The WCMGA holds free monthly gardening lectures on the first Tuesday evening of each month (except July and August). Each lecture features an expert presentation that will keep you fascinated. Lectures are free, open to the public, no registration needed, free parking!
Check out our 2016 Guest Speaker Series flyer.
Time: WCMGA General Meeting 6:45 PM-7:15 PM, followed by the lecture at ~7:15 PM
This is a serious, educational, informational talk about insect behavior that only Gail Langellotto — associate professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and state program leader of the Oregon Master Gardener Program — can deliver with a straight face. Be prepared to have some good laughs and learn how misogynistic male bed bugs can be.
Matthew Cowan is Archivist for Photography and Moving Images at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. He will take us back in time with a pictorial history of old Portland gardens using technology from another era: A glass lantern projector and hand painted slides.
Marilyn’s early years found her working in a wholesale greenhouse as she completed her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Washington State University. After graduation, she gained practical experience in nurseries, florists, and landscape design — and raising her two children. She has recently retired from a full-time 11-year position as a Landscape Technology instructor at Portland Community College. As a dedicated educator, she hopes to continue part-time teaching in landscape design, designing landscapes for clients in the greater Portland area and volunteering for landscape design organizations such as APLD and ANLD. And, of course, essential to her life will be time to have fun in the garden, enjoy the great outdoors, create beauty through textiles and savor moments with family and friends.
Hops have been grown on Patrick Leavy’s Willamette Valley family farm since the 1920s. Their Organic Hophouse, founded in 1989, was the first certified organic hop farm in Oregon. Their harvesting facilities include the picking machine and the drying house. The farm provides organic hops to brewers around the country and Canada.
Rich Baer has been a member of the Portland Rose Society for more than 30 years and has served two terms as president. He also is caretaker of 800 roses in his Southwest Portland garden. Rich Baer has degrees in plant pathology and physiology.
Robin Akers is the Senior Portland parks horticulturist. He will speak on sustainable landscape and low-care plants. His talk will touch on the Portland International Rose Test Garden, Pittock Mansion (perennial borders and shade gardens), Tanner Springs Park (urban meadows and pollinator gardens) and species rhododendrons.
With more and more people wanting to grow organic food and medicine in their backyards, knowledge of herbs is essential. From companion planting to compost tea to feeding chickens to seasoning dinner to insect bite relief, herbs are a gardener’s best friend. These amazing plants are at home in flower beds, vegetable gardens, rooftops and containers, making it easy for everyone to be able to grow and use fresh herbs no matter where you call home.
Cindy Shapton is a garden writer, speaker, herbalist, designer, Master Gardener and a contributing garden expert to Tractor Supply Company’s ‘Know How Central’. She is known as The Cracked Pot Gardener, the title of a column Cindy wrote for the Williamson Herald. Cindy writes articles for many magazines and is a regular contributor for State-by-State Gardening and The Tennessee Gardener.
She is the former owner of Hyssop Hill Herb Farm in Franklin, TN and the past president of the Williamson County Master Gardeners and founder of the Bloom n’ Garden Show, an annual lawn and garden show powered by the volunteer effort of Master Gardeners. Cindy is the author of The Cracked Pot Herb Book – Simple Ways to Incorporate Herbs into Everyday Life.
Red Pig hand forges garden tools in their shop in Boring, Oregon the old-fashioned way, with steel, fire, an anvil and hard work. They craft an impressive range of tools, including rakes, dibbles, hoes, trowels and saws. Need help getting rid of weeds? Red Pig offers over a dozen tools for weeding alone. First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.
April Olbrich has been the Coordinator of the Tualatin River Watershed Council since 2003. The Watershed Council plans, develops and implements projects to maintain and restore the biological and physical process in watersheds for the sustainability of the communities. First Baptist Church5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.
Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, cultivate 200 acres of Iris and is the largest grower of Iris in the United States. It has been family owned and operated for nearly four generations. The American Iris Society has awarded Schreiner’s Iris Garden the Dykes Memorial Medal (its highest award) eleven times. They have also won many other national and international awards.First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.
* Class is approved for MG Education Credit
Topic: Prairie 101
Presenter: Lynda Boyer of Heritage Seedlings
* MG Education Credit
Tuesday ◊ June 2 2015 ◊ 7:15 pm
Topic: Ascending the Giant Trees
Presenter: Will Koomjian ◊ Ascending the Giants
No Guest Speakers
Tuesday ◊ September 1 2015 ◊ 7:15 pm
Topic: Using Native Plants in Your Garden
Presenter: Weston Miller ◊ OSU Ext. Horticulture Instructor
* MG Education Credit
Tuesday ◊ October 6 2015 ◊ 7:15 pm
Topic: Full Frontal Gardens
Presenter: Lucy Hardiman ◊ Garden Designer
* MG Education Credit
A revolution is taking root in front gardens across North America. Gardeners are casting off the yoke of tradition and reclaiming their front yards as canvases for personal expression. Water guzzling lawns and traditional foundations plantings are being replaced with walkways, terraces, art, ornamental plantings and vegetable gardens. Planting beds are even jumping the sidewalk as street side grass boulevards yield to low water or vegetable gardens. Playful and eye catching front gardens speak to the street engaging neighbors in a dialog about the delights inherent in taking the time to slow down and enjoy vistas of bold colors, bird song, fragrance and the flight of butterflies. Slides from around the Northwest illustrate the creativity and artful designs of gardeners in private, commercial and municipal venues who are gardening in the public eye.
Tuesday ◊ November 3 2015 ◊ 7:15 pm
Topic: The Kalapuya peoples of the Willamette Valley
Presenter: Ginny Maffitt ◊ Botanist for Tualatin River and the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuges
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Tuesday ◊ December 1 2015 ◊ 7:15 pm
Topic: Best PNW Varieties of Fruiting Plants
Presenter: Monica Maggio ◊ Core Home Fruit
* MG Education Credit
Monica is an engaging speaker who will share her expertise for gardeners to gain a basic understanding of