Clackamas County Master Gardeners


2017 Lectures

January 9, 2017

This presentation was canceled due to weather concerns

Old Portland Gardens Through Hand-Painted Glass Lantern Slides - Matthew Cowan and Suzanne Bishop of the Portland Garden Club

The Oregon Historical Society is proud to present an original glass lantern slide show on the history of twentieth century gardens told through the lens of the Portland Garden Club. These slides were created locally by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the P.G.C. – many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time including the Kerr gardens and the Frank and Meier Estates. All slides have been delicately colored by hand and will be screened using an original lantern slide projector.

Matthew Cowan, archivist at the Oregon Historical Society, has preserved the slides and projector, can talk about his work, and will manage the presentation. Suzanne Bishop, of the Portland Garden Club,  will narrate the show using an original narration. This will be such a beautiful and important reminder of what Portland gardeners have found beautiful and important in our past!

Portland Garden Club

Oregon Historical Society


February 13, 2017

Tree Hazards and Prevention - Paul Ries, Instructor and Extension Specialist at OSU

Every year our landscape changes as trees fall or break, causing property damage, injuries and power outages.  While some tree failures are unpredictable and unavoidable, many can be prevented.  Paul Ries, OSU Urban Forestry Instructor, shares tips on how to recognize the warning signs that trees may be in trouble so we can deal with potential problems and correct them before something bad happens.  Paul also will highlight planting the right tree in the right place, how to prune it correctly and caring for it properly throughout its life.

Paul Ries is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry, Instructor and Extension Specialist at OSU.  He has over 25 years of urban forestry experience at the municipal, state, national, international, non-profit and academic levels.  At OSU, he teaches online urban forestry courses and is the lead curriculum developer for new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in urban forestry.  

*MG education credit*

Tree Protection on Construction and Development Sites OSU pub EM 8994

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (PNW-ISA)

An Oregon Homeowner's Guide to Tree Care


March 13, 2017

News & Opportunities for CCMGs - Gail Langellotto, Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator

Please join us as we learn about what's happening in the world of Master Gardening for our state and region. Gail will give a short talk about opportunities for gardeners in the coming year.

Google: Garden Ecology Lab

Email: Gail Langellotto (

April 10, 2017

Contained Exuberance! Adding Style and Pizzazz to Container Gardening - Bob Hyland, Garden Designer

Bob Hyland loves plants and containers! As a designer of gardens and container planting, he creates designs that are plant-driven, exuberant, and sustainable. He combines ornamental plants happy in their environment and complementary to each home or space. His container designs have been featured regionally in New York’s Hudson Valley and Berkshire Mountains when he lived and worked there—even the New York Times—and now in Portland. Relying heavily on texture and foliage, Bob’s gorgeous containers thrive in sun or shade by design. He has suggestions for sustainability that are based on best containers, plants, and care; and of course suggestions for artful, exuberant designs! *MG education credit*

May 8, 2017

Aging and Gardening - A Panel Discussion - Barbara Blossom Ashmun Patty Cassidy, and Carolyn Guinther will offer advice drawn from research and personal experience.

Popular garden writer and speaker Barbara Blossom Ashmun gardens on nearly an acre in Portland’s West Slope. Over the past decade, she has successfully transitioned her spectacular garden toward lower maintenance. Barbara wrote the garden column for the Portland Tribune from 2004 to 2011. She has written 6 garden books, most recently Married to My Garden, about her love affair with plants. Her seventh book, Love Letters to the Garden, is available on Amazon.

Patty Cassidy is a registered horticultural therapist. Her book, The Practical Illustrated Guide to Gardening for Seniors, published in 2012, was chosen by The Oregonian as one of the top five garden books that year. It won the American Horticultural Therapy Association Publication Award in 2013. Patty is President of the Portland Memory Garden and currently works with frail elders and older adults, especially those who have memory impairment. Patty is a life-long gardener, a Master Gardener™, and tends her large residential garden on Mt. Tabor.

Seasoned gardener Carolyn Guinther lives and gardens on nearly one acre in Aloha. Carolyn’s garden began in 1960 but the present one was formed in 1991. In recent years, Carolyn has transitioned her garden by incorporating choice shrubs and low-care perennials to simplify maintenance. Her garden continues to enjoy its reputation as a show place. Carolyn’s garden has opened many times for fundraising events, including twice for the Garden Conservancy Open Day. *MG education credit*

June 12, 2017

Conserving our Bumble Bees - Richard Little

Bumble bees are iconic, native pollinators -- and many species are experiencing dramatic population declines throughout North America. Come learn what is being done to help conserve these essential pollinators, and what you can do to help!

Rich Little spent his career with the California Department of Food & Agriculture and is a volunteer instructor for the Master Gardener Program. He has a B.S. in entomology and has co-authored and co-edited publications on mason bees and oak forest invertebrates. In 2014 Rich served on the Oregon Joint Interim Task Force on Pollinator Health (HB 4139), the report submitted to House in Dec 2014. Rich has been a longtime supporter of The Xerces Society whose mission as an international nonprofit organization, protects our planets’ wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. *MG education credit*

Link to short film -- A Ghost in the Making --

click here for key points covered

September 11, 2017

Of Moss and Men - Sarah Jovan, USDA Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service scientists in Portland began a novel study in 2013 by using moss collected from urban trees to develop fine-scale maps of air pollution. Urban moss analysis potentially could revolutionize air quality monitoring by serving as an inexpensive screening tool to help cities quickly identify where to place pollution monitoring equipment. Earlier findings from this study contributed to new pollution controls, reexamination of the regulatory exemptions for the stained-glass industry, and the creation of a new state program, “Cleaner Air Oregon.”

Sarah Jovan is a research lichenologist and the lichen communities indicator advisor for the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, and is part of the Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program within the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland.

