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The Community Horticulture program serves the needs of homeowners, home gardeners, landscapers and retail nurseries in Marion County. One of the best-known programs within community horticulture is the Master Gardener program, whose volunteers offer gardening advice to home gardeners in Marion County.
The Master Gardeners are available in the Extension office Monday through Friday year-round. They offer a range of assistance with garden problems including insect and plant identification, plant problem diagnosis, as well as advice on growing a wide array of vegetables, tree fruit, berries and ornamental plants.
If you are a homeowner or a home gardener and would like to contact a Master Gardener, please feel free to visit the Extension office from 9-5pm (April through October) or 9-1pm (November through March) or call 503-373-3770 at these same times. See below for more information on the Master Gardener program and becoming a Master Gardener in Marion County.
Although the Master Gardeners only help with home garden problems, I am also available to assist landscapers and retail nursery personnel with plant or other problems. Please feel free to contact me, Neil Bell, Sr. Instructor, by phone or email any time and I will be pleased to assist you.
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OSU offers a wide array of resources for home gardeners in Oregon. If you are not in Marion County, and are looking for the location of the Extension office in your county, go to the Extension Service Home Page and click on “county offices”: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/index.php
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For information about the Master Gardener program, as well as links and other information, go to: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/
You can access OSU Extension publications on gardening and other topics. The online catalog offers publications on growing vegetables, berries, tree fruit, ornamental plants and lawns, as well as managing pests and diseases.
OSU Extension offers short, informative articles on gardening topics, as well as gardening calendars, audio clips and access to the Weed, Plant Disease and Insect Management handbooks.
Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook provides information on managing insect pests in home garden and home landscape plants, organized by host plant. Includes information on symptoms, identifying the cause, life cycle, as well as cultural control methods and approved pesticides.
WSU Spider management has an informative leaflet on spiders and their behaviors as well as managing spiders in the home.
National Pesticide Information Center offers information on pests, pesticides and pesticide-related topics.
Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook provides information on managing insect pests in home garden and home landscape plants, organized by host plant. Includes information on symptoms, identifying the cause, life cycle, as well as cultural control methods and approved pesticides.
OSU Department of Horticulture Landscape Plant Website features photos and information on hundreds of common landscape plants in western Oregon and elsewhere. Also has a simple search engine to assist with plant identification.
Not quite a gardener anymore, but not really a large farm, either? If you have acreage and are looking for information on growing produce or raising animals, then the OSU Small Farm Program is a good place to start for answers.