Calendar of Events

Friday, Sep 23rd 2016

NWREC Public Farm Tours
Last tours of the year are on Friday September 23rd and October 28th. North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors. Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot. Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service. Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

Saturday, Sep 24th 2016

OSU Benton County Master Gardeners at the Corvallis Farmers' Market

Wednesday, Sep 28th 2016

OSU Benton County Master Gardeners at the Corvallis Farmers' Market

Tuesday, Oct 4th 2016

Hand-forged Garden Tools
Guest speaker: Bob Denman from Red Pig Garden Tools Bob Denman hand forges garden tools in his shop in Boring, Oregon the old-fashioned way, with steel, fire, an anvil and hard work.  His shop crafts an impressive range of tools, including rakes, dibbles, hoes, trowels and saws. Need help getting rid of weeds?  Red Pig forges over a dozen tools for weeding alone.  
Perennials Divide and Conquer
This is the best way to make room for more plants, and be a sharing hero.  If you have any doubts about how, when, and which to divide, come and watch a hands-on demonstration by Master Gardener experts.  Bring your own overgrown clump and we’ll lead you through the division process. 

Thursday, Oct 6th 2016

Deer-Resistant Gardening
Which plants won’t get munched by those pesky deer?  Learn plant selection, location and other techniques for making your garden less vulnerable to our hungry deer friends.

Saturday, Oct 8th 2016

Fall into Gardening
Clackamas County Master Gardeners offer free 10-Minute University™ classes, soil pH testing service, educational displays, and gardening advice. Classes: Common Pests & Diseases in the Home Garden (9 – 9:30), Fall Gardening in the Vegetable Patch (9:30 – 10), Soils and Composting (10 – 10:30), and Putting Your Ornamental Garden to Bed (10:30 – 11). Keynote Speaker Bob Denman: The Ergonomics of Garden Tools: How to Dig, Hoe and Cultivate without Trashing Your Body (11-noon) Each client may submit up to six soil samples. For instructions on taking soil samples, get the "testing soil pH" handout at www.cmastergardeners.org/10-Minute University        

Monday, Oct 10th 2016

Clackamas County Chapter Meeting:Northwest Plant Evaluations: Plant trials and the results - Neil Bell, Community Horticulturist, OSU Extension
In 2000, Neil Bell began research to identify a palette of shrubs suitable for low-input, un-irrigated landscapes in the Willamette Valley. Since 2000, he has conducted many studies of landscape plants for drought tolerance and cold hardiness, collaborating with Heather Stoven. Studies on Ceanothus, Halimium, Hebe and Grevillea have concluded and results continue to inform the nursery industry and home gardeners in plant selection.  Neil is currently evaluating 75 selections of Arctostaphylos (Manzanitas). Neil’s method for evaluation is harsh by home garden standards—plants are not watered, sprayed or pruned for the duration; they are rated for growth, flowering and hardiness. The goal is to provide information on plants suitable for “low-input” landscapes in the Willamette Valley and other areas west of the Cascade Mountains. Since 2000, Neil Bell has overseen the Community Horticulture program in Marion County and Polk County, which includes the Master Gardener program.  Among his significant contributions to the Statewide Master Gardener Program are training on diagnosis of plant problems and pruning of ornamental plants. He has co-authored publications on water-efficient landscape plants, soil amendment and mulch use. Neil lives and gardens with his family on 5 acres west of Monmouth. *Qualifies for education/recertification credit. http://clackamascountymastergardeners.org/Lectures.html 

Tuesday, Oct 11th 2016

Geranium cuttings for propagation
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own “old” geraniums to this seminar.  We’ll take cuttings and teach you how to maintain them over winter.

Friday, Oct 28th 2016

NWREC Public Farm Tours
Last tours of the year are on Friday September 23rd and October 28th. North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) will provide two-hour afternoon farm tours. Anyone interested in seeing the latest research and education activities taking place at the farm are encouraged to attend.  Tours begin at 2:00pm and conclude by 4:00pm. Bring friends, family or neighbors. Call 503-678-1264 or stop by the Main office from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily to reserve your spot. Alltours are provided free of charge as a public service. Larger groups (up to 24) can be accommodated, too. Call ahead to schedule a convenient time.

Tuesday, Nov 1st 2016

The Power of Plants: The Roles of Plants in Watershed Restoration
Guest speaker: April Olbrich from the Tualatin River Watershed Council  April Olbrich has been the Coordinator of the Tualatin River Watershed Council since 2003. The Watershed Council plans, develops and implements projects to maintain and restore the biological and physical process in watersheds for the sustainability of the communities.    *Qualifies for one hour of education/recertification credit 

Tuesday, Nov 8th 2016

Fall rose pruning
We will prune the 32 roses at the demonstration garden.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own pruning tools and gloves.  Pruning tools will be sharpened for you.

Monday, Nov 14th 2016

Clackamas County Chapter Meeting: Cataclysms on the Columbia: the Great Missoula Floods - Scott Burns
Between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago, a series of momentous floods crashed through the Pacific Northwest, reaching heights of up to 400 feet where Portland lies today and carving the landscape of the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley. Geologist and gifted speaker Scott Burns will focus on the incredible story of J Harlen Bretz’s discovery of the Ice Age floods and the pioneering research that Bretz used to prove his discovery to the world. Burns will also discuss the floods’ effect on the formation of 16,000 square miles of Pacific Northwest terrain, from eastern Washington to Astoria and the Willamette Valley.  Whether or not you’re a geology buff, you’ll be glad you joined us for this fascinating and humorous presentation about our region’s natural history. Scott Burns is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University. He has been teaching for 44 years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana.  Scott specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, terroir and Quaternary geology.   *Qualifies for education/recertification credit. http://clackamascountymastergardeners.org/Lectures.html 

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