Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

Henry David Thoreau

Grateful for your Commitment and Passion

In a year filled with tremendous challenges, we extend our deep gratitude to the metro area OSU Master Gardener volunteers for your generous dedication and passion to serve the community as a garden educator.

With our in-person community outreach put on hold, you stepped up to expand your horticulture knowledge. You learned the art of Zoom attending our metro Master Gardener Garden Webinar Series en masse, Chapter Lecture/Speaker Series, and other OSU MG continuing education opportunities.  You have shown your strong commitment to garden education rooted in science!

Master Gardener Will Hughes with the produce he and Kathy Krentz grew for donation to a community food bank.

The pandemic did not hold back Master Gardeners from serving their community.  You reached out to your neighbors and fellow Master Gardeners to check on their well-being.  You grew vegetables at home to donate to food banks.  Even with the challenge of a severely shortened season, Chapters grew a remarkable amount of produce at their community demonstration gardens, for those experiencing food insecurity.

Master Gardeners juggled work from home, managed home schooling, cared and watched out for family, neighbors, and friends; and served as dedicated front-line essential workers.  Your efforts and care confirm your commitment to serving your community!  We are grateful to you all!


2020 Survey Response

Thank you to all those perennial Master Gardeners who took the time to answer the brief survey that Marcia McIntyre sent out in October.  Even though we have suspended annual volunteer requirements, we appreciate you reporting your volunteer and continuing education hours.  Plus, the remarkable amount of produce you grew and donated to area food banks.  This will enable us to report all your valuable contributions to OSU.  Thank you also for submitting your signed Conditions of Volunteer Service.  Now you are ready for our 2021 Elevated Master Gardener Training (see details in article below)!

Utmost appreciation to our class of 2020 for your patience, excitement and passion for learning and community service!  We don’t need you to submit a report this year – but please be sure to answer the survey Marcia McIntyre sent out in October, which offers three easy methods for signing the Conditions of Volunteer Service. A signed and submitted form has you ready to participate in our 2021 activities.

To those Perennial Master Gardeners and those in the Class of 2020 who have not responded to the survey, please take the time to respond by Friday, November 13th, so we know you are committed to continuing in the Master Gardener program in 2021.


Our Garden Webinar Series Continues

Adult spotted lantern fly. Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Our metro area Garden Webinar Series continues in November and December, with two special presentations from Jessica Rendon, PhD., from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  Jessica will highlight invasive insect species that are important for Oregonians to know about, including the Asian giant hornet, Japanese beetle, and Southern pink moth, to name just a few. 

Friday, November 20th, 1PM
Part 1 – Invasive Species Threatening Oregon! What to Look For and How to Help. The first session will cover Gypsy Moth, the Again Giant Hornet, Jumping Worms, and the Southern Pink Moth. To register for Part I, go to… https://beav.es/oBh

Friday, December 4th, 1PM
Part II – Invasive Species Threatening Oregon! What to Look For and How to Help. This session will cover the Japanese Beetle, the Spotted Lanternfly, the Houdini Fly, Lily and Viburnum Leaf Beetles, and finally the Allium Leafminer! To register for Part II, go to… https://beav.es/oHU


Celebrate Master Gardener Week in Review

It was wonderful that so many Master Gardeners were able to participate in the state-wide Celebrate Master Gardener Week last month.  We hope you enjoyed the Film Festival, film discussions, and Insect Trivia night.  We are grateful to you all for the tremendous dedication you bring to the OSU Master Gardener Program.  You are amazing! 

In case you missed either…below is a our state-wide thank you video from OSU Extension faculty and staff, along with State-wide Master Gardener Coordinator, Dr. Gail Langellotto’s annual Master Gardener Program Update.

Master Gardener Program Update – with Gail Langellotto, Ph.D

Thank you Master Gardeners!


Master Gardeners Sowing and Growing in 2021

State-wide OSU Master Gardener faculty and staff are busy developing engaging, interactive curriculum for our 2021 Elevated Master Gardener training. This exciting new programing will be offered to both Perennial Master Gardeners and our Class of 2020 trainees, around the state. This is an opportunity for Master Gardeners to enhance your gardening know-how “via a combination of self-paced learning and live webinars and online conversations with OSU experts.” Learn more about this innovative new curriculum, that will be offered starting in January of 2021 HERE.  Be sure to submit your 2020-2021 Conditions of Volunteer Service form now, so you are ready to go in January.


Webinar Recordings Work with Your Schedule

Do you have a schedule conflict with an upcoming webinar?  Don’t despair!  We are posting recordings of many of our webinars in the days following the presentation.  Recently fellow Master Gardener, Dennis Brown, kindly inspired us with tips for what to do in our vegetable gardens in the fall. 

To see Dennis’ Fall Vegetable Gardening Tips Webinar, along with other past webinars visit: https://beav.es/4FR


Fine-tune Your Garden Know-how

The metro area Master Gardener Program has two great opportunities for you to fine-tune your garden know-how; the Tri-county MG Study Group and the Washington Co. Master Gardener Chapter’s Learning Group. Consider joining-in to expand your garden knowledge in the company of fellow Master Gardeners.  Both groups are currently meeting via Zoom and are open to current Master Gardeners and 2020 Master Gardener trainees.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Price

Tri-county MG Study Group
The
Tri-county MG Study Group is dedicated to taking a deep dive into a range of horticulture subjects and gardener practices.  The group meets twice a month on the first and third Mondays, from 1pm to 3pm.  The first Monday session is a fun and interactive ‘Show and Tell’ where attendees can bring one insect or plant for identification, or a garden triumph or problem to share with the group.  Group members assist with identification or problem solving. The second Monday session takes a fine focus on a specific horticulture subject.  Participants receive a study guide prior to the session in preparation.  Tentative upcoming 3rd Monday topics will cover ‘Group Diagnostics’, ‘What does reliable, research-based, peer review mean’, ‘Household Insects’, ‘Pine ID’,  ‘Verticillium Wilt’, ‘Plant Viruses’, ‘Plant Rust’, ‘Soils’, ‘Rain Gardens’, and ‘metro area stinging wasps.’ 

Interested participants can email: tricountymgstudygroup@gmail.com

Washington Co. Master Gardener’s Learning Group
The Learning Group is organized by the Washington County Master Gardener Association to assist Master Gardeners in building their knowledge-base to answer client gardening questions with confidence, in a fun, relaxed setting.  Topics covered are based on common and seasonal questions that Master Gardeners are often asked at office helplines and Master Gardener tabling events. 

Sessions are offered once a month via Zoom, the third Thursday of the month, 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Participants receive a learning guide prior to the interactive learning session. Upcoming session topics include: raised-bed, container gardens, soil and soil testing, and research techniques for Master Gardeners.

Interested participants should contact: Sandy Japely, sjapely@gmail.com


Our November and December Garden Checklist

Fall provides lots of opportunities to accomplish garden tasks. Plant spring bulbs, renew mulch, clean and sharpen tools, and embrace leaving the leaves! Find it all in our November and December garden checklist…

Jewel colored autumn leaves on tree.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. 

— Stanley Horowitz 

Help Us to Report Your Generous Service

Although volunteer requirements are waived for 2020 due to the pandemic, we still would like you to tell us about your service hours so that we can celebrate and share your contributions with OSU.  In lieu of submitting a volunteer log this year, please complete the brief survey that Marcia McIntyre sent via email earlier this fall.  No need to submit a volunteer log sheet this year.  Via the survey, you will simply report your total Program and Partner hours, along with your Continuing Education Hours and any produce donations you made to area food banks. 

Please answer the volunteer log survey no later than, Thursday, October 15, 2020.

