Metro-area Master Gardeners Shine! 

MG Frank Wille displaying his array of thank you cards from students
MG Frank Wille displaying his array of thank you cards from students

The volunteer log sheets were rolling in during the month of September and some impressive stats are surfacing.   Weston shared these remarkable numbers at our Saturday, October 28th, Recertification Training.  Over 500 Master Gardeners reported volunteering a total of 38,422 hours of community service in the metro-area! Master Gardeners donated an impressive 14,500 pounds of produce from MG demonstration, personal and community gardens to local food banks. Thank you for your dedication and generosity!

You dug deep, generously sharing your knowledge and time at our MG Farmers’ Market and phone clinics, area parks and gardens, school and community gardens and special events throughout the tri-county area.

Those figures are just a preview of the overall stats for metro-area MGs.  Look to be wowed by more volunteer service statistics in Weston’s annual program report in the coming months.

In the meantime, know the significant contributions and difference you make to our community.  You are fantastic community-focused garden-educator stars.  Thank you for making the metro-area MG program shine so bright!

Hearty Congrats Class of 2017 Master Gardeners! 

Louise Gomez-Burgess wearing her new Veteran MG badge.
Louise Gomez-Burgess stylin in her new Veteran MG Badge

Hearty congratulations to the 2017 class of Master Gardener trainees who have successfully completed their core training requirements and earned their Veteran Master Gardener badges!  Woo-hoo!  Combined, the 2017 trainees averaged over 67 hours of volunteer service in a little over six months.

Class of 2017 Master Gardeners, we hope you have been enriched by your training and service as a community garden-educator.  We know the Master Gardener program has been enhanced and inspired by your energy and passion.  Thank you for your volunteer service and welcome to the Master Gardener family!   We look forward to having you as part of our garden-educator team!

Completing Core MG Training Requirements

For those of you who are still working towards your requirements, please keep us updated by filling out a Volunteer Log Sheet with your volunteer service (to date) and a signed 2017_2018 Conditions of Volunteer Service.  We want to support you as you complete your journey to earning your Veteran Master Gardener badge.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need our assistance.

MG badge with blue 2018 Recertification sticker
Jordis’ badge sporting the new 2018 Recertification sticker

Stylin’ Blue 2018 MG Sticker For those who have fulfilled the requirements to maintain their status as a “current” Master Gardener, you will have received (at Recertification Training) or will receive (via the mail) a blue 2018 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.  For MGs still needing information about how to remain current, please refer to the Volunteer Portal’s ‘Nuts and Bolts for maintaining Volunteer Status’.

Take Part!  4 Question Master Gardener Training Survey
Please refer to the letter below from our State Master Gardener coordinator Gail Langellotto and share your insight and impressions of our annual Master Gardener training by taking part in the survey link provided below.

Dear Master Gardeners,

For the 2017-2018 Master Gardener year (November 1, 2017 – October 31, 2018), the Community Horticulture Advisory Panel has been asked to work on ‘re-envisioning Master Gardener training’ with the goal of making trainings (1) more accessible, (2) more interactive, and (3) more fun.

You can learn more about our work at

We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this very short, 4-question survey about your impressions of annual Master Gardener trainings. Your responses will greatly help to inform our process.

You may access the survey at:

Take care,
Gail Langellotto

Associate Professor, Horticulture
Statewide Coordinator, Extension Master Gardener Program
4017 ALS Building, Corvallis OR 97331
Oregon State University 
Tel.: 541-737-5175, Fax: 541-737-3479

Spread the Word!  2018 MG Training Registration Open!

One of the most common ways people learn about the Master Gardener training is through word of mouth from other Master Gardeners.  Now is your chance to let others know about the great opportunities available for serving as a Master Gardener volunteer.  Registration is now open for the 2018 Master Gardener Training!  Share the word with your friends, family and fellow community members.  Direct those interested to our Metro-area Master Gardener website for easy online registration.

Note: this year there are two reduced-priced application options.  A limited number of fellowship and scholarships will be offered to selected, qualified applicants.  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 Fellowship and Scholarships are being offered thanks to the generosity and guidance of the metro-area Chapters.

