“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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Image: Pixabay

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. 

Image: Pixabay

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.
Image: Pixabay
  • 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!

Brown leather boots sitting on lawn, planted with white daisy plants.
Image: Pixabay

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'.
Image: Pixabay

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.
Image: Pixabay

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.
Image: Pixabay

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!

Dandelion wreath hanging on a wooden fence post.
Photo: Pixabay

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.

Blooming Narcissus
Photo: Pixabay




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.

Pine needles with a light frost.
Photo: Pixabay

“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

Rose hips covered with a light frost

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.

~John Burroughs

Congrats 2019 Master Gardeners!

Carrie Allen smiles and holds her Master gardener Certificate of Completion and is wearing her OSU Master Gardener badge.
Carrie Allen dons her new OSU Master Gardener badge

We offer our sincere congratulations and a warm welcome to the newly inducted Master Gardener Class of 2019!   We hope you have been enriched by your training and service as a community garden-educator. We know your energy and passion have enhanced the Master Gardener program.  Thank you for your volunteer service and welcome to the Master Gardener family!   We look forward to having you as part of our team!

Note: MG badges will be mailed to individuals who were not able to pick up their badge at the Fall Recertification.  Look for badges to arrive in December.


2019 Master Gardener Program Report

Thank you, Master Gardeners for giving your time and energy toward OSU’s outreach mission in 2019.

New for this year, we have created a detailed report of your accomplishments.

Please take a look.


Display Your 2020 Sticker

For those who have fulfilled the requirements to maintain their status as an active and “current” Master Gardener you will receive a 2020 Recertification sticker to proudly display on your MG badge.  The sticker is a designation that you are current and up-to-date, having completed all required volunteer service hours, continuing education opportunities, and completed forms.

Stickers will be mailed (by year’s end) to those who have met the annual requirements, who did not receive a sticker at Fall Recertification.

For MGs still needing information about how to remain current, please refer to the Volunteer Portal’s How to Maintain Active OSU Master Gardener Status page.

If you have yet to send in the annual required forms, please send them in as soon as possible, so you too can receive your 2020 Recertification sticker and remain on our ‘active’ Master Gardener roll.

  1. 2018_2019 Volunteer log sheet
  2. 2019_2020 Conditions of Volunteer Service form
  3. 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 by December 31,2019.

A New Adventure for Janet!

Janet Hohman peeks around wooden bear sculpture.
Janet Hohman gets her dream job!

We extend our immense thanks and best wishes to our metro MG team member, Janet Hohman.  Janet has accepted a new position (actually, her dream job)!   We are extremely happy that she has this new opportunity, yet she will be sorely missed!

Although Janet started her new job in October, she has generously been working additional hours assisting the Master Gardener program and the Clackamas Extension administrative team. 

We are truly grateful to Janet for her many contributions to the metro MG program; with her ever-cheerful presence, sharp eye for detail, focus streamlining processes – all to ensure a great experience for volunteers.  As she moves on, we thank her for her incredible generosity and wish her the very best in her new career adventure!


Spread the Word! 
2020 MG Training Registration Open!

You can help to spread the word about 2020 Master Gardener training!  Let others know about the rewarding opportunities available serving as a Master Gardener volunteer.  Registration is now open for the 2020 Master Gardener Training!  Share the word with your gardening friends, wanna-be gardeners, and fellow community members.  Direct those interested to our Metro-area Master Gardener website for easy online registration. Note: our Portland training site has filled, but there are still available class slots at the Hillsboro and Oregon City training sites.


Be Our Brand Advocate!

If social media is a favorite communication avenue for you, please consider sharing about the Master Gardener training registration on the social media sites on which you participate.  Share posts from our Facebook and Twitter accounts or direct those interested to our website.  We would love to cover all Nextdoor neighborhoods in the metro-area.  Need more information or want a promotional photo to post?  Please contact, Marcia McIntyre: marcia.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu


2020 Master Gardener Training

Join us in 2020 for Master Gardener training.  We will be holding 8 weeks of training classes starting the last week of January, running through March.  So mark your calendars.  Each AM or PM session attended counts as 3 hours MG continuing 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, 3rd floor
, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City

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


Fall Recertification Recap

Saucer and cup of tea, sitting on a book, with fall leaves floating in the cup and on the book.