For our 2020 Master Gardener trainees we are extending the deadline for your training requirements until September 30, 2021. We are looking forward to a time when we can introduce you to a wide variety of volunteer activities where you can apply and expand your gardening knowledge.


Master Gardeners Sowing and Growing in 2021

Seedlings sprouting in small white pot.

So, what’s sowing and growing for OSU Master Gardeners in 2021?  We are pleased to share the news that exciting new programing will be offered to Perennial Master Gardeners around the state, including our class of 2020 trainees.  This is an opportunity for Master Gardeners to enhance your gardening know-how “via a combination of self-paced learning and live webinars and online conversations with OSU experts.” Learn more about this innovative new curriculum, that will be offered starting in January of 2021 HERE.

Celebrate Master Gardener Week
October 26-30, 2020

Image of clover blossoms, with bees. Overlaid with 'Celebrate Master Gardener WEEK' 'Oct 26 - 30, 2020'

Recognition and celebration of Oregon’s Master Gardener Volunteers

In a year when you were needed more than ever, Oregon’s Master Gardeners rose to the multiple challenges of 2020 in simply amazing ways. You made it work and took it online. You stayed connected and identified insects, plants, and soil problems all in new ways. When Oregonians needed advice and education like never before, Master Gardeners were there for
them. You’ve even mastered the Zoom goodbye wave and how to unmute. You grew more Oregon gardeners than ever before. It’s time to say thank you!


Celebrate Master Gardener Week
October 26-30, 2020

Thank you Master Gardeners and welcome to a week-long celebration of YOU!

Events include:

Film Festival featuring three film viewings, discussions, and Q&As with filmmakers and/or local experts.

State of the Master Gardener Program Address with Dr. Gail Langellotto, Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Beneficial Insect Trivia Game and Discussion

This free celebration is designed as an online opportunity to connect through the learning management platform OSU uses for online classes.

Registration for Master Gardeners will be opening on October 19th, watch for details to come.


Celebrate Master Gardener Week Schedule Film Festival

During these dates registered participants will have special VIP access to view three films.

Promotional poster for the film Love Bugs. Photo of subject of the film. A man and a woman standing with their insect collection.
The Love Bugs
  • October 20 – 27, 2020: The Love Bugs 
    Over the course of 60 years, entomologists Charlie and Lois O’Brien amassed a collection of more than 1 million insects from nearly 70 countries —the largest private collection in the world with a value of $10 million dollars. But as Charlie’s battle with Parkinson’s becomes increasingly pronounced, he and Lois, 90, make the difficult decision to give away their drawers full of iridescent weevils and planthoppers. This humorous and poignant film explores the love of Nature—and the Nature of Love—and what it means to devote oneself completely to both.

  • October 21-28, 2020: Land Grab: The Movie
    Land Grab is the story of an eccentric finance mogul’s dream to create the world’s largest urban farm in his hometown of Detroit and the political firestorm he unintentionally ignited by announcing that he would spend $30 million of his own fortune to build this farm in one of the most economically devastated neighborhoods of the bankrupt Motor City.

  • October 22-29, 2020: The Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf 
    After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. The documentary, FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.

After viewing the films, join together via Zoom with the filmmakers and/or local experts for discussion.

  • October 26, 2020 at 6pm PDT. Facilitated discussion of The Love Bugs.
  • October 27, 2020 at 6pm PDT. Facilitated discussion of Land Grab: The Movie. 
  • October 28, 2020 at 6pm PDT. Facilitated discussion of The Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. 

Note: Pre-registration is required/Zoom webinars have a limit of 500 people.


State of the Statewide Master Gardener Program Address

  • October 29, 2020 at 6pm PDT. Join Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator Gail Langellotto, for a livestreamed update on the Master Gardener Program in Oregon. The presentation will review recent accomplishments and points of pride, current challenges and opportunities, and an overview of what is to come in 2021.

Note: Pre-registration is required/Zoom webinars have a limit of 500 people.


Beneficial Insect Trivia Game and Discussion

Green Lacewing insect.
Green Lacewing, C. nigricornis adult – Photo credit: Jim Moore, bugguide.net
  • October 30, 2020 at 6pm PDT. Put your insect knowledge to the test with this fun and interactive trivia tournament hosted by OSU’s Klamath County horticulture faculty member Nicole Sanchez. The ultimate gardening edutainment experience!

Note: We’ll be using both Zoom and Slido. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 200 people. Study up beforehand if you’re feeling competitive:

https://utahpests.usu.edu/ipm/ou-files/pdfs/alfalfa-beneficials_pests.pdf

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/documents/9591/potatopests.pdf

http://npic.orst.edu/envir/beneficial/index.html

https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9289

https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1549


Webinar Recordings Work with Your Schedule

Screen shot of webinar 'Vegetable Gardening Tips for Fall' with image of pumpkin. Thumbnail image of presenter - a man wearing a cap.

Do you have a schedule conflict with an upcoming webinar?  Don’t despair!  We are posting recordings of many of our webinars in the days following the presentation.  Recently fellow Master Gardener, Dennis Brown, kindly inspired us with tips for what to do in our vegetable gardens in the fall. 

To see Dennis’ Fall Vegetable Gardening Tips Webinar, along with other past webinars visit: https://beav.es/4FR


Garden Webinar Series Continues

Several Japanese beetles on a leaf that has scattered holes.
Japanese beetles
Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Our metro area Garden Webinar Series continues in November, with a special presentation from Jessica Rendon, PhD., from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  Jessica will be highlight invasive insects species that are important for Oregonians to know about, including the Asian giant hornet, Japanese beetle, and Southern pink moth, to name just a few.

Friday, November 20th, 1PM
Invasive Species Threatening Oregon! What to Look For and How to Help. For webinar details and to register go to… https://beav.es/oBh


Our October Garden Checklist

It’s time to overwinter vegetable beds, sheet mulch and plant garlic. Find inspiration in our October Garden Checklist.


‘A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of year’

William F. Longgood

As summer wanes, we hope that you have moments to find tranquility in a garden, solace listening to the cricket’s evening song, satisfaction eating a homegrown tomato or delight appreciating glorious summer blooms. Most especially we hope that you are yours are safe and well.


2020 Volunteer Requirements Waived

September is traditionally the end of our Master Gardener year (October 1 – September 30) when we collect reports of volunteer service hour.  As announced in previous newsletters, due to the pandemic, we are waiving all Perennial Master Gardener volunteer service requirements for 2020. 

Although volunteer requirements are waived, we still would like you to tell us about your service hours so that we can celebrate and share your contributions with OSU.  In lieu of submitting a volunteer log this year, please complete the brief survey which we will send out next week.  No need to submit a volunteer log sheet this year.  Via the survey, you will simply report your total Program and Partner hours, along with your Continuing Education Hours and any produce donations you made to area food banks.

For our 2020 Master Gardener trainees we are extending the deadline for your training requirements until September 30, 2021. We are looking forward to a time when we can introduce you to a wide variety of volunteer activities where you can apply and expand your gardening knowledge.


Master Gardeners Sowing and Growing in 2021

So, what’s sowing and growing for OSU Master Gardeners in 2021?  We are pleased to share the news that exciting new programing will be offered to Perennial Master Gardeners around the state, including our class of 2020 trainees.  This is an opportunity for Master Gardeners to enhance your gardening know-how “via a combination of self-paced learning and live webinars and online conversations with OSU experts.” Learn more about this innovative new curriculum, that will be offered starting in January of 2021 HERE.


