Our Lecture Series is presented 10 months a year on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Milwaukie Center – 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Dr. Milwaukie, OR 97222. Talks are free and open to the public.

April 10, 7 – 8pm:    Growing Sedums in Your Garden – Becky Sell, Sedum Chicks

Becky will talk to us about the how-to’s involving these hardy garden plants. Sedum Chicks, LLC, is a small specialty family-owned nursery in Turner, Oregon, specializing in outdoor hardy succulents for the Pacific Northwest.


May 8, 7 – 8pm:   Dr. Serundra Dara, director the North Willamette Research and Extension Center

Dr. Serundra Dara will speak about current research and findings as well as new research taking place for 2023.  https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/nwrec

June 12, 7 – 8pm:   Jeff Dallas from Sarracenia Northwest

Jeff will talk about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants.


Past Lectures

March 13, 7 – 8pm:    Lawn Innovation/Pest Disease Management    Alec Kowalewski, OSU

Dr. Alec Kowalewski is a turf expert who leads OSU’s active turf extension and outreach program. His work focuses on improving the environmental and economic sustainability of turfgrass management.

This talk will cover a range of topics including sustainable turfgrass varieties and cultivars, improving fertility and irrigation efficiency, and the use of pesticide alternatives. Alec is involved with the development and implementation of integrated pest management programs designed to reduce pesticide use.


February 13, 7 – 8pm:    Insects in Trees/ Pests or Non-Pests?    Dr. Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry

Dr. Christine Buhl will speak to us about insects we find in trees and tell us if they are pests or non-pests. She is a Forest Entomologist for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Christine received her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her graduate research focused on impacts of genetic modification in biomass crops on non-target chemical defenses and plant-insect interactions.

Click here for a pdf of Dr. Buhl’s talk – document is very detailed and about 80 pages.


January 9 – Litzy Venturi of Friends of Trees

Litzy Venturi of Friends of Trees will discuss how communities work together with them to enhance their neighborhoods.  https://friendsoftrees.org/

See the links below for details and program notes from previous years. *Note if lectures were presented as a webinar the links will be included.

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