Exciting New Additions to 2018 MG Training

Photo: CC0 by ulleo

Our Master Gardener training continues to evolve through the years.  We have had much success with our hybrid-training model, but we continue to strive to improve.  This year we have some exciting new changes to our in-class presentations.  In support of the goals of the state Master Gardener program, our instructors will be adding more interactive and hands-on activities to their presentations.

In addition to more interactive presentations, we are also adding two training subjects back to our in-class schedule.  We are pleased to have fellow MG Jane Collier, offering her expertise in the care and growing of Berries, and we look forward to welcoming Jen Gorski, from the Clackamas Extension Forestry Department, who will be teaching Plant ID.  So be sure to check out all the classes in our 2018 Training.

Pine bough
Photo: CC0 by PublicDomainPictures

Seeking Plant Gatherers

As mentioned above, we are excited to have Jen Gorski, Clackamas County Extension Service, present Plant ID during the 2018 MG Training.  Keeping with the goal of having hands-on learning opportunities, Jen would like to provide plant samples for all class attendees.  This will require some major specimen gathering, and we are seeking a few dedicated MGs to serve as Plant Gatherers to assist with the project.

Jen will coach and educate the team on what plant samples are needed and how she would like the specimens gathered.   Ideally, we would like to have teams of two or three MGs collect plant samples for each of the three training classes.  Volunteers must commit to meeting with Jen in January prior to collecting and to collect the specimens, per Jen’s specifications, the week of February 19th, come rain, sun, snow or sleet.  This will be a great learning opportunity to work with Jen and a lot of fun plant gathering with other plant enthusiasts.  If interested, contact Marcia McIntyre

Special Shout-out of Appreciation!

Our Recertification Training, October 28th was an opportunity to give a special thanks to the following Master Gardeners for their generous and significant contributions to the metro-area Master Gardeners.  We are grateful to all of them.  Thank you!

Master Gardener Rob Kappa displaying special recognition certificate and evergreen plant
Rob Kappa

David Butt – Washington County phone coordinator

Rob Kappa – Clackamas County Phone Clinic volunteer (375 hours in 2017), Co-coordinates the Milwaukie Farmers Market, and the Oregon Zoo Education Center.

Kris LaMar – Coordinator Speakers Bureau Clackamas County, Phone Clinic and Ask an Expert volunteer

Cindy Manselle – Master Gardener Training Coordinator – Oregon City

Susan Marcus – Multnomah County Phone Clinic Coordinator

Beven Peters – Master Gardener Training Coordinator – Portland

Trina Studebaker – Master Gardener Training Coordinator – Beaverton

Master Gardener Shawn Van Doren, holding special recognition certificate and evergreen plant
Shawn Van Doren

Shawn Van Doren – Dedicated Clackamas County Phone Clinic Volunteer (over 140 hours this past year), Coordinator Oregon Zoo Education Center, Coordinator Blue Lake Park Discovery Garden, Coordinator Oregon City Farmers Market

Janet Weber – Previous long-time coordinator for the Oregon City Farmer’s Market MG Clinic, dedicated MG Liaison member.

Frank Wille – Dedicated Hopkins Demonstration Forest, school garden and Oregon City Farmers Market volunteer.

We Keep the Public In-the-Know with Great Garden Tips for the Fall

Weston and Monica Maggio with timely fall garden tips:


Photos courtesy of Eddie Rosen.  Thanks Eddie!

Matt Chen sporting his new Veteran Master Gardener badge
Matt Chen
Master Gardeners Andrea Speck-Zulak and Lisa Gillespie wearing their new OSU Master Gardener badge
Andrea Speck-Zulak and Lisa Gillespie
Master Gardeners Marty Zimmer and Dennis Brown point to each other's OSU Master Gardener badge
Marty Zimmer and Dennis Brown

Robin Greenwood holding her OSU Master Gardener badge
Robin Greenwood
Alice Goldstein and JonMarie Purvis pointing at their OSU Master Gardener badges
Alice Goldstein and JonMarie Purvis

Master Gardener Greg Seagler wearing his OSU Master Gardener badge
Greg Seagler
Susan Johnson sporting a smile and patience while waiting for her new OSU Master Gardener badge!
Linda Jenkins wearing OSU Master Gardener badge
Linda Jenkins
Susanne Cavicchi wearing her OSU Master Gardener badge
Susanne Cavicchi
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Happy OSU Master Gardener New Year!

