Intern Welcome Potluck!
An evening to welcome and celebrate the new 2019 class of Master Gardeners.

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

Perennial MGs: bring a dish* to share, a serving utensil (labeled), your appetite, a plate, utensils. *With a 3 x 5 card listing the name of the dish and ingredients.

Please join us!  RSVP for the Potluck @ Welcome Potluck 2019

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 6pm - 7pm Keynote Speaker
TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland

Monarch and milkweed

Monarch and milkweed

Tom Landis, retired forester and founder of the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates  
”Milkweed and Monarchs: Using Native Plants to Create Monarch Stations”

Milkweed to Monarchs: Using Native Plants to Create Monarch Stations
The monarch butterfly lays its eggs exclusively on the milkweed plant (Asclepias spp.), and the monarch larvae only feed on milkweed. With land development and shifting management practices, we have lost much of the milkweed from the landscape. Monarch “waystations” are being created - small areas of pollinator habitat that monarchs can visit for nectar, larval food, and egg-laying during their spring and summer breeding periods. Tom Landis, a retired forester and nursery specialist, will describe his efforts over the past 5 years in the Rogue Valley to create monarch waystations, sharing both successes and failures.  Through his efforts with three milkweeds native to western Oregon and many other nectar plants, he has learned which are most effective in attracting monarchs and other pollinators. He will highlight both the native plants that can be the backbone of pollinator gardens and selected non-natives and cultivars that can be valuable additions.

Tom Landis is a forester who retired after 30 years of working as a nursery specialist for the US Forest Service. Using his nursery experience, Tom has been creating pollinator habitat by growing and planting native milkweeds and other nectar plants in monarch waystations throughout southern Oregon. As a founding member of the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates (SOMA), Tom has given over 80 monarchs and milkweeds presentations and workshops including one at a Society of Ecological Restoration meeting in Manchester, England.  SOMA is also involved in controlled rearing, and, last year, SOMA members raised and released over 2,500 monarchs to help restore populations of this iconic butterfly.

Dustin and erin at the IE sale

Dustin and erin at the IE sale


Want to eat local?  Then it’s time to make your dream kitchen garden a reality!  Grow local with plants from the 8th annual, Multnomah County Master Gardeners’, Incredible Edibles Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11th, 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. Get all the Incredible details at:

“Plant. Grow. Eat.” workshops

Scheduled throughout the day to inspire and provide education for new adventures in growing your own food. Let your friends, neighbors and family know they can glean from great gardening tips from Master Gardeners, Dennis Brown and Robin Greenwood.

In addition, we are very excited to have guest Leather Storrs, owner of Noble Rot restaurant, and Katherine Deumling of Cook With What You Have joining the Incredible to offer inspiration in how to utilize your harvest!

GET EXCITED: Music, Food, and Inspiration!

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!

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Possum Six Pack

·       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!

Cave Painter Coffee will be there to fuel your “Incredible” day with their expertly roasted brew! 

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, 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. 

Robin with a hori hori knife

Robin with a hori hori knife

Incredible Gardeners’ Goods at the Sale

Drop by our Gardeners’ Goods booth for essential tools that every successful veggie garden 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 and pruners! Come early for best selection.

Kathy Fetty

Kathy Fetty

*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 an MG interested in volunteering at this vibrant community event, please email: , Subject: Incredible Volunteer. 
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tending the seedlings at our community demonstration garden - photo courtesy of John Jordan

tending the seedlings at our community demonstration garden - photo courtesy of John Jordan

Our Community Demonstration Garden – as we get digging!

Join us in the garden this month, as we get digging with lots of spring gardening projects from sowing seeds to planting seedlings.  Volunteer is on a drop-in basis on both Monday and Thursday, 9am to 12noon.

Demonstration Garden: 6801 SE 60th Ave. between Duke & Flavel.

Starting on May 18th, the Demonstration Garden and Annex will be open the third Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 12noon. 

On Saturday, April 6 there will be an Orientation and Hands-on Project Day at the Demo Garden and Annex. All MGs (Interns and Perennials) are welcome to attend.  (See invitation below.)

Please join us, there is always lots to do and learn! You receive Partner Hours for time spent volunteering at the garden.

Questions? Contact us:

You’re Invited!
Community Demonstration Garden Orientation and Hands-on Project Day!

Intern Master Gardeners and Perennial Master Gardeners,

You are invited to An Orientation and Hands-on Project Day at the Multnomah County Master Gardener’s Community Demonstration Garden and Annex…

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019

  • Please arrive by 10:00am for orientation and tours followed by hands-on projects in the gardens

  • Complimentary light lunch will be available at 12:00 noon

So that we can have an accurate count for lunch, please RSPV to by Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We hope you can join us!

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