The Cutting Edge – Bountiful Bouquets and Arrangements From Your Garden!

July 26th, 2014

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Our ‘Speaker Series’ continues in the garden for the summer, as we gather for a special presentation in our Community Demonstration Garden (6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland). Join us for ‘The Cutting Edge – bountiful bouquets and arrangements from plants grown in your own yard!’

Photo of bouquets - Summer Centerpiece

You don’t have to have a separate cutting garden to make beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements. OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, Evie Hausman will inspire and guide us as she highlights the many possibilities for harvesting useful flowers and foliage from your very own front, back and side yards. Evie will highlight shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs to grow. She will also discuss proper ways to cut flowers and foliage, how to condition them to last longer, and some basic arranging techniques that anyone can use to produce stunning floral arrangements. Join us at our Community Demonstration Garden for this special ‘In the Garden’ presentation.

Evie Hausman has been playing with flowers most of her life, both in Ohio and in England where she lived for a few years, gardening and taking flower arranging classes. Returning to Ohio, she became active as a volunteer at Inniswood Metro Garden in Westerville Ohio, teaching floral design and decor. After moving to Portland 4 years ago, Evie is having even more fun in this garden paradise.

 

Date: Tuesday, August 12th

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Learning Gardens Laboratory, 6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland

Cost: Free

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association



Preserving Tomatoes and ‘The Laws of Salsa’

July 4th, 2014

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Our ‘Speaker Series’ goes into the garden for the summer, as we gather at our Community Demonstration Garden (6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland) for ‘Preserving Tomatoes and the Laws of Salsa’. On Tuesday, July 8th at 7:00pm, learn how to safely preserve tomatoes and tomato products, including “The Laws of Salsa”. Join Jeanne Brandt, OSU Extension Family and Community Health faculty, and OSU Master Food Preservers, as they tell us how-to preserve your crop of tomatoes for year-round enjoyment. We will review current, safe methods and recommended resources for tomato preservation, including tips on preservation options for your green tomatoes.

Come early to see all that is growing in the Multnomah Chapter’s Community Demonstration Garden. You will also be able to tour the rest of the Learning Gardens Laboratory property, including the Lane Family Garden plots, Portland State University gardens, the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship Program’s grand undertakings and the Portland Fruit Tree Project orchards.

Enjoy a lovely evening outside in the garden and gather inspiration for your upcoming bounty of tomatoes!

Photo courtesy of  Jeanne Brandt

Photo courtesy of
Jeanne Brandt

Date: Tuesday, July 8th

Time: 7:00pm

Where: Learning Gardens Laboratory, 6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland

Cost: Free

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Presentated by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association

- See more at: http://metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/news/?m=201308#sthash.YdytKxOn.dpuf

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Presentated by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association

- See more at: http://metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/news/?m=201308#sthash.YdytKxOn.dpuf

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Presentated by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association

- See more at: http://metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/news/?m=201308#sthash.YdytKxOn.dpuf



Japanese Garden Influence on Pacific Northwest Gardens

May 29th, 2014

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201406-SadafumiUchiyamaThe Japanese garden in the Pacific Northwest flourished after the WWII as a form of “sister city gardens.” The Portland Japanese Garden, born in 1963, as Portland-Sapporo sister city garden has been a close and leading influence on our Pacific Northwest gardens today, providing design inspiration along with insight into Japanese culture and aesthetics.

By far the most fundamental influence is the region’s adoption of a spiritual aspect or attitude toward gardens in general, the shift from a horticultural focus to the concept that a garden has something more to offer. At the design level, some specific elements in the Japanese garden are taken and well adapted (adapting) into our gardens in Pacific Northwest. Examples include the use of rock, planting, and pruning.

Join us as Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, and a third-generation Japanese gardener shares his insight into the influence of the Japanese garden in Pacific Northwest garden design.

Since his arrival in the US in 1988, Uchiyama received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois.  Traditional apprenticeship in Japanese gardening combined with the formal training in Western landscape architecture has allowed Uchiyama to design and build a unique and wide range of private and public landscape projects. Two of his representative projects include the renovation of Osaka Garden at Jackson Park in Chicago and the renovation of Shofu-en Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Currently, he is preparing a master plan for a Japanese garden at Sarah Duke Gardens at Duke University, NC. Sada was instrumental in the development and establishment of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) beginning in 2009 and is a Charter Member of the NAJGA Board.

