How I Grow 40 fruit trees, raspberries, Marionberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and currants on my 60- by 100-foot city lot.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 7pm at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Glen Andresen

Glen Andresen

You don’t need a lot of space or time to grow fruit in the city, and this presentation offers proof! By using appropriate root-stock, espaliered apples and pears, summer pruning, efficient trellising, an innovative homemade irrigation system, compost, and remarkably pampered soil, gardening expert and garden educator, Glen Andresen shares how he has managed to cram a lot of garden into his city lot (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.

Willi Galloway

Willi Galloway

February 12, “Delightfully Delicious: Strategies for Maximizing Flavor in Homegrown Food” Willi Galloway author of Grow, Cook, Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening

Homegrown food tastes best, especially when you follow some simple strategies for maximizing the flavor of your garden’s fruit and vegetables. Join us as Willi Galloway, the author of Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lovers’ Guide to Vegetable Gardening, will talk about the science behind flavor and share simple cultivation, harvest and storage techniques for improving the taste of your vegetables. Plus, she will offer tips on harvesting vegetables at different stages, discuss unusual edibles, and share her thoughts on the best tasting varieties for Portland vegetable gardens.

tending the seedlings at our community demonstration garden - photo courtesy of eddie rosen

tending the seedlings at our community demonstration garden - photo courtesy of eddie rosen

Our Community Demonstration Garden - The Gardening Season Begins!

Work at the Community Demonstration Garden (DG) begins again on Monday, February 4 from 9am – noon.  The garden is located at 6801 SE 60th Ave., across from Brentwood Park.  We’ll work on Mondays only for the month of February and return to Mondays and Thursdays beginning March 1.  There is lots to do these first few weeks, including seed starting, making seed tape, making newspaper pots, and amending soil (weather and soil conditions permitting).  Work will resume in the Annex with lots to do as our newest garden space takes shape and grows! So please come join us.  No need to sign up, just drop in when you can.  There’s lots to learn and fun to be had. We look forward to you joining in!

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The Multnomah County Community Demonstration Garden is located at 6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland

Renew Your Chapter Membership Today!  It’s easy!

There is still time left to renew your Multnomah County Chapter Membership. Renew today. Membership is now on a sliding scale, beginning $20!

Your membership connects you with other committed, trained, valuable, and fun-to-be-around Master Gardener volunteers.

Be the first to know the featured speakers for our monthly Speakers Series.
Receive Chapter updates via our monthly eNews.
Receive the annual Chapter Directory with member contact information plus a calendar of local events and Chapter activities.
Get exclusive invitations to tour the gardens of fellow members and other Chapter events.
Extend your gardening education in a casual, social setting at gatherings and Chapter activities.
Exercise your creative, administrative, or horticultural talents on Chapter projects.

Your membership assists the Chapter in fulfilling our mission of supporting the OSU Extension Service Metro Master Gardener Program and our Chapter’s community outreach programs, such as MG program clinics at community events, the pruning partnership with Oregon Food Bank, and our Community Demonstration Garden.

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