OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington County Master Gardener

Upcoming Events

 


February

Saturday ◊ Feb 13, 2016 ◊ 9 am to noon 

Free Pruning Demonstration

Learn to prune your fruit trees, bushes roses, ornamental shrubs, grapes and more. There will be demonstrations by multiple experienced volunteers and professional tree pruner Bill Stone. Learn about tool care and sharpening. Bring tools to be sharpened if you wish. Ask questions and take the opportunity to practice your pruning skills. No need to sign up. 3850 S.W. Minter Bridge Road in Hillsboro. Rain or shine. This event is in collaboration with the Tualatin Valley Garden Club.

Wednesday ◊ Feb 17, 2016 ◊ 9:30 to 11 am

Rose Pruning & Care

Presenter: Rich Baer

You will learn how to prune and care for roses and then demonstrate your knowledge by pruning the 32 roses at the demonstration garden under the tutelage of someone who has been doing this since he was 6 years old.  If years of enthusiastic devotion to roses equates to knowledge gained, Rich Baer is definitely an expert.  He has been President of the Portland Rose Society twice and has been writing the PRS newsletter, the Chatter, for 25 years.  He also has degrees in botany, plant physiology and plant pathology and is terrific at answering all types of botanically questions.  Attendees are encouraged to bring your own pruners and gloves.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Thursday ◊ Feb 25 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Growing Blueberries

Presenter: Cindy Muir

Who doesn’t love blueberries? Join Master Gardener Cindy Muir to learn about plant selection, soil preparation, pruning timing and techniques, bird protection, and more. ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map.  On weekends, use the second entrance (Camp Rivendale) on Grabhorn Road and park there. Walk past the play structure down to the Learning Garden. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Healthy, sweet blueberries are a favorite in Pacific Northwest gardens. Photo by Lynn Ketchum

March

Tuesday ◊ March 1, 2016 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Climate change and Its Effect on Plants and Sustainable Design: Where do we go from here? *

Presenter: Marilyn Alexander

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. First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.

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Marilyn Alexander

 

Tuesday ◊ March 16, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – ~ 11:00 am

Gardening For Bees and things to think about if you want to be a beekeeper

Presenter: Bob Falconer 

Many people have heard that pollinators and bees in particular are in trouble. In this seminar Bob Falconer will explore ways the average gardener can help. Additionally, we will also offer suggestions to people considering becoming a beekeeper. Although much of the information applies to pollinators we will be concentrating on bees, particularity honey bees.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Thursday ◊ March 24, 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

 Adding Edibles to your Ornamental Landscape

Presenter: Sue Ryburn

Learn from Master Gardener Sue Ryburn how to incorporate edible fruits, vegetables and herbs into your home garden alongside landscape plants. Learn design principles and types of edible plants that do well in our locale area. ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map.  On weekends, use the second entrance (Camp Rivendale) on Grabhorn Road and park there. Walk past the play structure down to the Learning Garden. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Urban Edibles June 2015

April

Tuesday ◊ April 5, 2016 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Growing Hops

Presenter: Patrick Leavy

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. First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.

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Patrick Leavy

Tuesday ◊ April 5, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – ~ 11:00 am

Being Water Wise with Your Irrigation *

Presenter: Loren Radford

Learn how to install a drip irrigation system and how to make an existing irrigation system more efficient. Loren Radford is a former landscape contractor and former college and high school vocational instructor of landscape and arboriculture for more than years.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Thursday ◊ April 14, 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Creating Your Perennial Garden

Presenter:Marcia Stroehecker

Companion planting for year-round interest, design techniques, feeding and pruning tips, and suggestions for plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Master Gardener Marcia Stroehecker shares her wealth of information about companion planting. ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map  Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Companion Plants June 2015

Tuesday ◊ April 27, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am –  10:30 am

Square-Foot Gardening

Presenter: Jerry Knot

Learn techniques for growing vegetables in very limited space by maximizing planting density, and limiting the need for thinning, watering and weeding. Jerry Knott will give tips for bed construction and soil maintenance will also be provided.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

 

Thursday ◊ April 30, 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Planning your Successful Vegetable Garden *

Presenter; Marilyn Berti

Learn from Master Gardener Marilyn Berti where to place your garden for optimal results, how to improve your soil, how to use raised beds, and how to decide what to plant.  ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map  Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Veggie Bed

May

Tuesday ◊ May 3, 2016 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Growing Roses *

Presenter: Rich Baer

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. First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.