Over 370 engaged Master Gardeners attended Fall Recertification on Saturday, November 9. The City of Portland’s Offices of Equity and Human Rights, Glenn Arhens, OSU Extension Forester, and Gail Langellotto, Professor of Horticulture, OSU Extension Master Gardener Program coordinator all presented valuable information to support metro Master Gardeners in their role as garden educators.   Our sincere thanks to all the presenters!

Hearty thanks to the three area Chapters for funding refreshments for the day and providing a wonderful array of door prizes.

Presenter Glenn Arhens shares his presentation and resource list for Master Gardeners to continue to explore the subject:
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/metro/resources/glenn-ahrens-forestry-presentation-how-trees-grow-why-they-die


Appreciation Shout-out!

Our Fall Recertification training on November 9, was an opportunity to extend a special certificate of appreciation, to eight Master Gardeners for their significant contributions to the Metro Master Gardener Program.  We are grateful for their generous and dedicated service!  Our hearty thanks to them all!

Heidi, Marilyn, Rich, Claudia, and Dennis
  • Dennis Brown for service in the Speaker’s Guild, Solve Pest Problems advisory, the June Key Delta and Voz community project
  • Louise Gomez-Burgess for coordinating the Master Gardener training in Hillsboro
  • Claudia Groth for her dedicated instruction for the Master Gardener training and the public
  • Sally Campbell for stepping up to instruct at the MG training and years of coordinating Mult. helpline
  • Rich Becker for assisting with the Master Gardener training in Portland, serving as a liaison, and assistance with the soil workshop
  • Marilyn Frankel for volunteering at each class date for BOTH the Portland and Hillsboro training and hauling PNWs to each training
  • Judy Froemke for her many years of dedicated coordination of the Speaker’s Guild in Wash. Co.
  • Jennesa Datema for coordinating Speaker’s Guild in Mult. Co. and educating the public through Speaker’s Guild presentations
  • Heidi Maybach for her dedication coordinating the Milwaukie Farmers Market

Join-in the Master Gardener Speakers Guild!

Take your role as a garden educator to the next level, by volunteering to be a presenter for the Master Gardener Speakers Guild!

The metro MG program receives dozens of requests every year for garden presentations to community groups.  We have a small, but mighty, group of MGs who answer the call and present throughout the three counties – but requests greatly exceed what these dedicated MGs can handle.  Therefore, we are looking for additional MGs to share their research-based gardening know-how.  We will supply support materials, and those interested can shadow experienced presenters.  Volunteers can select how many presentations a year they would like to make and the topics they feel most comfortable presenting. Please consider joining in this fun, valuable volunteer activity!

Presentations are needed on a variety of subjects: beginning gardening, vegetable gardening, fruit trees, pruning, composting, container gardening, IPM for the home gardener, small fruits, perennials, soil, beneficial insects, pollinator gardens, tomatoes, small space gardening, native plants, seed starting, propagation, or your garden passion that you are willing to share!

Would you like to be part of this vital community outreach?  If so, contact Marcia McIntyre, marcia.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu

2019 Master Gardeners Sporting Their OSU Master Gardener Badges

“The broadest and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering:  Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” –  Ivan Scheier.


Thank You for Your Generous Contributions!

Metro-area Master Gardeners thank you for your dedicated commitment to the OSU Master Gardener program!  Your volunteer logs and coordinator reports have been rolling in and your contributions are amazing! Over 40,000 hours of service has been reported! Including over 15,000 pounds of produce donated to area food banks!

Your generous service and its collective impact is making a meaningful difference to the communities that we serve!  Thank you for educating and guiding home gardeners…answering questions at Farmers Markets and MG helpline offices, sharing proven, sustainable gardening knowledge by presenting at community events, and digging deep, educating fellow Master Gardeners and community members at Chapter demonstration and education gardens.  Thank you for contributing your time, passion and knowledge to the cause you consider good… educating the gardening public in successful and sustainable gardening practices!


Display Your 2020 MG Sticker!

Those who have fulfilled the requirements to maintain their status as an active and “current” Master Gardener will receive a 2020 Recertification sticker to proudly display on your MG badge. 

The sticker is a designation that you are current and up-to-date, having completed all required volunteer service hours, continuing education opportunities, and completed forms.  Stickers will be distributed at Fall Recertification and mailed (by year’s end) to those who do not attend Fall Recertification. For MGs still needing information about how to remain current, please refer to the Volunteer Portal’s How to Maintain Active OSU Master Gardener Status page.


If you have yet to send in the annual required forms, please send them in as soon as possible, so you too can receive your 2020 Recertification sticker and remain on our ‘active’ Master Gardener roll.

