2017 Class Materials

Materials will be posted here as they become available. You are encouraged to check this site frequently.

2017 Marion County Class Schedule

Class site access and parking information

If you need to miss a class here in Marion County, it may be available in one of the surrounding counties. The makeup schedule will help you check your options. The makeup schedule has been revised due to recent weather issues. New dates are posted in blue. Here are the makeup class locations. Since schedules can change without our knowledge, we recommend that you call the makeup county's office to confirm the day's topic.

You've already received a copy of the Class Information Sheet, but it's available here in case you mislaid the original one. And the MCMGA newsletter, The Marion Garden Gate, is available online, if you'd like to get better acquainted with activities and some of our members.

Instructors regularly use PowerPoint presentations, and usually provide them in PDF format for your convenience. As they arrive, they will be posted here, with the class date identified. You can download and print them if you wish, or simply download and save the PDF file to your own computer for reference.

January 9 - Botany handout from Heather Stoven and her PowerPoint slides too! And Heather's slides, 2-up on a page, if you want a more readable printed version.

2017 International Master Gardeners' Conference web page. Browse the conference offerings. Register by the newly-extended earlybird deadline, February 28 and save $50. (Yes, you get Master Gardener rates.) We may not have another international event within such easy driving distance for a goodly number of years! And if you're really full of enthusiasm, volunteers are always welcome. There's a lot to do, both before and during the conference. Just click on Volunteer in the left-hand column of the conference webpage to check out the options, and then sign up.

Neil's Northwest Plant Evaluation project

January 23 - Remember to titivate! Photos today.

January 23 - Plant ID with Pat Breen. Here's the online database he demonstrated. And this is a helpful tool for trees only.

January 23 - Brown Bag at lunch - Intrepid Master Gardeners - Michael Johnson

January 23 - Soils and Fertilizers, with Joy Jones

January 30 - Home Tree Fruit, with Steve Renquist

February 6 - Gardening and Water Quality, Jacqueline Fern. In case the file opens to blank pages, try clicking the download arrow. That seems to help. Here are the supplemental resources Jacqueline discussed. Updated version of the testing labs list.

February 6 - Brown Bag at lunch - Tool Sharpening - Carl Heinke

February 6 - Pesticide Safety, David Spinks. Please note this corrected URL on p. 8 for Minimum Risk Pesticides.

February 13 - Pruning Ornamentals by Neil. Part A and Part B.

February 13 - Composting, with Linda Brewer. Plus two bonus offerings: Soils and Soil Chemistry, to provide a slightly different approach to Joy's materials

February 27 - Schedule change: Lawns with Alex Kowaleski will be the morning class. Alex also recommends an OSU publication, EC 1521, Practical Lawn Care for Western Oregon

February 27 - Brown Bag at lunch - Mason Bees - Carol Horning

February 27 - Schedule change: Berries with Bernadine Strik will be the afternoon class.

March 13 - Brown Bag at lunch - The All-Year Greenhouse - Colleen Owen

March 20 - Potluck lunch - Trainees and all veteran Master Gardeners

March 27 - Brown Bag at lunch - The All-Year Garden - Janie Jenne

Board meetings - 2nd Monday each month, 1 pm, Downstairs conference room @ Extension Office

Membership meetings - 4th Tuesday each month, Anderson Room (downstairs) at the Salem Public Library. Business meeting 6:30-7:00; speaker at 7:00.

Textbooks are distributed on the first day of class. This means you won't have an opportunity to read the Botany chapter before the botany presentation that afternoon. In case you'd like to brush up in advance on some of the terminology, here is the botany Glossary from the text book. You can also get a head start by using OSU's free self-paced online botany class.  Neither of these is required of course. They are just options you may want to explore.

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