Garden Webinar Series Continues

Our metro area Garden Webinar Series continues into September with two great offerings from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

Friday, September 11, 1PM
Naturescaping and Native Plants for Wildlife Learn the basics of designing a landscape to reduce water use, decrease stormwater runoff and improve habitat for local wildlife. We’ll cover the core concepts of Naturescaping, explore the many benefits of gardening with native plants, and highlight the characteristics and desired growing conditions of many favorite native trees, shrubs and groundcovers.

Photo courtesy of East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Friday, September 18, 1PM
Introduction to Raingardens and Stormwater Management Explore how rain gardens can help minimize the impact of urban stormwater pollution on local waterways and the wildlife that depend on them. You will walk away with an understanding of how a rain garden works, how and where to build one, as well as ideas for plant selection and rain garden maintenance tips.


Webinar Recordings Work with Your Schedule

Do you have a schedule conflict with an upcoming webinar?  Don’t despair.  We are posting recordings of many of our webinars in the days following the presentation.

Check out past webinars here:
https://media.oregonstate.edu/channel/channelid/161357322


Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Framework of Discovery

Since our statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Gail Langellotto, and Master Gardener Outreach Coordinator, LeAnn Locher’s first blog post bringing increased attention to racial and social justice in Oregon’s Master Gardener Program, important conversations have started among staff, Master Gardener Chapters and Master Gardener volunteers.

Here in the metro area we have convened a Social and Racial Justice Advisory Committee, seeking guidance, as we take actionable steps for a more inclusive MG program.  One area Chapter has formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) working group to search out ways to improve DEI in the Chapter and its community outreach initiatives.

Two new blog posts from Gail and LeAnn are available. The first shares an update on the OSU Master Gardener Program’s focus on identifying “the benefits, barriers, opportunities, and impacts that are experienced by Master Gardener volunteers and the communities that we serve”.  The second illuminates the beginning steps being taken to move Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals forward, including valuable podcast recommendations.

The Unknown Framework of Discovery

How’s the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work Going?


Volunteering with Partner Organizations

After several questions from Master Gardeners, we want to reiterate that although some Partner organizations in the metro area have resumed volunteer activities, at this point, in the metro area, Master Gardeners are not approved to participate and volunteer at any partner venues.  

We are deeply appreciative of those partner organizations who are clearly communicating the restrictions of the OSU Master Gardener Program.  We are keeping those organizations apprised of any changes to the University’s in-person volunteer policy and look forward to the day we can resume these valued partnerships.  We will alert all volunteers as restrictions are lifted.


Our September Garden Checklist

It’s time to harvest fruit, plant perennials and vegetables, and renovate the lawn. Find it all in our September Garden Checklist.


“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.”

Hanna Rion

Summer Greetings

We hope you are all healthy and finding bits of time to savor summer garden splendors, whether that is harvesting the first ripe tomato, enjoying bright bursting blossoms, or marveling at pollinators hard at work. What do you enjoy most about summer in a garden?

Although our in-person Master Gardener activities are suspended, we appreciate that we have been able to stay connected via online webinars and our Master Gardener Hangout. We value our metro area Master Gardener community and we look forward to seeing you online in the weeks ahead!


Garden Webinar Series

Our webinar series continues throughout the summer with a variety of horticultural topics, on the following Fridays at 1PM.

July 10 – Therapeutic Horticulture, Gardening for Healthy Living, with Scott Hoffman, Therapeutic Garden Program Coordinator, Whole Health, VA Portland Health Care System.  For details and to register, go to https://beav.es/4F4

July 17 – Community Science and the Mason Bee, with Ron Spendal, metro area, OSU Extension Master Gardener.  For details and to register, go to https://beav.es/4Fo

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Save the Date!

Save the date for the following August and September webinars, Friday’s at 1PM.  Registration links to come.

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Rain Garden

August 7 – Invasive Weeds, with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

August 14 – Conserving Water around the Landscape, with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

August 28 – Introduction to Naturescaping & Native Plants for Wildlife, with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

September 11 – Introduction to Rain Gardens/Storm Water Management, with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

Webinar Recordings

Do you have a schedule conflict with an upcoming webinar?  Don’t despair.  We are posting recordings of our webinars a few days following the presentation.

Check out past webinars here:
https://media.oregonstate.edu/channel/channelid/161357322


Racial and Social Justice: responding to critical comments

Last month we shared a message from Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Gail Langellotto, and Master Gardener Outreach Coordinator, LeAnn Locher regarding the OSU Master Gardener Program’s commitment to racial justice. Since then, both our metro area program and the state-wide Master Gardener Program have received overwhelmingly positive feedback and support. It is encouraging and heartening to receive such words of support and to learn of fellow Master Gardeners’ commitment to creating a inclusive Master Gardener community.

If you speak out and stand up for racial and social justice within the Master Gardener Program and are criticized how do you respond? In Gail’s latest blog post she gives guidance on how to respond to criticism. https://beav.es/4FJ


Master Gardener In-person Volunteer Activity Suspension

In the midst of the pandemic, and with OSU Extension Service’s commitment to keeping communities safe, suspension remains in effect for any in-person volunteer activities for OSU Master Gardeners.  This includes all Master Gardener clinics (phone, Farmers Markets, and special events), classes, workshops, demonstration gardens, parks, partner organizations, Speakers Guild presentations, fundraisers, and in-person meetings/lectures/speakers. 

As the State of Oregon lifts restrictions, around the state, OSU Extension is in the process of approving some restricted, limited, volunteer activities.  Approved activities will have requirements regarding safety protocol, which must be met.  As the University provides information and guidance regarding a resumption plan, we will provide updates.


Volunteering with Partner Organizations

Although some Partner organizations in the metro area may be resuming volunteer activities, at this point, in the metro area, Master Gardeners are not approved to participate and volunteer at any partner venues.  

We are deeply appreciative of those partner organizations who are clearly communicating the restrictions of the OSU Master Gardener Program.  We are keeping those organizations apprised of any changes to the University’s in-person volunteer policy and look forward to the day we can resume these valued partnerships.  We will alert all volunteers as restrictions are lifted.

OSU Master Gardener icon

With the cancellation of volunteer activities, and knowing the many challenges people are facing, we are waiving volunteer requirements for 2020.  We ask metro area Master Gardeners to report any volunteer hours served this year and their continuing education hours, by September 30, 2020.

We encourage Master Gardeners to take advantage of the many online continuing education opportunities.  Updates will be sent via email and/or posted in this monthly newsletter.


Master Gardener Hangout

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Are you looking to connect with other Master Gardeners in an informal, online setting?  Join our Friday, Master Gardener Hangouts.  This is a forum to talk all things gardening. 

Past Master Gardener Hangouts have been fun.  Our guest speakers have joined-in to answer additional questions. MGs have swapped tips and tricks for growing vegetables, dealing with weeds, or trellising plants. 

You can connect via phone or internet. Look for an email from Marcia McIntyre, which will be sent on Friday afternoons as that week’s webinar is ending, with a link to join the ‘Master Gardener Hangout’.


Online Educational Opportunities

A wide-variety of educational webinars are available to view from other Master Gardener and Extension programs across the state, plus from our partners at Metro. Check them out.

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Master Gardener Advanced Training webinars continue on July 16, 10am with Solve Pest Problems: A New Resource for Master Gardeners and the Public. Join Weston Miller, and learn about the exciting developments for the Solve Pest Problems website.
Pre-register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3762


Gardening Will Save the World webinar series, sponsored by the Hood River Co. Master Gardeners. July 15, Pesticide Safety, presented by Brooke Edmunds, Community Horticulture, Master Gardeners Linn and Benton Counties To register, go to https://beav.es/4rt


Tree School Online
OSU Extension Clackamas Co. Tree School continues to offer weekly online webinars through July 28. Look for classes designated for Master Gardener continuing education credit. For more information go to https://beav.es/4Hn


Fall Gardening

Join a Metro Natural Gardening Educator for a webinar on growing fall vegetables and landscaping tasks and tips for the coming fall season. Wednesday, July 29, 3PM to 4:30PM. Learn helpful tips for growing in containers, planning for fall and winter harvests, starting seeds, fertilizing and more!