  1. 2018_2019 Volunteer log sheet
  2. 2019_2020 Conditions of Volunteer Service form
  3. 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 by December 31,2019.

Spread the Word! 
2020 MG Training Registration Open!

How do the majority of people learn about Master Gardener training?  From Master Gardeners of course! Now is your chance to let others know about the rewarding opportunities available serving as a Master Gardener volunteer.  Registration is now open for the 2020 Master Gardener Training!

Share the word with your gardening friends, wanna-be gardeners, and fellow community members.  Direct those interested to our Metro-area Master Gardener website for easy online registration.

Reduced-priced application options are available on a limited basis.  If you know someone who would be interested in serving the community as a garden-educator and would qualify for a reduced-price option, please direct them to our MG Training registration page for an application and qualifications.  The MG Training Fellowships and Scholarships are offered thanks to the generosity and guidance of the metro-area Chapters.

Be Our Brand Advocate!

If social media is a favorite communication avenue for you, please consider sharing about the Master Gardener training registration on the social media sites on which you participate.  Share posts from our Facebook and Twitter accounts or direct those interested to our website.  We would love to cover all Nextdoor neighborhoods in the metro-area.  If you need more information or would like a promotional photo to post – please contact Marcia McIntyre: marcia.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu


Fall Recertification Fills. More Continuing Education Opportunities!

Anticipating high interest in our Saturday, November 9th, annual Fall Recertification email invitations were sent to all Master Gardeners requesting RSVPs. 

We are currently at full capacity for the event venue. Those still interested can submit their name to a waiting list.  As space becomes available, those on the waiting list will be notified.

If you RSVP’d you will be attending and are no longer able to join us, please notify Marcia McIntyre to allow the next person on the waiting list to attend.

To allow more Master Gardeners the opportunity for continuing education, an additional Recertification event will be scheduled in the Spring of 2020. 

Future Training Dates

Note: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training will be offered four additional dates in 2020

Tuesday, February 18 – 9am to 12noon, Hillsboro MG training site

Thursday, February 20 – 9am to 12noon, Oregon City MG training site

Friday, February 21 – 9am to 12noon, Portland MG training site

Spring Recertification 2020, date TBA

Watch for additional details in upcoming newsletters and emails from Program staff.

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With Fond and Grateful Remembrance

Noreen Thompson

It is with deep sadness we report the passing of Norrene Thompson who is fondly remembered, along with her husband Gray, as the “First Couple of the Master Gardener Program” in Oregon.  Read more about Norrene’s dedicated contributions to the Master Gardener program.

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OSU Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars

What Can a Leaf Bud Tell Us About Environmental Change? Citizen Science, Master Gardeners and Nature’s Notebook.
November 8, 10am PT
Presented by Erin Posthumus (USA National Phenology Network)
Register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3687

Each MG Advanced Training Webinars counts as 1-hour continuing education credit.  Recordings of the webinars are posted a couple of days following the live webinar.


More Advanced Training Webinars
The OSU Advanced Training Webinars are a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest in horticultural science.   This series features University experts who offer a wealth of research-based information on home gardening topics, which support you in your role as a garden educator.   Check out the great library of webinar recordings.

2019 Advanced Training Webinars

2018 Advanced Training Webinars

2017 Advanced Training Webinars

*MG Advanced Training Webinars count as 1-hour continuing education credit.  You may count any webinar, from any year, that you watch for the first time. List any Advanced Training Webinars that you view on your Volunteer Log Sheet. 


MG HelplinesGuide home gardeners through the fall and winter season!   

As the days shorten and the temperatures cool, a new host of gardening conundrums perplex the home gardener.

You can assist and expand your own knowledge, collaborating with other MGs as you research and advise gardeners.  Sign-up on CERVIS or contact a phone coordinator.

Sunshining through branches of beech tree, illuminating call colors of leaves

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. ~Emily Bronte

Photo: Pixabay

October brings the start of a new year for metro-area OSU Master Gardeners!  As we look forward to a promising year full of fresh opportunities to educate the gardening public, we also look back at a tremendous year filled with your generous community service!


Thank you for your Volunteer Log Submissions!  Utmost thanks to all of you who have sent in your volunteer log sheets via the online submission, email, snail mail, or in person.  We are continually in awe of your dedicated service and the good seeds and deeds you have been sowing throughout the three counties!  Thank you for sharing your passion and gardening knowledge with the community!   


