Tuesday February 12th, 7:00 pm TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland

“How I Grow 40 Fruit Trees, Raspberries, Marionberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Grapes, and Currants on my 60- by 100-foot city lot, Glen Andresen, urban gardening expert and educator

Gather at 6:30pm, presentation at 7pm. 

Please note: If Portland Public Schools cancels evening classes and activities on Tuesday February 12th due to inclement weather, our monthly speaker series and meeting will also be canceled.


One doesn’t need a lot of space-or time- to grow fruit in the city, and this presentation offers proof! By using appropriate rootstock, espaliered apples and pears, summer pruning, efficient trellising, an innovative homemade irrigations system, compost, and remarkably pampered soil, Glen Andresen has managed to cram a lot of garden into his garden (and freezer). His presentation will concentrate on the labor-saving gardening principles and techniques he has pioneered and embraced so he doesn’t burn out as a gardener.

Since 1994, Glen Andresen has been Metro’s lead natural gardening educator. His program offers presentations and information on how to have healthy yards and gardens without the use of synthetic pesticides. Glen took the Master Gardener training in 1991. Glen is an avid beekeeper who has approximately 60 colonies of bees; last year his city bees produced more than 3,500 pounds of honey. He teaches backyard organic beekeeping classes through Portland Community College and in 2013, Glen co-founded Bridgetown Bees, a project whose goal is to selectively breed and raise honey bee queens in the city of Portland that can survive our winters without needing treatment for Varroa mites.

He also is the host of the long-running one-hour edible gardening show, The Dirtbag, heard the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. on community radio station KBOO, at 90.7 FM in Portland. Glen is a fifth generation Oregonian. He has degrees in economics and music, but still would rather play in the dirt.

clackamas county extension building proposal rendering

clackamas county extension building proposal rendering

Bonus Presentation!  Peek into the future for metro-area Master Gardeners.

Special guest Mike Bondi, OSU Extension Service, will join us on Tuesday, February 12, following Glen Andresen’s presentation.  Mike will share the exciting developments regarding plans for the new Clackamas County Extension building.  The proposed building will offer much needed spaces for the metro-area Master Gardener program.  Master Gardeners will have attractive new spaces to support the MG hotline office, spaces for educational programing, garden display areas, and native plantings along an existing wetland.  During his brief 15-minute presentation Mike will show images of the building, offer updates on the project and answer audience questions.