Be wildlife-conscious with your fall gardening by protecting over-wintering habitat! Plan for fall planting of native trees, shrubs and perennials for enduring garden interest. Maintain a healthy lawn you can enjoy without the use of toxic chemicals. Click here to register.

A subsequent webinar on the same topic in Spanish will be offered upon request.


Our July and August Garden Checklist

Tips on summer watering, dealing with pesky wasps, plus apple care in our July and August Garden Checklist videos.

“This is exactly the time we need to step up our game, listen, learn, and grow our work to be more equitable and inclusive of our many communities, particularly our communities of color. We look forward to growing together, and to working towards racial justice and equity in the Master Gardener Program.”

Gail Langellotto and LeAnn Locher

The Master Gardener Program and Racial Justice

Earlier this month we shared a message from Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Gail Langellotto, and Master Gardener Outreach Coordinator, LeAnn Locher regarding the OSU Master Gardener Program’s commitment to racial justice and equity.  We would like to share, once more, Gail and LeAnn’s imperative call for racial justice in the OSU Master Gardener Program. https://beav.es/4Hk

Last week Gail followed-up with a post, explaining the overwhelming support she received from dozens of Master Gardeners in support of racial and social justice.  In addition, Gail also listed the reading recommendations responders shared to begin and expand understanding of racial justice.  You can find Gail’s post here https://beav.es/4rv  

The metro area Master Gardener Program also received messages of strong support for the Program’s call for action.  Metro area Master Gardeners also shared resource recommendations, many of which were included in Gail’s post. 

Here are the additional resource recommendations from metro area Master Gardeners…

The metro area Master Gardener Program echoes the commitment to racial justice and equity for the MG program, expressed by Gail and LeAnn.  We recognize that there is a lot of work to be done, and a lot to learn.  Together we need to identify barriers in our program, take action to remove those barriers, and remain focused on creating an inclusive, welcoming community for all gardeners.


Webinar Series Continues

Bumblebee on heath blossoms

With the goal of keeping our Master Gardener community connected and engaged, the metro Master Gardener program has moved online.  Every Friday at 1pm we are presenting a horticulture-focused webinar for Master Gardeners and the gardening public. 

Upcoming webinars…

  • 1PM, Friday, June 19th, “Pollination and Pollinators: Sex and the Single Flower”, with Bob Falconer, OSU Master Gardener Register at this link https://beav.es/4rc
  • 1PM, Friday, June 26th, “New High Priority Noxious Weeds—How to ID” with Michele Delepine, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Friday, July 3, no scheduled webinar
  • Friday, July 10, “Therapeutic Horticulture, Gardening for Healthy Living”, with Scott Hoffman, Therapeutic Garden Program Coordinator, Whole Health, Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System

Metro Master Gardener online webinars count as continuing garden education credit.

To register for upcoming webinars, watch for a weekly email sent from Marcia McIntyre, that has a link to the Zoom registration page.  Links to register for the webinars will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the metro area Master Gardener educational events calendar.

Webinar Recordings

Do you have a schedule conflict with an upcoming webinar?  Don’t despair.  We are posting recordings of our webinars a few days following the presentation.

Check out past webinars here:
https://media.oregonstate.edu/channel/channelid/161357322


Master Gardener In-person Volunteer Activity Suspension

In the midst of the pandemic, and with OSU Extension Service’s commitment to keeping communities safe, suspension remains in effect for any in-person volunteer activities for OSU Master Gardeners.  This includes all Master Gardener clinics (phone, Farmers Markets, and special events), classes, workshops, demonstration gardens, parks, partner organizations, Speakers Guild presentations, fundraisers, and in-person meetings/lectures/speakers. 

As the State of Oregon lifts restrictions, around the state, OSU Extension is in the process of approving some restricted, limited, volunteer activities.  Approved activities will have requirements regarding safety protocol, which must be met.  As the University provides information and guidance regarding a resumption plan, we will provide updates.


Volunteering with Partner Organizations

Although some Partner organizations in the metro area may be resuming volunteer activities, at this point, in the metro area, Master Gardeners are not approved to participate and volunteer at any partner venues.  

We are deeply appreciative of those partner organizations who are clearly communicating the restrictions of the OSU Master Gardener Program.  We are keeping those organizations apprised of any changes to the University’s in-person volunteer policy and look forward to the day we can resume these valued partnerships.  We will alert all volunteers as restrictions are lifted.


OSU Master Gardener icon

With the cancellation of volunteer activities, and knowing the many challenges people are facing, we are waiving volunteer requirements for 2020.  We ask metro area Master Gardeners to report any volunteer hours served this year and their continuing education hours, by September 30, 2020.

We encourage Master Gardeners to take advantage of the many online continuing education opportunities.  Updates will be sent via email and/or posted in this monthly newsletter.


Master Gardener Hangout

Are you looking to connect with other Master Gardeners in an informal, online setting?  Join our Friday, Master Gardener Hangouts.  This is a forum to talk all things gardening. 

Past Master Gardener Hangouts have been fun, with mini tours of gardens, as participants took their laptops and phones out into their gardens – shared favorite vegetable varieties – asked each other questions – just enjoyed a chance to connect with fellow gardeners! 

You can connect via phone or internet. Look for an email from Marcia McIntyre, which will be sent on Friday afternoons as that week’s webinar is ending, with a link to join the ‘Master Gardener Hangout’.


Online Educational Opportunities

A wide-variety of educational webinars are available to view from other Master Gardener and Extension programs across the state. Check them out.

Master Gardener Advanced Training webinars continue on July 16th, 10am with Solve Pest Problems: A New Resource for Master Gardeners and the Public. Join Weston Miller, and learn about the exciting developments for the Solve Pest Problems website.
Pre-register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3762


Gardening Will Save the World webinar series, sponsored by the Hood River Co. Master Gardeners. To register, see link below.

·  June 17, Insect Apocalypse: Real of Hype?, presented by Dr. Gail Langellotto, OSU Master Gardener State Coordinator

·  July 1, Pollinators, presented by Dr. Andony Melathopolous, OSU Professor, Pollinator Health Extension

·  July 15, Pesticide Safety, presented by Brooke Edmunds, Community Horticulture, Master Gardeners Linn and Benton Counties

For ‘Gardening Will Save the World Webinar Series’ details go to: https://beav.es/4rt


Sunshine streaming through trunks of trees in a forest.

Tree School Online
OSU Extension Clackamas Co. Tree School continues to offer weekly online webinars through July 28. Look for classes designated for Master Gardener continuing education credit. For more information go to https://beav.es/4Hn


Recently Reported Contaminated Soil and Compost

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) recently reported that it discovered soil and compost contaminated with the herbicide clopyralid.  The contamination was found in products purchased at two landscape distribution companies, Dean Innovations and McFarlane’s.  Details regarding the contamination, plus the ODA’s recommendation on the steps gardeners can take if they purchased the contaminated product can be found here… https://bit.ly/2MZkF6m

More information for gardeners…
Clopyralid in Compost: Questions and Answers for Gardeners and Farmers in Western Washington
https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/411/2014/12/Paper_Clopyralid_QandA_v10.pdf 

Gardeners seeking further information about pesticide risk for their situation can contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 Monday –Friday from 8:00am –12:00pm, or email at npic@ace.orst.edu

Any updates on the investigation will be posted here.  https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/Pesticides/Pages/PesticidesCurrentIssues.aspx


Our June Garden Checklist

You still have time to plant your warm season vegetables, and once drier weather arrives remember to water your fruit trees. Check out the details in our June Garden Checklist.