Tithonia with butterfly
Tithonia in the October Garden

Yes, the Master Gardener program year runs from October 1st through September 30th of the following calendar year, so we are starting a new year full of fresh opportunities to educate and support our community in successful and sustainable gardening practices!

With the start of a new year we reflect on the past year and send out a big shout of thanks to all of you for your dedicated service to the OSU MG Program!

Thank you Master Gardener volunteers for your contribution to our public service mission!

Shelley displays her log sheet
Shelley submits her MG log sheet

Thanks for the Logs!
Many thanks to all of you who sent in your volunteer log sheets!  We have been marveling at your dedicated service and the good seeds and deeds you have been sowing throughout the three counties!  Thank you for sharing your passion for gardening and education!

There is still time to submit your Volunteer Log!

For those of you, who have not submitted your volunteer log sheets, please send in your hours by Friday, October 6th.

We need all logs by that date to allow time to order new Master Gardener badges for those finishing their MG training and have enough 2018 stickers for Veterans 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 really make our metro-area MG Program shine.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered!
Remember every October a Conditions of Volunteer Service form needs to be signed, sealed and delivered in order to remain an active OSU Master Gardener.  You can mail your signed form via snail mail to 200 Warner-Milne Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 or email them to

Get all the details on how to Maintain your ‘active Master Gardener status (both Veterans and 2017 trainees) and the forms you need to keep ‘Current’ standing in the Volunteer Portal.

Expand your Garden Education at the Fall MG Recertification Training

Sam Chan standing next to body of water
Photo courtesy of Sam Chan

Fall MG Recertification Training

Saturday, October 28, 8:00am to 3:30pm, at

Clackamas Community College, Gregory Forum Building.

19600 South Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, OR 97045

This annual event is a day-long continuing education opportunity.

Earn 6 hours of continuing education/recertification credit for 2018 by attending.  Veteran MGs and “new” Veterans who trained in 2017 need 10 hours of recertification training annually to retain status as an ‘Active’ OSU Master Gardener.  Fall Recertification is a great way to earn 6 hours of credit for 2018.

We have a stellar line-up of speakers.  This year’s presenters all bring their wealth of experience from their work with OSU Extension Service.

  • Water to Sustain our Oregon Lifestyle with Sam Chan
  • A Vital Partnership: OSU MG Program and OMGA Chapters with Joy Jones
  • Integrated Pest Management for Vegetables with Weston Miller
  • Diagnostics and Answering Questions as a Master Gardener with Brooke Edwards Ph.D.

Fall MG Recertification is also when we take the time to congratulate and cheer-on the new 2017 Class of Master Gardeners who have successfully completed their training requirements.  Weston will present the new class to their fellow Veteran Master Gardeners between 11:25am and 12noon.

The event is free to all Master Gardeners both Veterans and those finishing their 2017 training year.

Bring a snack to share on the community table and your own sack lunch.

More Continuing Education Opportunities

Webinar: Who’s Eating the Leaves?
Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

This presentation will teach you to use signs and symptoms of tree damage to identify plant pests.   We will also talk about strategies to prevent or manage these pests.

Presented by: Ruth Benner, Penn State Extension
Where: Webinar at
Cost:  Free
1 Hour credit for Recertification/Continuing Education Credit.
Also counts as One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA  Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. One CEU for International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists will be awarded with 80% or higher score on webinar quiz. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

Use the link above to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

For more information contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or

OSU Advance MG Webinar Recordings

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Image source: Oregon State University

Each of the following Webinars count for 1 hour Recertification Credit

2018 OSU Master Gardener Training –  Spread the Word!

Master Gardener Training Class Students and Instructor Jane Collier
Master Gardener Training Class led by Jane Collier

Some of you have said you have found your tribe, have nurtured a long-time passion or have expanded your garden knowledge through the Master Gardener training.  Help spread the word about the MG training program and let your interested friends, family and colleagues know that registration for the 2018 Master Gardener training will open in early November.

