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April 2018

Multnomah Master Gardeners Speaker Series and Welcome Potluck

Speaker Series and Welcome Potluck
Tuesday, April 10, 6:00pm Potluck, 7:00pm Keynote Presentation
Taborspace - 5441 SE Belmont Street

Keynote Speaker:

Andony Melathopoulos, OSU - “What is the Oregon Bee Project?”

Intern Welcome Potluck!
An evening to welcome and celebrate the new 2018 class of Master Gardeners.

Interns bring: your appetite and an empty plate and utensils (to cut down on disposable waste)!

Veterans bring:  a dish* to share (that serves 12 - bring your dish by 5:30pm), a serving utensil (labeled), your appetite, and a plate and eating utensils (to reduce disposible waste). *With a 3 x 5 card listing the name of the dish and ingredients.

Please join us!  RSVP for the Potluck @

What is the Oregon Bee Project?
Did you know Oregon has 500 species of bees, including four species that are actively managed in ingenious ways for crop pollination? Come and learn who these bees are and some of the weird and wonderful features of their lives (you will leave knowing five very cool bees that are frequent visitors in our gardens and backyards). Guest speaker Andony Melathopoulos, OSU, will also provide an overview of a state-wide strategy to keep Oregon bee-friendly, a strategy that leverages the patchwork of gardens, pollinator-friendly crops and adjacent natural areas in order to build on our state’s rich endowment of bee biodiversity.

Andony Melathopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He has over 15 years of experience working together with commercial beekeepers and land managers to develop solutions for keeping bees healthy. Since 2016 he has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a state-wide pollinator health program. He is on the Coordinating Team of the state-wide bee protection initiative, the Oregon Bee Project, and the host of a weekly podcast about pollinator health, PolliNation.

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Want to eat local?  Then it’s time to make your dream kitchen garden a reality!  Grow local with plants from the 7th annual, Multnomah County Master Gardeners’, Incredible Edibles Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5th, 10am to 3pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street.

This is your opportunity to buy organic herb and veggie starts for your own garden, so you can harvest nutritious, fresh-picked produce for your table!  Our grower will be delivering truckloads of premium veggie starts.

Come early to get your favorites.  You’ll find both heirlooms and hybrids among our proven varieties of tomatoes, cukes, peppers, eggplants, squash, greens, lettuces, herbs and more!  Over 250 varieties to choose from. 

Check our our incredible plant availability list here.

Get all the Incredible details at:

     *Volunteer and get Early Bird Shopping Privileges!



Our community celebration of growing your own veggies is a great place for Master Gardeners to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at this vibrant community event, sign-up via Sign-Up Genius by clicking here.  Or email or plant sale chair, Rich Becker:


GET EXCITED: Music, Food, and Inspiration!

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This will be an Incredible Community Celebration.  In addition to lush, organic veggie plants for sale, look who else will be attending.  Won’t you join them in the fun?

Enjoy the festive atmosphere while you shop or volunteer!  Adding to the incredible, the following talented musicians are graciously and generously volunteering their time to the cause.  Enjoy their snappy tunes, thank them, and, if you feel so inclined, drop a gratuity in their bucket.  Let them know how much we appreciate them making our event a festive affair!

·       Sellwood Marimba Band a festive kick-off!

·       Arco PDX, classical orchestral and chamber music with a  
        contemporary attitude!

·       Possum Six Pack, old time, traditional tunes!

·       And more!


Feed Your Soul with our delicious, community conscientious vendors:


Salvador Molly’s Satisfy your hunger pangs and your soul with an eclectic mix of global flavors and some darn tasty tamales!

Nourishment Burritos, Chilaquiles & Bowls, OH MY!  Nourishment will roll in their vintage food truck to serve up nutritious deliciousness!


Incredible Raffle! Incredible Prize Packages!

Buy raffle tickets at the sale for a chance to win some incredible prizes, all thanks to our generous donors.  Be sure to take note of our donors and make a special effort to thank them for their support.   Prize packages include tours of stellar gardens and wineries, restaurant certificates, nursery certificates, Trail Blazer game tickets, garden gear, and more!


Get Excited about: Garden Inspired Art

Victory Garden of Tomorrow Artist Joe Wirtheim brings his gorgeous, thought- and action-provoking posters to the Incredible Edibles sale. Victory Garden of Tomorrow is committed to civic innovation and social progress - better food, better gardens, and better cities. It is artful advocacy for the modern home-front.  To see Joe’s stunning collections of garden signs, posters, towels and patches, check out the Victory Garden of Tomorrow website. 

Incredible Gardeners’ Goods at the Sale


Drop by our Gardeners’ Goods booth for essential tools that every successful veggie gardener needs.  Carefully selected and tested by discerning Master Gardeners…the perfect weight of row cover, Atlas garden gloves, high quality hori hori knives, gama hoes, harvest shears, pruners, and our stylish, canvas "Delight in the Garden" tote! Come early for best selection.

We look forward to seeing you at the Incredible!

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