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The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin

Caring and Commitment to our Community

We hope this finds you taking good care, finding time to nurture a garden, or discovering respite in spring delights like cherry blossoms, busy mason bees, and bursting tulips.  In the midst of these uncertain times, one thing we know for sure is that metro area Master Gardeners are a committed and caring group who serve their community in so many ways. 

Although Master Gardener in-person activities are suspended, due to the pandemic, Master Gardeners are still contributing to their community.  We know of Master Gardeners growing vegetable starts for their neighbors, sewing masks, buying flowers to add cheer to those in senior centers, funding the purchase of vegetable starts for agencies serving those experiencing food insecurity, growing extra vegetables and fruits to donate to area food banks, and reaching out to fellow volunteers to check on their well-being.  Master Gardeners are also serving as dedicated front-line essential workers, working from home, managing home schooling, caring for family members, and lending a helping hand to neighbors.  Such care and efforts are not surprising, but are confirmation of a valuable and committed community! 

Metro Master Gardener Program Goes Online!

With the goal to keep our Master Gardener community connected and engaged, the metro Master Gardener program has moved online.  Every Friday at 1pm we are presenting a horticulture-focused webinar for Master Gardeners and the gardening public. 

Upcoming webinars in May…

Freshly harvested beets and carrots, still speckled with soil, lying on wood counter top.
  • 1PM, Friday, May 8th, Fundamentals of Lawn Care, with Weston Miller, OSU Extension
  • 1PM, Friday, May 15th, Practical Garden Food Safety: best practices for the edible garden, with Sara Runkel, OSU Extension
  • 1PM, Friday, May 22nd, TBA

Metro Master Gardener online webinars count as continuing garden education credit.

To register for upcoming webinars, watch for a weekly email sent from Marcia McIntyre that has a link to the Zoom registration page.  Links to the webinars will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Webinar Recordings
Do you have a schedule conflict with an upcoming webinar?  Don’t despair.  We are posting recordings of our webinars a few days following the presentation.

Check out past webinars here:
https://media.oregonstate.edu/channel/channelid/161357322

Master Gardener Hangout!

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Are you looking to connect with other Master Gardeners in an informal, online setting.  Join our Friday, Master Gardener Hangouts.  This is a forum to talk all things gardening. 

Past Master Gardener Hangouts have been fun, with mini tours of gardens, as participants took their laptops and phones out into their gardens – shared favorite vegetable varieties – asked each other questions – just enjoyed a chance to connect with fellow gardeners! 

You can connect via phone or internet. Look for an email from Marcia McIntyre, that will be sent on Friday afternoons as that week’s webinar is ending,with a link to join the ‘Master Gardener Hangout’.

Master Gardener In-person Activities Suspended

As announced in March, due to the evolving COVID19 situation, all Master Gardener volunteer activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. This includes all Master Gardener clinics (phone, Farmers Markets, and special events), classes, workshops, demonstration gardens, Speakers Guild presentations, fundraisers, and in-person meetings/lectures/speakers.  In addition, our Spring Recertification event scheduled for Saturday, May 16, is cancelled.

OSU Extension Service is working to make communities safe.  As OSU provides more guidance, we will provide updates. 

Orange OSU Master Gardener icon.

With the cancellation of volunteer activities, and knowing the many challenges people are facing, we are waiving volunteer requirements for 2020.  We ask metro area Master Gardeners to report any volunteer hours served this year and their continuing education hours, by September 30, 2020.

We encourage Master Gardeners to take advantage of the many online continuing education opportunities.  Updates will be sent via email and/or posted in this monthly newsletter.

Thanks for Sharing Your Expertise!

Plant in small pot with a hand written piece of paper that says 'Thank you'.

The dedication and generosity of the Master Gardener community is always an inspiration.  This generosity was apparent as we made a swift pivot to offer garden education opportunities online.  We are incredibly grateful to Dennis Brown, Eric Butler, and Claudia Groth for so quickly stepping up to share their expertise and knowledge as we kicked off our webinar series.  Thank you all, for your kind generosity!

OSU Online Insect Agroecology Course

Bee gathering pollen on cherry blossoms.

Last month Dr. Gail Langellotto, professor, Oregon State University, and Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator gave access to a valuable continuing education opportunity for OSU Master Gardeners.

Gail made recordings of her Entomology/Horticulture (Insect Agroecology) University course available for Master Gardeners to view.  The class delves into ecological theory, and considers how this theory applies to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems.  She shared the first two lectures in April: ‘The Importance of Insect Diversity’ and ‘Bottom Up Regulation of Herbivores (Plant Nutrition)’

You can view the remaining course lectures at the link below.

Oregon State University – ENT/HORT 444/544 (Insect Agroecology)
https://beav.es/47P

Time spent viewing the lectures counts as continuing education hours for perennial Master Gardeners.

More Continuing Ed Opportunities from OSU Extension and our Partners

Below are some great continuing education opportunities offered by OSU Extension programs and partner organizations. Be sure to read weekly metro MG program emails for opportunities that arise during each month.

Sunlight streaming through tree trunks in forest.

Tree School Goes Online – FREE!
You still have time to take part in this 15-part series from Clackamas Extension Service Forestry and the Partnership for Forestry Education. Recordings are posted following classes.
https://knowyourforest.org/TreeSchoolOnline

Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars
Next up: Winter Squash Research at OSU, with
Dr. Alex Stone and Lane Selman http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/ediblegardens/2020/01/23/2020-osu-extension-master-gardener-webinar-

Metro area Master Gardener – Native Bee Survey Training
with Andony Melathopoulos, OSU

Tuesday, May 5, 1pm to 4pm
https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93470133622

Metro (regional government) Garden Design for Wildlife
Wednesday, May 13, 3pm to 4:30pm
Register here. A subsequent webinar on the same topic will be offered in Spanish upon request

May Garden Checklist

Our May garden checklist encourages you to weed, weed, weed, plant perennials and check your soil temp!

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.  – May Sarton


With well wishes to you and yours!

During this challenging time, the metro area Master Gardener program reaches out with wishes for health and wellness to you and yours!  Although so much of life seems to be upside-down right now, we can find comfort doing what we love to do – gardening!  As Master Gardeners, we certainly recognize that gardening is an act of optimism that can bring solace in a time of uncertainty.

Get your hands into the soil, sow a seed, plant a seedling, harvest a bouquet of early spring bloomers, plan your summer vegetable garden, and watch the dandelions unfurl! 


OSU Extension Resources Support Gardeners

OSU Extension Service offers a wealth of resources to support Master Gardeners and all those seeking to successfully and sustainable garden at home.  Here are a few great resources for you to share with your family and friends who are hunkering down at home.

An Educators Guide to Vegetable Gardening
https://beav.es/4f3

FREE Through April – Master Gardener Online Short Course – Vegetable Gardening Series   
https://beav.es/4fU

Gardening with Kids
https://beav.es/4fw

How to build your own raised bed cloche 
https://beav.es/4NB

Nurturing Mason Bees in your Backyard in Western Washington
https://beav.es/4f5

To peruse a wide array of OSU Extension Service gardening focused publications go to: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening


Master Gardener Volunteer Activities Suspended

As announced in March, due to the evolving COVID19 situation, all Master Gardener volunteer activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. This includes all Master Gardener clinics (phone, Farmers Markets, and special events), classes, workshops, demonstration gardens, Speakers Guild presentations, fundraisers, and in-person meetings/lectures/speakers.  In addition, our Spring Recertification event scheduled for Saturday, May 16, is cancelled.

