December 9, 2013 Rescheduled for December, 16, 2014
Rainforests - Nature’s Most Exuberant Gardens, Chris Wille
Tropical rainforests -- nature’s most exuberant gardens -- host fully half of all the plant and animal species on earth. Rainforests are the source of many houseplants, medicines, food crops and lustrous woods. Rainforests, home to indigenous tribes, sustain millions. Gardeners, like birdwatchers and naturalists, understand the importance of rainforest conservation. Chris will provide an update from the front lines of the battle to save these natural wonders and explain how everyone can pitch in. The Rainforest Alliance certifies farms that meet rigorous standards for environmental protection, worker rights and benefits, pollution and waste management, implementation of advanced IPM techniques and eco-friendly ways to increase yields. You’ll see that many of the same techniques promoted by the Master Gardener movement are used to get coffee, banana, cocoa, tea and other tropical farms on the path toward sustainability.
Oregon native and OSU graduate Chris Wille and his wife Diane Jukofsky helped launch the Rainforest Alliance 25 years ago. Now, this nonprofit, conservation organization is active in 100 countries and dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Rainforest Alliance staff and partner organizations train loggers, farmers and tourism operators to decrease their environmental impacts while increasing their profits. Forest managers everywhere and farmers in the tropics can earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified or Forest Stewardship Council seals of approval, now seen on paper, wood, coffee, tea, chocolate and many other products. Diane directs the Communications, Marketing and Education division; Chris leads the sustainable agriculture efforts.
January 13, 2014
Looking Up – The Benefits of our Oldest Trees, Brian French
The oldest trees in our communities have value and benefits for people , wildlife and our landscape. Brian will also show his video “Ascending the Giants” about “treeversing” in the Oregon City area.
Brian French is a certified arborist/tree risk assessor who has worked with top researchers in the United States and abroad. During Brian’s travels, he has worked with urban forests in many cities and has a unique perspective of historic, old-growth and veteran trees. He is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Champion Tree Registry.
February 10, 2014
Espalier – An Artistry of Plant Training and Mastery , Mary Van Agtmael
To espalier is when we attempt to control the nature of a plant by structuring its growth pattern with the use of rigid form. It works better than training our children, spouses or pets, according to Mary.
After being raised on a farm and then gardening on her own property, Mary took the MG course in Linn/Benton Counties in 2007. She realized she really didn’t know plants and garde r so ning techniques. Later, Mary discovered espaliering in growing grapes. Now she teaches people how to espalie that anyone can grow a tree fruit.
March 10, 2014
Companion Planting and Rotation for the Vegetable Garden, Darrin Morgan of Shonnard's Nursery
Improve yields with less work. Inter-planting and companion planting use the natural aspects of some plants to repel insects and diseases, balance nutrient use, and otherwise encourage other plants to grow. Crop rotation differs from companion planting in some respects, but uses many of the same principles to produce higher crop yields with few pests and disease problems and nutrient inputs.
Darren grew up gardening and farming in the northern Willamette Valley. He has worked at Shonnard’s, in both landscape and nursery divisions, for 24 years. He enjoys drawing, writing and backpacking, as well as gardening.
April 14, 2014
How to Build a Living Wreath (and/or Vertical Panel), Becky Sell of Sedum Chicks
Becky will do a live demonstration on the creation of living wreaths while chatting to us about sedums and sempervivums. It is no longer just the “Hens and Chicks” that are available to the gardener. Sedums have grown leaps and bounds with wonderful colors and varieties.
Becky Sell co-proprietor of Sedum Chicks Nursery, a local company that has been specializing in sedums and sempervivums since 1999. They are known for their whimsical and elegant sedum plantings. Sedum Chicks has been a vendor in our Spring Garden Fair for many years.
She will bring plants and tools that she uses for us to buy.
May 12, 2014
Making the Most of Small Gardens, Master Gardener Jolly Butler
Small spaces offer big opportunities for creating lively, colorful gardens. Master Gardener, Jolly Butler, will guide us through the special design considerations, consideration of scale, soil needs and the many plant options available for creating a delightful small space garden.
Jolly Butler became familiar to gardeners throughout the Portland area through her “Gardening 101” column in Garden Showcase magazine. Many gardeners learned their gardening basics in her classes at Portland Community College.
June 9, 2014
Impact of Urban Trees, Geoffrey Donovan, US Forestry
Trees provide a broad range of benefits to urban residents. These benefits range from the intuitive – lower summertime cooling costs, for example – to more surprising benefits such as crime reduction and improved public health. This talk provides an overview of Geoffrey Donovan’s research that measures these benefits. Drawing from research findings, Dr. Donovan will offer practical advice for gardeners on the most beneficial ways to use trees in your home landscape.
Geoffrey Donovan of US ForestryDr. Donovan has a bachelor’s degree from Sheffield University in biochemistry and a doctorate in forest economics from Colorado State University. He works as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station (since 2001). His two main research areas are the economics of wildfire and quantifying the benefits of urban trees.
September 8, 2014
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities on the National Wildlife Refuges along the Oregon Coast
Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Six National Wildlife Refuges span 320 miles of the Oregon coast. These refuges harbor a variety of coastal and marine habitats that support diverse and abundant wildlife. From sea stars to shorebirds, puffins to falcons, sea lions to seabirds, wildlife can be seen year round. Learn when and where to find the wildlife spectacles.
Roy has been employed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 37 years. He previously worked in Alabama and San Francisco Bay Area. He has been stationed in Newport, Oregon since 1985.
October 13, 2014
The Art of Bonsai, Scott Elser
The art of bonsai is in training the trees in containers to represent ancient trees found in nature. Bonsai trees can live to be hundreds of years old. Scott will talk about bonsai and the breadth of styles, sizes and species that it encompasses with live examples. He will also show us how to make and maintain bonsai specimens.
