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Public Events

Washington County Master Gardeners sponsor a variety of gardening–related demonstrations, lectures, seminars and workshops in various Washington County Oregon locations. Most of our events are free and open to the public. Please join us at any of the events listed here and be prepared for a fun, interesting and informative event.


Upcoming Events

Cocoon Cleaning Seminar
Photo: Anna Stubbs

Tuesday December 2 2014 ◊ 9:30am

Demo Garden Seminar:
Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning Workshop

Location: Washington County Fair Complex (Hillsboro)
Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
Map and directions

Free! No registration — just show up!

Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardeners
Presenter: Ron Spendal

Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardeners in partnership
with the Washington County Master Gardener Chapter

Ron Spendal will demonstrate the mason bee sand cleaning process. Participants are encouraged to bring their mason bee nests and/or cocoons to be cleaned.



Map and Directions to our Hillsboro Demonstration Garden

The Washington County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden is located on the west end of the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th.
Enter the fairgrounds at the Fair Complex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left.

882 NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123     «map»

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Previous Events Archive

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Soda Bottle Propagator
Photo: Texas A & M Extension

February 2014

Grow It Series ◊
Quick and Easy Plant Propagation

Plants have the amazing ability to be propagated not only from seed but from pieces of the plant themselves. An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will share the tips and techniques of stem cuttings, simple layering and plant divisions that will make propagating your plants easy.


Pruning Demo

February 2014

Pruning Demonstration
and Workshop



Learn correct pruning techniques for fruit trees, grapes, blueberries, cane berries, rhododendrons, roses and other ornamentals. Demonstrations by experienced gardener volunteers and Bill Stone, professional tree pruner. Ask questions, practice on mature plants, and learn tool care as well.


Peach Rose
Photo: Anna Stubbs

February 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Rose Pruning

Learn how to prune your existing roses by pruning the 32 roses at the Fair Complex Demonstration Garden and by planting some new bare root roses. Attendees are encouraged to bring your own pruners and gloves.



March 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Being Water–wise With Your Irrigation

Presentation demonstrates how to install a simple home drip irrigation system and how to make an existing irrigation system more efficient.



Seedlings
Photo: University of Missouri Extension

March 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Seed Starting

Daisy demonstrated how to plant a variety of seeds in flats...and afterwards, attendees had the opportunity to have hands–on experience and get feedback so you will have confidence to start your own seeds at home.




Learning Garden Scarecrow

March 2014

Grow It Series ◊
Starting Your Vegetable Garden

Often, new vegetable gardeners, dreaming of lush, productive gardens, are frustrated with their lack of success. Don't let that be you! An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will walk you through the process of starting your own vegetable garden. They will talk about site selection, soil preparation, planting times, water and fertilization needs as well as general garden maintenance. Focus will be on the spring and summer gardens. OSU Extension Service recommended varieties of vegetables will also be shared.



Roman Stripped Paste Tomato

Marzo del 2014

Serie: Cultívelas ◊
Asista a la clase en Español:
"Cómo Empezar su Huerto Familiar"

A menudo, los agricultores nuevos sueñan con plantas hermosas y productivas, pero se frustran cuando no logran tener éxito. No deje que esto le ocurra a usted. Un experto del Servicio de Extensión de la Universidad Estatal de Oregon (OSU) le guiará a través del proceso de iniciar su propio huerto.
Los temas de esta clase son: selección del sitio, preparación del suelo, fechas de siembra, el agua y la fertilización, así como las necesidades de mantenimiento del huerto en general. Se dará especial importancia a los huertos de primavera y verano. Se estará compartiendo información sobre las variedades de hortalizas recomendadas por el Servicio de Extensión de la Universidad Estatal de Oregón (OSU).




Fresh Garden Vegetables

March 2014

Seed to Supper Gardening Series

Often, new vegetable gardeners, dreaming of lush, productive gardens, are frustrated by a lack of success. Don't let that be you! Join us an OSU Extension Service Master Gardener volunteer walks you through the process of starting your own vegetable garden. Topics include bed preparation, soil amendment, garden planning, planting and maintenance, pest controls, harvesting and more. Focus is on the spring and summer gardens. Participants receive a Seed to Supper workbook. This free two–part lecture series is geared towards adult learners. Enrollment is strictly first come first served with a limit of 40 participants.
Registration Required. For more information or to register call the Hillsboro Park and Recreation Dept at 503–681–6206 and request Course #37931.



HoneyBee
Photo: Lynn Ketchum,
Oregon State University Extension

March 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Bees in Your Backyard

Topics include how and when to get started, costs, city requirements, and advantages of honey bees over other pollinators.



March 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Preparing Soil for Waterwise Gardening

Waterwise (drought tolerant) plants need excellent drainage to thrive. Carolyn will show how to test your soil's drainage and prepare the soil to meet the needs of waterwise plants.