It’s Not Too Late…Submit your Volunteer Log!  For those of you, who have not submitted your volunteer log sheets, please send in your hours by Thursday, October 11th

We need all logs by that date to allow time to order new Master Gardener badges for those finishing their MG training and to have enough 2020 stickers for Perennial MGs and trainees alike.  Plus, we want to include your generous service contributions in the report sent to the state MG Program, which in turn is submitted to Oregon State University!   Help us to highlight all the great garden education Metro Master Gardeners are spreading throughout the tri-county region!


Signed, Sealed and Delivered!
Remember that every October you need to submit a signed Conditions of Volunteer Service form.  The form is a requirement for volunteering.  You can submit your signed form via DocuSign, use our online submission process (see details in the email Marcia McIntyre sent on September 5) or you can mail your signed form via snail mail to 200 Warner-Milne Drive, Oregon City, OR 97045.

To send your forms via DocuSign, please request a DocuSign form from janet.hohman@oregonstate.edu


For your convenience:


Save the Date!
Fall Recertification, Saturday, November 9th!

Cup of tea sitting on a book - with autumn leaves in the tea and leaves on the book.

Our annual Master Gardener Fall Recertification Training is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th, 8:00am to 3:50pm, at Clackamas Community College, Gregory Forum Building. 

This annual event is a daylong continuing education opportunity.  Please join us for an engaging day of training that will support you in your role as a garden educator.

‘A Diverse Garden is a Healthy Garden – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your role as an OSU Master Gardener volunteer.’  Presenters: Yolando Sánchez, Jeff Selby, and Koffie Dessou of the City of Portland, Office of Equity and Human Rights

‘How trees grow and why they die!’ Presenter: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Extension Forester, Clackamas, Hood River, and Marion Counties

‘Is the Insect Apocalypse Upon Us?’ Presenter: Gail Langellotto, Statewide Coordinator, OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Associate Professor of Horticulture, OSU

The event is free to all Master Gardeners both Perennial and those who trained in 2019.

*Attendance and participation at the November 9th, Fall Recertification Training counts as 6 hours continuing education credit for the 2019-2020 Master Gardener Volunteer Season.  Record your attendance on your 2020 Volunteer Log.


Master Gardener proudly points at his OSU Master Gardener badge that is pinned to his shirt.

2019 Master Gardener Trainees to Receive OSU MG Badges!

Our November 9th, Fall Recertification Training (see details above) also gives us the opportunity to congratulate the 2019 class of Master Gardener interns as they step-up to Perennial Master Gardener status, after completing their volunteer requirements.

2019 Interns are cordially invited to attend the full day of Fall Recertification training, which will count toward your continuing education hour requirement for 2020.  If you are unable to attend Fall Recertification to receive your badge, it will be mailed to those not present in December.


Branch with olives hanging from the branch

OSU Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars
This fall brings two more, informative, Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars.

Each webinar counts as 1-hour continuing education credit.  Recordings of the webinars are posted a couple of days following the live webinar.

Introduction to Olives in Oregon
October 24, 11am PT
Presented by Victoria Binning and Heather Stoven (OSU Extension)
Register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3692

What Can a Leaf Bud Tell Us About Environmental Change? Citizen Science, Master Gardeners and Nature’s Notebook.
November 8, 10am PT
Presented by Erin Posthumus (USA National Phenology Network)
Register here: https://learn.extension.org/events/3687


More Advanced Training Webinars
The OSU Advanced Training Webinars are a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest in horticultural science.   This series features University experts who offer a wealth of research-based information on home gardening topics, which support you in your role as a garden educator.   Check out the great library of webinar recordings.

2019 Advanced Training Webinars

2018 Advanced Training Webinars

2017 Advanced Training Webinars

*MG Advanced Training Webinars count as 1-hour continuing education credit.  You may count any webinar, from any year, that you watch for the first time. List any Advanced Training Webinars that you view on your Volunteer Log Sheet. 


MG HelplinesGuide home gardeners through the fall and winter season!   As the days shorten and the temperatures cool, a new host of gardening conundrums perplex the home gardener. You can assist and expand your own knowledge, collaborating with other MGs as you research and advise gardeners.  Sign-up on CERVIS or contact a phone coordinator.