*MG education credit*


October 9, 2017

The Sauvie Island Partnership - Jane Harline

Jane Hartline strongly believes gardeners can save the world!  She challenges us to put our passion for gardening into a high cause and will offer ideas from her work on Sauvie Island. Jane has lived on the island since the early 70s. As an avid birder and gardener, she is knowledgeable about the island’s diverse and abundant wildlife.  Upon retirement ten years ago, Jane began habitat restoration work on the island.  She founded the Sauvie Island Habitat Partnership and enlisted help from volunteers, landowners, public agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Among their achievements are planting meadow of wildflowers to restore grassland; surveying ponds to restore habitat for rare aquatic plants, Western painted turtles and native frogs; identifying ideal locations and securing landowner permission for new osprey nesting; and planting mixed hedgerows along the roads as habitat for pollinators and song birds. Join us as Jane helps us put the concept of ‘right plant, right place’ in a larger context.  Learn to set the stage for inspiration, relaxation and creature protection in your outdoor living space.

*MG education credit*

November 13, 2017

Growing Conifers: What Gardeners Can Learn from Christmas Trees, Chal Landgren, OSU’s Christmas Tree Specialist

Many gardens include conifers such as Douglas, noble, grand, Nordmann or Turkish firs. Chal’s talk will focus on common problems that gardeners and Christmas tree growers share. Some of the problems may have a solution, others may simply be warnings to avoid future problems. He will also discuss some of the culturing tips that may be useful in gardens.

Chal Landgren is OSU’s Christmas Tree Specialist. Recent research projects include getting rid of slugs for tree export, foliar fertilization, genetic improvement and testing of noble fir, Douglas fir and Nordmann/Turkish fir. Frequent tree questions involve a wide variety of pest and tree problems and culturing. He and his wife run a small Christmas tree farm on their 7-acre farm. 

*MG education credit*


December 11, 2017

Garden Art and Symbols, Steve Pettengill

Landscape Consultant and Horticultural Therapist, Stephen Pettengill will teach us the basics of symbolic references commonly found in natural settings as well as art selection and placement in the garden.  Whether you are considering a fountain, statuary, or just the understated power of a well-placed boulder, come and learn how this designer uses symbolism and art in customized environments.  Learn to set the stage for inspiration, relaxation and socializing in your outdoor living space.

Stephen Pettingill earned an interdisciplinary degree (Business, Gerontology, and Environments) from Marylhurst and completed a Horticultural Therapy program in Portland.  He also has a lifelong study of horticulture and design.


2016 Lectures


January 11 - Native American ecology: Siletz Tribe’s Wisdom in Protecting the Soil - Rachel Summer

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon

Native Americans have the shortest lifespans and most childhood deaths of any group in America. Many elders do not have access to fresh foods. A Siletz program, Healthy Traditions, encourages community, sharing, and sustainability in the cycle of food growing, harvesting, processing, storing and consumption. Improvements to procedures are made possible through partnerships and support from other community members and groups like PSU, Oregon Food Bank, OSU Master Gardeners, nurseries and growers, as well as Native American herbalists, foresters and agriculturists. Rachl will be talking about the steps her tribe took to create Healthy Traditions and community garden programs and goals, and how they honor Mother Nature and Creator in their efforts.

Rachel Summer is a double native—Native American (Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians) and born in Oregon. She worked in law enforcement, ironwork, and local government administration before retiring in 2005 to work with other Tribal members to improve the lives of the people by instituting and nurturing better food and farming practices.


February 8 - Native Plants: in the Garden and in the Wild - Linda Hardison

What constitutes a native plant for gardeners in the Portland metro region? Native to North America? The Pacific Northwest? Or a Douglas Fir forest on Mount Hood?  Or the banks of the Clackamas River?  Linda Hardison, director of the Oregon Flora Project (OFP), is uniquely qualified to speak on this and offer advice on the use native plants in our gardens. 

Linda believes calling a plant “native” requires consideration of both time and place.  Speaking from the perspective of the OFP, she will introduce us to a myriad of Oregon’s native plants – along with naturalized and exotic species.  Together we will learn the context from which these plants arise and gain an appreciation for the biodiversity found in our state.

Linda Hardison has been director of the Oregon Flora Project since 2005. The OFP houses the Oregon Plant Atlas which consists of more than 540,000 records of plant distribution in Oregon. Its extensive photo gallery is a valuable resource for identifying native plants.  Linda is instrumental in the recent publication of Volume 1 of Flora of Oregon, a three-volume reference about the plants of our state.  Linda earned a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington and is a research assistant professor in the Botany & Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University.

*mg education credit  


March 14 - Creating Rain Gardens - Scott Buley

Scott will show us why rain gardens optimally use locally available plants, and the trade-off with adapted plants.  He also will discuss considerations in engineering rain garden beds for different soils, topography and plants.  We will understand what rain gardens can do for the landscape:  roadside basins, permeable and pervious surfacing, and how they are better for the environment.

Scott Buley owns Rain Garden Nursery, which grows Pacific Northwest native nursery stock and other plants for naturalized gardens and shade tree plantings.  Scott, an OSU graduate, has extensive training in turf renovation and landscape restoration.  His extensive landscape projects include the Oregon Garden, Oregon City Rose Farm Museum and the Westerly Stud Thoroughbred Horse Ranch.  Best of all, Scott transformed the garden of Dee Linde!

*mg education credit


April 11 - Camellias: the Revival of an Aristocrat - Robert Herald

Revisit the world of camellias, old, new, rare, and just plain good ones!  Learn about the amazing variety of camellias that thrive in Pacific Northwest gardens! 

Robert Herald has had a lifelong passion for all ornamental plants.  He received a degree in botany from Iowa State University with an emphasis on taxonomy and ornamental horticulture.  Robert has spent most of his professional career in Pennsylvania at Longwood and Chanticleer public gardens.  He moved to the Portland area in 2011.


May 9 – Grow a Greener Lawn – Weston Miller, OSU Extension

Learn the latest 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.

Weston Miller serves as Community and Urban Horticulturist for OSU Extension Service.  Since 2007, Weston has managed the popular Master Gardener™ program in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, which includes a contract with Metro, the regional government.  He also started and manages the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (BUFA) to help new and aspiring farmers build a foundation in specialty crop production and marketing.  Weston serves as elected Director and Treasurer for West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.  In his free time, Weston enjoys gardening and hiking with his family in SW Portland.

*mg education credit



June 13 – Landscape Elements for a Healthy Watershed – Brian Wegener, Advocacy & Communication Manager, Tualatin River Keepers

Brian Wegener will talk about how stormwater runoff impacts urban streams and different ways of reducing those impacts including green streets, rain gardens, eco-roofs, bioswales, and street trees.  He will also talk about the Parking Forest project, using a specially engineered soil that helps trees to thrive in the hostile environment of a parking lot.

