9:00 am-10:15 am: General Session and Keynote #1
(G2) General Session: The general session will include a morning welcome and announcements from IMGC Master of Ceremonies, Ciscoe Morris.
(K1) Welcome to Subirdia (John Marzluff). The beautiful garden that you create is not only an aesthetic wonder; it is a place that a rich community of wild animals calls home. In this lecture you will learn about the wildlife, especially birds, that live in your garden and what you can do to enhance their well-being. Dr. Marzluff reveals that we are an integral part of an ecosystem, and our everyday actions affect the fabric of animal life that surrounds us. Drawing on his research in the Seattle area and on examples from across the country and around the world—Kansas City, Seattle, New York, Arizona, New Zealand, Europe, Central America, Asia—he shows how some birds are adapting and thriving in moderately urban ecosystems, often evolving before our eyes. The diversity of plants and trees in our gardens and parks creates valuable habitat for many birds, as do our ornamental ponds and brush piles. John Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. His graduate and post-doctoral research focused on the social behavior and ecology of jays and ravens, themes that continue in his research, today. His current research focuses on the effects of urbanization on songbirds in the Seattle area. At the University of Washington, he teaches Ornithology, Governance and Conservation of Rare Species, Field Research in Yellowstone, and Natural and Cultural History of Costa Rica. Professor Marzluff has written five books and edited several others. His most recent book Welcome to Subirdia (2014 Yale) discovers that moderately settled lands host a splendid array of biological diversity and suggests ways in which people can steward these riches to benefit birds and themselves. Dr. Marzluff’s keynote talk is at the 2017 IMGC is made possible, in part, through the generosity of Ball Horticultural.
Concurrent Session #4: 10:15 am- 12:00 pm
10:15am – noon. Open Time for Trade Show Shopping, Regional Master Gardener Mixers, Game Show Fun (Please choose all that you plan to attend, so that we can plan out room space.)
(4A) Who’s Garden is it Anyway? This ‘game show’ style presentation is sure to increase the likelihood of giggle-fits and a healthy amount of competition. Learn some interesting things about the gardeners around you and prepare yourself for a fun ah-ha experience. Win some prizes, win some friends, and win some knowledge. You can only lose if you don’t get a seat. Tony McCammon is a horticulturalist with the University of Idaho Extension system. He is a dynamic speaker with 12+ years of experience in the field of plant science. Distinguishing him from others in his field of expertise is that he treats horticulture as entertainment. Based in Twin Falls, Idaho, he is determined to uncover the secrets of the desert and continues research in Native American ethnobotany and plant signaling. One particular research project in native plant domestication is providing the nursery industry many beautiful and drought tolerant options for western gardeners.
(4B) Northwest Regional Mixer: The Northwest Master Gardener region includes Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming , Alaska and Hawaii. Hosted by Toby Day, Northwest Regional Representative to the Extension Master Gardener National Committee.
(4C) Southwest Regional Mixer: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah. Host to be determined.
(4D) Southeast Regional Mixer: The Southeast Master Gardener region includes Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia. Hosted by Lelia Kelly, Southeast Regional Representative, Extension Master Gardener National Committee.
(4E) Northeast Regional Mixer: The Northeast Master Gardener region includes Maryland!, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine. Host to be determined.
(4F) North Central Regional Mixer: The North Central Master Gardener region includes: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan. Hosted by Pam Bennett, Chair of the Extension Master Gardener National Committee and Mike Maddox, North Central Representative to the Extension Master Gardener National Committee.
(4G) Canadian and Overseas Master Gardener Mixer: Canada, South Korea, Other Countries in Attendance. Host to be determined.
Concurrent Session #5: 1:30-2:45 pm
(5A) Multi-Dimensional Vegetable Gardening (Lee Reich). Today’s gardens are smaller than those of years past. With planning, though, today’s gardens can give get us a lot more bang for the buck in terms of space used and energy expended. Using five dimensions lets you grow a lot of vegetables in a small space. We’ll explore each of those dimensions and look at examples of how to make them work. Lee Reich, Ph.D., dove into gardening over 40 years ago, initially with one foot in academia (as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and Cornell University), and one foot in the field (the organic field). He eventually expanded his field to a farmden (more than a garden, less than than a farm) and left academia to lecture, consult, and author a number of books. Besides providing an abundance of fruits and vegetables, his farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative techniques in soil management, pruning, and food production. Science and an appreciation of natural systems underpin his work. Lee Reich’s talk at the 2017 IMGC is made possible, in part, through the generosity of Timber Press. Eligible for 1 APLD CEU.
(5B) Encouraging Beneficial Insects in the Landscape (Heather Stoven). Wherever there are plants, there are also insects associated with them. Fortunately for us, many of these insects are beneficial and can be encouraged to thrive in our yards. Learn about beneficial insects commonly found in the garden and how they provide assistance to us by protecting our plants from pests through biological control, as well as pollinating our food. Also, we will learn how to provide habitat and other crucial resources to encourage these insects so we are able to receive their benefits in the landscape. Heather Stoven is the Community Horticulturalist and Small Farms Extension Agent for Oregon State University serving Yamhill County. She has a Master of Science degree in integrated pest management from UC Davis and her strengths include pest management, plant problem diagnosis, greenhouse growing and nursery crops.
