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.


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We are off for the summer – see you again in September!


September 9, 2019
Deerly’ Missed: a Pangram Garden – Dave Eckerdt, Marion County Master Gardener patanddave@mac.com

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A  pangram is a single sentence that makes sense, has a few letters as possible, yet uses each letter of the alphabet at least once, like ‘A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’ A pangram garden might then be a collection of plants with at least one genus beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Surprisingly, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Come take a virtual visit of Dave and Pat Eckerdt’s two-acre garden and be introduced to some plants you may not have met before, each with its own story. Along the garden path, you will also visit some critters, art and hardscape that contribute to the beauty of the garden Dave and Pat have named Deerly Missed.

Dave and Pat Eckerdt live in Salem in a home first built in 1891 and now surrounded by a two acre ‘collector’s garden’. Their ever-changing garden is 25 years old and has become a regular stop for touring garden groups. Dave’s writing and photography have been included in several horticulture publications. Dave is currently president of the Salem Hardy Plant Society and the Marion Chapter of Master Gardeners.


Save the date! October will be here before you know it.


Clackamas County Master Gardeners are the folks who put on the annual Spring Garden Fair, bringing together over 7,000 gardeners with over 140 plant and garden-art vendors.