Welcome 2019 Interns Potluck - April 9th, 2019

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

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

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. Please 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 perennials, 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.

It’s not too late to RSVP!


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 over the past 5 years in the Rogue Valley to create monarch waystations, sharing both successes and failures.  Through his efforts with three milkweeds native to western Oregon and many other nectar plants, he has learned which are most effective in attracting monarchs and other pollinators. He will highlight both the native plants that can be the backbone of pollinator gardens and selected non-natives and cultivars that can be valuable additions.

Tom Landis is a forester who retired after 30 years of working as a nursery specialist for the US Forest Service. Using his nursery experience, Tom has been creating pollinator habitat by growing and planting native milkweeds and other nectar plants in monarch waystations throughout southern Oregon. As a founding member of the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates (SOMA), Tom has given over 80 monarchs and milkweeds presentations and workshops including one at a Society of Ecological Restoration meeting in Manchester, England.  SOMA is also involved in controlled rearing, and, last year, SOMA members raised and released over 2,500 monarchs to help restore populations of this iconic butterfly.