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Join us for this new series of gardening classes beginning February and running through June. Registration links to be posted one week before class. For a full list of classes please check our Events Calendar


May 5, Noon-1 pm • High-Impact Plant Combinations: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat This free class requires advanced registration. Please click here.

One of the most satisfying elements about gardening is when you create, by plan or accident, wonderful plant combinations. It’s like assembling a new outfit — a matter of blending similarities and differences in pleasing proportion to one another. 

How do we create a color palette in the garden? We will talk about how to use form, texture and color to create contrast and harmony.

Gorgeous images illustrate how to apply design principles in the garden. By the end of the class, you will be inspired to try weaving plants into pleasing combinations. We offer a slide list to accompany the class so it is easy to identify plants you want to try.

Our speaker Laura Eyer is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She designed gardens for others in the past and now gardens at home and on neighbors’ properties, usually with their consent.


May 12, Noon – 1 pmTen Proven Ideas for Pollinator Gardens: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat This free class requires advanced registration. Please click here.

This class makes it easy to invite hummingbirds, butterflies, and native bees to your garden. Whether you have a small patch of bare soil or a large new bed, we offer solutions.

Beginning with four designs recommended by Oregon State University — one requires little maintenance, one uses native plants, one combines native and non-native choices, and one thrives in a hot and dry area — we will show you how to scale the design to suit your space and interest.

Let’s create something that pleases you and pollinators!

Our speaker Sherry Sheng is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She gardens at home, at a community garden, and manages a pollinator garden at a State Park.


May 19, Noon-1 pmTomatoes – Planting & Cultural Best Practices: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat This free class requires advanced registration. Please click here.

This class is the final installment of a series on tomatoes, each is perfectly timed for what you need to know. We will pick up from planting out tomatoes into the garden – where we ended last time, and share best practices in fertilizing, watering, pruning, and disease management.

Using images and videos, we will answer these questions:

  • How do I choose a good tomato start at the nursery?
  • When should I plant the tomato start in the garden?
  • What are the best ways to support a large tomato plant?
  • How do I grow for better health?
  • How do I prune, water and fertilize tomatoes?
  • What are the common tomato diseases and disorders? And how do I manage them?
  • How do I maximize the harvest?
  • What will help me get an early harvest?

Our speaker Amelia Wilbur is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She and her husband once co-owned a tomato grafting business and annually grow 500 pounds of tomatoes on their 3.5-acre home garden.


May 26, Noon – 1 pmYear-Round Vegetables: 10-Minute University™ Noon-Time Chat This free class requires advanced registration. Please click here.

Most gardeners are familiar with growing summer vegetables, but not many know how to keep up the production through fall, winter, and into next spring.

This class will answer five questions:

  • How are cool-season crops different from warm-season crops?
  • Which vegetables are best suited for growing during fall and winter?
  • What are the benefits of growing vegetables year-round?
  • When should you sow seeds or transplants for the fall/winter crop?
  • What can protect your tender plants through fall and winter?

Our speaker Jane Collier is an Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener who teaches for the award-winning 10-Minute University™ Program. She and her husband subsistence farm their five-acre home garden.


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10-Minute University™ is the trademark of short classes on essential gardening information. All presentations are free and each is accompanied by a handout. Oregon State University owns the trademark and Clackamas County Master Gardeners develop and manage the program.


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