Winter Greens Gathering

Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 pm – TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street (Note the earlier time.)


It’s a favorite event among Multnomah Co. Master Gardeners, our annual Winter Greens Gathering. Enjoy an evening with fellow Master Gardeners enjoying sweet and savory treats, and warm beverages, while Chapter gurus and friends offer guidance in making your wreath, swag, centerpiece or other creative decorations.

Note: crafting is optional. This is also a great evening just to catch up with fellow Master Gardeners. . The Chapter will supply some greens, but we’d love to have cuttings from your garden to share, too:

  • Evergreen boughs,

  • Noble fir and Incense cedar (a favorite!)

  • Rosemary (15” stems work well in wreaths)

  • anything with berries (beauty berry, juniper, nandina, etc.)

  • Interesting cones or seedpods, attractive textures, foliage 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 and any 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. 

Another Greens Gathering feature…Gently 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 $5 (a few books a smidgen more)!  A perfect price for a perfect present for your favorite gardener.

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

Ringing in the New Year! 2019 Speaker Series

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Mark your calendars and “Save the Dates’ as the 2019 Multnomah County Chapter Speaker Series kicks off with these stellar presentations.  All presentations take place at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland, 7pm

January 8, Horticultural Myths, Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University, Extension Urban Horticulturist

Though gardening is part art and part science, we shouldn’t take artistic license with the science part and defy the kind of sound information that can help us succeed. For years, Linda Chalker-Scott has been scouring the scientific literature, testing horticultural products under controlled, scientific conditions to support or disprove marketing claims, and challenging and disproving garden myths.

 *Designated for continuing garden education credit.

February 12, “How I Grow 40 fruit trees, raspberries, Marionberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and currants on my 60- by 100-foot city lot”, Glen Andresen, urban gardening expert and educator

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

Dividing Rhubarb at the demo garden - photo by John Jordan

Dividing Rhubarb at the demo garden - photo by John Jordan

Our Community Demonstration Garden Serving the Community
With autumn settling in there was a flurry of activity to winterize our Demonstration Garden and Annex.  Final harvests took place, annual vegetation was removed, rhubarb divided, cane berries pruned, cover crops sown, mulch spread, burlap placed to protect the soil, and tools cleaned and stored. 

A few more projects were finished up in the Annex…whimsical mosaic pavers were created, a couple of new garden beds were built, a gravel path finished up, and a weedy section mulched with cardboard.

It was a very successful season of gardening, and learning.  Sixty-four Master Gardeners spent over 2,479 hours to produce a record-setting harvest of 3,100+ lbs., of nutritious produce which was shared with area food banks and a health clinic.

Though regularly scheduled work is paused through January, we’ll start up again in February with grand plans for more bountiful harvests, educational opportunities and, hopefully, an Annex green house!  Please come join in!  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, 2019 volunteer days and future projects?  Please contact us at:

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

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