Please direct interested individuals to our Metro Master Gardener Website to sign-up to receive a notification when registration opens.

Once again, training classes will be held in Washington (Tuesdays), Clackamas (Thursdays), and Multnomah (Fridays) counties.  Training will start the first full week in February (February 6, 8, and 9).  We have a terrific slate of presenters with a few new subjects added to the in-class training (Berries and Plant ID).  Instructors will also be incorporating some great interactive components into their presentations.  So be sure to catch a few of the classes.  Remember MG Training Classes count for Veteran Recertification credit.  3 hours credit for each AM or PM session attended.

We Keep the Public In-the-Know with Great Garden Tips for the Fall

Weston and Monica Maggio with timely fall garden tips:

Master Gardeners Growing Their Communities!

Master Gardeners at Jenkins Estate Open House
MGs at Jenkins Estate Open House. Photo: Sue Ryburn
Frank teaching at McLoughlin Elementary
Frank Wille, Teaching at McLoughlin Elementary.
Master Gardener Margo preparing garden bed at Jenkins Estate
Margo preparing garden bed at Jenkins Estate

Stock your Library and pick-up some MG Garden Apparel!

Books, a tote bag, and t-shirt
Books, totes, and t-shirts!

Fall MG Recertification (Saturday, October 28th) is also an opportunity to stock up on gardening books for the winter (all at a discounted price from Timber Press), purchase a stylish canvas, garden tote, a Master Gardener t-shirt, row cover for your garden or any of the other great items that metro-area Chapters will have available for sale at our Fall Recertification training.

The Oregon Master Gardeners Association – Read the latest news!

Logo of the OMGA

Did you know all metro-area Chapters (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties) are under the umbrella of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association?

The Oregon Master Gardener™ Association is a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance and support the OSU Master Gardener™ program. The county Master Gardener chapters together make up the state association.

The OMGA governing body is comprised of representatives of each of the 23 county chapters, as well as state officers. As of 2016, the OMGA was serving over 3500 members throughout the state. Quarterly OMGA meetings are held at various locations around the state.

For the latest news from the OMGA check out the Gardener’s Pen newsletter.  The September issue is available now!

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Pumpkin, tomatoes, zucchini, tomatillo, and pepper harvestSeptember greetings!

It’s harvest time in the garden and time for OSU MGs to “harvest”, compile and submit their volunteer hours! As Volunteer log sheets start rolling in, the Metro MG Team would like to express a hearty thanks for the generous, wide-ranging efforts to Metro-area MGs. Thank YOU for sharing your passion and knowledge, while guiding and educating home gardeners!  You are making a difference and sowing so many seeds!  Thank you!


MG News in a Brand New Format!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of our new Metro Master Gardeners newsletter.  This new format offers:

  • Easy streamlined view
  • Print option for those who prefer a printed newsletter
  • Ability to save in PDF form for those who prefer to save issues on their computer
  • Capacity to track and report on newsletter use by our volunteers

With this “blog” format styled, past issues are easily accessed.  We have assembled the blog with these main sections:

  • MG Program Monthly Newsletter
  • Natter’s Notes with MG Jean R. Natter
  • Horticulture Updates from MG Margaret Bayne
  • Study Group Diagnostics and Show-and-Tell from MG Elizabeth Price
  • Clackamas Chapter News
  • Multnomah Chapter News
  • Washington Chapter News

As before, you will receive email notification when the latest newsletter is posted. The email will contain a snippet of news features and easy “Read more” button links to the newsletter sections.

How to Print, email or save a PDF of your MG News
For those of you who prefer to save the newsletters in a PDF on your computer or to print the newsletter, the steps to do both are easy.  You can even easily share the newsletter via email.
Once you click on the newsletter issue of your choice.  Find and click the green “Print Friendly” button above the newsletter.  A pop-up will then appear with the issue of the newsletter you selected.  On the top left of the pop-up box you will see buttons for a “Print”, “PDF”, or “Email”.  Click on your desired option.  It is that easy!