Brian Wegener is a lifelong river enthusiast who has been on Tualatin River Keepers staff since 2003.  He has extensive expertise in municipal stormwater regulations, green infrastructure, wetland permits, and grassroots advocacy. Brian leads TRK’s Watershed Watch and works as a catalyst with TRK’s network of volunteer scientists to keep abreast of all new developments impacting our river. He earned a B.S. & M.S. in Mathematics, PSU. 

*mg education credit


September 12 - Sex on Six Legs - Gail Langellotto-Rhodaback, OSU Associate Professor, Urban and Community Horticulture  Extension, and OSU Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator.

Insects are capable of highly complex courting, mating and parenting behaviors, despite having a collection of neurons in place of a brain. Nuptial gifts, maternal care, male ornaments as honest advertisers of health and fitness, female choice and even traumatic insemination: insect sex is stranger than you could imagine!

Gail earned a B.S. in Biology and M.S. & Ph.D. in Entomology, from the University of Maryland.  Since 2007, she has served as the statewide coordinator of the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program.  She currently studies garden bees, but used to study spider cannibalism and planthopper sperm, among other topics.

Gail is helping to develop a better research-based understanding of how to design and sustainably manage gardens and parks to maximize ecosystem services.  Her Extension and Outreach efforts are focused on communicating these and other research-backed management practices to home gardeners, commercial landscapers, and others.  *mg education credit


October 10 - Northwest Plant Evaluations: Plant trials and the results - Neil Bell, Community Horticulturist, OSU Extension

In 2000, Neil Bell began research to identify a palette of shrubs suitable for low-input, un-irrigated landscapes in the Willamette Valley. Since 2000, he has conducted many studies of landscape plants for drought tolerance and cold hardiness, collaborating with Heather Stoven.

Studies on Ceanothus, Halimium, Hebe and Grevillea have concluded and results continue to inform the nursery industry and home gardeners in plant selection.  Neil is currently evaluating 75 selections of Arctostaphylos (Manzanitas).

Neil’s method for evaluation is harsh by home garden standards—plants are not watered, sprayed or pruned for the duration; they are rated for growth, flowering and hardiness. The goal is to provide information on plants suitable for “low-input” landscapes in the Willamette Valley and other areas west of the Cascade Mountains.

Since 2000, Neil Bell has overseen the Community Horticulture program in Marion County and Polk County, which includes the Master Gardener program.  Among his significant contributions to the Statewide Master Gardener Program are training on diagnosis of plant problems and pruning of ornamental plants. He has co-authored publications on water-efficient landscape plants, soil amendment and mulch use. Neil lives and gardens with his family on 5 acres west of Monmouth.

*mg education credit


November 14 – Cataclysms on the Columbia: the Great Missoula Floods - Scott Burns

Between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago, a series of momentous floods crashed through the Pacific Northwest, reaching heights of up to 400 feet where Portland lies today and carving the landscape of the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley.

Geologist and gifted speaker Scott Burns will focus on the incredible story of J Harlen Bretz’s discovery of the Ice Age floods and the pioneering research that Bretz used to prove his discovery to the world. Burns will also discuss the floods’ effect on the formation of 16,000 square miles of Pacific Northwest terrain, from eastern Washington to Astoria and the Willamette Valley.  Whether or not you’re a geology buff, you’ll be glad you joined us for this fascinating and humorous presentation about our region’s natural history.

Scott Burns is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University. He has been teaching for 44 years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana.  Scott specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, terroir and Quaternary geology.

*mg education credit


December 12 - Therapeutic Gardens - Brian Bainnson, landscape architect.

Brian will talk to us about therapeutic garden design using evidence-based research and participatory design processes. He led the design team for the Portland Memory Garden. The garden has been developed for people with Alzheimers, their families and caregivers and is located in Ed Benedict Park in Southeast Portland. Mr. Bainnson has helped develop several therapeutic landscapes for Legacy Health System including gardens for the Oregon Burn Center, Legacy RIO and the Legacy Trauma Center. All of these gardens will be used for active patient therapy as well as restorative places for patients, families and caregivers.

Brian Bainnson is a landscape architect with over 27 years of experience, concentrating most recently in design of therapy gardens for hospital patients and families, wounded warriors, and people suffering with memory loss. Brian earned his BFA and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.


2015 Lectures


January 12, 2015
Birdening - Attracting Birds to the Garden: Linda Beutler

Wild birds are your best ally when establishing an organic garden, whether for edibles or ornamentals. Birds need food, water, shelter, and cover. This talk will provide suggestions for meeting the necessities of a wide variety of birds.

Linda Beutler is a fearless gardener who grows a great number of plants on a simple, flat 50' x 100' city lot in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. She was a professional florist for over 20 years, and her first love in her own garden was growing flowers and foliage for cutting. Linda has been an instructor of horticulture at Clackamas Community College for 16 years. Her classes include Herbaceous Perennials (summer term) and The Flower Arranger's Garden I & II (autumn and spring terms). Linda is the author of two books, Gardening with Clematis (Timber Press 2004) and Garden to Vase (Timber Press 2007), both now sadly out-of-print.

Linda's other concurrent career is as curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, a position she has held since 2007. Starting in June 2013, Linda is the first American, and first woman, to hold the position of President of the International Clematis Society, of which she has long been an active member. Linda continues to speak nationally on numerous gardening topics including clematis selection and cultivation, growing cutting gardens, selection and cultivation of "old garden roses," and "birdening," selecting plants that attract birds to the garden.


February 9, 2015 (Scott Buley was ill so our own Clackamas County Master Gardener Ken Lister filled in with a beautiful Scotland Gardens slideshow)
Rain Gardens: Scott Buley *MG education credit.

Scott will show us why rain gardens optimally use locally available plants, and the trade-off with adapted plants. He also will discuss considerations in engineering rain garden beds for different soils, topography and plants. We will understand what rain gardens can do for the landscape: roadside basins, permeable and pervious surfacing, and how they are better for the environment.

