Save the date! Welcome Potluck! April 9th, 2019

WHERE: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland (off street parking on SE 54th Ave.)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9th (arrive 5:45pm, potluck 6:00pm, program 7:00pm)

Welcome the 2019 Master Gardener Training class, our newest OSU Extension Service MG volunteers!

INTERN Master Gardeners—Just bring your appetite. Perennial Master Gardener chefs will be whipping up a nice spread of delectable delights for you to dine on and enjoy. Your guests are welcome. Please bring an empty plate and utensils for you and your guests (to cut down on disposable waste).  We start dishing up at 6:00pm.

PERENNIAL Master Gardeners—Design a dish, bake a bread, capture a cake, or serve up a salad; it’s all welcome. Bring your dishes by 5:30 pm, so we can start serving on time at 6:00 pm. Also bring an empty plate and utensils (to cut down on disposable waste). Your contribution should serve 12 people, so there’s enough for all the vets, interns, and guests we expect. A card with the dish’s ingredients is helpful, for folks with dietary restrictions, along with any serving utensils. Be sure to put your name on your container and utensils, so they can be reunited with you.

An invitation with RSVP instructions will be emailed soon!


Keynote Speaker: Tom Landis, retired forester, founding member of the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates

Topic: Milkweed and Monarchs: Using Native Plants to Create Monarch Stations

The monarch butterfly lays its eggs exclusively on the milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.), and the monarch larvae only feed on milkweed. With land development and shifting management practices, we have lost much of the milkweed from the landscape. Monarch “waystations” are being created - small areas of pollinator habitat that monarchs can visit for nectar, larval food, and egg-laying during their spring and summer breeding periods. Tom Landis, a retired forester and nursery specialist, will describe his efforts in the Rogue Valley over the past 5 years to create monarch waystations, sharing both successes and failures.