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 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, or 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.

Master Gardener Hotline open for phone calls and walk in customers:

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday
10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. ~ Master Gardener Hotline: 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, January 20, 2015 - Master Gardener business meeting starts at 7 p.m. Speaker, Alice Doyle with Loghouse Plants. Everyone welcome, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene (corner of 10th, enter on 10th at the ramp).

Sign up now!

2015 Master Gardener Volunteer Daytime Training - deadline extended

Sign up now to become a Master Gardener Volunteer in Lane County. Fill out the application and mail in with a $100 deposit (or pay with credit card below). Deadline extended, sign up ASAP. Mentor groups will meet in December. First class will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Credit card payment option:

$100 refundable deposit by credit card (refunded upon completion of 66 hours of volunteer service) for Master Gardener Daytime training

$250 class payment by credit card for Master Gardener Daytime training

2014-15 Horticultural Proficiency or Master Gardener at Night Volunteer program:

The 2014-15 Horticultural Proficiency or Master Gardener@Night Volunteer training Term 2 will start on January 15, 2015. Credit card payment ($250) for Term 2.

View the revised registration form for dates of the various topics.

  • Attend individual classes for $25 per person. Classes are held Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. See the registration form above for dates and topics. Classes are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W 13th Ave. in Eugene (corner of Chambers, enter from parking lot).

Online Master Gardener Training through OSU

Register for the OSU Online Master Gardener Course at: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/mastergardener The Master Gardener online course is offered by the OSU Extended Campus (Ecampus) and Extension Service.

Option One, participants earn a Certificate of Home Horticulture. This option does not require volunteer work. Option One will be offered also in the winter session, along with Option Two.

  • Option Two offers training to become a certified Master Gardener and to earn the Master Gardener badge through volunteering. In addition to the basic course, participants are required to put in 40–70 hours of volunteer work at their local OSU Extension office. Registration for Option Two opens in October.

Please fill out the interest form to be contacted for the next Master Gardener volunteer training in Lane County. The daytime Master Gardener training in Lane County opens for registration in August.

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.

Small Scale & Urban Farming Classes

Registration is open so sign-up now to learn from OSU professional experts in their fields. Classes will be held at the OSU Extension Service office, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene (enter on 10th at the ramp). Cost is $25 per person.

Small-Scale Greenhouses and Hoop Houses: Dec. 2, 2014, 6-8:30 p.m. Credit card option. Want to build a greenhouse or hoophouse?  This class is designed for beginners and will cover differences between greenhouses and hoophouses, kits & DIY building materials, designs to fit different spaces and interests, and passive heating techniques.  

Getting Started with Poultry: Jan. 29, 2015, 2-4:30 p.m. Credit card option. This class will cover the ins and outs of raising chickens, turkeys and other poultry and is designed for those interested in raising poultry for eggs or for meat.  Dr. Jim Hermes, OSU Extension Service Poultry Specialist will cover topics including hatching eggs, brooding and raising chicks, poultry nutrition, flock & bird health, breeds of poultry, and housing for poultry.

Getting Started with Poultry: Jan. 29, 2015, 6-8:30 p.m. Credit card option.

Microgreens for Beginners: Feb. 24, 2015, 6-8:30 p.m. Credit card option. Confused about the difference between sprouts, microgreens, and baby greens???  In this class you'll learn the difference!  Microgreens are easy to grow indoors or in a greenhouse.  We'll cover the latest research on the health benefits of microgreens, how to grow your own, and taste test different types.  Participants will plant a container of microgreens to take home.  

New Vegetable Varieties: March 31, 2015, 6-8:30 p.m. Credit card option.

Public Pruning Classes

The pruning class schedule for 2015 classes is now available. Pre-registration is requested for all sessions by calling 541-344-5859. The schedule of classes shows dates, times, locations and pruning topics. Classes are held rain or shine. Suggested donation is $10 per person unless otherwise noted.

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 will be out soon for the 2015 Free Compost demonstrations are sponsored by the City of Eugene and OSU Extension Service in Lane County.

Check back for the dates of 2015 Worm Bin workshops (registration $40). They will be led by certified Compost Specialists.

Sustainable Landscape Certification

Class schedule for the 2015 Sustainable Landscape Certification training is available. The two-day trainings are held 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Classes will be held at 996 Jefferson St, Eugene.  (Enter on 10th at the ramp.  Street parking only.) April 8-9, 2015 is the first class.

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.

Master Gardeners Only  (includes daytime class schedule and homework) 

Master Gardener @ Night Only (night class schedule and homework)