Scott Buley owns Rain Garden Nursery which grows Pacific Northwest native nursery stock and other plants for naturalized gardens and shade tree plantings. Scott has extensive training in turf renovation and landscape restoration. His extensive landscape projects include the Oregon Garden, Oregon City Rose Farm Museum and the Westerly Stud Thoroughbred Horse Ranch. And, best of all, Scott transformed the garden of Clackamas County Master Gardener Dee Linde.


March 9, 2015
Iris Demystified: Chad Harris, Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm *MG education credit.

All plants do better in an environment that suits their needs. Irises are no different. Bearded irises tend to be less demanding in their requirements, but different classes and varieties can need distinct care. Beardless iris, like Siberian and Japanese iris, can vary widely in their growing needs, with Japanese iris being the most demanding.

Specializing in wet-land-loving iris of Asia, Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm also grows other iris species and garden test many newer bearded iris that require less water. Currently he and a handful of hybridizers worldwide are using Iris ensata to create a new iris hybrid that is longer blooming and more tolerant of cultural needs.

Chad Harris of Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm has been growing many different species of irises in southwest Washington for over 30 years. He is respected in the iris world as a Master Judge with the American Iris Society and for his work with Iris ensata of which several of his introductions hold National Awards. He also enjoys working with the Asian water species Iris laevigata. He also writes articles and gives presentations on Japanese iris judging and culture.


April 13, 2015
The Challenge of Weeds:Chip Bubl *MG education credit.

This weed presentation will cover identification and management of some of the more challenging garden and home landscape weeds; a look at the effectiveness of organic herbicides; and a brief discussion of ornamental plants that wander too easily.

Chip has been an agricultural Extension agent with Oregon State University for over 30 years. His areas of interest include horticultural crops/landscape and invasive weed management, vegetable production, and vertebrate pest management. He has taught in the MG program since the mid 1980’s.


May 11, 2015
The Wonderful World of Hardy Fuchsias: Ann Detweiler, Fry Road Nursery *MG education credit

Ann Detweiler will present information on the care, culture, and varieties of hardy fuchsias. Not to be confused with their tender hanging basket relatives, hardy fuchsias are able to withstand our winters, and become permanent, substantial contributors to the outdoor landscape.

When Ron and Deb Monnier closed their nursery, Monnier’s Country Gardens, in 2009, their hardy fuchsia collection was purchased by Fry’s Road Nursery in Albany. Ann Detweiler and Mark Leichty founded this nursery in 1987 and offer a large array of plants including hardy fuchsias and tropical plants.


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.


September 14, 2015
The Mystery of Terroir in Oregon – the Relationship of Geology, Soils, and Climate to Wine
Dr. Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus of Geology & Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University *MG education credit.

Dr. Scott Burns will speak on the relationship of geology, soils and climate to wine, using examples from the Willamette Valley.  This should enlighten all gardeners about soils and site choice, even if you are not interested in wine.  For those wine conisseurs,  he will explain "The seven factors that affect differences in wine, and the five of these factors that make up what the French call terroir, “the taste of the place”.

Dr. Burns has been teaching for 44 years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana. Scott specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, terroir and Quaternary geology.



October 12, 2015
Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard: Gaylen Beatty, Columbia Land Trust *MG education credit.

There are many reasons to garden for wildlife and recent research shows urban/suburban gardens can play an important role in the preservation of wildlife. In fact, 2,100 residents of the Portland metropolitan area are doing their parts through the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

Gaylen Beatty will make creating a wildlife habitat in your home garden easy. She will share proven techniques such as meadowscaping and native hedgerows. These practical ideas will add food and shelter for area wildlife.

Galen is the Manager of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program with Columbia Land Trust. In 2006, she founded the program and now co-manages it in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland.



November 9, 2015
Cool Plants and New Trends: Dave Doolittle, Petal Heads Nursery

Dave and Annilese Doolittle launched petal heads™ in the summer of 2008 with the vision of offering unique plants, both annual and perennial, to other plant enthusiasts. They wanted to create a nursery that was a destination for some of the most sought after plants, as well as a location where fellow petal heads™ could experience the intimacy of hearing the "story behind the plants." To this day Dave and Annilese still share this eagerness to have their customers go home with plants they can connect with.

Dave spent 14 years of his career working for 2 of the nation's premier breeders and propagators specializing in annuals, perennials, succulents, flowering shrubs, and ornamental grasses. During this time he was able to travel the world in search of cultivars that are not typically found in garden centers, and befriended a network of breeders that hybridize the finest genetics in the horticulture industry. Annilese has collected plants since her adolescence, has a degree in horticulture from the university of Illinois, and has worked in the industry for several years. She has a keen eye for cool plants and enjoys predicting trends and profitable plant ventures.



December 14, 2015
Walks on the Wild Side: Grant McOmie

about Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie will be sharing some of the many wildlife adventures featured in his, 2015 book, “Walks on the Wild Side.” Grant McOmie is the reporter and producer of the outdoor series, “Grant’s Getaways” that air weekly on KGW News Channel 8. A native Oregonian, he is a journalist, author, and teacher who writes and produces special programs about environmental issues, people, places, and outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.


2014 Lectures


January 13, 2014
Looking Up – The Benefits of our Oldest Trees, Brian French

The oldest trees in our communities have value and benefits for people , wildlife and our landscape. Brian will also show his video “Ascending the Giants” about “treeversing” in the Oregon City area.

Brian French is a certified arborist/tree risk assessor who has worked with top researchers in the United States and abroad. During Brian’s travels, he has worked with urban forests in many cities and has a unique perspective of historic, old-growth and veteran trees. He is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Champion Tree Registry.



February 10, 2014

This program was cancelled because of illness but was substituted by a great presentation by Master Gardener, Ken Lister, talking about his work and travel experiences in the Gardens of Scotland. Thank you Ken.

Espalier – An Artistry of Plant Training and Mastery , Mary Van Agtmael

To espalier is when we attempt to control the nature of a plant by structuring its growth pattern with the use of rigid form. It works better than training our children, spouses or pets, according to Mary.

After being raised on a farm and then gardening on her own property, Mary took the MG course in Linn/Benton Counties in 2007. She realized she really didn’t know plants and gardening techniques. Later, Mary discovered espaliering in growing grapes. Now she teaches people how to espalier so that anyone can grow a tree fruit.