Scott is a national award winning bonsai enthusiast whose broad collection of trees includes native, conifer, deciduous, fruiting, and flowering bonsai that he shares regularly at local and national shows
November 10, 2014
Weather and Gardening, Rod Hill, KGW Meteorogist
Rod will speak to us about how the changing weather patterns will affect us and our gardens. Why is the weather changing? What can we expect in the future?
Rod Hill’s forecasting career has spanned more than 20 years, taking him from the hurricanes of South Texas to the lake effect snows of Michigan, the tornadoes of the Ohio valley and the hard to predict weather of the Pacific Northwest.
Rod grew up in Missouri and graduated from Mizzou. He later earned his certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State. Soon after, Rod earned the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. His forecasting achievements include two Emmy awards for best meteorologist and three Associated Press awards for best weathercast in Oregon.
December 8, 2014
Designing & Equipping the Home Greenhouse, Rick Warner, Sturdi-built Greenhouse Mfg, Portland, Or
Rick Warner will give an overview of considerations to be made when planning a home greenhouse, including location, materials, heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation.
Rick Warner is the owner and manager of Sturdi-built Greenhouse Mfg. in Portland. Sturdi-built is a small, family business and one of the first builders of residential greenhouse kits in the Pacific Northwest.
January 14, 2013
Winter Interest Plants, William McClenahan, Viscaya Nursery
Although winter may force us to spend most of our time indoors, there are many plants whose beauty is at their best in this time of year. Join William as he talks about some of his favorites and challenges us all to realize the beauty often missed in your garden during winter.
February 11, 2013
The Rose, Queen of the Garden, in the 21st Century, Chris Pellett
Gardeners have long admired the beauty of the rose and its versatility in the garden. The extreme hybridization of the rose and the invention of fungicides in the 20th century led to the creation of roses that were beautiful but not always easy to maintain and enjoy in home gardens. Twenty five years ago the German company Kordes stopped spraying fungicides in the trial fields and started breeding roses for disease resistance as much as beauty. The result is roses that are as easy to grow and enjoy as they are beautiful.
Chris and Gary Pellett are the owners of Newflora, a company specializing in the introduction and marketing of new plants. Newflora is the exclusive agent of W. Kordes Rosen, and they have worked for nearly ten years on the introduction of Kordes roses in North America. They reside in Southern Oregon where they evaluate many new Kordes rose varieties as future introductions.
March 11, 2013
Gail will introduce you to the pollinators found in sustainable gardens and the gardening practices that encourage diverse pollinator communities. A review of key flowering plants that pollinators favor will provide ideas on which to add to our own gardens. She will also offer ideas on how to manage pests in a way that best protects pollinators. Specific pollinators that will be covered include: yellow-faced bees, mining bees, sweat bees, honeybees, bumblebees, syrphid flies as well as butterflies and hummingbirds.
Gail Langellotto earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Horticulture at OSU, where she also serves as the statewide coordinator of the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program. She's published several research papers that document bee diversity and the gardening methods that inhibit or enhance pollinators in urban and suburban gardens
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April 8, 2013
VINES - Creepers and Crawlers, Twiners and Viners, David Palmer
David Palmer is an English born professional horticulturist, having spent much of his career in public horticulture. He started training in public parks before earning an Honors Diploma from The Royal Horticultural Society’s School of Horticulture at Wisley (a 200 plus-acre garden south of London). David and his American wife, Jan, moved to the U.S. in 1980. He spent a year as Director of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, Upstate New York, before coming to Oregon as Director of the Berry Botanic Garden. David is currently Garden Manager for a large, private estate in Portland’s West Hills.
May 13, 2013
The Lettuce Grow Foundation is a non-profit established to develop and transform vegetable gardens inside Oregon correctional facilities. Using the OSU Extension Master Gardening program and the Oregon Food Bank’s Seed to Supper classes, over 50 inmates graduated in 2012. In 2011 the prison gardens produced over 150,000 pounds of food for their own kitchen and an additional 60,000 pounds went to local food banks.
June 10, 2013
Two years ago, Laura King and Kathleen McMullen founded Northwest Rose Historians which reintroduces heritage roses into community centers’ public spaces in which these roses were first planted. This “living history” reinforces community identity and provides a sense of place while entrusting old garden roses and their stories to future generations. Please contact Northwest Rose Historians and share stories about your family rose; they are always on the lookout for pioneer roses.
Program notes: End of the Oregon Trail Pioneer Garden blog/webpage: http://eotpioneergarden.blogspot.com/
Sept 9, 2013
A Year in the Garden - a Behind the Scenes Look at the Portland Rose Garden
Harry Landers of the Portland Parks and Recreation Department will share insights about the Portland Rose Garden. Learn about this treasure of Portland from the man who knows it best.
October 14, 2013
Fruit Trees 101, 10 Things To Know When You Grow, Monica Maggio
Want to join the quickly blossoming movement of growing your own fruit? Perhaps you have already! Learn some great tips and techniques to help you get started (or continue to!) successfully grow fruit trees at home with Monica Maggio, former Arboretum Manager for the Home Orchard Society. Among many things, Monica will discuss site requirements & preparation, pollination needs, general maintenance requirements of different fruits, and how to select a good fruit tree. Please join us for this informative and tasty talk!
November 18, 2013
Edible Flowers, Vern Nelson
Vern Nelson is the owner of A New Leaf Kitchen Garden Design company and garden columnist for the Oregonian. He does scientific botanical watercolor illustrations and is a horticultural photographer. Vern is working on a book that will be a guide to kitchen gardening in the Northwest.
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last updated on December 10, 2013