Master Gardeners

The Curry County Extension Office provides training and opportunities for the general public in home horticulture and backyard gardening. The Master Gardener program gives people a chance not only to learn but to share what they have learned with their community. 

From April through September, it is possible to ask your questions directly to Master Gardeners at our OSU office in Gold Beach or to call us at 541-247-6672 from 10AM-2PM every Wednesday.  You can also email us your questions to:  currymg@oregonstate.edu .

Dr. Melanie Link-Perez is the curator of the OSU Herbarium and will be providing a full-day class on plant ID including hands-on activity using a dichotomous key and taking a field excursion while plugging in phone apps that will help you figure out how to identify unknown plants.  This class begins at the OSU Extension office on Saturday, September 9th and will run from 9-4.  Cost is $10 and open to the general public.  You can register at: http://bit.ly/CurryPlantIDWkshp .  Please bring bag lunches, hats, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, smart phones, hand lenses and your favorite plant field guide.  Call Scott Thiemann for more information at 541-247-6672 or email him at scott.thiemann@oregonstate.edu .

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Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are people interested in learning more about the art and science of growing and caring for plants for the garden, the landscape and the home. In exchange for classroom instruction, Master Gardeners extend garden information to their communities. The Master Gardener commitment is to act as a volunteer staff person for the OSU Extension Service.

What a Master Gardener does will vary according to the needs of the Extension Service and the desires, skills, and availability of the Master Gardener. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information. Others staff plant clinics, plant sales or a booth at the county fair. Master Gardeners might also speak to local groups, serve on advisory committees or as officers for the local Curry County MG Association, or assist with statewide activities such as the Master Gardener mini-college that is held annually at OSU.

Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener Training Classes are taught by OSU Extension agents and horticultural specialists. The program offers a basic, practical course in plant science and horticulture. Classes usually include: basic botany and plant physiology; pest identification and control methods; soil management and plant nutrition; and diagnosis and control of plant problems. Other general interest classes on such topics as lawns, greenhouses, water quality, houseplants, vegetables, trees, and shrubs may be included depending on class interest. The actual course content and sequence will vary from year to year and will depend on local needs and interests. Classes are held during the winter months usually January through March.

Are You Master Gardener Material?

Is the Master Gardener Program right for you? To help you decide whether you should apply for Master Gardener Training, see if you agree with these six statements:

  • Gardening and gardens have have always been of interest to me.
  • Anything I learn about gardening, I would be willing to share with others.
  • I really would like to learn a lot more about gardens, plants, and insects.
  • Entomology: Bugs can be fun; there is so much I don't know about them.
  • Mysterious things grow in my yard and in the county that I wish I could identify.
  • I am willing to provide 50 hours of volunteer outreach and education upon course completion.

If you find yourself agreeing with these statements, the Master Gardener Program may be right for you. It could be one of the most interesting activites you have ever been involved in. If you would like to become a Master Gardener, call, write, or email the:

Curry County Extension Office
Master Gardener Program

P.O. Box 488
Gold Beach, OR 97444
(541) 247-6672 or 1-800-356-3986
scott.thiemann@oregonstate.edu

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