March 10, 2014
Companion Planting and Rotation for the Vegetable Garden, Darrin Morgan of Shonnard's Nursery.

Improve yields with less work. Inter-planting and companion planting use the natural aspects of some plants to repel insects and diseases, balance nutrient use, and otherwise encourage other plants to grow. Crop rotation differs from companion planting in some respects, but uses many of the same principles to produce higher crop yields with few pests and disease problems and nutrient inputs.

Darren grew up gardening and farming in the northern Willamette Valley. He has worked at Shonnard’s, in both landscape and nursery divisions, for 24 years. He enjoys drawing, writing and backpacking, as well as gardening.



April 14, 2014
How to Build a Living Wreath (and/or Vertical Panel), Becky Sell of Sedum Chicks.

Becky will do a live demonstration on the creation of living wreaths while chatting to us about sedums and sempervivums. It is no longer just the “Hens and Chicks” that are available to the gardener. Sedums have grown leaps and bounds with wonderful colors and varieties.

Becky Sell co-proprietor of Sedum Chicks Nursery, a local company that has been specializing in sedums and sempervivums since 1999. They are known for their whimsical and elegant sedum plantings. Sedum Chicks has been a vendor in our Spring Garden Fair for many years. She will bring plants and tools that she uses for us to buy.



May 12, 2014
Making the Most of Small Gardens, Master Gardener Jolly Butler

Small spaces offer big opportunities for creating lively, colorful gardens. Master Gardener, Jolly Butler, will guide us through the special design considerations, consideration of scale, soil needs and the many plant options available for creating a delightful small space garden.

Jolly Butler became familiar to gardeners throughout the Portland area through her “Gardening 101” column in Garden Showcase magazine. Many gardeners learned their gardening basics in her classes at Portland Community College.



June 9, 2014
Impact of Urban Trees, Geoffrey Donovan, US Forestry

Trees provide a broad range of benefits to urban residents. These benefits range from the intuitive – lower summertime cooling costs, for example – to more surprising benefits such as crime reduction and improved public health. This talk provides an overview of Geoffrey Donovan’s research that measures these benefits. Drawing from research findings, Dr. Donovan will offer practical advice for gardeners on the most beneficial ways to use trees in your home landscape.

Dr. Donovan has a bachelor’s degree from Sheffield University in biochemistry and a doctorate in forest economics from Colorado State University. He works as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station (since 2001). His two main research areas are the economics of wildfire and quantifying the benefits of urban trees.



September 8, 2014
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities on the National Wildlife Refuges along the Oregon Coast. Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Six National Wildlife Refuges span 320 miles of the Oregon coast. These refuges harbor a variety of coastal and marine habitats that support diverse and abundant wildlife. From sea stars to shorebirds, puffins to falcons, sea lions to seabirds, wildlife can be seen year round. Learn when and where to find the wildlife spectacles.

Roy has been employed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 37 years. He previously worked in Alabama and San Francisco Bay Area. He has been stationed in Newport, Oregon since 1985



October 13, 2014
The Art of Bonsai, Scott Elser

The art of bonsai is in training the trees in containers to represent ancient trees found in nature. Bonsai trees can live to be hundreds of years old. Scott will talk about bonsai and the breadth of styles, sizes and species that it encompasses with live examples. He will also show us how to make and maintain bonsai specimens.

Scott is a national award winning bonsai enthusiast whose broad collection of trees includes native, conifer, deciduous, fruiting, and flowering bonsai that he shares regularly at local and national shows.



November 10, 2014
Weather and Gardening, Rod Hill, KGW Meteorogist

Rod will speak to us about how the changing weather patterns will affect us and our gardens. Why is the weather changing? What can we expect in the future?

Rod Hill’s forecasting career has spanned more than 20 years, taking him from the hurricanes of South Texas to the lake effect snows of Michigan, the tornadoes of the Ohio valley and the hard to predict weather of the Pacific Northwest.

Rod grew up in Missouri and graduated from Mizzou. He later earned his certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State. Soon after, Rod earned the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. His forecasting achievements include two Emmy awards for best meteorologist and three Associated Press awards for best weathercast in Oregon.



December 8, 2014
Designing & Equipping the Home Greenhouse, Rick Warner, Sturdi-built Greenhouse Mfg, Portland.

Rick Warner will give an overview of considerations to be made when planning a home greenhouse, including location, materials, heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation.

Rick Warner is the owner and manager of Sturdi-built Greenhouse Mfg. in Portland. Sturdi-built is a small, family business and one of the first builders of residential greenhouse kits in the Pacific Northwest.

2013 Lectures


January 14, 2013
Winter Interest Plants, William McClenahan, Viscaya Nursery

Although winter may force us to spend most of our time indoors, there are many plants whose beauty is at their best in this time of year. Join William as he talks about some of his favorites and challenges us all to realize the beauty often missed in your garden during winter.

William McClenahan - Host of "Garden Time"
William has worked in nurseries in Dallas and Florida and also owned a nursery. After moving to Portland and attending Portland State University to pursue an opera degree, William worked at Portland Nursery, eventually becoming the store director of Portland Nursery’s amazing Division Street location. When he was approached to work on Garden Time, he accepted without reservation. William says, “Although I never thought I would make my career in horticulture (my first college degree was in Theology) I have fallen in love with it.”


February 11, 2013
The Rose, Queen of the Garden, in the 21st Century, Chris Pellett

Gardeners have long admired the beauty of the rose and its versatility in the garden. The extreme hybridization of the rose and the invention of fungicides in the 20th century led to the creation of roses that were beautiful but not always easy to maintain and enjoy in home gardens. Twenty five years ago the German company Kordes stopped spraying fungicides in the trial fields and started breeding roses for disease resistance as much as beauty. The result is roses that are as easy to grow and enjoy as they are beautiful.

Chris and Gary Pellett are the owners of Newflora, a company specializing in the introduction and marketing of new plants. Newflora is the exclusive agent of W. Kordes Rosen, and they have worked for nearly ten years on the introduction of Kordes roses in North America. They reside in Southern Oregon where they evaluate many new Kordes rose varieties as future introductions.



