OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington County Master Gardener

Upcoming Events

 

 

Tuesday ◊ January 3, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: The Missoula Floods and the Formation of the Tualatin Valley

Presenter:  Dr. Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University

Scott Burns, co-author of the book, Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods, will speak on the effect that the Missoula Floods have had on the formation of the Tualatin Valley. Copies of his book will be on sale; all proceeds go to scholarship funds in Geology at PSU.  First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005.

* Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ February 7, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Ambassadors of the native plant world

Presenter: Carla Staedter

Native plants can be a beautiful and practical choice for your northwest garden. Being natural to our climate, they support birds, insects, fish, and wildlife, and require much less water. This presentation will show you varieties of native plants that work well in a garden setting. Carla Staedter is a landscape architect who specializes in restoration of native northwest landscapes. She has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and has been working in the environmental field for over 25 years. She currently serves as an engineering project manager for the City of Tigard. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

* Class is approved for  one hour MG Education Credit

 

Wednesday ◊ February 8, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Raising Mason Bees

Presenter: Ron Spendal

Mason bees are easy to raise. Nesting needs and options will be discussed as will the care of bees during their life cycle.  Following some simple guidelines you will be able to start, grow and maintain a mason bee population for pollinating your garden and landscape.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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.

 

Wednesday ◊ February 15, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Fruit Pruning

Presenter: Joanne DeHaan

Techniques for pruning blueberries, grapes, cane berries and trailing berries will be the subjects.  Bring your bypass clippers and have some fun.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle Map. Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a 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.

Wednesday ◊ February 22, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Rose Pruning and 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, he is definitely an expert.  Rich Baer 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 botanical 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: Bing MapGoogle 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.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Wednesday ◊ March 1, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Ornamental Pruning, the Reaction to the Action

Presenter: Russell Clark

This seminar given by Russell Clark of Bartlett Tree Service, takes the do-it-yourself-er to the next level of pruning. It’s not just about making the cut. Russell will help you understand and identify the objective you’re trying to achieve when you prune, and the reaction the plant will have to the action depending on species and the time of the year you prune. He will also discuss several styles of pruning to help improve the aesthetics and your landscape value.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ March 7, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Root Vegetables

Presenter: Darren Morgan

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Darren Morgan of Shonnard Nursery in Corvallis will speak on planting, growing and harvesting root vegetables. Shonnard’s is a family owned nursery, landscaping and floral business operating under their name and ownership since 1988. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 

Wednesday ◊ March 8, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Irrigation Basics in the Home Garden

Presenter: Jennifer Peters

PCC instructor Jennifer Peters will walk you through the ABCs of home irrigation, whether you are installing a new sprinkler system or have inherited one. She will also discuss how to be water-wise in the garden. The class will be 60 to 90 minutes.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Wednesday ◊ March 22, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Rock Painting Social

Presenter: Rose Marie Hibbs & Anna Stubbs

At this WCMGA social we will be painting rocks to look like a ladybug and will have examples of other ideas available. Handouts, instructions, & ideas will be available for you to take home. Paints, brushes and rocks will be available but feel free to bring your favorite rocks, preferably limiting their size to 5”-6”. Rock painting will be presented by Rose Marie our Demo garden artist/gardener with other gardeners assisting. We look forward to seeing you.

Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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 ◊ April 4, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Biology and Conservation of Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest

Presenter: Dr. David G. James, Professor at Washington State University, Prosser

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Dr. James will present recent research on the biology and conservation of Monarch butterflies in the Pacific Northwest, including the results of a region-wide, citizen-scientist based tagging program that has identified the migratory routes of this iconic insect in the PNW and beyond. Information will also be given on breeding populations of Monarchs in the PNW and how you can attract Monarchs to breed and hang out in your backyard! James is co-author of a widely-acclaimed book, Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies, published by OSU Press. The book covers virtually all 158 butterfly species in southern British Columbia, Washington, northern Idaho and northern Oregon. There are color photographs of each stage of life and information on the biology, ecology and rearing of each species. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ April 11, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Growing Tomatoes in a Home Garden

Presenter: Tim Lanfri

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Each summer every home gardener wants to grow a successful crop of tomatoes. This class will teach you the basics of growing tomatoes in a backyard garden and will go “beyond the basics” to describe how you can grow a large crop of high quality tomatoes in a limited amount of space. The class is taught by Washington County Master Gardener, Tim Lanfri, who will share techniques and tricks he has used to successfully grow tomatoes in the local area over the last 40 years.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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 ◊ May 2, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Organic Vegetable Gardening

Presenter: Weston Miller

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Get ready to grow veggies in 2017! Learn the fundamentals of organic vegetable gardening to boost your veggie harvest; including planning, soil preparation, weeding, and watering. Explore organic fertilizer choices and the tools and techniques for effective pest control. Weston Miller serves as Community and Urban Horticulturist for OSU Extension Service. Since 2007, Weston has managed the popular Master Gardener program in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, which includes a contract with Metro, the regional government. He also started and manages the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) to help new and aspiring farmers build a foundation in specialty crop production and marketing.

