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Low Maintenance Gardening

Sep 10, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


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Jet Eccleston

Fall Virtual Talks - Learn how to design your garden and reduce the maintenance

10:00-11:00 am: Planting Design Theory

Understand - Create - Apply

In this 1-hour discussion we will dissect the building blocks of creating a beautiful, functional, and sustainable landscape design. Filled with eye-catching images and easy to understand graphics, we will cover all the basics of creating a landscape design from the ground up to give you a more comprehensive understanding about how to design with plants.

Rebecca Shepard is a landscape designer for GreenWorks (landscape architecture firm) and a long-time Master Gardener for OSU. She has worked on many residential designs from single family homes to large-scale residential housing. Rebecca loves to design with nature and to engage people with the environment through weaving outdoor experience with educational elements. She thrives at the challenge of reclaiming habitats for fish and wildlife by working with plants to reimagine the beauty and functionality of stormwater management. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the UO.

11:00-11:30am: 20 Stunning Plants for your Low Maintenance Garden

This talk will feature 20 garden plants which will add interest to your garden, but require minimal care. These plants fit into our hectic lives by not demanding a lot of our time. Many of them have colorful foliage or interesting texture, but require no or minimal staking, deadheading or dividing. In addition, most are long-lived, cold-hardy, deer-resistant, non- invasive and drought-tolerant. The talk will cover plants for both shady and sunny areas of your yard. Come meet these outstanding, but low maintenance plants.

Juliet Bender has been a Lane County Master Gardener since 2013, when she moved to Eugene, Oregon. However, she has been tending her gardens for decades both here and in the Washington, D.C. area. Over the years, she has planted a wide variety of plants (shrubs and perennials) and has become familiar with their characteristics. More recently, Juliet has been replacing demanding plants in her yard with tough, but beautiful plants to create a lower maintenance garden. Juliet is currently the President of the Lane County Master Gardener Association.

11:30am-12:00pm: Mulching for Low Maintenance Gardening

Using mulch in your yard or garden comes with a host of benefits, including weed suppression and water retention. This talk will focus on the reasons for mulching, different types of mulching materials, and its application.

Erica Chernoh is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Oregon State University in the department of Horticulture and based out of the OSU Extension office in Lane County. Her main focus is on organic and conventional production systems of hazelnuts, tree fruits, berries, and small fruits. She works with a variety of stakeholders, serving the needs of commercial farmers in the south Willamette Valley, and oversees the Master Gardener program in Lane County.

In collaboration with and in support of the OSU Extension Master Gardener™ Program. The Lane County Master Gardener Association (LCMGA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in support of the OSU Extension Lane County Master Gardener program.

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