March 11, 2013
Pollinators in the Garden, Gail Langellotto, Oregon State University, Ph.D Professor of Horticulture and statewide coordinator of the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program

Gail will introduce you to the pollinators found in sustainable gardens and the gardening practices that encourage diverse pollinator communities. A review of key flowering plants that pollinators favor will provide ideas on which to add to our own gardens. She will also offer ideas on how to manage pests in a way that best protects pollinators. Specific pollinators that will be covered include: yellow-faced bees, mining bees, sweat bees, honeybees, bumblebees, syrphid flies as well as butterflies and hummingbirds.

Gail Langellotto earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Horticulture at OSU, where she also serves as the statewide coordinator of the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program. She's published several research papers that document bee diversity and the gardening methods that inhibit or enhance pollinators in urban and suburban gardens.



April 8, 2013
VINES - Creepers and Crawlers, Twiners and Viners, David Palmer

David Palmer invites us for a look at the world of vines: perennial and annual, evergreen and flowering vines for all situations, how they climb and methods of pruning to keep them in bounds.

David Palmer is an English born professional horticulturist, having spent much of his career in public horticulture. He started training in public parks before earning an Honors Diploma from The Royal Horticultural Society’s School of Horticulture at Wisley (a 200 plus-acre garden south of London). David and his American wife, Jan, moved to the U.S. in 1980. He spent a year as Director of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, Upstate New York, before coming to Oregon as Director of the Berry Botanic Garden. David is currently Garden Manager for a large, private estate in Portland’s West Hills.
One of the founding members of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, he has been an active member of this organization as well as of the local chapter of the American Rock Garden Society.
He has visited several countries throughout Europe and around the Mediterranean, as well as China, exploring plants in their native habitats. With Jan, a propagator at Bovees Nursery, David spends his spare time tending to their ½ acre plot in West Linn growing as many plants as they can fit in.



May 13, 2013
Sowing Seeds, Sarah Patterson, Lettuce Grow Garden Foundation

The Lettuce Grow Foundation is a non-profit established to develop and transform vegetable gardens inside Oregon correctional facilities. Using the OSU Extension Master Gardening program and the Oregon Food Bank’s Seed to Supper classes, over 50 inmates graduated in 2012. In 2011 the prison gardens produced over 150,000 pounds of food for their own kitchen and an additional 60,000 pounds went to local food banks.

Sarah Patterson is an attorney, an Oregon Master Gardener and the director of the nonprofit Lettuce Grow Garden Foundation. She has done a dozen years of volunteer work In prisons and jails. Her federal law practice focused on Social Security Disability law, and she maintains a marketing service for other lawyers in that area of practice. She has lived and gardened in many climates, none better than Oregon!



June 10, 2013
Pioneer Roses of Old Clackamas County, Laura King and Kathleen McMullen

The Oregon pioneers brought many useful items with them. including beautiful roses. Northwest rose historians Laura King and Kathleen McMullen will tell tales of Mary Drain Albro’s and Erica Calkins’ efforts to collect old pioneer roses. Northwest Rose Historians located those roses and will relay the stories of the families who brought them to Oregon as well as their work with the Master Gardener project at the End of the Oregon Trail Pioneer Rose Garden.

Two years ago, Laura King and Kathleen McMullen founded Northwest Rose Historians which reintroduces heritage roses into community centers’ public spaces in which these roses were first planted. This “living history” reinforces community identity and provides a sense of place while entrusting old garden roses and their stories to future generations. Please contact Northwest Rose Historians and share stories about your family rose; they are always on the lookout for pioneer roses.



Sept 9, 2013
A Year in the Garden - a Behind the Scenes Look at the Portland Rose Garden - Portland Parks and Recreation: Washington Park International Rose Test Garden.

Harry Landers of the Portland Parks and Recreation Department will share insights about the Portland Rose Garden. Learn about this treasure of Portland from the man who knows it best.



October 14, 2013
Fruit Trees 101, 10 Things To Know When You Grow, Monica Maggio

Want to join the quickly blossoming movement of growing your own fruit? Perhaps you have already! Learn some great tips and techniques to help you get started (or continue to!) successfully grow fruit trees at home with Monica Maggio, former Arboretum Manager for the Home Orchard Society. Among many things, Monica will discuss site requirements & preparation, pollination needs, general maintenance requirements of different fruits, and how to select a good fruit tree. Please join us for this informative and tasty talk!

For the past 12 years, Monica’s studies and career have centered around two main themes: teaching and growing healthy plants (especially edible ones).
As a landscape maintenance business owner, former Arboretum Manager for the Home Orchard Society, Master Gardener graduate and instructor, Monica has seen firsthand how growing fruit at home is an amazing avenue for people to connect to the living plant world around them.
Observing that people often pay better attention to a plant once they learn they can eat it, she believes teaching people how to grow their own fruit equals better care of our local communities and our planet. She is honored and very excited to further spread the love of a home grown harvest through her newest project of developing and teaching fruit growing curriculum for Oregon State University.



November 18, 2013
Edible Flowers, Vern Nelson

Vern Nelson will talk about his favorite edible flowers and how he uses them in the kitchen. For example, he makes rose brandy from flowers of the rugosa rose. He also makes St. Germain from the flowers of the elderberry and an exquisite jelly from the flowers of Queen Anne's lace. There are many other examples, but what is important is that these resources that most gardens already have can be very valuable in the kitchen.

Vern Nelson is the owner of A New Leaf Kitchen Garden Design company and garden columnist for the Oregonian. He does scientific botanical watercolor illustrations and is a horticultural photographer. Vern is working on a book that will be a guide to kitchen gardening in the Northwest.



December 9, 2013
Rainforests - Nature’s Most Exuberant Gardens, Chris Wille

Tropical rainforests -- nature’s most exuberant gardens -- host fully half of all the plant and animal species on earth. Rainforests are the source of many houseplants, medicines, food crops and lustrous woods. Rainforests, home to indigenous tribes, sustain millions. Gardeners, like birdwatchers and naturalists, understand the importance of rainforest conservation. Chris will provide an update from the front lines of the battle to save these natural wonders and explain how everyone can pitch in. The Rainforest Alliance certifies farms that meet rigorous standards for environmental protection, worker rights and benefits, pollution and waste management, implementation of advanced IPM techniques and eco-friendly ways to increase yields. You’ll see that many of the same techniques promoted by the Master Gardener movement are used to get coffee, banana, cocoa, tea and other tropical farms on the path toward sustainability.