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ May 2, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Operating a U-pick Lavender Business in Washington County (plus Aquaponics)

Presenter: Bill Carson

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Bill Carson has been an owner-operator in the lavender business since 2000. He studied Scandinavian Literature at UC Berkeley and worked for many years in the software industry. He is highly experienced in aquaponics gardening. Bill will speak about operating a u-pick lavender farm and will highlight the regional advantages and challenges of growing plants and operating a business. He will also touch on aquaponics gardening and its unique advantages (and challenges) and specific considerations for growing in the Pacific Northwest climate. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 

Tuesday ◊ May 9, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Intensive/Successive Vegetable Gardening

Presenter: Daisey Parquet

Veggie Bed

My gardening challenge to myself is to always have something to harvest. From early spring to late summer, once something is harvested, something else goes in. With planning, season extenders, and chosen varieties there can always be something to harvest. Come learn how!

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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 ◊ May 16, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Square Foot Gardening

Presenter: Karen Kirby, Bob Campbell, Jerry Anderson

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Learn techniques for growing vegetables in very limited space by maximizing planting density, and limiting the need for thinning, watering, and weeding. 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: Bing MapGoogle 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 6, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Gardening Made Easy: Adaptive Gardening

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

Still want to garden but need a little help? Five OSU Master Gardeners 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 maintain 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: Bing MapGoogle 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 6, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Preserving Fall Harvests

Presenter: Patty Newth & Janet Fleming, Washington County Master Food Preservers

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Washington County Master Food Preservers (MFP) are trained and certified in food safety and preservation. MFPs Patty Newth and Janet Fleming will discuss preserving fall harvests, including how to can, freeze and pickle produce, as well as how to use edible flowers. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ June 20, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Container Gardening for Vegetables and Herbs

Presenter:  Bridget Shaw, Margery Brunello, Jerry Anderson

Container Gardening-Univ. of Illinois Ext.

Tour the demonstration garden and see the container garden bed project, plus the many containers used throughout the garden. The containers vary in size, shape, and content. 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: Bing MapGoogle 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 ◊ September 5, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Pollen Unearths a Hidden Garden at Fort Vancouver, Archaeological Investigations at a 19th -century Fur-Trade Site

Presenter:  Elaine Dorset, National Park Service Archaeologist

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Recent archaeological investigations at the site of the Hudson’s Bay Company Garden have provided information about what plant species were being grown and where. This talk will discuss the history of the Garden, and then illustrate how these conclusions could be reached when there is no garden left to be seen. Elaine Dorset has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and is a National Park Service archaeologist based at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Her thesis project focused on the archaeological testing conducted in 2005 and 2006 at the site of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Garden at Fort Vancouver. Elaine is also the Laboratory Director, manages Fort Vancouver’s archaeology volunteer program, and performs archaeological work for other parks in the Pacific West region. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ Oct 3, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Perennials, Divide and 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. 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: Bing MapGoogle 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 ◊ October 3, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic:  Chinook People of the Columbia River and Chinuk Language

Presenter:  Ginny Maffitt

Ginny Maffitt has volunteered at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and lately the Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge, east of Gaston. Since 1998 Ginny has been the acting botanist there collecting vouchers for refuge herbariums, and keeping records of all plant species, native and introduced. Both refuges have extensive riparian systems, so learning about their wetland plants has been an interesting challenge. In early retirement, she volunteered at the now-defunct Berry Botanic Garden in Portland, learning about alpine flowering species of the world. Maffitt will be presenting a visual report regarding the Chinook people of the Columbia River area along with information on the Chinuk Wawa Language. Teaching elementary school in the Beaverton District for many years, she introduced children to the First People of eastern Oregon and the Northwest, but little was known about the local people. Illness, army incarceration and lack of scholastic interest made information very scarce. As several books have now been published and museums have begun to show their artifacts, it has been a labor of love to collect the photos, documents, plant artifacts and stories about these peaceful and creative people. There will be examples of the plants used by native people for clothing, food, medicines, and housing for you to examine. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ Oct 10, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Geranium Cuttings for Propagation

Presenter:  Daisey Parquet

Geranium Cuttings

 

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

In the Garden Series ◊ Demonstration Garden at the Washington County Fair Complex NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124: Bing MapGoogle 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 7, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Fall Rose Pruning

Presenter:  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: Bing MapGoogle 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 ◊ November 7, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic:  Dealing with the Nastiest Weeds

Presenter:  Robert Emanual, phD, Clean Water Services

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Dr. Emanuel will discuss how Clean Water Services deals with the worst weeds that affect the Tualatin River Watershed. Emanuel manages watershed restoration projects, working with a wide variety of public and private partners to improve water quality in the Tualatin River Watershed. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 * Class is approved for one hour MG Education Credit

 

Tuesday ◊ Nov 14, 2017 ◊ 9:30 AM

Topic: Winter Dahlia Care

Presenter:  Bob Campbell

Dividing Perennials

Learn how to dig, divide, and store dahlias for the winter to ensure healthy spring tubers. 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: Bing MapGoogle 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 ◊ December 5, 2017 ◊ 7:15 pm

Topic: Clay Pot Irrigation

Presenter:  Luisa Simone

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Luisa Simone will talk about how to use “ollas” (clay pots) for irrigation, including do-it-yourself ollas. Simone has been an avid gardener for over 20 years. Back in Connecticut, she described herself as a habitat gardener. But since moving to the Pacific Northwest 9 years ago, she has developed an interest in organic, edible gardens. Her desire to find a natural, low tech irrigation method to deal with our beautiful (but dry) summers lead her to discover ollas, and in turn to open Plug and Play Gardens, a company dedicated to earth-friendly gardening solutions. Location: First Baptist Church 5755 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, 97005: Map.

 


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