 1, 2016.

We are opening SFE nominations a bit earlier this year for two reasons.  First, members of the SFE committee have requested more time to carefully review nominations.  Second, our goal is to inform folks that their project has been selected as a 2017 International Search for Excellence awardee ~ in time for them to register for the conference at the early bird registration rate.

[As an aside, early bird registration will be from October 10, 2016 through January 13, 2017.  Regular registration will be from January 14, 2017 through May 31, 2017.]

Visit the 2017 IMGC SFE page, to review the 2017 International Master Gardener SEarch for Excellence Guidelines, and for full details on how to submit a project for consideration.

You may also find it useful to read a bit more about some of the 2015 Search for Excellence Award Winners.