Oregon native and OSU graduate Chris Wille and his wife Diane Jukofsky helped launch the Rainforest Alliance 25 years ago. Now, this nonprofit, conservation organization is active in 100 countries and dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Rainforest Alliance staff and partner organizations train loggers, farmers and tourism operators to decrease their environmental impacts while increasing their profits. Forest managers everywhere and farmers in the tropics can earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified or Forest Stewardship Council seals of approval, now seen on paper, wood, coffee, tea, chocolate and many other products. Diane directs the Communications, Marketing and Education division; Chris leads the sustainable agriculture efforts.


2012 Lectures

January 9, 2012

Birds of Prey - Native Birds of Prey for Sustainable Gardening, Oregon Zoo

Mandy McGuire of the Oregon Zoo will bring a feathered friend from the Oregon Zoo for her program on native raptors in our landscapes. Native raptors provide natural pest controls, and she will show us how to encourage them to our gardens. Knowing the hunting styles of different raptors helps a homeowner adapt his landscape to make the birds feel welcome. She will also talk about nesting boxes for the raptors – where to put them, how high they should be and out of what materials.



February 13, 2012
Fat,Spiny and Weird Plants - Getting Succulent Plants to Thrive, Luther Sturevant

Want to know how to keep a succulent plant happy and alive? Do you need to live in the desert? Come listen to Luther give you the keys to successfully growing cactus and succulent plants – both indoors and outdoors.



March 12, 2012
Dwarf Conifers in the Garden, Sandy Ditmar, Iseli Nursery Sandy will talk about the natural suitability of dwarf and slow growing conifers for today’s gardens and lifestyles. Conifers are perfectly suited for the size of our urban lots, and their low maintenance requirements are suited to our busy lifestyles, leaving us with a year-round colorful garden and plenty of time to enjoy it. The array of colors and seasonal changes are a beautiful complement to the natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest.



April 9, 2012
Getting the Respect from your Vegetable Garden! Marc Boucher-Colbert, Urban Agriculture Solutions LLC, Garden Specialist at Franciscan Montessori Earth School in Portland, OR

You can have a great year-round veggie garden even with a minimum time investment as long as you garden smart. Cut down on back-breaking labor. Win the battle over difficult soil. Squeeze out as much produce as possible from small spaces. Enjoy fresh food year-round. Come take back ownership of your vegetable garden and tell it what YOU want it to do.



May 14, 2012
Garden Fragrance Throughout the Year, Nadine Black, Joy Creek Nursery

Spark your imagination and widen your experience in the garden by including a variety of plants that offer you fragrance throughout the year.



June 11, 2012
Ikebana - Creative Flower Art, Diantha Knott

Using basic Ikebana design principles, Diantha Knott will demonstrate the creative use of flowers, foliage, and other garden materials to produce unique arrangements. Diantha will show how to select and properly prepare materials to compliment their container.



September 10, 2012
Grape Expectations, Ray Ethell, Broadacres Nursery Contrary to common belief, you can grow Seedless Table Grapes in Portland. Broadacres Nursery has been growing 35 varieties of seedless table grapes in Hubbard, Oregon for 5 years. The collection has come primarily from New York, Arkansas, and California. Most ripen in September. They even have a cookbook and trellising guide, “The Taste Of Grapes”. Ray will bring grapes for tasting, and will also have plants to sell before the meeting and during break. The grapes are available for tasting at their nursery open house in September.



October 8, 2012
Behind the Scenes at the Oregon Zoo, Rick Hanes, Supervisor of Hortculture, Oregon Zoo

Learn how the zoo habitats are designed and maintained to provide a beautiful, yet healthy and natural environment for the animals that live there. Also hear about the Zoo Browse program, the unique gardens throughout the zoo property, egress concerns, the propagation area, and more. You'll never see the zoo in quite the same way again.



November 19, 2012
Ken Lister, Clackamas County Master Gardener

Ken takes us on a cruise around the gardens of the British Isles. His beautiful slides will show us gardens in Scotland, Ireland, the Scilly Islands , England and Monet’s garden in France. Ken’s great knowledge of horticulture and his love of gardening will give us a rich mixture of gardens from grandiose to tiny. Ken says the gardens are all different, but they all have weeds!

Scottish by birth, Ken came to America when he was 25. He has been in horticulture for 50 years, except when the Queen of England called him to serve in the British Army for two years. Ken worked in the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh for three years. He worked for two years for The National Trust for Scotland which cares for just under 70 gardens and designed landscapes, 35 of which are classified as major gardens while the remainder are smaller gardens associated with museum properties or amenity landscape sites. Almost every style of Scottish garden history is represented - from late medieval to modern creations in older settings. Ken says he worked on everything from castle gardens to humble homes. In the United States, Ken was Production Manager of a major nursery in the Willamette Valley.



December 10, 2012
"Remember Me" Rose Garden, Rebecca Ives

The "Remember Me" Rose Gardens will stand as a living tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, dedicated to honor those whose lives were lost and all who honor freedom.
A “Remember Me” Rose Garden will be created on or near each of the three sites to honor the spirit of the men and women whose lives were lost in New York, at the Pentagon, and at a field in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The gardens are meant to uplift and renew the spirit of our nation, and will provide a beautiful sanctuary where the families and friends of all who died in this tragedy, and all who honor freedom, can come to seek comfort and peace and release the pain felt for those who lost their lives that day.

2011 Lectures

February 14, 2011
Soil Enhancements, Heather Havens, general manager of Concentrates

Do you want to know the difference between organic and Chemical fertilizers? Maybe you want to know the best temperature for best results of soil enhancements. Heather will help us understand soil management and the intricacies of organic soil amendments and conventional fertilizers.

Heather has a BS in Agriculture from OSU, specializing in Organic and Natural Soil Management. Since 1997 she has been advising gardeners and farmers at Concentrates.