 

Date:  Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Time:  7PM

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost:  Free event, all welcome

Who: Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden



The Inception and Evolution of New Perennial Varieties

May 10th, 2014

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Courtesy of Petal Heads

Courtesy of Petal Heads

Just like trends change in fashion over the seasons, so do the trends in horticulture. Whether it is a new color breakthrough, an increase in resistance to insects, or an entirely new hybrid creation, plants continuously evolve as avid gardeners seek the latest and greatest hot items. (Not to mention the tried and true varieties that have resulted in successful gardening for generations.) Petal Heads™ acknowledges this passion and it is their goal to offer these cultivars to Oregonian plant enthusiasts.

Courtesy of Petal Heads

Courtesy of Petal Heads

Dave and Annilese Doolittle owners of Petal Heads™ will share the stories behind some of the plants, as we find out what’s new out in the perennial garden.

Together Dave and Annilese have over 25 years of Horticultural experience. Dave is currently the Director of Marketing at Terra Nova Nurseries, the world’s leading breeder of unique, unusual perennials. He travels the world researching cultivars not typically found in garden centers.

Annilese has collected plants since her adolescence and has a degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois. She has a keen eye for cool plants and enjoys predicting trends and exploring profitable plant ventures.

A fine selection of Petal Heads™ plants will be available for purchase before and after the presentation.

Date:  Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Time:  7PM

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost:  Free event, all welcome

Who: Multnomah County Master Gardeners Speaker Series

Sale: Plants for sale prior and following presentation

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 7pm
Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland
Cost: Free.
Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association. – See more at: http://metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/news/#sthash.B5xs9Hyq.dpuf


Incredible Edibles Plant Sale coming soon!

April 10th, 2014

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Embrace homegrown goodness at the third-annual Multnomah County Master Gardeners’ Incredible Edibles Plant Sale on Saturday May 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock St. Give healthy new meaning to “Picking up something for dinner” with organic veggie starts and herbs for your home garden. With starts from the Incredible Edible Plant Sale, you’ll soon be harvesting nutritious, fresh-picked goodness for your table!
The Incredible Edibles Sale offers a luscious array of local, organically-grown vegetable starts. You’ll find both heirlooms and hybrids among our proven varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuces, herbs and more. Varieties offered have been specially selected for their ability to thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate.

Bring your gardening conundrums and ‘Get the Real Dirt’ from OSU Extension-trained Master Gardener volunteers, who will be on site to answer your plant questions.

New to growing edibles? There will be lots of information and helpful Master Gardeners to get you started on successfully growing your own food.

‘Plant. Grow. Eat.’ workshops are scheduled throughout the day to inspire and provide education for new adventures in growing your own food.

Incredible Entertainment. Fun, lively, musical entertainment will add to this celebration of homegrown goodness. Local artist Jessica Soleil, of A Little Sun studio, will have her original illustrations that celebrate veggies and nature. Joe Wirtheim, creator of the Victory Gardens of Tomorrow poster and design project, will offer his thought-provoking posters for better food, better gardens and better cities.

Varieties galore: Mortgage Lifter, Goliath Bush, Aunt Ruby’s Green, Juane Flamme, Paul Robeson, Principle Borghese — and those are just some of the tomatoes! More than 170 varieties of veggies, fruits, herbs and flowers will be available. You’ll be able to fill your beds with these vigorous, organic vegetable starts that are proven producers for our region. Don’t forget to add some sweet-smelling alyssum to attract beneficial insects, and bright (and tasty) annuals like nasturtium and calendula. (See a complete list of varieties at http://www.metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/plantsale/)

Proceeds from the sale further the work of the Multnomah County Master Gardeners and its mission to support the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener program, educating the public about all aspects of successfully and sustainably growing and caring for plants.

For more information go to www.metromastergardeners.org/multnomah/ or email multmastergardeners@gmail.com, or call (503)445-4608
Free admission. Everyone welcome.



Bees on the Brink: honey bees their importance and current plight

April 6th, 2014

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Speaker: Ramesh Sagili, Oregon State University, Department of Horticulture
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 7pm

Ramesh Sagili with honeybees

Ramesh Sagili

We read it in the news…Bees on the Brink?! Threats to honey bee health are causing serious alarm and concern; from colony collapse disorder to the use of broad-spectrum neonicotinoids. Learn why we should be concerned, what the actual threats are, the latest research-based knowledge for pollinator protection and how we as home gardeners can help the honey bee population.

Ramesh Sagili is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. His primary research focus at OSU is honey bee health, nutrition and pollination. His appointment also includes extension, and, hence, he works closely with the state stake holders i.e. both beekeepers and producers. His goal is to establish a vibrant and dynamic honey bee research and extension program at OSU that will cater to the needs of beekeepers and producers in the state.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 7pm
Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland
Cost: Free.
Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.



