We have gone virtual! Due to Covid-19 we are now offering many of our programs virtually.

2021 Lecture Series is being presented via a monthly webinar on the 2nd Monday of the month. We hope to “see” you log in and join us as we learn about trending topics like composting, birds in the garden, greenhouses, low water plants, plant combinations, and the age old problem of slugs and snails in our gardens. Login info will be posted here as soon as it’s available.

for past lectures and program notes please click here

Stay tuned for information on our series coming in the fall.

Past lectures and program notes

January 11, 2021 : Aging in Your Garden Space – Making Your Garden Age with You   Helena Wagner, 4 Season Gardens, LLC Click here for recorded webinar

Do you love your garden and enjoy spending time caring for it? As we age, gardeners go through the process of considering alternatives to keeping up their gardens. Some choose to move, others hire out help, yet others change the garden to suit changing physical capabilities of the gardener.

Garden Designer and fellow Master Gardener Helena Wagner will share ideas for transforming your garden to suit you. Helena has been a Clackamas County Master Gardener since 2010 and studied landscape design and horticulture at Clackamas Community College. Her company, 4 Season Gardens, LLC, helps homeowners create a unique and functional outdoor garden space and improve the curb appeal.

Helena’s garden has been featured in numerous magazines and garden publications. Visitors to her garden share fond memories of her skillful use of plant combinations, shapes, perspective, and traffic flow to create a highly attractive and functional space.

Resources for Aging in Your Garden Space


February 8, 2021: What to Do About Herbicide Contaminated Compost and Soil Mix and How to Use Compost in Gardens and Landscapes –  Weston Miller, OSU *recertification credit Click here for recorded webinar

Persistent herbicides sometimes make their way into the regional composting system. Unsuspecting gardeners then purchase herbicide contaminated compost and soil mix leading to plant damage. Learn how to recognize the damage, what to do about it, and how to avoid the problem. Also learn how to use compost in your vegetable garden, landscape, and lawn. Avoid problems from over applying compost.

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. Weston enjoys gardening and hiking with his family in SW Portland.

March 8, 2021 : Mix and Match – Tips for Creating Perfectly Coordinated Plant Combos –  Darcy Daniel, Bloomtown Gardens

Darcy’s method for creating perfectly coiffed and coordinated garden vignettes will bring out the stylist in you. Darcy will show you her easy-to-understand, fresh approach to breaking down the sometimes-mysterious act of combining plants which will give you the tools you need to create the perfect ensemble. Before you know it, you’ll be mixing and matching plants in your garden to create a look that’s unique to you and a match for your personal style.

Darcy Daniels is a Pacific Northwest-based garden designer with Bloomtown® Gardens and the creator of eGardenGo, a web-based tool for simplifying planting design.  Darcy created the eGardenGo site in response to questions and concerns she heard throughout the years she’s spent designing gardens and consulting with gardeners. She’s been designing residential gardens with Bloomtown® since 2001 and is well known for her rich, textual plantings and creative use of small spaces. Her gardens have been featured in many publications, including Country Gardens, Sunset, Fine Gardening, Better Homes & Gardens, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design online, and more. https://www.egardengo.com

April 12, 2021 – 7:00 pm : Twelve Months of Bloom: From Garden to Vase Linda Beutler, Author, From Garden to Vase: Growing and Using Your Own Cut Flowers Click here for recorded webinar

Linda Beutler, author and cutting garden instructor at Clackamas Community College, will explore the plant kingdom for flowers, foliage and fruit you may not have thought to use, but that you may already be growing! This illustrated talk will offer a visual feast to the eye and inspiration for making your own floral arrangement. In addition, Linda will provide tips for making cut plant material last longer.

Linda specializes in the cultivation and use of herbaceous perennials and cutting gardens for home and commerce. She grows a diverse collection of plants on a city lot in Portland. She is the author of three books: Gardening with Clematis, Garden to Vase, and Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis. She lectures nationally on numerous gardening topics, and she has made numerous appearances on Portland’s Garden Time TV.

Click here for handout: 12 Month Cutting Garden presentation notes

Click here for handout: Flower Conditioning Tips

May 10, 2021 – 7:00 pm : Backyard Birds Elaine Murphy, Naturalist, Nature Services click here for recorded webinar

Brighten your yard by inviting birds to visit. Learn what you can do to attract birds by providing for their basic needs, including how to improve your backyard habitats with plants that provide food and shelter and proper use of bird feeders and baths. Elaine also will share tips for identifying common local birds.

Elaine Murphy is an avid birder and has been an educator for nearly 40 years. She teaches nature classes and leads bird walks in the Portland metro region. Recently she appeared at the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Backyard Bird Shop, numerous garden centers and many garden clubs.


Handouts: Plants with Berries & Seeds for Birds and Resource Page

June 14, 2021 – 7:00 pm : The Most Fabulous Western Natives for Our Gardens – Sean Hogan, Owner of Cistus Design & Nursery, author
Click here for recorded webinar

Gardening with Nature does not have to be punitive! All around the winter rainfall west, plants abound with not only flowers but incredible leaves, fruit and bark to delight us and our “wild” and “wildlife” friends.

Sean Hogan enjoys introducing people to the plant world with all its diversity. He has lectured extensively in North America and Europe and has conducted explorations in South America, South Africa and the western regions of the United States and northern Mexico.  His writing and photos can be found in a wide range of horticultural and botanical literature. Pictured right: Arctostaphylos shrubs – Photo by Sean Hogan

Click here for handout: Western Native Plant List

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Master Gardener Volunteers: Now it’s easier to get your recertification hours. Tagged lectures can be applied toward your Master Gardener program training requirements. Lectures will be marked as * eligible for recertification credit.

See the links below for details and program notes from previous years.

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