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.

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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

Master Gardener Free Seminars are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the OSU Extension Service office, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene at 7 p.m.

February 20, 2018: Compost Carbon to Nitrogen Trials with Merry Bradley, David Kayfes, Zoe Livelybrooks, Sara VanDyke Compost Specialists 

Lane County Master Gardener Association 2018 Plant Sale

Save the Date: LCMGA Plant Sale


Master GardenerTM Volunteer Training

The 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is underway.  Applications for the 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training will be available August 2018. After completing the training, volunteers help Extension faculty educate and advise other home gardeners throughout Lane County.  For the schedule of classes, click here.

Horticultural Proficiency Program

Now accepting applications for the 2018 Horticultural Proficiency Certification Program.  Participants complete 60 hours of instruction and pass a comprehensive exam. Individual class option also available. Participants for individual classes may register on-site. For schedule of classes, click here.  Pay with a Credit Card

Public Pruning Classes

The 2018 pruning classes are scheduled. General Pruning handout available. NOTE: There was a date change for Clearwater Farm in Creswell to January 27, 2018.

For the past 27 years OSU Extension Service has trained thousands of home orchardists and gardeners. Some participants have repeated classes to keep their skills sharp! Classes are led by trained volunteer Master Gardener Pruning Specialists who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you.

Compost Classes

Schedule available for 2018 Free Compost demonstrations sponsored by the City of Eugene and OSU Extension Service in Lane County.

2018 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. 

  • Worm bin workshop Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon credit card option.
  • Worm bin workship Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon credit card option.

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

Thinking of becoming a Compost Specialist?  

Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of the annual Compost Specialist Training on April 4 and 11 from 9:00 to 4:30. Applications are due by Thursday March 15.  A lot of great information is packed into the training. Topics include The Science of Composting; Composting methods, including hot, cold, sheet, trench, Bokashi and worm bin composting; Organisms in the Compost; The Environmental Impact of Solid Waste; Trends and Issues of commercial compost; and Love Food not Waste. Participants will also have hands-on experience of various types of aerobic composting. Applications are available at the OSU Lane County Extension office (Kaufman House) at 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, as well as in this edition of Garden Gate. The class is limited to 20 participants.

After training, Compost Specialists volunteer 20 hours a year to compost-related activities to become certified. These hours, which include teaching others about composting, also count towards your Master Gardener volunteer hour commitment. Non-Master Gardeners may become Compost Specialists but pay a higher tuition. For more information and registraion click here.

Sustainable Landscape Program

Registration form for the 2018 Sustainable Landscape Certification classes is available. The two-day trainings are held 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.

April 18 & 19, 2018 REGISTER ONLINE

June 20 & 21, 2018 REGISTER ONLINE

October 23 & 24, 2018 REGISTER ONLINE

December 11 & 12, 2018 REGISTER ONLINE

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