2018 Multnomah Master Gardeners Speaker Series

General Information
January through June and September through November
Presentations take place at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland
Gather 6:30pm, Presentation 7:00pm

July and August
Presentations take place at our Community Demonstration Garden, 6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland
Gather 6:30pm, Presentation 7:00pm

Specific Information by Month
January 9 - “Gardening in the Pacific Northwest”, Paul Bonine, garden writer, co-owner of Xera Plants
A gardener’s plant choices and garden style are inextricably linked to the place they call home. To grow a flourishing garden, every gardener must know the specifics of their region’s climate, soil, and geography.  Join us as Paul Bonine, co-author of the new Timber Press book, “Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” shares his extensive experience and insight into successful gardening in the Pacific Northwest.  Paul will bring books for sale.

Paul is a garden writer, lecturer, and co-owner of the wholesale and retail specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong plantsman, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and has consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and The Oregonian.

Following the speaker's presentation which starts at 7pm, consider hanging out for little longer. Besides getting some great snacks, we'll have a brief meeting with mention of future events, and hopefully approve the 2018 budget!

February 13 - “Food Forestry and Regenerative Gardening”, Melissa and Teague Cullen, organic farmers behind the Winslow Food Forest
“A Food Forest is a human-designed, edible forest ecosystem. Imagine wandering through a flourishing forest where almost every plant is edible...” say Melissa and Teague Cullen, the organic farmers behind the Winslow Food Forest, located here in Portland.

Food Forestry is the practice of growing and maintaining intentionally designed ecosystems focusing on perennial food-producing plants and their companions. Join us as Melissa and Teague highlight some of the methods and practicalities of installing and working with these systems to fit the growers’ needs.  As certified permaculture designers, Melissa and Teague have designed, installed, and managed food forests throughout the Pacific Northwest. They operate a micro plant nursery, a small produce Harvest Share, and offer their edible landscape design services to Portland area residents.

Following the speaker's presentation which starts at 7pm, consider hanging out for little longer. Besides getting some great snacks, we'll have a brief meeting with mention of future events.

*March 13 - “Dry Farming in the Maritime Pacific Northwest”, Amy Garrett, OSU Extension Service
Oregon is predicted to have up to a 50% reduction in summer water availability within 50 years. It will be critical for the viability of farms in our region and the security of our food system to increase knowledge and awareness of methods of crop production that require little or no irrigation. To initiate this project, a Dry Farming Demonstration was established in Corvallis, Oregon in 2015. This demonstration expanded to Oregon State University (OSU) sites in 2016 and more than 10 farms in Western Oregon hosted dry farming trials via the Dry Farming Collaborative.

Join us as Amy Garrett shares how the OSU Extension Service is partnering with growers to increase knowledge and awareness of dry farming management practices and hear about some of the results from their field trials.  Learn how these techniques can be applied in the home garden. 

Amy is an Assistant Professor for the OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Drought mitigation tools, and strategies for growing with little or no irrigation have become a focus in her work over the past several years. The Dry Farming Project she is leading has expanded since 2013, from case studies with dry farmers and dry farming demonstrations throughout Western Oregon to participatory research with growers throughout the maritime Pacific Northwest and beyond in the Dry Farming Collaborative. For more information visit: http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/dry-farm/dry-farming-project.

*April 10 – “What is the Oregon Bee Project?”, Andony Melathopoulos, OSU, Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health, Department of Horticulture
Did you know Oregon has 500 species of bees, including four species that are actively managed in ingenious ways for crop pollination? Come and learn who these bees are and some of the weird and wonderful features of their lives (you will leave knowing five very cool bees that are frequent visitors in our gardens and backyards). The talk will also provide an overview of a state-wide strategy to keep Oregon bee-friendly, a strategy that leverages the patchwork of gardens, pollinator-friendly crops and adjacent natural areas in order to build on our state’s rich endowment of bee biodiversity.

Andony Melathopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health Extension in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University (OSU). He has over 15 years of experience working together with commercial beekeepers and land managers to develop solutions for keeping bees healthy. Since 2016 he has been leading OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a state-wide pollinator health program. He is on the Coordinating Team of the state-wide bee protection initiative, the Oregon Bee Project, and the host of a weekly podcast about pollinator health, PolliNation.