Fall Volunteer Opportunities

  • Portland Nursery Apple Tasting – festive fun celebrating the apple!  Answer home gardeners’ questions at the MG table, under the big tent. October 12, 13, 19, 20, various shifts. Sign up on CERVIS
  • City of Portland, Safety Conference – answer home gardeners questions and offer advice on fire resistant gardening, IPM, pesticide safety, and safe garden practices at the City of Portland event being held at Camp Withycombe, Clackamas, OR Grab an open slot on CERVIS
  • Fix-it Fair – FREE City of Portland event where attendees learn simple ways to save money and connect to resources. Answer home gardening questions and give money saving tips for home gardeners.  Sign-up on CERVIS
  • Farmers Markets – opportunities to volunteer at a Farmers Market remain for Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsdale, Lake Oswego, Lents and Tigard.  Sign-up on CERVIS

Timely October Garden tips


old pear tree
starlings announce
harvest time

–  Philip Noble


Our Annual Harvest (of volunteer service hours that is!)

It is that time of year when we are busy harvesting in our gardens, whether herbs, fruit, vegetables, or flowers. For OSU Master Gardener volunteers, it is also time to gather and record your hours of volunteer service and submit your volunteer log sheet, prior to the October 1st deadline.

This year Metro-area Master Gardeners have made tremendous contributions educating and supporting home gardeners, and we want to share the news!

The October 1st deadline allows the metro MG program office enough time to compile and share your significant contributions, with the state Master Gardener program and OSU Extension Service.

Help us get those statistics to the state level by recording and submitting your hours this month!  We will celebrate and share the grand totals at our Fall Recertification Training.  See the article below for reporting details.


Online MG Volunteer Reporting System

We have an updated online volunteer reporting system to ease the process of submitting your volunteer hours and signed 2019-2020 Conditions of Volunteer Service form.

To report using the online system – follow the links sent to you in an email that was sent from Marcia McIntyre on September 5th

The online system prompts you through several questions to record your volunteer hours, provides a special email in which to send your volunteer log sheet, plus the options to send your yearly Conditions of Volunteer Service via mail, email or DocuSign!

You still need to record your volunteer hours onto a Word, Excel or PDF form – but now you can upload those hours via the online system.

NOTE:  You can refer to your CERVIS log to track your hours – but you also need to log all CERVIS hours on your volunteer log sheet.  Most “Program” hours are recorded in CERVIS.  “Partner” events and activities are not recorded in CERVIS (this includes Chapter events, plant sale support, Chapter demonstration/education garden volunteer service).  Be sure to record all your volunteer hours and continuing education hours on your log sheet.

A special thank you to those who have already submitted your hours!  Great going, early birds!

For those of you who are still seeking Recertification/continuing education or volunteer opportunities look for some great opportunities below.


How to Maintain Master Gardener Certification

Need a refresher on how to maintain your Master Gardener certification?  Here you can find the details.  Whether you are a 2019 trainee or a Perennial MG, to continue to serve as a “current” OSU Master Gardener you must submit an annual, signed Conditions of Volunteer Service form, which can be signed via DocuSign (see article above and email received from Marcia McIntyre on September 5th). 


Fun fall Farmers Market volunteer opportunities, sign-up on CERVIS!

3 OSU Master Gardeners at the Rocky Butte Farmers Market, talking to client

Fall is a wonderful time to volunteer at area Farmers Markets, as autumn produce lines the aisles and seasonal home gardening questions abound.


Opportunities to volunteer at a Farmers Market remain for Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsdale, Lake Oswego, Lents, and Tigard.  Grab an open slot on CERVIS


Guide home gardeners through the fall and winter season!

2 Master Gardeners sitting in Master Gardener helpline clinic, look at a large branch with leaves, as a client leans over and points at the branch.

As the days shorten and the temperatures cool, a new host of gardening conundrums perplex the home gardener. You can assist and expand your own knowledge, collaborating with other MGs as you research and advise gardeners.  Sign-up on CERVIS or contact a phone coordinator.



Save the Date!  Saturday, November 9th – FALL RECERTIFICATION! 

Metallic bee (bright green) on orange cone flower

Our annual Master Gardener Fall Recertification Training is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th, 8:00am to 3:45pm, at Clackamas Community College.  This annual event is a daylong continuing education opportunity.  Earn 6 hours of continuing education/recertification credit by attending.


Photo: Oregon State University


Please join us for an engaging day of training that will support you in your role as a garden educator.

