The Learning Garden features eleven different garden features that are used to teach gardening techniques to the community.  It is located on the grounds surrounding the OSU Extension office in Hood River at 2990 Experiment Station Rd.

Click here to Take a Video Tour

In this short video, Project Leader Joanne Willis shares elements of the eleven distinct garden areas.


The garden is open to the public.  Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the gardens at any time during daylight hours.  Please download the map of the garden and/or the Learning Garden brochure as a guide.

Learning Garden Map

Learning Garden Brochure

Brochures detailing more information about most of the garden features are available for download here or at the OSU Extension office.  Below please find some photos and  a little more information about each of the eleven garden features at the Learning Garden.

Curb Garden

Compost Demo

Herb Garden



Native Plant Garden


Brick Fountain Garden

Japanese Heritage Garden

  • Click here to view a Japanese garden pruning diagram, with audio explanation from Sada Uchiyama, Chief Curator for the Portland Japanese Garden.
  • Click here for an article by Project Leader Joanne Willis, “A Little Insight into the Art of Pruning in the Japanese Heritage Garden”

Ornamental Grass-scape

The Learning Garden continues to be the site of numerous community education classes and community events as well as location for an annual plant sale.  Brochures about each garden feature continue to be developed and updated.  Development and maintenance expenses for the Learning Garden have been funded by the Central Gorge Master Gardener Association and grants and donations from organizations, businesses, and individuals.  Additional grants and donations are welcomed.

The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association looks forward to partnering with individuals and businesses to make the Learning Garden an ongoing educational opportunity for the community.

For more information about visiting the Learning Garden or to make a donation, please contact the OSU Extension office at 541-386-3343.

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