March 14, 2011
Rare Plant Research, Burl Mostel

Burl Mostul founded Rare Plant Research, a specialty nursery, in 1987. In the early years the nursery focused on plant research, collector plants and varieties new to science. About ten years ago the nursery shifted focus to garden plants and now Burl travels the world looking or new plants as well as developing new hybrids for Northwest gardeners. South Africa is well-known for its diversity and richness of plants, and plant explorer Burl Mostul is just the person to show us this wondrous part of the world. Join Burl for a visual trip to South Africa, starting in Cape Town and traveling the “Garden Route” through the Drakensberg mountain range to Johannesburg and Pretoria. Along the way, we will view myriad gardens and native plants.Burl has lived his dream for over 20 years. Rare Plant Research started as a hobby, becoming a vocation and the wholesale nursery business of today.



April 11, 2011
Master Gardener Jean Natter, Debunking Garden Myths

Gypsum helps clay soils; coarse stuff in the bottom helps drainage; pruning paint heals tree wounds; and coffee grounds are acid. Right? Well, perhaps not. Let’s talk facts and dispel the myths.

Jean was certified as an OSU Master Gardener volunteer in 1999. Since 2001, she has been the instructor for various subjects during Annual Training for new Master Gardeners. Early on she taught Soil and Household Arthropods. During more recent years, she has been teaching Entomology,
Plant Disease, Household Arthropods, and Diagnostic Clinics.



May 9, 2011
Hopkins Tree Farm, Tim DeLano, OSU Extension Service

Hopkins Demonstration Forest (HDF) is a 140-acre privately-owned forest open to the public for self-guided exploration, tours, workshops, and education programs. It includes a network of over 3 miles of hiking trails. Forests Forever, Inc. operates HDF as an accessible example of sustainable forestry,which provides woodland products,fish and wildlife habitat, and experiential learning opportunities.

Tim Delano has partnered with OSU Master Gardeners to create a native plant display garden at the entrance to the property. Master Gardener Carol Koshkarian has led the effort along with a team of Master Gardeners and local nursery consultants in the development of the garden. Together Tim and Carol will share their experiences at HDF and the many opportunities it has to offer.

Tim Delano is an OSU Extension Service Community Outreach Educator stationed at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest, near Oregon City. Tim has served in this capacity since March 2003. "This is a dream job for me. I combine my teaching and interpretation skills with my experience and knowledge of forestry. I enjoy both my office in the forest and being active in the local schools and business community."



June 13, 2011
Golf and the Environment, David Phipps, Stone Creek Golf Course

Are golf courses protecting the environment and promoting wildlife conservation? What makes Stone Creek Golf Course so special? Can we apply the same principles to our own lawns? Can we have a "Golf Course Quality Lawn" without wasting resources? Learn how the golf industry is using new technologies to protect the environment and how they are doing more with less. David Phipps, superintendent at Stone Creek Golf Course will talk about his environmental program and tell you why it has been recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly courses in the country. He will also offer some of his turf grass expertise and help you apply it to your own lawns.

David Phipps is a golf course superintendent where he oversees maintenance at Stone Creek Golf Club as well as the North Clackamas Ball Park. Prior to his 20 years of golf course maintenance experience he was a landscape manager for Northwest Landscape Industries. During his career at Stone Creek, David has been recognized for his environmental achievements including appearances on The Golf Channel; CNBC’s People, Planet, and Profit; and Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud”. He has received numerous awards including the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, "Cooperator of the Year" and the 2008 National Environmental Leaders in Golf Award presented by GCSAA and Golf Digest. David holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Turf and Landscape Management.



September 12, 2011
Ornamental Grasses in the Landscape, Carolyn Kolb, Wind Dancer Garden

Carolyn Kolb of Wind Dancer Garden will share other hints on how to grow and care for ornamental grasses in your garden -including selection, planting and pruning. Carolyn will be selling some of her beautiful Wind Dancer grasses both before the meeting and during the break.

Carolyn Kolb is a landscape designer who specializes in grasses. She and her husband, Larry, own Wind Dancer Gardens in West Salem, where they have been raising ornamental grasses since 1999. They now grow over 100 varieties of grasses, phormium, and bamboo, concentrating on plants that thrive in our climate and are not invasive. Their home, nursery and beautiful display garden are located on 1 1/2 acres overlooking Salem. It's a must see nursery for avid gardeners, and autumn is a great time to check out grasses because their inflorescence is at its peak.



October 10, 2011
From Ampelopsis to Zauschineria - Finding Meaning in Botanical Names, Diana Reeck, Collector's Nursery

Did you know Aster comes from the Latin word for “star” and Campanula means “little bell,” each name describing the flowers’ shape? “Botanical names are not just there to confuse us,” says Diana Reeck of Collector’s Nursery. “Knowing their meanings not only helps us remember but also makes the names come alive.”

Diana Reeck, co-owner of Collector's Nursery in Battleground, Washington, is an amateur plant breeder whose passions include erythroniums, small-flowered clematis and epimediums. She is also an avid plant explorer and her adventures have taken her throughout the Pacific Northwest and, indeed, as far as China.



November 14, 2011
New Rhododendrons You Should Get Know, Mike Stewart, Dover Nursery

Mike Stewart of Dover Nursery will talk about his favorite shrub – rhododendrons. His emphasis is on growing varieties of rhododendrons that he considers being of very high quality. He grows over 1000 varieties of rhododendrons, and he will talk about his favorites at our meeting.

Mike and his wife, Maria, are owners of Dover Nursery for 34 years. Mike is active with the Oregon Association of Nurseries, the Rhododendron Species Foundation, and is past president of the American Rhododendron Society. Mike is a co-author of The Pacific Coast Rhododendron Story.



December 12, 2011
Horticulture Case Book - Psychiatric and Medical Disorders in the Garden, Maurice Horn, Joy Creek Nursery

A humorous look at nurseries and their customers in the consumer age. Gardeners, growers, and the media are not exempt in this gentle roast of "the world of gardening".

Joy Creek Nursery was founded in 1992 by co-owner Maurice Horn after years of being frustrated by an inability to find the plants he wanted and reliable information about them at local nurseries. What started out as a mail-order nursery soon grew to include both retail sales and garden design and installation. The nursery occupies about seven acres of a forty acre farm.