Central Oregon Master Gardener

The OSU Master Gardener™ Program in Central Oregon

The OSU Master Gardener™ program is entering its 37th consecutive year, serving Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. Over the years, this program has trained hundreds of volunteers and they, in turn, have reached thousands of clients within our communities.

The program targets individuals interested in learning and sharing research-based gardening information. Currently, the program has over 90 active volunteers who find the program educational, fun and very rewarding.

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener™? Master Gardeners are people like you, interested in learning more about the art and science of growing and caring for plants in the garden, the landscape, and the home. In exchange for classroom instruction, Master Gardeners agree to help local Extension faculty and staff extend horticultural information to people in their communities. 

Master Gardeners Help People

Your commitment after training is to be a volunteer staff person for the OSU Extension Service. The program coordinator will help you to schedule your volunteer time. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information; others staff plant clinics at garden shows or local events. Master Gardeners might also work on projects with local schools, give talks to area garden clubs or complete an approved project of their own design. 

The Training of Master Gardeners

Master Gardener™ training classes are taught by OSU extension agents and horticultural experts. The program offers basic, practical courses in plant science and home horticulture. Classes include basic botany, methods for growing vegetables, lawns, fruit trees and landscape plants, pest identification and control methods, soil management and plant nutrition, and diagnosis of plant problems. The actual courses offered vary depending on local needs and interests. Classes are held during the winter months from February through April. 

Upcoming Events

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Water-Wise Gardening Series: Bend Water-Wise Irrigation Guide

Deschutes County Extension Event

Wed, Jun 20, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join OSU Faculty, Master Gardener volunteers and City of Bend experts for this free workshop.
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Water-Wise Gardening Series: Bend Water-Wise Lawn Care

Deschutes County Extension Event

Thu, Jun 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Part of our Water-Wise Gardening Series.
Join OSU Faculty, Master Gardener volunteers and City of Bend experts for this free workshop.
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Gardening with Kids 'Pollinators: What's All the Buzz About'

Deschutes County Extension Event

Sat, Jun 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join OSU Master Gardeners and OSU staff for this free, fun, kid-friendly class. No registration necessary.
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Water-Wise Gardening Series: Bend Water-wise Streetscape Guide

Deschutes County Extension Event

Thu, Jun 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join OSU Faculty, Master Gardener volunteers and City of Bend experts for this free workshop.

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