 

Tuesday ◊ May 10, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Tomato Planting 101 *

Presenter: Vern Vanderzanden 

Vern Vanderzanden will present a basic seminar on planting and sharing tips and ideas for getting the most out of the growing season.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Thursday ◊ May 12 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Attracting Butterflies and Bees to your Garden

Presenter: Jane Miller

Master Gardener Jane Miller shares information about which flowers and trees are both aesthetically appealing and attractive to beautiful butterflies and beneficial bees.  ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map  Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Attracting Pollinators Bird on Shrub

Thursday ◊ May 19 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Growing Northwest Native Plants *

Hearty, local, lovely too! Discover how easy and inspired your garden can be when it is full of robust native varieties.  Learn about Northwest Native plants from Master Gardener Leslie Hutchinson ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map  Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

NW Native Garden at LG

June

Tuesday ◊ June 7, 2016 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Horticulture and Sustainable Landscapes in Portland Parks

Presenter: Robin Akers

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. First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005. 

 

Tuesday ◊ June 14, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am –  11:00 am

Gardening Made Easy/Adaptive Gardening

Presenter: Jerry Anderson, Mary Felix, Bridget Shaw, Jeannine Rychlik, Lynn Wagner

Still want to garden but need a little help? Five OSU Master Gardener’s —Jerry Anderson, Mary Felix, Bridget Shaw, Jeannine Rychlik and Lynn Wagner will share strategies and techniques so you may continue to garden without injury. Sprains, strains, and aching muscles don’t have to be part of your gardening experience. Gain insight on ways to keep gardening safely and maintaining a lifelong passion and a healthy activity. Examples of adaptive tools will be demonstrated.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Thursday ◊ June 16, 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Container Gardening: Flowers, Herbs, Vegetables Too!

Presenter: Sandy Japely

Master Gardener Sandy Japely will show you how your small patio or porch can wow with blooming pots full of perennial and annual flowers, delicious culinary herbs, and a crop of yummy vegetables too.  ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map  Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Container Gardening-Univ. of Illinois Ext.

Tuesday ◊ June 21, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – ~ 11:00 am

Planning and Planting for Year-Round Harvests

Presenter: Tim Lanfri

If you are interested in harvesting fresh vegetables every month of the year, this class is for you! Join Tim Lanfri to learn great planting techniques for growing food year round. Tim will discuss making a planting plan, timing your plantings, succession plantings, fall and winter growing techniques, and how to maximize your harvest without a greenhouse.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Tuesday ◊ June 28, 2016 ◊ 9:30 – 11 am

Container Gardening

Presenter: Jerry Anderson and Bridget Shaw

Tour the demonstration and see the container garden bed project, plus the many containers used throughout the garden.  The containers vary in size, shape, and what is planted in them.  We will discuss soils, fertilizers, drainage, and match recommended plant materials with appropriate sized containers.  ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

 

July

Thursday ◊ July 21 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Selecting and Using Herbs: Culinary and Other Uses *

Presenter: Judy Fenker

Master Gardener Judy Fenker will show and discuss herb selections, location and soil conditions for a bountiful and beautiful herb garden while describing culinary uses of herbs. ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map On weekends, use the second entrance (Camp Rivendale) on Grabhorn Road and park there. Walk past the play structure down to the Learning Garden. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Herb spiral 2014

August

Saturday ◊ August 20, 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Dry Water-wise Gardening in the Northwest