Big Shout Out of Thanks!
As we move to this new format, we want to extend a big shout-out of thanks to OSU Extension staff member, Jean Bremer, who has skillfully assembled and polished our Metro MG Newsletter over the past several years.  We are truly grateful to Jean for her time, energy, skills, patience and kindness.  Thank you Jean!

Master Gardener Volunteer takes a break from volunteering
Robin Greenwood, 2017 Master Gardener Trainee, takes a well-deserved break from volunteering and filling our her Metro MG Volunteer Log Sheet. Photo courtesy of Robin Greenwood.

Harvest of Volunteer Hours Begins!

‘Tis the season to gather your volunteer hours and submit your volunteer log sheet, prior to the October 1st deadline.

Metro-area Master Gardeners, you are stellar in your contributions education and supporting the gardening public, and we want to share that fantastic fact!

The October 1st deadline allows the metro MG program office enough time to compile and share the great news of your tremendous 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 share the grand totals at our Fall Recertification.

How to Report Your Volunteer Hours?

You can report volunteer hours on one of two volunteer hour log sheets provided in the Volunteer Portal, choose from a PDF or Excel spreadsheet.

Please email or snail mail your completed log sheet to or MG Hours, 200 Warner-Milne Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

Note:  Please do not submit your hours via the OSU MG online volunteer submission option, CERVIS or CANVAS.  We only process hours sent on the provided OSU Metro Master Gardener log sheets.

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

MG Nuts and Bolts
Need a refresher on how to maintain your Master Gardener certification?  All the nuts and bolts can be found here!  Whether you are a 2017 trainee or a Veteran MG, to continue to serve as a “current” OSU Master Gardener you must submit an annual, signed Conditions of Volunteer Service form.  A 2018 certification sticker will be given to all MGs who meet the criteria and submit their signed forms.

New Advanced Training Webinar Series for Master Gardeners

Pollinator on flower
Creative Commons

Check out the new webinar series which was specifically developed for OSU Extension Master Gardeners seeking recertification.  This year, the series provides advanced training in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  Each session is approved for one hour of continuing education/recertification credit.

  • September 5, 1PM: Never doubt how a small, thoughtful and committed pollinator habitat (in your garden) can change the world.  Presented by: Andony Melathopoulos, OSU Department of Horticulture
  • September 19, 1PM: Japanese Beetles in Oregon.   Presented by Rachel Suits and Heather Stoven, OSU Extension
  • October 3, 1PM: Status of Boxwood Blight in Oregon. Presented by Cassie Bouska, OSU Extension and Jay Pscheidt, OSU Department of Botany & Plant Pathology

You must pre-register to participate in the webinar.  For details and a registration link go to:

Do not despair!  If you missed the first two webinars, they are now available for online viewing!  See individual links below:

Fun fall volunteer opportunities, sign-up on CERVIS!       

Apple hangin on tree branch
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  • Fall Home and Garden Show – one of the most popular garden shows and MG volunteer opportunities!  October 12 – 15th, various shifts.
  • Portland Nursery Apple Tasting – festive fun celebrating the apple!  October 14, 15, 21, 22, various shifts.
  • Farmers Markets – opportunities to volunteer at a Farmers Market remain for Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsdale, Lake Oswego, Lents, Oregon City, Sherwood and Tigard.  Grab an open slot on CERVIS

Guide 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.

Sam Chan
Photo courtesy of Sam Chan

Our annual Master Gardener Fall Recertification Training is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, 8:00am to 3:30pm, at Clackamas Community College.  This annual event is a daylong continuing education opportunity.  Earn 6 hours of continuing education/recertification credit by attending.

We have a great line-up.  This year’s presenters all bring their wealth of experience from their work with OSU Extension Service.

  • Water to Sustain our Oregon Lifestyle with Sam Chan
  • Plant Diagnostics for MGs with Brooke Edwards
  • A Vital Partnership: OSU MG Program and OMGA Chapters with Joy Jones
  • Vegetable IPM with Weston Miller

The Fall Recertification day also gives us the opportunity to congratulate the new class of trainees as they step up to Veteran status after completing their volunteer requirements.  We will present trainees who have successfully completed MG training with their OSU Extension Service Master Gardener badges and a big cheer for successfully completing the program and joining the ranks!

