Here’s the links shared during the presentation:

OSU references



Thrive (UK organization):

PDF version of the slides will be added after the presentation

If you missed the live class offered by Pat Breen (retired OSU Horticulture), there is still time to participate and build your plant ID skills!

  1. Watch the recording of Class #1:
  2. Go out and try your hand at identifying the trees & shrubs on the list: All are located on the OSU campus around the LaSells Stewart Center and the Alumni Center. Use the appropriate woody plant search:
  3. THEN watch the recording of Class #2 to find out the answers:

This activity counts for Continuing Education: Add up the time you spent watching the recording plus your time spent on the ID process. This will vary by person.

Check your answers here:


Please send your suggestions for other classes that might work in this format!

Location: OSU’s Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture

Samples found in the landscape:


Whitefly on landscape plants


Spittle Bug


Samples that were brought from the Plant Clinic:

Recognizing Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Extension publication and MG Webinar) Note: all the webinars can be found here (scroll down for previous years).

Azalea Bark Scale


European Pine Sawfly

Azalea with Leaf and Flower Gall

Azalea Bark Scale


Interesting example of communicating research results to different audiences:

The original research paper studying genetics of tomato flavor

—–> The article for a science-minded (but not expert) audience 

—–> The general popular press article

—–>The video (What do you think about how they planted the tomato seed? I cringed a little bit!)

As a Master Gardener, what format(s) would you like to see more of?

Ah, summer- the season of university field days.  These half-day events are a way for growers to directly connect with Oregon State University agricultural researchers.  Field days are actually held in fields-usually at an OSU research farm or an Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.  Researchers lead tours to describe the latest results from their trial fields and demonstrate the latest equipment advances.

I was lucky to attend the strawberry, blueberry and ornamental plant breeding field days earlier this summer.  Most of the information presented is for the commercial grower (think large scale harvesting equipment, pesticide regulations, etc.).  But, there is quite a bit of information that you can use in your own garden, too.  It’s interesting to observe new cultivars that haven’t been released for sale at local garden centers, yet.  Key takeaways relevant to the home gardener are captured in the following short (<3 min) videos.  Enjoy!


OSU Extension has two free publications available for home gardeners interested in fire-resistant plantings.



Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes by Amy Jo Detweiler & Stephen Fitzgerald

Available as a pdf.  Summary of this 48 page publication: As homeowners continue to build in the wild and urban interface, they must take special precautions to protect their homes. One way to do this is to create a defensible space around the home, and one important factor can be using fire-resistant plants in landscaping. While taking actions to create a defensible space do not ensure that your home will survive a wildfire, they substantially increase the chances. This publication provides a diverse list of plants that are both fire resistant and attractive.




em9103_1Fire-resistant Landscape Plants for the Willamette Valley by Brooke Edmunds, Barb Fick & Paula Lupcho

Available as a mobile app for iOS & Android (eReader plant list also available).  This app is a local supplement to the main publication, Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes (link above).  Summary: The Willamette Valley is known for mild, wet winters, but summer droughts leave the valley as vulnerable to wildfires as drier areas of the state. Homeowners can decrease the potential for damage to their property from a wildfire by using fire resistant plants in landscaping. No plant is fire-proof, but some are considered fire resistant. This publication highlights fire-resistant plants that thrive in Willamette Valley growing conditions. It provides a diverse list of plants by category: groundcovers, perennials, woody shrubs and vines, and trees.




Additional publications related to wildfire prevention on forested land and/or larger acreages can be found by searching at