Early Spring Edibles Sale

March 27th, 2014

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Spring has sprung! It’s the perfect time to stock up on early spring veggie starts at the Multnomah Co. Master Gardeners’ Early Spring Edibles Plant Sale, Saturday, March 29th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Sellwood SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue. Buy veggie starts for your home garden and harvest nutritious, fresh-picked goodness for your table!
We have hundreds of flats of organic veggie starts ready for you to plant. Dozens of varieties proven to thrive here in our area. Local, organically-grown, spring vegetable starts: Asian greens, chard, collards, lettuce, kale, peas, turnips, and more! Both heirlooms and hybrids! All veggies are perfect for planting in April. Come early for the best selection of these stellar, organic veggie starts.
  • Plant a small container of sweet lettuces to harvest from your porch!
  • Tuck vitamin rich kale and chard among your ornamental border!
  • Plant a couple six-packs of peas to crawl up your balcony trellis!
  • Dig up your lawn and start that kitchen garden you have always wanted!

Free beginning gardening workshops at 10:30am and 12:30pm.

 

  • 10:30am What’s Eating My Veggies? Garden Pests and How to Deal with Them! PLUS: Tools for the Beginning Gardener
  • 12:30pm Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
Master Gardeners on site to answer all your gardening questions. 
Please join us!


Plotting the Edible Gardening Year

March 27th, 2014

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Speaker: Lorene Edwards Forkner, garden designer, NW author

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 7pm

Photo courtesy of John Jordan

Photo courtesy of John Jordan

There is nothing more regionally specific than vegetable gardening. Cool season crops (like cabbages, carrots, and kale) yield generously, while demanding little from us aside from the care of the soil. But if you want your harvest also to include tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, and peppers, it pays to approach the growing season with a definite plan and a few simple tricks to maximize summer heat. Join us as Lorene Edwards Forkner, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Pacific Northwest shows us essentials to produce delicious, healthy food throughout the year.

Lorene is an award-winning garden designer who lives, gardens, and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Other books she has authored are Handmade Garden Projectsand Growing Your Own Vegetables, Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest. Her writ-ing has appeared in Organic Gardening, Northwest Garden News and Edible Seattle. At home in West Seattle, Lorene tends her city garden abundantly filled with favorite plants, a small but productive vegetable garden, and plenty of room for relaxation. You can follow her adventures at PlantedAtHome.com

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.



Want Fruit? Get Mason Bees!

February 6th, 2014

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Speaker: Sherain A. Wright, amatuer naturalist and NW author

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 7pm

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Photo courtesy of Sherian A. Wright

In the beginning…it was all about honeybees. Their precious honey has always been given high recognition. The honeybee is not native to our country but was brought to North America. With serious issues regarding the honeybee’s decline, the mason bee is gaining in popularity, as another bee that serves as an early spring pollinator.

Mason House

Photo courtesy of Sherian A. Wright

Mason bees are found all over the world, but the northwest has its own native – Osmia lignaria.  Join author, Sherian A. Wright; and learn how easy it is to set up a permanent habitat for this often-overlooked native bee. Know how to tell if an apple is fully pollinated. View movie clips of a male mason bee emerging from his cocoon, a mating frenzy, and the female using her butt to dig mud to make mud balls for her cell walls. Find out why she is known as a super pollinator. With minimal setup, you can become proactive in the preservation of this very important second-source pollinator.

Sherian Wright, is the author of “Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener”. Her past experience as a mechanical design engineer influenced her approach to studying and documenting mason bees for the past 10 years. Autographed copies of her book (published by Inkwater Press of Portland) will be available for sale after the lecture.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.



Making the Most of Small Space

January 7th, 2014

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Speaker: Jolly Butler, Multnomah County Master Gardener

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 7pm

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Small spaces are big opportunities for creating lively, colorful gardens. With our guest speaker, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener, Jolly Butler, as our guide, explore special design considerations, questions of scale, soil needs and the many plant options for small gardens. 

 DSCN2138Photo credit: Tom Baretto

Jolly Butler became familiar to gardeners throughout the Portland area through her “Gardening 101″ column in Garden Showcase magazine; and many gardeners learned their gardening basics in her classes at Portland Community College. She has hosted a two-hour, call-in radio show called “Gardening with Jolly Butler” on KPAM in Portland. We are proud to call her one of our own, as she is an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener and fellow Multnomah Chapter member. Jolly is on the Board of Directors of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, and strives to teach new gardeners that everyone has at least one green thumb.

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Cost: Free.

Who: Everyone is welcome! Presented by the Multnomah County Chapter of the Oregon Master Gardeners Association.