May 2018

It’s time for the INCREDIBLE!  
Get ready to grow your own incredible veggies!

Turn your goal of healthy eating into reality with organic veggie, fruit and herb starts for your home garden at the:

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Multnomah County Master Gardeners’ Incredible Edibles Plant Sale
Saturday, May 5th, 10am to 3pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church,
1624 NE Hancock St., Portland.

Plant starts from the Incredible Edibles Plant Sale are local, organically-grown varieties specifically selected because they thrive in Pacific Northwest conditions. When you “pick up something for dinner,” you’ll be harvesting nutritious, fresh-picked goodness for your table!  You’ll find heirlooms and hybrids among our proven varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, squash, greens, and herbs. Attract beneficial insects by purchasing the beautiful Disco marigolds that have been grown by our Demonstration Garden crew.

Check out our availability list with detailed plant descriptions.


Gardeners’ Goods

Visit our Gardeners’ Goods booth to pick-up row cover at a great price, plus tools that make gardening a breeze (hori-hori knives, harvest scissors, gama-hoes, Atlas garden gloves, heavy duty pruners, and stylin' garden totebags).


Plant. Grow. Eat. Workshops

Educational workshops will be scheduled throughout the day to inspire and facilitate new adventures in growing your own food. Master Gardeners Robin Greenwood and Eddie Rosen will cover gardening tips for the vegetable gardener (Beginning Vegetable Gardening, Successfully Growing Tomatoes and Pick a Peck of Prolific Peppers).  Plus, special guest chefs, Joe Hickey from Noble Rot and our very own Kristen Rasmussen de Vasquez (founder of Rooted Food) will offer inspiration for getting your harvest on your table or into your picnic basket!  For a complete schedule of workshops visit our Incredible Edibles Plant Sale webpage.

Kids Grow! 

Our Incredible Event is for young and old alike. Tell your family and friends with kiddos and bring your own kids to the Kids Grow tent! There will be hands-on activities for the kids—led by a stellar crew of education-conscious MGs. Kids can plant some seed, check out a worm bin, take a close-up look at insects, and more!


Incredible Eats and Drinks

Gourmet vendors are joining our celebration to fuel your day!  Tasty tamales’ from Salvador Molly’s, hearty burritos, chilaquiles and bowls from Nourishment – plus Cave Painter Coffee will be serving up their impressive brew to fuel your day!


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Incredible Entertainment and Art!  

Fun, lively, musical entertainment will add to our celebration. Come hear the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band,  classical music amazingly amplified from ARCO PDX, snappy American traditional tunes with Possum Six-Pack - plus festive, celebratory tunes served up by Brett Martin and OSU Master Gardener, Lukas Maurer, in Cántabro.

For a complete schedule of performances visit our Incredible Edibles Plant Sale webpage.





Garden Inspired Art!  

Don’t miss the garden-inspired art from local artist Joe Wirtheim, creator of the Victory Garden of Tomorrow poster and design project. Joe 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 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 make a note of our donors and make a special effort to thank them for their support.

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Hummingbird chandelier from Orchard Supply Hardware

Tours of stellar gardens!

Fruit trees from Cornell Farms

Oregon Symphony Tickets

Trail Blazer tickets

Portland Center Stage tickets

Lan Su Chinese Garden tickets

Garden Fever gift certificate

Jan Marc Wine Bistro, Meriwether’s Restaurant certificates

Prizes and packages from many local, sustainably-minded restaurants, garden gear, and much, much, more!

For more Incredible details check out our Incredible Edibles Sale! webpage!


Multnomah Master Gardeners Speaker Series

“Drama Queens of the Garden”,
Carol Westergreen, owner of Out in the Garden Nursery
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm
Taborspace - 5441 SE Belmont Street

There is so much more to a garden than flowers.  Foliage colors and textures are just as critical to a beautiful garden as flower colors.  In a 'show and tell' format, Carol Westergreen, owner of Out in the Garden Nursery, will bring, show, and talk about some wonderful plants that have fantastic foliage, many that are the Drama Queens of the Garden.  Carol will introduce you to some of her favorite bold plants like Ligularia, Rodgersia, Aralia, and Edgeworthia and convince you that you need some of these beauties for your gardens!


Our Community Demonstration Garden, 6801 SE 60th Avenue

Spring harvesting has started at the Demo Garden and work on the Annex continues to progress. Our volunteer days are Monday and Thursday, 9am to 12noon. Come join us for a morning of fun and dig in to some great hands-on garden education.  We love new faces!

Interested in keeping up with all the exciting happenings (garden planning, hands-on classes, seed starting, garden prep, etc.) at the Demo Garden and/or dropping-in to lend a hand come spring?  Email a "Sign me up" message to receive Demo Garden updates at  We look forward to having you join us!

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