2014 Master Gardener Training Class

Here you will find any handouts and presentations that will be available for you to print or read online.

2014 Polk County Master Gardener Trainees

Snack Schedule

Training Schedules


Polk County Metro Area

Marion County

Linn/Benton County
Yamhill County Lane County

January 8th:

Orientation - Neil Bell - neil.bell@oregonstate.edu

Orientation Slideshow

Botany - Gail Gredler

Botany Slideshow

Recommended Books:

Botany for Gardeners, Brian Capon

What a Plant Knows, Daniel Chamovitz

Botany in a Day, Thomas J. Elpels

January 15th:

Plant ID - Richard Halse - Halse, Richard - halser@science.oregonstate.edu

Plant ID Slideshow

Plant ID Key

Plant ID Exercise Answer Key

Soils - Gene Pirelli - gene.pirelli@oregonstate.edu

Gene is responsible for Animal Science Extension education programs in Polk, Marion, Yamhill, Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties and for swine Extension programming statewide.  In the counties, the areas of education focus are:  Livestock and forage production, swine production and nutrition, animal nutrition, grazing management, forage management, soil fertility and selenium fertilization and utilization. He is currently providing leadership for forage and grazing education and research in Western Oregon. 

Gene authored a number of publications on pasture fertility, pasture management and livestock management for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  Along with colleagues, he developed the first selenium fertilization program in the U. S. which is approved for use in Oregon. He also co-authored a number of referred journal articles on OSU selenium research in forage, sheep and beef cattle.  He is currently researching and developing methods for improved selenium fertilization of Oregon pastures and subsequent selenium utilization in livestock supported by industry grants.

Soils Slideshow Soil Acidity in Oregon - Publication
Soil Sampling WebSoilSurvey
Fertilizing your Garden                    Improving Garden Soil with Organic Matter

January 22:

Lawns - Alec Kowaleski

Dr. Kowalewski received his Masters and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Prior to joining Oregon State University, Kowalewski taught at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Georgia Turf Breeding Program in Tifton, Georgia.  Kowalewski has also served as a resident consultant at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and a Briggs & Stratton Yard Smarts expert.  In 2012 Kowalewski joined Oregon State University as the Turfgrass Specialist.  Responsibilities entailed in this appointment include undergraduate and graduate education and advising, industry and community outreach, as well as directing the universities applied turfgrass research program. 

Mowing Slideshow Mowing Handout
Fertilization Slideshow Fertilizing Lawns Handout
Irrigation Slideshow Turf Irrigation Handout
Weed Management Slideshow Weed Control Handout
  Aeration and Topdressing Handout

Pruning Ornamentals - Neil Bell

Pruning Ornamentals - 1         Plant Amnesty Website
Pruning Ornamentals - 2 PNW International Society of Arboriculture

Recommended Books:

Pruning and Training, Brickell and Joyce

The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers, Brown and Kirkham

Cass Turnbull's Guide to Pruning, Cass Turnbull

January 29:

Tree Fruits - Anita Azarenko

Anita began working at OSU in October 1986 as the tree fruit and hazelnut researcher and educator. Her focus was on production physiology of cherries and hazelnuts with emphasis in flowering, integrative and organic production systems, and soil fertility management.  In October 2003 she became the department head of Horticulture and then in August 2012, became the Associate Dean of the Graduate School at OSU.  She has consulted in Australia on globally competitive sweet cherry production systems.  In 1993 she married a farmer, David Landis. They are stewards of a 160 acre small farm in Linn County, north of Sweet Home, OR.  They raise 18 acres of certified organic fruit and hazelnuts, 50 acres of pasture, 80 acres of timber, cattle and a few pigs. Their food is sold at farmers’ markets, First Alternative Coop and Brooklane Orchards (Corvallis), Oceana (Newport), and Sundance (Eugene). In autumn, their fruit can be found in Denison Farms and Groundwork Organics CSA boxes.

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Composting - Linda Brewer

Linda Brewer is a certified professional soil scientist, and a member of the faculty of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She has worked with the public and the solid waste community for more than 20 years to support the management of organic waste at the domestic level. She is a member of the Benton County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and serves faculty at Oregon State as a grant manager and technical writer.

Composting Slideshow  
Composting Slidshow Handout  

February 5:

Small Fruits - Bernadine Strik

Blackberry Handout Growing Blackberries in Your Home Garden
  Blackberry Cultivars for Oregon
Blueberry Handout Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden
  Blueberry Cultivars (New version available Spring 2014)
Raspberry Handout Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden
  Raspberry Cultivars (New version available Spring 2014)
Strawberry Handout Growing Straberries in Your Home Garden
  Strawberry Cultivars

Vegetable Gardening - Pat Patterson

Vegetable Gardening Handout (Small Slides) Vegetable Gardening (Large slides)
Soil Blocks Handout  

February 12:

Understanding Pesticides - Paul Jepson

Integrated Pest Management Slideshow

IPM Pest and Plant Disease Models and Forecasting Website

Plants for Polinators How to Reduce Been Posioning From Pesticides

Wildlife Pest Management - Dana Sanchez

Wildlife Management Notes Pages  

February 19:

Plant Propagation

Growing from Seed Slideshow

Resources - Neil Bell

February 26:

Plant Pathology - Jay Pscheidt

Weeds - Chip Bubl

Weeds Slideshow  

March 5:

Entomology - Jean Natter

Jean Natter was certified as an OSU Master Gardener volunteer in 1999 in Washington County.  Previous to that, she lived in California where she obtained a BS in Horticulture and Plant Pathology; taught college-level classes in Ornamental Horticulture at a local community college; wrote a weekly garden column for a large metropolitan newspaper; and taught gardening at a botanic garden.

Since 2001, she has been an instructor for new Master Gardeners during Annual Training.  During more recent years, she has been teaching Entomology, Household Arthropods, Plant Disease, and Diagnostic Clinic.

Entomology Slideshow Entomology Handout

Problem Diagnosis 1

Problem Diagnosis 1 Slideshow  

March 12:

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management Slideshow

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