Home Gardening

Got gardening questions? We've got answers!

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Our home gardening staff and volunteers (Master Gardeners™), in the Lane County Office can answer your questions in person, by phone, email, in educational programs and workshops, or with locally produced materials and garden publications based on research conducted at Oregon State University.

Visit the OSU Extension Service, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, OR 97402-5225, corner of 10th Ave & Jefferson Street (see map)

If you enjoy gardening and want to share that enjoyment with others in your community, consider the OSU Extension Master Gardener™ or Compost Specialist training programs.

Are you interested in in our upcoming classes and garden news? Sign up here for our Garden e-Newsletter.

Master Gardener Plant Clinic open for phone calls and walk ins:

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday
10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. ~ Master Gardener Plant Clinic: 541-344-0265

OSU Extension Office: 541-344-5859

You may send an email to Master Gardeners: Lanemg@oregonstate.edu

Have a Plant or Insect ID or Plant Problem?  Instructions for Bringing in a Good Sample 

Free Monthly Seminars sponsored by the Lane County Master Gardener Association

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 7 p.m. "Water is the Connection: Master Gardeners as Part of the Solution for Salmon Recovery" with Sharon Selvaggio. (Note: this is a change in the topic that was previously advertized)

Description: Ms. Selvaggio will discuss those pesticides used by urban residents commonly end up in Oregon's water, share information on risks certain pesticides pose to salmon, and discuss alternative practices and best management practices.

Fall Festival

The Lane County Master Gardener Association will hold its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at River Road Park, 1400 Lake Drive, Eugene. Join Master Gardeners in a variety of activities. Learn research-based gardening and food preservation techniques, meet community organizations, and shop local vendors. Enjoy free workshops, tomato and heirloom apple tastings, free cider pressed on-site, a vegetable-judging activity, and kids' activities. There will also be a bake sale, book sale, plant sale, and store featuring items made by local Master Gardeners.

Scheduled classes:

10:30-11:30 am - “Hot and Cold Composting & Bokashi” with Rodney Bloom, OSU Extension Service Compost Specialist

10:30-11:30 am - “Care Free Fruit” with John Fischer, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener

10:30-11:30 am – “Native Trees of Lane County” with Lauren Grand, OSU Extension Agent, Forestry and Natural Resources

12-1 pm – “Fall Cover Crops” with Jeff Choate, OSU Extension Service Commercial Horticulturist

12-1 pm – “Container Gardening” with Christina Bixel, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener

12-1 pm – “Wildlife in the Garden” with Jody Fairchild, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Sustainable Landscape Specialist

12-1 pm – “Native Shrubs and Wildflowers” with Bruce Newhouse, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener

1:30-2:30 pm – “Glorious Garlic” with Pat Patterson, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener and retired OSU Horticulture Assistant

1:30-2:30 pm – “Basics of Choosing and Growing Tree Fruits” with Jim Rundall, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Tree Fruit Specialist

1:30-2:30 pm – “Fermentation with Pickle Pipes” with OSU Extension Service Master Food Preservers

1:30-2:30 pm – “Butterflies of Lane County” with Alison Center, North American Butterfly Association

Master GardenerTM Volunteer Training

Now accepting applications for the 2018 MG Volunteer Program.  Application deadline November 28, 2017. After completing the training, volunteers help Extension faculty educate and advise other home gardeners throughout Lane County.

Horticultural Proficiency Program

Now accepting applications for the 2018 Horticultural Proficiency Certification Program.  Application deadline December 4, 2017. Participants complete 60 hours of instruction and pass a comprehensive exam. Individual class option also available.

Public Pruning Classes

The 2017 pruning classes are scheduled. General Pruning handout available.  

For the past 24 years we've trained thousands of home orchardists and gardeners. Some of our participants have repeated classes to keep their skills sharp; others have taken all of the classes! Classes have been led by trained volunteer Master Gardeners who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you.

Compost Classes

Schedule available for 2017 Free Compost demonstrations sponsored by the City of Eugene and OSU Extension Service in Lane County.

2017 Worm Bin workshops (registration $40). Each class taught by certified Compost Specialists. Print off the form and mail with a check or pay with a credit card. Pre-registration deadline is one week prior to class. No registrations accepted in class.  Please call for space availability.

  • November 4, 2017 Worm Bin Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon. Location: OSU Extension Service-Lane County, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene (enter on 10th at the ramp). Payment with credit card.

Class held to become a Compost Specialist with the OSU Extension Service - Lane County is held in April or May each year. Dates will be posted when available.

Sustainable Landscape Program

Class schedule for the 2017 Sustainable Landscape Certification training is available. The two-day trainings are held 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Classes will be held at 996 Jefferson St, Eugene. (Enter building on 10th at the ramp.) Parking available off ally behind 996 Jefferson, enter ally off Jefferson Street before you get to 10th.

Online Master Gardener Training through OSU

Register for the OSU Online Master Gardener Course at: https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/master-gardener-online The Master Gardener online course is offered by the OSU Extended Campus (Ecampus) and Extension Service. After completing the training, volunteers help Extension faculty educate and advise other home gardeners throughout Lane County.

Our programs are designed to help gardeners in Lane County on topics of interest to area gardeners-such as composting and pruning. We have answers to gardening questions and developed seasonal to-do lists called Garden Tips. We also have Garden Calendars, a list of activities organized by month. Our website includes links to other garden-related websites. For more information check out a practical guide to growing in Oregon, our eNews newsletter, or the Gardening Encyclopedia.

Soil pH Testing

Soil pH is one of many relevant factors affecting a garden. Lane County Master Gardeners are available to test your soil pH. Please bring soil samples with the completed form and a $2.00 fee to the OSU Extension Service office, 996 Jefferson St, Eugene from Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Please make checks payable to the Lane County Master Gardener Association. How to interpret soil pH results. 

Donations gratefully accepted

Help us "Grow into the Future" by sending a donation. Please make checks payable to Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) and mail to OSU Extension Service, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, OR 97402-5225.

Garden Hints from Agent Ross Penhallegon

OSU monthly "To Do" calendars.

Share the Bounty of Lane County - Help fight hunger in Oregon

Access to fresh produce is difficult for those on limited incomes. Donations of fresh produce from your garden can make a big difference. Contact these locations for information.

Master Gardener Fund Raiser: Garden Rhythm Journal authored by local gardeners.

  • Available for $17 at the OSU Extension Service Ag/Hort Program in Lane County, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene, OR 97402 or by mail.
  • Make checks payable to the Lane County Master Gardener Association (LCMGA).
  • The Lane County Master Gardener Association gladly accepts tax deductible donations. Make checks payable to the LCMGA and mail to LCMGA c/o OSU Extension Service Ag/Hort Program - Lane County, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene, OR 97402. 

 Food Security

This study analyzes options and strategies for increasing food production and processing in Lane County.

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Garden Journal

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