- Conference Venue: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
- Conference Dates: July 10-14, 2017
- August 1, 2016: Search for Excellence applications due
- October 8, 2016: Applicants will hear back about the status of their SFE application by this date.
- October 10, 2016 – February 28, 2017: 2017 IMGC early registration opens. This is also the date we will announce our group discount code for hotels.
- February 28, 2017 – May 31, 2017: 2017 IMGC registration (no discount)
- June 1, 2017 – June 9, 2017: 2017 IMGC late registration (as space allows)
- July 10-14, 2017: 2017 IMGC in Portland, OR
About the 2017 IMGC
The International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) has been held every two years since 1987. The IMGC provides an opportunity for Master Gardeners, State and County coordinators to come together and learn through seminars and tours, celebrate successes through the International Search for Excellence Program, and meet and network with Master Gardener volunteers, faculty and staff from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea.
In 2017, the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program and the Oregon Master Gardener Association will host the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, July 10-14, 2017, with support from many generous sponsors and friends.
Why Visit Portland?
Video Credit: Travel Portland
Portland, Oregon is a mid-sized city in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Portland has been described as a city of neighborhoods, coffee shops, bookstores, brew pubs, restaurants and food carts. Our rainy winters feed a vibrant and verdant gardening culture. Our summers are relatively mild. July has historical daily high temperatures that range from 76°F to 82°F, and historical high humidity that ranges from 40% to 85%.
Green roofs on LEED-certified high rises, as well as on the sheds and garages of home gardeners, exhibit our commitment to sustainability. A network of ‘green streets’ throughout the city shows how gardens can be used to manage storm water issues in urban areas.
Portland is a great space to experience Oregon’s commitment to local foods. Portland area food carts, restaurants, farmers’ markets and brew pubs are great places to experience the world class hazelnuts, berries, vegetables and meats, cheeses, beers, and wines that showcase Oregon’s award-winning agricultural production systems.
What are Some Nearby Attractions?
Portland is located within a 90 minute drive of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Oregon Coast. A 30 minute drive east allows visitors to explore the waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge, including majestic Multnomah Falls. It’s only a 60 minute drive to Mount Hood, where visitors can ski nearly year round or just enjoy the views from and the history of the magnificent WPA-built Timberline Lodge.
What About Within Portland City Limits?
Portland is home to one of the largest urban forest preserves in the country (Forest Park), and one of the largest city parks in the country (Washington Park). The Washington Park complex includes the Oregon Zoo (where Master Gardeners staff an exhibit that teaches visitors about sustainable landscaping practices), the International Rose Test Garden, the World Forestry Center, the Hoyt Arboretum and the Portland Japanese Garden. Pittock Mansion, Leach Botanical Garden and the Lan Su Chinese Garden are also popular attractions.