Seeking Master Gardener Speakers

Are you interested in making presentation on gardening to community groups?  The Metro MG program receives dozens of requests every year for garden presentations.  We have a small but mighty group of MGs who answer the call and present throughout the 3 counties – but requests greatly exceed what these dedicated MGs can handle.  Thus, we are looking for even more MGs to share their research-based gardening know-how.  We will supply support materials and those interested can shadow experienced presenters.  Have fun making a few presentations a year!

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
  • Planting
  • Soil
  • Beneficial insects
  • Pollinator gardens
  • Tomatoes
  • Small space gardening
  • Native plants
  • Seed starting
  • Propagation
  • What’s 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,

2017 Trainees at Vegetable Clinic with Weston Miller
2017 Trainees at Vegetable Clinic with Weston Miller. Photo: Eddie Rosen
Weston, with MGs Corinne, and Eddie at Vegetable Clinic, Photo: Eddie Rosen
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Where but in a garden do summer hours pass so quickly?  – Anonymous

Summer greetings!  We hope your gardens are flourishing in these high summer months.  July and August are good months to sit back, enjoy your garden, and of course spend some time wearing your volunteer hat as an OSU Master Gardener!


Phones are ringing!  Questions are flying into the Master Gardener phone clinics via email, phone calls, and visitors to our offices.  This is a great time to expand your knowledge, collaborating with other MGs as you research and advise gardeners regarding their gardening conundrums.  Sign-up on CERVIS or contact a phone coordinator.

Clackamas County Phones, Jean Bremer, 503-655-8631
Multnomah County Phones, Susan Marcus, 503-703-4937
Washington County Phones, David Butt, 503-645-5769

Farmer’s Markets are busy and vibrant with a bounty of summer vegetables and fruits, plus lots of inquiring minds seeking answers to their garden questions.  Each market has its own special qualities.  Discover those unique traits by volunteering at a few farmers markets new to you.  Grab an open slot on CERVIS  Don’t despair if market schedules appear full.  Check back often as schedules change and openings arise throughout the summer.  Let a clinic coordinator know you if you are willing to serve as a substitute for last minute cancellations at your favorite market.

Summer Farmer’s Markets:  Beaverton – Gresham – Hillsdale – King – Lake Oswego – Lents – Milwaukie – Oregon City – Sherwood – Tigard



Oregon and County Fair FUN!

If you want a big dose of summer fun, sign-up for an MG Clinic table at one of the county fairs or the Oregon State Fair.  Give sage (OSU proven), garden advice to fair visitors and take a bit of time, before and after your shift, to grab some shaved ice and check out the fair competitions whether it is honey products, the biggest homegrown fruits and veggies, or the best home brew or chocolate layer cake!  Sign-up on CERVIS to grab a shift now!  Admission passes and instructions provided to all fair volunteers.

Clackamas County Fair, August 15 – 19 (Tuesday – Saturday). MGs are in a prime location at the Clackamas County Fair with our clinic table right by the entertainment stage, lovely display garden and plant sale. Join-in!   Sign-up on CERVIS or contact coordinator Jane Collier:, 503-266-1191.

Washington County Fair, July 27 – 30 (Thursday – Sunday). Nestled right next to the demonstration gardens is the perfect location for the MG clinic. This area of the fairgrounds owes its planning and attractive appearance to the Washington County Master Gardeners and is a popular stop for fairgoers.  Yes, MGs have bragging rights for this beautiful feature of the fair grounds.  Come see it!  Sign up on CERVIS or contact Margery Brunello: or 973-699-2304

Oregon State Fair, September 1-2. For the ultimate fair experience, take a quick jaunt to Salem for the Oregon State Fair.  Master Gardeners from around the state host the OSU Extension Master Gardener Clinic.  Our Metro MG program does the honors on Friday and Saturday, September 1st and 2nd. Don’t miss this festive state celebration! Sign-up on CERVIS or email Jordis Yost, and ask for a morning, afternoon, or evening shift on Friday, or Saturday.

Get Volunteering! CERVIS will get you there!