OSU Extension Service is working to make communities safe.  As OSU provides more guidance in coming weeks, we will provide updates.

With the cancellation of volunteer activities, and knowing the many challenges people are facing, we are waiving volunteer requirements for 2020.  When volunteer activities resume, we encourage those who volunteer, to report any volunteer hours served this year, by September 30, 2020.

We encourage Master Gardeners to take advantage of the many online continuing education opportunities.  Updates will be sent via email and/or posted in this monthly newsletter.


Delve Deep Into Insect Agroecology

Would like to delve deeper into the study of entomology?  Dr. Gail Langellotto, professor, Oregon State University, and Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator has offered a wonderful continuing education opportunity for OSU Master Gardeners.

Gail has made recordings of her Entomology/Horticulture (Insect Agroecology) University course available for Master Gardeners to view.  This class delves into ecological theory, and considers how this theory applies to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems. 

To view the lectures use the links below.  

Note: you can toggle your view of the lecture by using the arrows on the screen (top right corner) to adjust from either, a larger view of the presenter, or of the slide presentation.

Oregon State University – ENT/HORT 444/544 (Insect Agroecology)

Lecture 1: The Importance of Insect Diversity: 
https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_yqb73rzq

Lecture 2: Bottom Up Regulation of Herbivores (Plant Nutrition):
https://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_wkovk0un

Time spent viewing the lectures counts as continuing education hours for perennial Master Gardeners.


Gardening with Native Plants and the Oregon Flora Project

Red flowering current

The 2020 Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars continue on Tuesday, April 21, at 11am, highlighting native plants and the Oregon Flora Project.  Join Dr. Linda Hardison, as she focuses on how to integrate native plants into your home garden. Dr. Hardison will also introduce resources behind the Oregon Flora Project, sharing a sneak peek at the new Gardening with Natives web portal. Register for the live webinar at: https://beav.es/4NL A recording of the webinar will be posted a few days following the webinar.

To view past webinars, go to: https://beav.es/44T   All Master Gardener Advanced Training webinars can be counted as 1-hour of continuing garden education credit.


2020 In-class Training Wraps-up Online!

Our 2020 Master Gardener training was a great 6 and 1/3 week run!  Our instructors guided our new class of trainees, covering many key sustainable gardening concepts and practices.  In response to the COVID-19 crisis and following University direction, we made the necessary pivot to offer the remaining training classes on-line via Zoom.  Trainees have had the opportunity to delve into care of landscape ornamentals, and tree fruits to complete their required hours of in-person instruction.

We greatly appreciate the flexibility and continued enthusiastic engagement of trainees, as we changed course in the interest of the well-being of all.

With the suspension of volunteer activities, we look forward to our 2020 trainees beginning their volunteer internship when Master Gardener in-person activities resume.


Utmost Thanks to Our Stellar Instructors!

Our Master Gardener training offers the best in solid, research-based horticulture curriculum thanks to the knowledge and generosity of our instructors!  We extend our sincere thanks to all of our instructors, for educating and inspiring our 2020 Master Gardener trainees and perennial Master Gardeners.  We are grateful to our instructors for the time they spent preparing, teaching and engaging all who attended the classes.  Thank you!

  • Neil Bell
  • Chip Bubl
  • Sally Campbell
  • Amanda Davis
  • Brooke Edmunds
  • Claudia Groth
  • Monica Maggio
  • Heather Stoven

Thanks also to Margaret Bayne and Jane Collier for preparing to present their great hands-on, plant problem diagnostics training for the final week of class and to Jean Natter for preparing her informative household pests presentation!


Hearty THANKS, to Our Class Coordinators!

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”  – David Starr Jordan

Hearty THANKS, to our class coordinators!

There is no doubt we have a wise and virtuous team of volunteer coordinators for our three Master Gardener training venues!  We give a big shout out of thanks to Louise Gomez-Burgess and Marti Farris (Hillsboro class), Cindy Manselle (Oregon City class), and Beven Peters (Portland class); who along with their supportive team of volunteer’s displayed beyond measure dedication that made for a very successful Master Gardener training! 

Many thanks also, to our AV teams for keeping the audio and PowerPoints going! Larry Schick and Marty Royster (Hillsboro), Laura Huckaba (Oregon City) and Rich Becker (Portland).

Each volunteer team attended to the biggest and tiniest details to ensure a successful training and a welcoming venue for the new trainees.  Thanks for compiling, hauling, setting-up, announcing, assisting Interns, spreading out the amazing hospitality tables, and cleaning up the last crumb before turning off the lights.  We are grateful for your generous commitment, assistance and attentiveness!

Special thanks to Marilyn Frankel for lifting, packing and hauling PNW books across county lines!


Deep gratitude to our supporting Chapters!

Thank you to the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County Chapters for their financial support of the Metro MG training classes.  The facility, hospitality and parking fees would prohibit training happening in such great venues.  Thank you for your constant and generous support of the OSU Metro Master Gardener training program.  Your contributions make such positive and vital difference to the Master Gardener program!


April Garden Checklist

Here are some great home gardening projects, in our April ‘Garden Checklist’ video.




Spring has returned.
The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke




Yes, spring is in the air! With the first day of spring nearing it is time to dust off your OSU Master Gardener badge and get ready for a new slate of MG activities and volunteer opportunities.

Time to reach out and engage in the myriad of Master Gardener clinics, projects and special events.  Return to your favorite Master Gardener activity or try something new! Look for opportunities on CERVIS and in upcoming newsletters and emails.  New MG clinics and events are added every week.

2020 Master Gardener trainees you will have the opportunity to learn about the many volunteer opportunities, week #7 – following which you will be able to register for the activities of your choice.


2020 Master Gardener: In-class Training Home Stretch!

Our 2020 Master Gardener training is humming down the home stretch with just two weeks remaining of our in-class training.  We are grateful to our team of inspiring instructors and extend our hearty thanks to the teams of Perennial MG volunteer coordinators at our three sites!


To our 2020 class of trainees.  We are excited to have you joining our program of committed garden educators.  Soon you will be out in the community actively practicing and sharing your newfound knowledge.

Possibilities will abound with a wide-range of volunteer opportunities.  You will hear about the many OSU approved offerings during week #7 of class.  We hope you will dig in, have fun, and share your passion for gardening with fellow MGs and the gardening public.  This is an opportunity to further your garden education and to gain confidence in teaching others how to sustainably and successfully garden.


Key Training Details for 2020 MG Interns:

  • Complete the three required training modules plus the corresponding quizzes, and two additional modules of your choice, along with the quizzes, by March 31, 2020.
  • Complete the online final exam by March 31, 2020. The exam will be available starting March 15th. Please, allocate three to five hours to complete this online learning experience.  You can stop and start the exam, and you can complete the exam in multiple sessions (be sure to save your work).  A score of 70 percent or more is required on the test in order to start volunteering at Master Gardener clinic activities (answering the public’s garden questions). You will receive a grade on the exam upon submission via Canvas.  The exam is open book.  Feel free to refer to your online modules, Sustainable Gardening Handbook, in-class handouts, and confer with your fellow trainees.
  • For best selection, be sure to sign-up for your one required Workshop before March 31st. Soon after that date, the Workshop schedule will open to all Master Gardeners and the offerings will fill quickly.  You can sign up for up to two workshops.  Workshop sign-up will open on Saturday, March 7.
  • Hear about the many volunteer opportunities during Week #7. This will be your opportunity to meet the volunteer coordinators and learn how to sign-up for volunteer activities via CERVIS (our online volunteer system). You will have access to sign-up for the volunteer activities starting, March 14.