(5C) Houseplants; Our Constant Garden (Tena van Andel). Many people today feel that growing houseplants is boring and that the real glory in gardening is growing plants outside. Not so! Each new study shows that houseplants are important to our health and mental well being. Let’s look at these benefits and then discuss how to choose, care and come to love our very own constant garden. Tena van Andel has been a Toronto Master Gardener since 2003 and served as Director of Events on the Master Gardeners of Ontario Board for six years. She has made several television and radio appearances, and she writes and lectures on anything gardening. Tena has a special passion for anything exotic, especially orchids, and she spends many a snowy Canadian winter day in her greenhouse with her constant garden.
(5D) How to Prune and Renovate the Mature or Overgrown Garden (Christina Pfeiffer). After 15 years even the most well designed garden can start to look like a jungle and time may take its toll on some things. This PowerPoint presentation will cover how to effectively use pruning to restore growth, beauty, and function to trees and shrubs in the mature or over-grown landscape. Learn how to restore beauty and vitality to garden using optimal pruning practices. Key points will include three main pruning cuts and how to best use them, optimal timing for different plants, how to prune so you don’t have to prune so often, staged renovation, and when removal may be the best option. Christina Pfeiffer is a horticulture consultant, instructor and garden writer with over 35 years experience in landscape management and arboriculture. Sustainable and efficient landscape techniques are a special area of interest and expertise. In addition to her private practice, she is a consulting associate with Urban Forestry Services, Inc. and an active volunteer with local community garden projects. She led landscape management efforts for the Holden Arboretum and Washington Park Arboretum. A frequent speaker for local horticulture groups and the NW Flower and Garden Show, she has also taught courses in pruning, arboriculture, and landscape management at Edmonds and South Seattle Community Colleges, and at the University of Washington. She holds degrees in horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington, and is an ISA Certified Arborist.
(5E) Want to See a Great American Eclipse in 2017? Here’s How (Jim Todd). On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle – a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. On Monday, August 21, 2017, Oregon will experience partial eclipse and a full minute and fifty seconds of totality. This is a concept outline to understand, prepare for, and view this rare celestial event. Jim Todd is Director of Space Science Education at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI). He manages OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium, where he wears many hats: programming in astronomy and space exploration; teacher training in astronomy and space education; coordinating OMSI hosting of star parties in conjunction with local amateur astronomy groups; and Co-Director of the ‘Oregon Star Party’. Jim will also coordinate the 2017 solar eclipse viewing from Salem Fairgrounds on August 21, 2017.
Concurrent Session #6: 3:30-4:45 pm
(6A) Gardening with Grafted Vegetables (Alice Doyle). During this lively presentation, Alice will define and describe methods of grafting vegetables for improved vigor, health, and productivity. Her overview will include some background on grafting as well as current trends, both for farmers and commercial growers and for home gardeners. You’ll learn how scion and root stock are tested and matched for optimal success, and how soils and growing procedures affect the process and the plants. Alice will also outline ongoing research by members of the USDA-funded Consortium of Universities, which investigates ways to reduce agricultural dependence on methyl bromide through improved grafted methods and techniques. Special guest Harry Olson, Master Gardener extraordinaire, will demonstrate his award winning method of getting maximum production from grafted tomato plants. Alice Doyle is a co-founder of the Oregon wholesale nursery Log House Plants, an established trend-setter renowned for excellence and innovation. The first grower in the United States to offer grafted vegetables to home gardeners, Log House Plants seeks the best of traditional edibles and food crops of tomorrow. They distribute annuals, vegetables, perennials, and herbs to the fine independent nurseries of the PNW, and grafted vegetables nationally through SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables LLC with Plug Connection and Garden America. Log House has a long history of coordination and support of the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener program.
(6B) Creating and Managing a Plant Community: Creative Approaches to Site Preparation, Installation, and Maintenance (Thomas Rainer). The tried and true axioms that guide preparation, installation, and management arise from a belief that we should be able to place any kind of plant anywhere. Unique characteristics of soil like high pH or infertility are eradicated in favor of creating a generic, potting-soil-like medium. Many of these widely accepted and blindly applied techniques actually undermine plant establishment and the long-term health of a planting. Join landscape architect Thomas Rainer to learn how to work with a site rather than fighting it. This talk explores ways to use a plant’s natural growing cycles to speed up establishment, minimize plant loss, and reduce unnecessary maintenance. Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author. He is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that does not imitate nature, but interprets it. He has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden. He works in Washington, D.C. as a Principal for the landscape architectural firm Rhodeside & Harwell and blogs at the popular site Grounded Design. His first book, Planting in a Post-Wild World, co-authored with Claudia West, was just released by Timber Press this year and awarded one of American Horticultural Society’s top books of the year. Thomas Rainer’s talk at the 2017 IMGC is made possible, in part, through the generosity of Timber Press. Eligible for 1 APLD CEU.
