Clackamas County Master Gardeners


Master Gardeners™ are trained volunteers, educated through OSU Extension Service to offer the local community Reliable, Relevant and Reachable gardening information and education opportunities.

Reliable: our gardening advice and education is science-based.

Relevant: customized information for your gardening situation.

Reachable: call us on the phone, email us a question, or visit with us at markets or gardens in your community.

Free Lectures

We hold free lectures on the 2nd Monday of each month (except July and August) at the Milwaukie Center (5540 SE Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie). Lectures are open to the public and start at 7 p.m.

June 8, 2015

Perennial Combinations: Tom Fischer, Timber Press

Every gardener wants to create breathtaking designs with color, form and texture. But perennial combinations present challenges: How do I know all plants will bloom at the same time? How do I pick plants that have interest in each season? Most perplexing – which plants look good together in the first place?

Tom Fischer will shed light on this topic, drawing ideas from his book, Perennial Companions, and local gardens. In addition, Tom will highlight outstanding plants that are good "mixers".

New gardeners will learn how to create simple pairings with two plants, and gardeners with a bit more experience will find complex arrangements with four or more plants. Whether you want to create a small-scale sanctuary, a welcoming path, or a bewitching border, you’ll find an abundance of inspiration in this talk.

Tom is an editor of a publishing company of horticultural and other books. His talks are always delightful, with great information, and illustrated with vivid images.

10 Minute University

Join us this summer as we take our talks "on the road". You can find us at the Oregon City Farmers Market - local libraries including Canby, Milwaukie, Gladstone, & West Linn - and this year at the Clackamas County Fair in August. Click here for the complete schedule. 10 Minute University 2015 Summer Classes.


Clackamas County Master Gardeners are the folks who put on the annual Spring Garden Fair, bringing together over 7,000 gardeners with over 150 plant and garden-art vendors.

Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In reference to publications, events, or activities: Publications will be made available in accessible formats upon request. Please call 503-655-8631 for information. If you have a physical disability that requires special considerations in order for you to attend the event/activity, please notify the metro Master Gardener program at 503-655-8631 or