Salad Table
Photo: Anna Stubbs
Salad Table Garden

April 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Container Gardening for Vegetables and Herbs

Tour the Demonstration Garden's container garden project. Learn about container sizes, shapes and what to plant in various containers. Jerry will discuss soils, fertilizers, drainage, and appropriate sized containers for various plant materials.




Compost
Photo: Anna Stubbs

April 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Simplifying Compost

Organizing your composting goals will go a long way in selecting the system that is right for you. Deb will review various systems and how they work. Participants will have hands–on opportunity to set up the simple wire cylinder system.



Washington County Mason Bee Display
Photo: Anna Stubbs

April 2014

Demo Garden Seminar:
Mason bees & Other Native Pollinators

The fascinating life cycle, nesting habits and management of mason bees will be presented.


Washington County Demo Square Foot Garden
Photo: Anna Stubbs

April 2014

Grow It Series ◊
Intensive Gardening:
Square Foot by Square Foot

Learn techniques for growing vegetables in very limited space by maximizing planting density, and limiting the need for thinning, watering, and weeding. Tips for bed construction and soil maintenance will also be provided.


Pruning Demo

April 2014

Demo Garden Seminar:
Ornamental Pruning, the Reaction to the Action

Lyle will show the do–it–yourself pruner the next level of pruning. Learn to identify and understand the objective you want to achieve and the reaction the plant will have depending on the species and the time of year you prune. Lyle will cover several styles of pruning to help improve the aesthetics and your landscape value.


2012 before the rush
Photo: L.W.
Before the rush!

April 2014

Washington County Master Gardeners Plant Sale



OregonGrape
Photo: OSU Extension

April 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Native Plants of the Lewis and Clark Trail

Leslie will guide your walk on the Natives Path at the Garden, and you will learn what these two explorers found so valuable about our Pacific Northwest native species and the basics for how to grow them in your garden.



Washington County Demo Square Foot Garden
Photo: Anna Stubbs

April 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Square Foot Gardening Gardening

Jerry will present techniques for growing vegetables in very limited space by maximizing planting density, and limiting the need for thinning, watering, and weeding. Tips for bed construction and soil maintenance will also be provided.




blueberries
Photo: OSU Extension

May 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Planting Blueberries

Cindy will discuss varieties, placement, soil and water requirement for growing blue berries in the home landscape



May 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Vertical Gardening

Jerry and David will acquaint you with our joint vertical gardening space and discuss how to use recycled/reclaimed materials for vertical gardening to help maximize your garden space and share varieties of plants which perform best in a vertical garden.



May 2014

Grow It Series ◊
Year–Round Vegetable Gardening

With their summer gardens going full swing many gardeners forget that it is time to plan and plant for their fall and winter gardens. Don't be one of them! An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will lead you through the process of vegetable gardening for the fall and winter seasons. Topics will include bed preparation, what to plant and when, season extending techniques, when to harvest and more.


Cedar Mill Community Garden 2009

May 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Starting Your Vegetable Garden

Marilyn will help you understand the basics for garden placement, improving soil, using raised beds, and when to plant your garden.



Tomato Plants

May 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Tomato Planting 101

This seminar will be a basic class, but would be interesting for more seasoned gardeners also. Learn how to select the tomatoes to plant; how to prepare the soil; how to help the plant develop a good root system; how to plant your plants; ideas for support methods; watering; and many other tips and ideas for getting the most out of the growing season in our area.



SoilPrep
Photo: Oregon State University Extension

May 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Art & Science of Testing and Improving your Garden Soil

Soil is the foundation of a garden. Proper soil management is key to a bountiful and beautiful garden. Learn the tips and tricks of getting to know your garden soil from Dr. Pukhraj Deol, Urban and Community Horticulture Instructor, OSU Extension Service. Attendees may wish to bring a soil sample from your garden for hands on fun soil testing by feel method! Pukhraj will also share research–based, thrifty and environmentally friendly methods of improving your garden soil. Note: Bringing soil sample is optional. Make sure to remove the mulch and other organic materials from the surface before you collect soil sample from your garden.


Espalier Hedge

June 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Espalier and Dwarf Fruit Tree Pruning

These trees can grow beautiful fruit in small spaces, but need good placement, support structures, and specific pruning to keep them productive and lovely year after year. In this hands–on class with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit, learn all the necessary details to help you prune and care for any espalier and dwarf trees you have.


Garden Easier Mailbox
Photo: Anna Stubbs

June 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Adaptive Gardening: Gardening Made Easier

Still want to garden but need a little help? Learn strategies and techniques so you may continue to garden without injury. Sprains, strains, and aching muscles don't have to be part of your gardening experience. Gain insight on ways to keep gardening safely and maintain a lifelong passion and a healthy activity. Examples of adaptive tools will be demonstrated.



