Home Gardening

Got gardening questions? We've got answers!

Who we are!

The OSU Extension Farms and Gardens program, including the Master Gardener program, is partnering with Lane Community College Farm Business Management Program, the Lane County Master Gardener Association, Rainbow Valley Design and Construction Company, and many other community partners.

Come see us at our new address at the historic Kaufman House, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, OR 97402-5225, corner of 10th Ave & Jefferson Street (see map)

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.

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

Free Monthly Seminars sponsored by the Lane County Master Gardener Association

Tuesday, September 20, 2016: Growing and Harvesting Medicinal Herbs with Marjory House, 7-8:30 p.m. OSU Extension Service - Lane County office, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene (enter on 10th at the ramp). Free and open to the public.

2017 Master Gardener Classes

  • Classes all day Wednesdays January - March. Sign up for the 2017 Master Gardener Voluteer training by returning this application to OSU Extension Service - Lane County, 996 Jefferson St, Eugene, 97402.  Applications due by November 28, 2016.

Sustainable Landscape Workshop

Class schedule for the 2016 Sustainable Landscape Certification training is available. The two-day trainings are held 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

  • October 25-26, 2016, $25 per person. Credit card option.
  • December 14-15, 2016, $25 per person. Credit card option.

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.

Compost Classes

Schedule available for 2016 Free Compost demonstrations sponsored by the City of Eugene and OSU Extension Service in Lane County.

2016 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.

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 ($40). Credit card payment option.

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.

Public Pruning Classes

The pruning classes are completed for the season. General Pruning handout available.  Please sign up for our eNews newsletter to find out about the next Public Pruning classes to be held in Winter 2016/2017.

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.

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 RhythmJournal 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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