‘A Diverse Garden is a Healthy Garden – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your role as an OSU Master Gardener volunteer.’  Presenters: Yolando Sánchez, Jeff Selby, and Koffie Dessou of the City of Portland, Office of Equity and Human Rights

‘How trees grow and why they die!’ Presenter: Glenn Ahrens, OSU Extension Forester, Clackamas, Hood River, and Marion Counties

‘Is the Insect Apocalypse Upon Us?’ Presenter: Gail Langellotto, Statewide Coordinator, OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Associate Professor of Horticulture, OSU

*Attendance and participation at the November 9th, Fall Recertification Training counts as 6 hours continuing education credit for the 2019-2020 Master Gardener Volunteer Season.  Record your attendance on your 2020 Volunteer Log.


2019 Master Gardener Trainees to Receive OSU MG Badges

2018 Master Gardener gives thumbs up as she proudly wears her OSU Master Gardener badge

Our November 9th, Fall Recertification Training (see details above) also gives us the opportunity to congratulate the new class of Master Gardener interns as they step-up to Perennial Master Gardener status, after completing their volunteer requirements.


2019 Interns are cordially invited to attend the full day of Fall Recertification training, which will count toward your continuing education hour requirement for 2020.  If you are unable to attend Fall Recertification to receive your badge, it will be mail to those not present in December.


Welcome Leah and Catalina!

Leah Sundquist and Catalina Santamaria

We want to introduce you to two new faces at the Clackamas County Extension Office (where our MG program team is located). 

Photo: Leah (left) and Catalina (right).



Leah Sundquist is the new Clackamas Co. Extension Office Manager.  Leah joins the Extension team after a 35-year career in the U.S. Army, where her final years of service included roles as the Chief of Staff and Director of Plans and Operations for the Oregon National Guard in Salem.  When asked about her experience with gardening, Leah shares that she is proud to be nurturing her office ‘welcome gift’ jade plant, the past 3 and a half months, with the plant showing nary a sign of distress.  She is nurturing an olive tree with hopes that, if it survives, she can reward herself by purchasing another one!

Catalina Santamaria joined our Extension team in July, as Office Specialist in the front office.  A portion of Catalina’s time will be supporting the Master Gardener and 4-H program.  We are excited that Catalina is joining our MG team. Catalina will be coordinating the Clackamas County MG office helpline and working alongside the MG team.  Catalina shares that her exposure to gardening started as a young child, as her father grew many plants at home.  She recalls many cyclamen and African violets brightening her childhood home.

Please join us in extending a warm, Master Gardener welcome to both Leah and Catalina! 


September Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinars


Here comes another great Master Gardener Advanced Training Webinar, offered on Tuesday, September 17th, 11am.

cherries on branch of cherry tree

Are Viruses Lurking in Your Backyard Cherries?
Presented by Lauri Lutes (OSU Botany and Plant Pathology PhD student)
Register here:
https://learn.extension.org/events/3690


Join Lauri Lutes, PhD Candidate in OSU’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, as she shares what she has learned studying viruses and diseases to which cherries are susceptible in Oregon.  Lauri will share disease prevention and management for cherries in your home garden.  She will also cover how to choose the best tree, common virus symptom identification, and virus vector (insect and nematode) management.

If you are unable to watch the webinar live, check back in a couple of days at the 2019 Advanced Training Webinar page, where a recording of the webinar will be posted.


More Advanced Training Webinars

The OSU Advanced Training Webinars are a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest in horticultural science.   This series features University experts who offer a wealth of research-based information on home gardening topics, which support you in your role as a garden educator.   Check out the great library of webinar recordings.

2019 Advanced Training Webinars

2018 Advanced Training Webinars

2017 Advanced Training Webinars

*MG Advanced Training Webinars count as 1-hour continuing education credit.  You may count any webinar, from any year, that you watch for the first time. List any Advanced Training Webinars that you view on your Volunteer Log Sheet. 


Create Gardens Accessible to All!

raised garden bed with leafy vegetables, a wheel barrel alongside the raised bed. The wheel barrel is filled with plants.

‘Gardening is one of the more therapeutic things a person can do – emotionally, mentally and physically – but for some it seems out of reach. Good design and the practices can make a gardening accessible for everyone.’


Fellow Metro-area, OSU Master Gardener, Corinne Thomas-Kersting, shares some great recommendations for universal garden design in this article ‘Create Gardens Accessible to All’, by OSU Extension Communications Specialist Kym Pokorny.


Gardening Tips for Fall

For your viewing pleasure, we will reprise two great videos with tips for timely gardening activities.