All of the OSU metro MG Program volunteer activities are available for sign-up on CERVIS, our online volunteer registration system (for Partner activities contact coordinators). Go to the “Volunteer Portal” link found on the right side of our main website page.  Then find the “CERVIS volunteer event registration” link.

When logging into CERVIS for the first time, enter your email and click on “Don’t Know password/ Reset password” to get a temporary password.

Please only sign up for events that you know that you can attend. If you need to cancel an event, please contact the clinic coordinator for a list of other volunteers interested in serving as substitutes. It is your responsibility to find a backup.

advisory group photo
MG program Manager Weston Miller providing instructions for lively group discussions about the MG program’s future outlook. Photo by: Marcia McIntyre

Moving Forward…
Master Gardeners Advise Program

An engaged and thoughtful group of 40 Master Gardeners convened on Tuesday, June 6th for a Metro Master Gardener Advisory meeting.  Using the 2014-2019 Metro Master Gardener Strategic Plan as a prompt, participants broke into three groups for a brainstorming session, offering suggestions and recommendations for the program moving toward the future.  Lively discussion ensued, with the compilation of many thoughtful and insightful suggestions.  Program staff greatly value the input and creative ideas.  These suggestions will be further explored via upcoming Master Gardener Liaison Meetings.

Master Gardener Liaison Meetings are open to all Metro Master Gardener volunteers.  Upcoming meetings:

  • Tuesday, August 8 10am to 12noon, Washington Co. (location TBA)
  • Tuesday, October 10 10am to 12noon, Clackamas Co. (location TBA)
  • Tuesday, December 12 10am to 12noon, Multnomah Co. (location TBA)

There will also be a special meeting to explore the use of technology in the Master Gardener Program following the August 8th Liaison Meeting. The technology meeting will be from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Look for an email invitation to the Liaison Meetings in the next couple of weeks (RSVPs required for all meetings), with details on specific locations which will rotate among the three counties.

Hands-on in Demonstration Gardens
Summer is a glorious time for hands-on learning in any of our ‘Partner’ demonstration gardens.  Each garden offers unique active, relevant, learning opportunities.  Contact a coordinator and dig in!

Hopkins Demonstration Forest
Frank Wille 503-342-6699

Grow-An-Extra-Row and Learning Garden’ at Clackamas Community College
Nancy Muir 503-789-697  

End of the Oregon Trail Pioneer Garden
Kathy Turner 503-630-5794

Community Demonstration Garden – SE Portland
Heidi Nichols at
Nancy Fine at

Washington County Fairplex Garden
Bob Campbell 503-691-6708

Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate
Sandy Japely 503-531-8482

International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park Photo credit:

Beautiful, historic gardens.
Consider spending time this summer in a beautiful, garden – dispensing reliable gardening information.

It is a very special year at Washington Park International Rose Test Garden.  Sign-up for a shift as the garden celebrates its Centennial year!

The Pittock Mansion is another lovely and historic setting in which to share your garden knowledge.

Sign-up for a shift via CERVIS or contact the clinic coordinators.

Log Your Hours
Thank you for your passion, energy and volunteer service educating the gardening public.  We want to be sure to have a record of all your efforts.  Here is the link you need for the forms to log your volunteer hours.  Choose from a PDF or Excel form.  All hours due by October 1, 2017.

MG Nuts and Bolts
Need a refresher on how to maintain your Master Gardener certification?  All the nuts and bolts can be found here!

Save the Date!  Saturday, October 28th FALL RECERTIFICATION!

Our annual Master Gardener Fall Recertification Training is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, 8:00am to 3:30pm, at Clackamas Community College.  This annual event is a daylong continuing education opportunity.  Earn 6 hours of continuing education/recertification credit by attending.

A great line-up of speakers is forming.  This year’s presenters all bring their wealth of experience from their work with OSU Extension Service.  They will offer a wide range of topics to enrich the knowledge base of Master Gardeners.  They are Joy Jones, Sam Chan, Brooke Edwards and our very own Weston Miller.

The Fall Recertification day also gives us the opportunity to congratulate the new class of trainees as they step up to Veteran status after completing their volunteer requirements.  We will present trainees with their OSU Extension Service Master Gardener badges and a big shout out for successfully completing the program.