(6C) If Trees Could Talk (Meredith Seaver) You’ve probably noticed that trees don’t always agree with our decisions about what they need, want or should tolerate. Our trees have many ways of telling us when they aren’t happy. Come and learn about what trees would say if they could have a heart-to-heart talk with us. We’ll take a look at why tree selection, planting practices, watering habits, pest management choices and general tree care decisions are so important to the well-being of trees and how we can make better tree care decisions. Meredith Seaver is a Horticulture Assistant and Plant/Pest Diagnostician in the Utah State University/Utah County Cooperative Extension Office. Her work duties include diagnosing plant disease and pest problems, helping gardeners identify and understand the reasons behind their gardening problems and recommending practical, responsible solutions to those problems. In addition to her diagnostic and assistant duties, she has authored many articles for the Utah County Extension Newsletter and is a frequent speaker for community groups, professional organizations and conferences. Meredith has a B.S. in Horticulture from Utah State University (USU) and is a Master Gardener and a member of the USU/Utah County Master Gardener Association. She is a Certified Arborist and a member of the Utah Nursery and Landscape Association.
(6D) When the Great Outdoors Just Won’t Do: Planning for and Using Home Greenhouses (Natalie Bumgarner). There are many ways that home greenhouses can be used to increase the quality, productivity and enjoyment of our gardening ventures. However, there are many considerations for purchase and management that are based on geography, climate, and crop needs. Join Natalie Bumgarner for a presentation and discussion on considerations in selecting and using a home greenhouse to take your horticulture to the next level. Natalie Bumgarner is the University of Tennessee Residential and Consumer Extension Specialist and Statewide Extension Master Gardener coordinator. She is a West Virginia native who grew up in agriculture and has been active in various facets of horticulture for nearly 20 years. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from West Virginia University with a focus in ornamental greenhouse production. Following that, she received a M.S. degree from WVU and did research on growing practices for small scale organic vegetable producers. Natalie received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University where she researched the impact of growing environments on yield and crop composition in leafy vegetables. Prior to joining UT in 2014, Natalie undertook postdoctoral work in vegetable grafting and cropping to target international nutrition needs at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH. She was also employed as the Horticulturist and Research Director for CropKing, Inc. in Lodi, OH, where her work focused on research and education in the area of small to medium scale greenhouse vegetable production.
(6E) Honey Bee Health Status: A Decade after CCD Reports (Ramesh Sagili). Bees are vital for our food production and functional ecosystem. The role and importance of bees as crucial pollinators of both cultivated and wild plants will be briefly discussed. The numerous challenges currently being faced by bees and the beekeeping industry, including parasites/pathogens, poor nutrition and pesticides, will also be discussed. Various ongoing efforts to promote bee health in Oregon and across the nation will be briefly reviewed. Finally, a few potential steps that all of us can take to promote and conserve our important insect pollinators will be illustrated. Dr. Ramesh Sagili is a honey bee research and extension faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He obtained his PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2007, specializing in honey bee research. He has a bachelors and a Masters degree in Agriculture from A.P. Agricultural University, India. His primary research focus at OSU is honey bee health, nutrition and pollination. His appointment also includes Extension and hence he works closely with the stakeholders, i.e. both beekeepers and producers. He initiated the creation of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program in 2010 and chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Pollinator Health in 2014. His goal is to establish a vibrant and dynamic honey bee research and extension program at OSU that will cater to the needs of beekeepers and producers, and promote sustainable apiculture.
(6F) There’s an App for That! (Pamela Bennett). Pam will take you through a variety of applications for your smartphone and will share the good, the bad, and the ugly. In addition, bring your thoughts on apps that you like and use in your horticulture world to add to the mix. Pam Bennett has a BS in Landscape Horticulture and a MS in Human and Community Resource Development from Ohio State University. Her responsibilities include providing leadership for the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, consisting of more than 3,500 volunteers, and conducting consumer and commercial horticulture programs. She specializes in herbaceous ornamental plant trials and evaluates more than 200 varieties of annuals and two genera of ornamental grasses; she presents programs on annuals and perennials as well as other landscape topics locally, statewide, and nationally. Pam has also lectured in South Korea and China. She is Chairman of the National Extension Master Gardener Committee, Chair of the Social Committee for the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture and provides leadership to the OSUE MG Volunteer International Outreach.
Gardening Film Festival #2: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
(Multnomah/Holladay rooms at the Doubletree, Portland). Ticketed Event, Cost $5.00.
(F2) Microcosmos (1996) Special macroscropic photographic techniques were used to create a visually stunning look at the hidden worlds of an ordinary French meadow. OSU entomologist, Gail Langellotto, will be on hand to answer questions and direct discussion about the movie. Film runs 80 minutes. Gail Langellotto has a B.S. in biology and a M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology, all from the University of Maryland. Gail serves as the statewide coordinator of the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program, and the director of the OSU Garden Ecology Lab.