Lincoln County Master Gardener Program

Aerial view of Newport from the south

Liz Olsen  Master Gardener Program Coordinator liz.olsen@oregonstate.edu

Lincoln County Garden/Home Horticulture Questions

click on the link below to submit your questions

lincolnmg@oregonstate.edu

 

August 14th-20th   2016 Lincoln County Master Gardener Week

Proclamation by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners

Sunday, August 14th Yachats Demonstration/Community Garden Open House
11:00am-2:00pm
Hwy 101, 7th and Drift Street
Grafting, Garden Tool Care and Attracting beneficial birds for Insect Control

Monday, August 15th Oregon Coast Community College Lincoln City campus
Demonstration Garden Open House 11:30am-1:00pm,
3788 SE High School Drive, Lincoln City
Coastal Gardening projects

Tuesday, August 16th Oregon Coast Community College, South Beach campus
Demonstration Garden Open House 10:00am-12:00pm,
400 SE College Way, South Beach
Showcasing various garden projects

Wednesday, August 17th Yaquina Bay Lighthouse School Garden 1:00pm-3:00pm,
At the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, 841 SW Government Street, Newport
Newport Community Drum Circle and Harvest for Food Pantry

Wednesday, August 17th Oceanview Assisted Living Adaptive Demonstration Garden
3:00p,-5:00pm,
525 NE 71st St., Newport
Tea and Tunes in the Garden showcasing Adaptive gardening, herbal tea garden and much more

Thursday, August 18th Advanced Master Gardener Training, Plant Problem Diagnostics by Neil Bell 10:00am-Noon and 1:00-3:00pm.  Pre-registration required of all. Free to active MG’s. Cost to Public $20.00

Friday, August 19th Lincoln County Senior Fair Master Gardener Adaptive Gardening
10:00am-5:00pm Fairgrounds Harney Building

Information and displays for those who want to continue gardening but face age, medical or physical limitations

Saturday, August 20th Lincoln County Fair Youth & Family Day
11:00am-2:00pm

Get creative with ‘Wonder Boards” youth activity, Fairgrounds outside field
12:30pm-2:00pm Tomato Tasting and Veggie Display
all grown by local Master Gardeners
Master Gardener Static Display throughout the Fair-Monthly Gardening Tips and Pollinator Gardening

Volunteer Forms

Conditions of Volunteer Service Form

Criminal History Background Check Form

Lincoln County School District Safe Schools online training link


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What is the Master Gardener program?

Who are Master Gardeners?

How can I become a Master Gardener?

How much does it cost?

How do I pay back the 60 hours?

How do I apply?

How long may I be a Master Gardener?

Links

 

OSU Master Gardeners in Newport, Oregon

What is the Master Gardener program?

Lincoln County office of OSU Extension Service receives more than 5,000 requests for home gardening information annually.  To provide information and answer residents’ questions, Extension enlists the assistance of Master Gardener volunteers. Begun in 1982, the Master Gardener program teaches and trains volunteers to answer questions in person, by phone or by email.  Many new residents to Lincoln County experienced and inexperienced gardeners are interested in receiving local gardening advice. The Master Gardener program is designed for volunteers to help home gardeners in diagnosing plant and insect related problems, soil preparation, plant maintenance and propagation, correct pruning methods, identifying plants, and selecting appropriate plant materials for coastal gardening. Volunteers do not need to know all the answers, but where to find them! The program teaches volunteers how to answer questions using sources of gardening information available through state and local publications, education programs and workshops, research conducted at Oregon State University, and the Extension Service.  It provides Master Gardeners with tools to become better gardeners, an awareness of sustainable gardening practices, an opportunity to give service to others, and to become part of a network of fellow, like minded gardeners.

In spite of budget constraints and reduced staffing, the Master Gardener program continues to grow.  Enthusiastic volunteers serve an increasingly larger audience of home gardeners as more residents enjoy the benefits of home gardening.

 

Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are volunteers who receive sustainable gardening and home horticultural training from Oregon State University Extension Specialists, agents and other Master Gardeners, and who want to share their gardening skill and training with others.

How can I become a Master Gardener?

Potential Master Gardeners are not required to have a gardening experience but rather the yearning and motivation to learn and to garden. However, they must be willing to spend one day a week for ten consecutive weeks during January, February, and March for a total of 70 hours of classroom instruction. They must agree to payback 60 hours during their Apprentice year in volunteering gardening information, public service, and contribute to social learning with other Master Gardeners.  National recertification is 30 hours annually in subsequent years.

How much does it cost?

Each new Master Gardener who is accepted for training must pay $200 to cover the cost of the Master Gardener reference notebook, class materials, and class expenses.

How do I pay back the 60 hours?

A minimum or 30 hours is spent at the Extension office Plant Clinic Help Desk answering gardening questions. Additional 30 hours can be achieved by staffing a booth at one of our Farmers Markets, taking a shift at the annual Spring Garden Sale and the remainder of those hours implementing an educational project at one of our 5 demonstrations gardens in Newport, Lincoln City and Yachats.

How do I apply?

The Master Gardener program is a great way to be involved in the enhancement of the community and to meet new friends with the same interests. Follow the links below to know more or to apply to become a Master Gardener.

Alternatively you can call our Lincoln County Extension Office at 541-574-6534 to receive an application by mail. Return it to the Lincoln County Extension Office, 1211 SE Bay Boulevard, Newport, OR 97365

How long may I be a Master Gardener?

You may use the title Master Gardener when interacting with the public as long as you recertify annually. A few have remained active since the first class was held in 1982. Others have remained active since their training. Many become members of the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association. This association holds monthly meetings to become better acquainted with each other, to have fun, to gain additional knowledge, and to plan community and educational gardening activities.


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Links

Demo Garden Soil Tests

Extension Gardening

Master Gardening in Newport, Oregon [Vimeo]

Natural Gardening Guide

Northwest Gardeners e-news

Northwest Grape & Berry Information Net

OSU Weekly Gardening Releases

USDA Hungry Pests Toolkit

PNW Weed Handbook http://pnwhandbooks.org/weed/

PNW Disease Handbook http://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/

PNW Insects http://uspest.org/pnw/insects

OSU Extension Publications Catalog https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/