Ringing in the New Year! 2019 Speaker Series

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.

Linda Chalker-Scott is currently Extension Urban Horticulturist at Puyallup Research and Extension center of Washington State University (WSU).  She is an ISA certified arborist, an ASCA consulting arborist, and an award-winning author. In addition to her role at WSU, she also teaches at the University of Washington.  Linda has published extensively in the scientific literature and in popular magazines including American Nurseryman, Organic Gardening, and Fine Gardening.  Her books include The Informed Gardener, (2008) and the 2010 sequel, The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010), Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science - Practical Applications (2009), and How Plants Work: the Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do (2015).  She is one of the coordinators of the popular blog, The Garden Professors.

 *Designated for continuing garden education credit.

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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.

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.

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 - Looking Toward the Future!

As we ring in the New Year we reflect on a very successful and productive 2018 growing season at our Community Demonstration Garden and Annex. Sixty-four Master Gardeners spent over 2,479 hours to produce a record-setting harvest of 3,100+ lbs., of nutritious produce which was distributed to area food banks and a health clinic.

The winter months of December and January bring a well-deserved rest for the garden beds and volunteers.  However, the rest is brief as dreams and goals for a bountiful 2019 garden season and beyond begin to emerge.

An ‘Education in the Garden’ fundraising campaign is underway as Chapter members and friends of our Community Demonstration Garden have been asked to consider a donation to help support expansion of educational outreach in the garden as we explore the need for new spaces in which to offer educational opportunities at our beautiful Annex garden.

You can donate online: http://www.multnomahmastergardeners.org/garden-education-donations or you can also mail your donation to the Multnomah Master Gardeners, P.O. Box 15158, Portland OR, 97293

Thank you for considering a donation to this important next step in our Chapter’s growth. You will be contributing to a bright future for our Chapter and the community as we expand our educational mission and outreach - teaching others successful and sustainable gardening techniques.

The winter’s pause in the garden is brief.  Our first planning meeting is Monday, January 14 at 10:30 am at the Woodstock Wine and Deli, 4030 SE Woodstock Blvd.  All are welcome. Come February we will resume sowing in the greenhouse and gearing up for a bountiful New Year in the garden!  Please come join in!  We’d love to have your input and 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, planning meetings and future projects?  Please contact us at: mcmgdemogarden@gmail.com

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

Email a “Sign me up” message to receive Demo Garden updates at DemoGardenNews@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

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