October 2017 Chapter Meeting Minutes

Multnomah County Master Gardeners, Chapter meeting, October 10, 2017
Attending--45 members and 2 guests

 Announcements and reminders

*Members are reminded to sign up to bring snacks to meetings using paper sign-up or Signup Genius.
*Ride-sharing--information about making ride-sharing arrangements is in the e-news.
*Re-certification day is October 28 at Clackamas Community College.
*Cane-berry pruning workshop is October 21 in the Demo garden. This workshop is approved for MG education credit.

 OMGA presentations

Outgoing OMGA president Seamus Ramirez and incoming president Sue Nesbitt presented certificates to members of our chapter who have been Master Gardeners for many years.

20 years:  Claudia Groth and Dorthea Petersen
30 years: Patrick Adams, Dorothy Drews, Linda Eggiman, and Lee Garfield
Claudia, Dorothy, and Lee were not at this meeting.

News of other awards was shared: the chapter won a $325 Extension Educator grant.

Carolyn Dixon was not present in June when the Hospitality Committee was given the Behind the Scenes Master Gardeners of the year award so she accepted her certificate today.

Reminder was made of the Extension Search for Excellence program which highlights chapter projects. Only one application was received this year. Many inspiring projects from other states were displayed at the convention this summer.


Norm Jacobs of Arbutus Garden Arts spoke on Color and Contrast in the Fall Garden. He showed many maples with colorful fall foliage or interesting bark as well as other trees and shrubs. Some tree color changes are triggered by falling temperatures and sunlight also can play a role. He mentioned outstanding Japanese gardens in Rockford, IL, St Louis, MO, San Mateo CA, and Vancouver, BC where visitors can see such plants. Norm and his wife now specialize in plants that are at home in woodland gardens; he brought a selection of plants grown at their SE Portland nursery to show and sell.

Door prize
Denny Willson won a package of row cover.

Adele Thompson, secretary
November 30, 2017