Presenter: Carolyn Adams

A wide variety of landscape plants can thrive in the Willamette Valley’s climate with little or no supplemental water once they are established. Learn from Master Gardener Carolyn Adams about reducing the water needs of conventional garden plants and creating a low water garden.  ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map  Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Waterwise Gardening

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday ◊ August 23, 2016 ◊ 9:30 – 10:30 am

Improving Garden Soil *

Presenter: Pukhraj Deol, PhD

Building good garden soil is the foundation of a healthy and sustainable garden. Learn the tips and techniques of getting to know and improve your garden soil.  Attendees may wish to bring a soil sample from your garden for hands on fun soil testing by feel method. Pukhraj will also share research based, thrifty and environmentally friendly methods of improving your garden soil.  Note: Bringing soil sample is optional.  Make sure to remove the mulch and other organic matter from the surface before you collect the sample from your garden.

  ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

 

September

Thursday ◊ Sep. 15, 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Backyard Composting *

Presenter: Deb Jones

Master Gardener Deb Jones will showcase various composting systems, how and why they work, with hands-on set up of a simple wire cylinder system. ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map On weekends, use the second entrance (Camp Rivendale) on Grabhorn Road and park there. Walk past the play structure down to the Learning Garden. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Simplifying Compost

 

Tuesday ◊ Oct. 4, 2016 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Hand-forged Garden Tools

Presenter: Bob Denman

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.

 

Tuesday ◊ Oct. 4, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – ~ 11:00 am

Perennials Divide & Conquer

Presenter: Jane Miller & Cindy Muir

This is the best way to make room for more plants, and be a sharing hero.  If you have any doubts about how, when, and which to divide, come and watch a hands-on demonstration by Master Gardener experts, Jane Miller and Cindy Muir . Bring your own overgrown clump and we’ll lead you through the division process.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Thursday ◊ Oct 6 2016 ◊ 10:00 – 11:00 am

Deer Resistant Gardening

Presenter: Ardis Schroeder

Which plants won’t get munched by those pesky deer? Master Gardener Ardis Schroeder will help you learn plant selection, location, and other techniques for making your garden less vulnerable to our hungry deer friends. ◊ In the Garden Series ◊ Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate ◊ 8005 SW Grabhorn, Beaverton, OR 97007 Map   Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Tuesday ◊ October 11, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – ~ 11:00 am

Geranium Cuttings for Propagation

Presenter: Daisey Parquet

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own “old” geraniums to this seminar. Daisey Parquet will take cuttings and teach you how to maintain them over winter.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

 

Tuesday ◊ Nov. 1, 2016 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: The Power of Plants: The Roles of Plants in Watershed Restoration *

Presenter: April Olbrich

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 Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.

 

Tuesday ◊ November 8, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – ~ 11:00 am

Fall Rose Pruning

Presenter: Bill Klug

Come learn about rose pruning with Bill Klug.  We will prune the 32 roses at the demonstration garden. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own pruning tools and gloves. Pruning tools will be sharpened for you.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Fall Rose Pruning

Tuesday ◊ November 15, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Winter Dahlia Care

Presenter: Bob Campbell

Learn how to dig, divide and store dahlias for the winter to ensure healthy spring tubers from Bob Campbell. Bring gloves and dig up dahlia tubers for division.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

Tuesday ◊ Nov. 29, 2016 ◊ 9:30 am – ~ 11:00 am

Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshop  *

Presenter: Ron Spendal

Ron Spendal will give a presentation of the sand cleaning process. Participants are encouraged to bring their mason bee nests and/or cocoons to be cleaned. Additionally, participants will be able to clean and keep cocoons provided by the Master Gardeners.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124  Map . Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th. Enter the fairgrounds at the Fairplex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left. Free event, no registration needed, free parking.

 

Tuesday ◊ Dec. 6, 2016 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Growing & Hybridizing Irises

Presenter: Steve Schreiner

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

 

 


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