Tillamook County Master Gardener Association

What is the Master Gardener Program?

OSU Master Gardeners is an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service program that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated corps of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers, educated through OSU Extension Service to offer the local community  

Reliable, Relevant and Reachable gardening information and education opportunities.
•    Reliable: our gardening advice and education is science-based.   
•    Relevant: customized information for your gardening situation.
•    Reachable: Call us on the phone or visit with us at markets or gardens in your community.

What We Do and Where We Work:  In 30 counties across Oregon, Master Gardener volunteers answer gardening questions at OSU Extension offices, at community Farmers' markets, and at Master Gardener events.  Volunteers create and manage demonstration gardens, school gardens and community gardens.  They host garden tours, workshops and classes in their communities.

Training:  The training involves an 11 week course of instruction, one day a week, starting in January. Classes on a variety of horticulture subjects are taught by OSU staff and other professionals, and involve readings from the Sustainable Gardening text, lectures and hands on education. Upon completion of the training, participants complete 60 hours of service work within their communities, including 30 hours advising the public at our plant clinics. The cost is $120 and includes the text. Students can opt out of the service work by paying an additional fee. Members can recertify annually at no cost. For more details, click here.

TCMGA: Tillamook County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA) is a non-profit, educational organization that helps to promote the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Program and provides opportunities for additional educational training throughout the year.

TCMGA membership is open to anyone completing the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener classes and residing in or about Tillamook County. The membership year begins January 1st and runs through December 31st. Dues are $15/year.

We are life-long learners. We believe our gardening work together should be a lot of fun.



* In 2016 the Learning Garden donated 763 pounds of produce to the Food Bank.

* Master Gardeners are partners in the North Coast Food Network. The Learning Garden is a resource for the North Coast Food Guide distribution. The North Coast Food Guide is a tool to help families access locally grown, produced and harvested foods.

* Master Gardener volunteer hours also contribute value to the economic development throughout the county. According to the Independent Sector leadership networks for non-profits, the value of the Master Gardener volunteer hour in Oregon is $23.56. In 2016, fifty-five Master Gardener volunteers contributed 1605 hours for a dollar value amount of $37, 813.80.

* Learning Garden serves as model of community-based education focused on a hands-on and practical learning tool: the garden. We educate students (adults and children) about sustainable principles and practices, nutrition, and healthy eating habits.

* During the 2016 Tillamook County Fair, the Learning Garden welcomed 1448 visitors over the four days of the Fair.

* In 2016 there were 55 active Learning Garden volunteers and Master Gardener Student Apprentices who work in the Learning Garden.

* Our Master Gardener Apprentices are actively involved in the LG.

Those wishing to learn more about the OSU Master Gardener Program may contact the OSU Extension Office at 503-842-3433.


TCMGA Activities & Resources 

What Master Gardeners are Doing This Month

Learning Garden

TCMGA Special Events

TCMGA Market Place

TCMGA Officers & Committees


TCMGA Members' Page (password required)

OSU's 10 minute University

OMGA - Oregon Master Gardener Association



Updated 6.29.2017


Tillamook High School FFA

Hanging spring baskets

Hidden Acres

Fertilizer, potting soils, planters, trellises

Tillamook County


Jewelry from Potatoes!

The Lighthouse

Decorative wooden lighthouses and tire planters



Master Gardener

Association (TCMGA)


Hypertufa containers with sedums and succulents

Wild Rain Gallery

Assorted  Garden art pieces

Plant Sale

Saturday May 4th, 2013

Tillamook 4-H

Beverages, snacks, hot dogs


Ethyl’s Fabrics

Crocheted rag rugs, aprons, pot holders

9 am – 2 pm


The Pavilion

Tillamook County Fairgrounds

Herbs, Vegetable Starts, Perennials, Natives, Garden Art, Bird Houses,

“garden- related” Garage Sale, Master Gardener Help Desk,

and Invasive plant information.


TCMGA is a non-profit organization.   Proceeds fund scholarships for Tillamook residents.



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