Special Message for “Perennial Master Gardeners”

Perennial Master Gardeners, please join-in welcoming and guiding our new class of eager Master Gardener trainees by signing up for shifts at the Master Gardener phone clinics, area farmers markets, and other remote clinics.  We hope to have one Perennial MG scheduled for each shift – to be there to support and guide Interns in their new role as a garden educator.

To sign up for phone, farmer’s markets, and remote clinic shifts go to CERVIS or contact the coordinator.

When signing up for CERVIS be sure to only sign-up for slots labeled “Perennial” in the next 2 months.  We want to give the Interns many opportunities to find slots at a variety of activities. 

All ‘current’ certified 2020 Perennial Master Gardeners have access to CERVIS.  If you are unable to access CERVIS, please contact Marcia McIntyre marcia.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu  

2020 trainees, you will have access to CERVIS on Saturday, March 15th, after the week #7 Resource Fair.


2020 Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars

The ever popular OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars are starting up for 2020. This month, Dr. Gail Langellotto, OSU Department of Horticulture, and our state-wide Master Gardener coordinator will present “Updates from the Garden Ecology Lab”, on Tuesday, March 17, 10AM.

Gail will share updates on the very latest research coming out of the OSU Garden Ecology Lab. Learn about efforts to create an urban bee guide, updates on identifying native plants that pollinators love the best, and meet the hardworking team of student research and faculty in the OSU Garden Ecology Lab.

The webinars are free and anyone is welcome to participate. Pre-register here.  Note: the presentation will be recorded.  If you can’t view the live webinar, a recording will be available a week or so after the event.

If you missed any previous webinars from previous years the links are below for your viewing pleasure.

Each webinar viewed counts as 1-hour continuing education credit for Perennial Master Gardeners.

2019 Webinar Series https://beav.es/ZLx

2018 Webinar Series https://beav.es/45z

2017 Webinar Series https://beav.es/45K


Get Ready!  It’s Plant Sale Season!

Our supporting associations the Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County Chapters of the Oregon Master Gardener Association are serving up plant sales galore!  Be sure to mark your calendars to join in the fun volunteering and shopping to your heart’s content! Plant sale coordinators will be at Master Gardener training Week #7, in the afternoon, to sign-up volunteers or contact the individual Chapters for more information.



Snow drop flowers emerging through snow.

“Green thoughts emerge from some deep source of stillness which the very fact of winter has released.” – Mirabel Osler

With thoughts of spring, now’s the time to consider how you would like to serve and grow this gardening season in your role as an OSU Master Gardener.  Will it be at our many community service events or expanding your gardening know-how through continuing education opportunities?

Now is a good time to sign-up for our Master Gardener office helplines (via CERVIS,).  Farmers Market schedules open over the next several weeks, so please check back if the event you are looking for has yet to be posted.

It is also the perfect time to help welcome and usher in the new class of Master Gardener trainees.  Come sit in on one of the MG training sessions (here’s the schedule).  Introduce yourself to a trainee.  Learn what interests brought them to our training program. Share your passion for gardening and the Master Gardener program with those new to the program.

2020 Trainees, stay tuned, you will be receiving details regarding volunteering during week #6 and #7.


2020 Master Gardener Training Underway!

The last week in January marked the start of our 2020 metro-area OSU Master Gardener training as we welcomed 200 new Master Gardener trainees!  Over the span of 8 weeks, we will cover a wide range of core home gardening topics presented by stellar group of horticulture experts.  Perennial favorite instructors are joining the 2020 training…Margaret Bayne, Sally Campbell, Jane Collier, Claudia Groth, Monica Maggio, Weston Miller, and Jean R. Natter. In addition, we are thrilled to have four OSU Extension faculty members from neighboring counties joining us…Neil Bell, Chip Bubl, Brooke Edmunds, Heather Stoven.

Each AM or PM session attended counts as 3 hours of continuing education credit for 2020.

For those perennial Master Gardeners, who attend training class, please take the time to say hello to new trainees and welcome them to the Master Gardener program.


The training sites and days are:

Tuesdays, February 4 – March 17, 9AM to 4PM
Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 168 NE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro

Thursdays, February 6 – March 19, 9AM to 4PM
Museum of the Oregon Territory, Museum of the Oregon Territory 3rd floor- 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City

Fridays, February 7 – March 20, 9AM to 4PM
Multnomah County Headquarters, Multnomah County Headquarters – 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland


‘A Diverse Garden is a Healthy Garden’
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your role as an OSU Master Gardener volunteer.’  

Understand the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn skills to recognize unconscious bias and build skills to practice inclusive and equitable principles in community engagement.

This year our metro area OSU Master Gardener program will be hosting four Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings facilitated by the City of Portland, Office of Equity and Human Rights. The first three trainings will take place during week #4 of Master Gardener training at all three class locations, with the forth training taking place at our Spring Recertification training.

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Master Gardener training class in Hillsboro
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Master Gardener training class in Oregon City
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Master Gardener training class in SE Portland
  • Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Spring Recertification, Clackamas Community College (Gregory Forum). Doors open at 8:00am

Register to secure a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training class slot! To accommodate Perennial Master Gardeners at the February Diversity, Equity and Inclusion MG training classes – we will be sending out an email to register for a class slot.  Perennial MGs look for the email invitation from Marcia McIntyre on Tuesday, February 11th

Attending this class fulfills the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training requirement for the metro area OSU Master Gardener Program.

Attendance at one of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings is required to be a certified metro-area OSU Master Gardener, beyond September 30, 2020.  To receive credit for attending, be sure to sign-in at the training you attend.


2020 Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars

Hand holds I-pad which has a photo of kale and the title 'Garden Ecology Lab'.
Photo: OSU, Garden Ecology Lab

A stellar line-up of Master Gardener Advanced Training webinars are in store for the coming year.  Produced by OSU Extension’s Brooke Edmunds, these informative webinars have become a favorite go-to resource for Master Gardener continuing education. The webinars are open and free to all.

One hour of continuing garden education can be counted for each webinar viewed.  If you can not view the webinar live – please check back to the webinar website a few days later to watch a recording.  https://beav.es/44T

Updates from the Garden Ecology Lab (2020 edition!)
Presented by: Dr. Gail Langellotto
March 17th at 10am PT
Pre-register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3737

Gardening with Native Plants and the OregonFlora Project
Presented by: Dr. Linda Hardison
April 21st at 10am PT
Pre-register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3738

Winter Squash Research at OSU
Presented by: Dr. Alex Stone and Lane Selman
May 19th at 10am PT
Pre-register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3761

Solve Pest Problems: A New Resource for Master Gardeners and the Public
Presented by: Weston Miller
July 16th at 10am PT
Pre-register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3762

Additional webinars will be posted on the webinar website as they are scheduled – so check back.  https://beav.es/44T


February at the Master Gardener Helplines

Two Master Gardeners in an OSU Master Gardener helpline office look at an Office Information Binder

February is a great time to volunteer at the metro-area Master Gardener office helplines.  We get a surprising number of questions from gardeners itching to get out in their gardens. The pace of questions is slower in the winter, so it is a good time to come in, acquaint yourself with the resource library, and maybe even do some detective work regarding your own garden quandaries. Shifts are available for Perennial MGs on CERVIS or you can email the following coordinators to help you sign-up. 2020 Interns will have the opportunity to sign-up for MG helplines after Week #7 of MG training class.