Herbs
Photo: Weston Miller

June 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Growing Culinary Herbs

Judy will show and discuss herb selection, location and soil conditions for a bountiful and beautiful herb garden.




Demo Garden
Photo: Weston Miller

June 2014

Intensive Gardening

Do you want to take your vegetable gardening to the next level? An OSU Extension Service Master Garden will introduce you to the techniques used in intensive gardening which will help you to produce the most from the gardening space that you have. Topics include techniques to plant densely, vertical gardening, interplanting techniques, succession planting, day length strategies, cultivar choices and more.



June 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Maximizing Your Vegetable Garden Harvest

Learn important steps to insure a bumper crop (thinning, weeding, watering, and basic pest management) with Marilyn.



Snowy broccoli

June 2014

Year–Round Vegetable Gardening

Many gardeners forget that summer is the time to plan and plant for their fall and winter gardens. Extend your garden's productivity by learning the process of vegetable gardening for the fall and winter. Topics include bed preparation, what to plant and when, season extending techniques and when to harvest. Call 503-681-6206 for information.


Learning Garden Rowcover

June 2014

Year–Round Vegetable Gardening

Once you have the basics down with your spring or summer gardens you may want to expand your gardening into the fall and winter seasons. An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will lead you through the process of vegetable gardening year around. Topics will include what to plant and when, season extending techniques, when to harvest and more.


Beautiful Cabbage
Photo: Shawn Linehan
Courtesy: Tim Lanfri

June 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Planning & Planting for Year–round harvests

If you are interested in harvesting fresh vegetables every month of the year, this class is for you! Join us to learn great planting techniques for growing food year round. Tim will discuss making a planting plan, timing your plantings, succession plantings, fall and winter growing techniques, and how to maximize your harvest without a greenhouse.


July 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Introducing Edibles into Your Ornamental Landscape

Join Sue in the garden to learn key factors to consider in growing produce along with your perennials, shrubs and trees.




Northern Inside–out Flower
Photo: OSU Extension

July 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Native Plants of the Lewis and Clark Trail

Leslie will guide your walk on the Natives Path at the Garden, and you will learn what these two explorers found so valuable about our Pacific Northwest native species and the basics for how to grow them in your garden.



Worms

July 2014

Composting with Worms

Want to get rid of your kitchen waste and produce great compost for your garden and potted plants? An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will share tips and techniques for composting with worms. They will cover making a worm bin, caring for your worms, harvesting your compost and trouble–shooting common problems.


Kids Zone

July 24 – 27 2014

Master Gardeners at the
Washington County Fair



Columbine is drought tolerant
Photo: Oregon State University Extension

August 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Selecting Plants for Dry, Waterwise Gardening

Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardeners
Presenter: Carolyn Adams, OSU Extension Master Gardener

A wide variety of landscape plants can thrive in our climate with little or no water once they are established. Join Carolyn in the garden and acquaint yourself with drought tolerant garden plants for this area. Add new interest with some unique drought tolerant plants and planting combinations.



Photo: Anna Stubbs

August 2014

Gardening Made Easier

Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardeners

Still want to garden but need a little help? An OSU Extension Service Master Gardener will share strategies and techniques so you may continue to garden without injury. Sprains, strains, and aching muscles don't have to be part of your gardening experience. Gain insight on ways to keep gardening safely and maintain a lifelong passion and a healthy activity. Examples of adaptive tools will be demonstrated.



Compost
Photo: Anna Stubbs

August 2014

Learning Garden Class ◊
Simplifying Compost

Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardeners
Presenter: Ron Spendal, OSU Extension Master Gardener

Organizing your composting goals will go a long way in selecting the system that is right for you. Ron will review various systems and how they work. Participants will have hands on opportunity to set up the simple wire cylinder system.



Chickadee
OSU Extension

September 2014

Demo Garden Seminar ◊
Grow a Greener Green Lawn

Presented by OSU Extension Master Gardeners
Presenter: Weston Miller, OSU Extension Community and Urban Horticulturalist

Looking for easy, sustainable ways to keep your lawn looking great? Learn the latest with Weston on establishing, renovating and maintaining turf that meets your needs. Get time tested tips practiced by golf course superintendents for mowing, mulching, watering and managing weeds without toxic chemicals. Discover eco–lawns, and learn where to get more information on low–input lawn care.



Map and Directions to our Hillsboro Demonstration Garden

The Washington County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden is located on the west end of the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

Go west on Cornell Road after the main entrance, turn left onto NE 25th, and make a sharp left turn onto NE 28th.
Enter the fairgrounds at the Fair Complex Clover Leaf entrance. The Garden is on the left.

882 NE 28th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123     «map»

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