Winter Greens Gathering
     Tuesday, December 12
aborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland
     6:30pm (early start)

Our December Winter Greens Gathering has become a perennial favorite. On Tuesday, December 12, 6:30pm (TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street), come and spend an evening with fellow Master Gardeners. Enjoy sweet treats, lovely music, and warm beverages, while Chapter gurus and friends offer guidance in making your wreath, swag, centerpiece, or other creative decorations. 

We are excited that fellow Master Gardeners flutist, Lynda Hess and violinist, Sally Campbell will serenade our Greens Gathering with familiar holiday tunes, making for a truly special event.

In addition, we will have our annual Used Garden Book Sale.  Fellow MG Sharon Baker has been busy gathering a great collection of gently used gardening books.  Book prices range from .50 to $3 (a few books a smidgen more)!  A perfect price for a perfect present for your favorite gardener.

Note: greens crafting is optional.  This is also a great evening just to come, listen to beautiful music, buy a great gardening book, and socialize. 


The Chapter will supply some greens, but we’d love to have cuttings from your garden to share, too:

  • Evergreen boughs,
  • incense cedar (a favorite!)
  • rosemary (15” stems work well in wreaths)
  • anything with berries (beauty berry, juniper, or nandina)
  • interesting cones or seedpods, attractive textures, variegation, or bark.

You’ll need decorating supplies – wreath rings, baskets, vases, or other items that can be used to create a beautiful winter arrangement/wreath or swag. Please bring items for yourself or extras that you would like to share.

The Chapter will have wire, oasis, and some ribbon.

Bring your own pruners, wire cutters, gloves, containers for arrangements and ribbon.

As always, we’d love to test out your holiday recipes. Bring a small batch of treats to share. Hospitality will supply our usual tea and coffee, plus possibly some sparkling cider. 

If you can help lend a hand for this fun winter event whether that be set-up, clean-up, or picking up supplies/greens, please email multmastergardeners@gmail.com

Ringing in the New Year!  2018 Speaker Series

Mark your calendars and “Save the Dates’ as the 2018 Multnomah County Chapter Speaker Series kicks-off with three stellar presentations.  All presentations take place at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland, 7pm


January 9th, “Gardening in the Pacific Northwest”. A gardener’s plant choices and garden style are inextricably linked to the place they call home. To grow a flourishing garden, every gardener must know the specifics of their region’s climate, soil, and geography.  Join us as Paul Bonine, co-author of the new Timber Press book, “Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” shares his extensive experience and insight into successful gardening in the Pacific Northwest.  Paul will bring books for sale.

Paul is a garden writer, lecturer, and co-owner of the wholesale and retail specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong plantsman, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and has consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and The Oregonian.

February 13th, “Food Forestry and Regenerative Gardening” “A Food Forest is a human-designed, edible forest ecosystem. Imagine wandering through a flourishing forest where almost every plant is edible...” say Melissa and Teague Cullen, the organic farmers behind the Winslow Food Forest, located here in Portland.

Food Forestry is the practice of growing and maintaining intentionally designed ecosystems focusing on perennial food-producing plants and their companions. Join us as Melissa and Teague highlight some of the methods and practicalities of installing and working with these systems to fit the growers’ needs.  As certified permaculture designers, Melissa and Teague have designed, installed, and managed food forests throughout the Pacific Northwest. They operate a micro plant nursery, a small produce Harvest Share, and offer their edible landscape design services to Portland area residents.

March 13th, “Dry Farming in the Maritime Pacific Northwest”. Up to a 50% reduction in summer water availability is predicted in Oregon within 50 years. It will be critical for the viability of farms in our region and the security of our food system to increase knowledge and awareness of methods of crop production that require little or no irrigation. To initiate this project, a Dry Farming Demonstration was established in Corvallis, Oregon in 2015. This demonstration expanded to three OSU sites in 2016 and more than 10 farms in Western Oregon hosted dry farming trials via the Dry Farming Collaborative. Join us as Amy Garrett, OSU, shares how the OSU Extension Service is partnering with growers to increase knowledge and awareness of dry farming management practices and hear about some of the results from their field trials.  Learn how these techniques can be applied in the home garden.

Our Community Demonstration Garden


Year-End and Looking to the Future at our Community Demonstration Garden
The Demo Garden has had a very productive season, with our total harvest reaching 2116 pounds, of which 2036 pounds was donated to local food banks.  Individual Master Gardeners donated 289 pounds from their own gardens to add to that total.  Sixty-eight MGs volunteered at least 2668 hours of their time to make this possible.  We had 133 visitors, including a wonderful class of kids from an alternative high school, who had a great time learning about the garden and harvesting produce to make a yummy salsa for an afternoon treat.

In addition to working in the original DG, we’ve done lots of work on the new Annex (Annex design plan, image right), there will be ‘something for everyone’:  edibles, perennials, natives and children’s gardening.  So far, we have built a shed, graveled an area for vehicle pick-ups and deliveries, installed piping for drip irrigation, marked paths and beds, and begun to dig out the paths and mulch beds.  We are in need of a lot of cardboard for lasagna mulching, so if you have some you could spare, please contact us.  There is lots of work to be done in the Annex, so we will, no doubt, have some announced work days between now and the beginning of February when we will start the 2018 gardening season.  Watch your e-mail for notices of work days.

Though regularly scheduled work is paused through January, we’ll start up again in February.  Please come join us.  We’ll look forward to seeing you there.  Time spent in the Demo Garden and Annex count as Volunteer Support Hours.

Want to learn more about the Demo Garden, volunteer days and future projects?  Please contact us at: mcmgdemogarden@gmail.com

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

Multnomah County Master Gardeners - Contact us at: multmastergardeners@gmail.com

Grapevine Editor—Lorna Schilling 503-334-5162, lornaschilling@yahoo.com