Supporting the OSU Master Gardener Program through Chapter Membership

The metro-area OSU Master Gardener program has three vital and active Chapters (associations).  Each Chapter is part of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association, which was formed to support the OSU Master Gardener program. 

With the start of a New Year, our three metro-area Chapters have been accepting membership renewals.  Chapter membership is optional and not required to maintain active Master Gardener status. Many choose Chapter membership for the added benefits that these OSU Master Gardener supporting associations provide.  You can belong to any Chapter you would like.  Some Master Gardeners belong to multiple Chapters.  To renew your Chapter membership contact Chapters through their websites.

For those of you who took your MG training in 2019, during your training year you received complimentary Chapter membership in the county Chapter where you reside.  You now have the option of belonging to a Chapter.  The Chapters each have varying annual fees.  For more information, visit their websites:

Clackamas County Master Gardeners

Multnomah County Master Gardeners

Washington County Master Gardeners

2020 Master Gardener trainees this year you receive complimentary Chapter membership in the county in which you reside. Chapter events are open to all Master Gardeners from any county. Drop in a Lecture/Speaker Series, visit a Chapter education/demo garden or attend a special garden seminar hosted by a Chapter (for event details visit the Chapter websites above). Learn more about our supporting area Chapters and how you can get involved in your upcoming MG training classes.


NWREC Winter Vegetable Variety Field Day

Here is a great opportunity to learn about a wonderful array of winter vegetable varieties that can be successfully grown in the North Willamette Valley. The North Willamette Research and Extension Center’s Winter Vegetable Variety Field Day features the Eat Winter Vegetables project field & storage vegetables: Winter Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Garlic, Celeriac, Radicchio, Cauliflower & Cabbage. 

Join in an afternoon field walk and discussions on organic variety selections and production with plant breeders, researchers, Extension agents, seed companies, farmers, and other agricultural professionals. We will be outside for part of the event, please dress accordingly.

WHEN: Thursday, February 13 from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

WHERE: North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 NE Miley Rd, Aurora, OR

WHAT: Check out the agenda for the day HERE.

The Field Day is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and family. No RSVP required 


Blue Lake Garden Hands-on Gardening Opportunities

Master Gardener deadheads spent blossoms at Blue Lake Park Discovery Garden.

Mark your calendars for select Thursdays (10am to 2pm) for hands-on gardening opportunities at the Blue Lake Discovery Garden! 

Work alongside fellow Master Gardeners and assist in making the garden a treasured stop for Blue Lake Park visitors.  Tools provided.  Free park admission. A few February and March shifts are open now – check back for more to shifts to come. Perennial MGs register on CERVIS today. 2020 Trainees will have the opportunity to sign up Week #7 of MG training classes.

“Nature has undoubtedly mastered the art of winter gardening and even the most experienced gardener can learn from the unrestrained beauty around them.” 

~Vincent A. Simeone


Happy 2020 Master Gardeners!

Best New Year wishes to the metro area OSU Master Gardeners!  With the official start of winter, we hope you are enjoying the slower pace, with time to reflect and plan for your coming new year!  We hope those plans include how you would like to serve as an OSU Master Gardener. 

Do you plan to volunteer at your usual volunteer venue?  Or will you explore and try something new?  Perhaps you would like to volunteer with the Master Gardener Speakers Guild making presentations on gardening topics? Maybe you will lend a hand and trowel at a chapter Demonstration Garden, offer garden advice at one of the Master Gardener helpline offices, or volunteer at your favorite farmers market? 

There are many opportunities throughout the year!  You can find volunteer openings on CERVIS, with new postings added every month or check in with the three area chapters for opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020, wearing your OSU Master Gardener hat, sharing your passion for gardening, dispensing reliable gardening advice and serving our community!


2020 Master Gardener Training Begins!

Our annual metro area OSU Master Gardener training is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge and boost your skills.  This year we are expanding the in-person classes to 8 weeks starting the last week in January and running through March.  All Master Gardeners are welcome to attend training sessions. Each AM or PM session attended counts as 3 hours continuing garden education credit for 2020.

The training sites and days are:

Tuesdays, January 28 – March 17, 9AM to 4PM
Hillsboro United Methodist Church,
168 NE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro

Thursdays, January 30 – March 19, 9AM to 4PM
Museum of the Oregon Territory,
Tumwater room, 3rd floor- 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City

Fridays, January 31 – March 20, 9AM to 4PM
Multnomah County Headquarters,
Board chambers, 1st floor – 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland.

A great line-up of core Master Gardener training subjects will be presented by Margaret Bayne, Chip Bubl, Sally Campbell, Jane Collier, Claudia Groth, Monica Maggio, Weston Miller and Jean R. Natter.  In addition, we are excited to have OSU Extension faculty Neil Bell, Brooke Edmunds and Heather Stoven joining us as presenters.


2020 Master Gardener Training Registration

Thank you for spreading the word about the metro area OSU Master Gardener training!  Registration has been going at a brisk pace!

For the first time in recent memory, the Portland training venue filled after only 2 weeks of open registration!  Registration for the Oregon City and Hillsboro locations has also been strong.  Only a couple dozen class-slots remain.  Urge anyone interested in 2020 MG training to register today to avoid missing an opportunity.  Metro-area Master Gardener website for easy online registration.


‘Active and Certified’ OSU Master Gardener Status for 2020

This month we are updating each Master Gardener’s status in CERVIS for the 2020 season.  A volunteer’s status will remain “Active and Current” in the CERVIS system if the annual requirements have been met.

Those MGs who have fulfilled the annual requirements will receive a 2020 Master Gardener sticker to display on their badges.  See photo.

For a list of the annual requirements.  Please visit the volunteer portal page https://beav.es/ZjK


New Requirements for 2020

As a reminder, there are two new requirements for metro area OSU Master Gardeners in 2020.  The requirements are detailed below:

  1. Youth Safety & Compliance – Oregon State University is committed to offering a physically, psychologically and emotionally safe environment for youth that might attend a Master Gardener event or interact with Master Gardeners serving at a public event. Metro-area Master Gardeners are required to complete the Youth Safety and Compliance training.

    To take the training read the Basic Training (2 pages) and sign the Certification Form. Return the form to the MG program office: 200 Warner-Milne Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 If you would like to sign the Youth Safety & Compliance Certification Form via DocuSign please request the form via this link: https://forms.gle/JMoE6JprpCoxjXW86
  2. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training – Key to your role in providing exceptional customer service for the public and a kind and welcoming environment for fellow volunteers, we are requiring that Master Gardeners take part in a new training in the coming year. The goal of this training is to increase your skills to share space, leadership, and power with individuals who bring unique lived experiences, skills and values.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training will be offered on the following dates in 2020:

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Master Gardener training class in Hillsboro
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Master Gardener training class in Oregon City
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Master Gardener training class in SE Portland
  • Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Spring Recertification, Clackamas Community College (Gregory Forum). Doors open at 8:00am

Attendance at one of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings is required to be a certified metro-area OSU Master Gardener, beyond September 30, 2020.  To receive credit for attending, sign-in at the training you attend.


Winter at the Master Gardener Helplines

Winter is a great time to volunteer at the metro-area Master Gardener office helplines.  We get a surprising number of questions from gardeners itching to get out in their gardens. The pace of questions is slower in the winter, so it is a good time to come in, acquaint yourself with the resource library, and maybe even do some detective work regarding your own garden quandaries. Shifts are available on CERVIS or you can email the following coordinators to help you sign-up.

Three OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers are all smiles while volunteering in the Clackamas Co. Master Gardener helpline office.

Fall Recertification Certificate of Appreciation Recipients