Portland metro area Master Gardener Program

Registration has closed for 2014 Master Gardener™ training!

The Master Gardener (MG) training is a public service of Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service to deliver a comprehensive education program on all aspects of growing and caring for plants. This program includes both a 66-hour classroom training focused on the art and science of sustainable gardening and a 66–hour volunteer internship in which participants continue their learning by serving as gardening educators in the community.

The MG training is a fun, interactive, and informative educational program. The training is the equivalent of a college-level introduction to horticulture course. OSU Master Gardeners are trained by OSU Extension faculty and other gardening experts.

The primary mission of the Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to help educate the general public about sustainable gardening through a wide range of pre-existing volunteer activities including plant clinics at OSU Extension offices, remote clinics at many local Farmers' Markets and other venues such as the Zoo, International Rose Test Garden, county fairs, and garden shows.

OSU Metro Master Gardeners™ are also engaged in other pre-existing outreach volunteer activities throughout the Metro area such as: making gardening presentations to community groups; working with school and community gardens; assisting at many Portland Parks and Oregon State Parks such as Pittock Mansion, Tryon Creek, and Champoeg; and generally providing sustainable gardening information to the general public.

Enrollment Options for 2014

The Master Gardener training is an 11–week course that takes place January through March each year. Nearly 200 people participate the MG training each year at convenient locations in the Portland metro area.

There are two enrollment options for the MG training in the Portland metro area:

  1. Master Gardener Training Program (Cost: $395 if registered by November 30; $445 after November 30) is a comprehensive course in sustainable gardening, which includes both a 66–hour training and 66–hour volunteer internship and the title of OSU Master Gardener™. Training fees include the following:
    • Course instruction facilitated by OSU Extension faculty and other gardening experts.
    • Sustainable Gardening, the Oregon-Washington Master Gardener Handbook
    • A Master Gardener identification badge upon completion of our 66-hour internship.
    • Support for participating in Master Gardener volunteer activities.
  2. Master Gardener Certificate Training ($790) is the same program as above, but does not include the volunteer time associated with the traditional Master Gardener Program. This option is intended for but not limited to professionals working in the nursery and landscaping industry. The certificate cost is $790 and includes:
    • Course instruction facilitated by OSU Extension faculty and other gardening experts.
    • Sustainable Gardening, the Oregon-Washington Master Gardener Handbook
    • Official OSU Extension Service certificate of completion.
    • Badges or title of OSU Master Gardener™ are not given for this track.

Training Topics Include:

  • Botany for gardeners
  • Soils and compost
  • Home vegetable gardening
  • Small fruits and home orchards and pruning
  • Ornamental plant and lawn care
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Garden entomology (insect identification) and household pests
  • Plant diseases and plant disease diagnostics
  • Safe pesticide use and weed management
  • Vertebrate pest management
  • Organic gardening
  • Plant identification
  • Volunteer resources and communication skills.

2014 Master Gardener Training Specifics

The MG training is offered in the Portland metro area as described below:

Tuesdays, January 7 – March 18, 2014 in Beaverton, First Baptist Church, 5755 SW Erickson Ave.

Thursdays, January 9 - March 20, 2014 in Oregon City, Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive

Fridays, January 10 - March 21, 2014 in SE Portland, Multnomah Co. Bldg. 501 SE Hawthorne Ave.

All classes are held from 9am – 4pm with a lunch break from 12pm – 1pm.

Registration for the MG training is a two-step process:


1) Reserve your spot in the 2014 MG training with volunteer option  by registering on OSU's secure online payment system where you can pay by credit card or check. Cost = $395 if registered by November 30 and $445 after November 30.

  • Beaverton, Tuesdays January 7 – March 18, 2014 (The Beaverton class is now full. Please register at the Oregon City class).
  • Oregon City, Thursdays January 9 – March 20, 2014
  • Portland, Fridays January 10 – March 21, 2014 (The Portland class is now full. Please register at the Oregon City class.)

Or Reserve your spot for the Master Gardener Certificate Training without volunteer commitment by registering on OSU's secure online payment system where you can pay by credit card or check. Please indicate which day and location you plan to attend in the "Notes/Other Requirements" field of the online registration/payment form.  Cost = $790.

2) Complete your registration by submitting important paperwork required for participation in our volunteer program.  After you reserve your slot through step one above, we will send you a packet via postal mail including the following documents:

Please promptly fill out these forms and return them to us so that we can enter your information into our data base. Your registration is not complete and you cannot serve as a volunteer until your forms  have been received and reviewed by the Master Gardener program office.

Attendance and Internship Policy

Attendance is tracked through a sign-in system. Attendees participating in the Master Gardener Training Program (option 1 from above) will receive an official OSU Extension Service Master Gardener name badge after completion of the 66-hours of documented volunteer time through our internship program.

Got questions about the MG training?

Call or email Jean Bremer, Master Gardener Program Support, if you have any questions regarding the upcoming Master Gardener training in 2014 or to receive a registration packet.


Phone: 503-655-8631.

Mailing Address: Master Gardener Program 200 Warner-Milne Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045

Look for Master Gardener™ training 2015 to open up in the fall of 2014!




Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In reference to publications, events, or activities: Publications will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Please call 503-655-8631 for information. If you have a physical disability that requires special considerations in order for you to attend the event/activity, please notify the metro Master Gardener program by December 1 at 503-655-8631 or jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu

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