May 8 – “Drama Queens of the Garden”, Carol Westergreen, owner, Out in the Garden Nursery

There is so much more to a garden than flowers.  Foliage colors and textures are just as critical to a beautiful garden as flower colors.  In a 'show and tell' format, Carol Westergreen, owner of Out in the Garden Nursery, will bring, show, and talk about some wonderful plants that have fantastic foliage, many that are the Drama Queens of the Garden.  Carol will introduce you to some of her favorite bold plants like Ligularia, Rodgersia, Aralia, and Edgeworthia and convince you that you need some of these beauties for your gardens!

Carol has been gardening all her life. She earned a degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Horticulture from Washington State University. After college, Carol spent over 20 years working in the nursery and Christmas tree industry. In 2003, after running out of room for plants on their residential lot in Portland, Carol and her husband moved to almost 5 acres in Molalla and, in 2004, began Out in the Garden Nursery. The original focus of the nursery was on perennials for the shade, but has expanded to include plants for the sun, with a new emphasis on plants with interesting foliage colors and textures and that provide multiple seasons of appeal to the garden. Three groves of mature native white oaks create a park-like setting for the nursery and its display gardens, where visitors can stroll for inspiration while enjoying the peace and serenity of the setting.

*June 12 – “How Gardening Will Save the World”, Gail Langellotto, OSU, Master Gardener State Coordinator
In a rapidly urbanizing world, gardens will play an increasingly important role in community food security, climate moderation, and biodiversity conservation. In cities, gardens provide important opportunities to interact with the natural world and to experience new foods.

This talk will present the latest research on ecosystem services provided by gardens, and tips that you can use to make your garden a lean, mean ecosystem-service machine.

Gail Langellotto is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University (OSU), where she also coordinates the statewide Extension Master Gardener Program. She has a B.S. in biology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology, all from the University of Maryland. She oversees the Garden Ecology Lab at OSU, where she and her students have active research projects on garden pollinators, native plants, garden soils. She also conducts similar research project in the Portland Metro area.

July 10 , ‘Summer Series – In the Garden’ at the Multnomah County Demonstration Garden (6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland).
“Impacting Food Insecurity Through Community Partnership”, Heidi Davis, Community Teaching Kitchen, Providence Milwaukie Hospital, and Devin Dinihanian, Statewide Seed to Supper Coordinator for the Oregon Food Bank.

Food security requires that all people at all times have the ability to access enough safe, nutritious food for an active, healthy life, and that they can do so in personally and socially acceptable ways. Learn how Providence Milwaukie’s Community Teaching Kitchen and Oregon  

Food Bank’s Seed to Supper program have teamed up to create healthier communities together. We will demonstrate how much can be accomplished by creative partnerships, an engaged medical community and garden education program, and passionate volunteers to address a community need.

Heidi Davis is a native Oregonian, mother of two young girls and has worked in the social service industry for over 15 years. As a graduate student in the school of social work at Portland State University in 2014, Heidi began her career at Providence as an intern in the Community Health Division, where she worked on implementing a screen-and-intervene program to identify patients struggling with food insecurity. Heidi now serves as the Patient Navigator of Providence Milwaukie’s Community Teaching Kitchen and thrives on promoting health through personal relationships as well as building a sustainable community around access to healthy, nutritious food.

Devin Dinihanian has been coordinating the Statewide Seed to Supper Program for Oregon Food Bank since March 2017. He has over a decade of experience in social service, youth advocacy and garden-based education with English and Spanish speaking populations. He spent several years working on organic farms of various sizes in Oregon, New York, Vermont, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds in garden and farm settings.

August 14, ‘Summer Series – In the Garden’ at the Multnomah County Demonstration Garden (6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland).
“Making Gardening Fun for Children” Paul Sanford, Natural Gardening Education Specialist, Metro
Do you have little ones in your life that you would like to introduce to gardening? Paul Sanford will suggest ideas for designing kid friendly sections of your garden, ways that you can foster their curiosity for plants and garden critters, and methods for making gardening fun.

Paul Sanford has been an educator for Metro since 2004 and is also a lifelong local gardener. He has designed and led natural gardening education programs for families at numerous outreach events and at Metro’s demonstration gardens at Blue Lake Park and the Oregon Zoo. Metro’s natural gardening programs teach people of all ages safe and healthy methods of gardening that avoid the use of toxic gardening products.


September 11 – “Cooking Up the Harvest”, presenter TBA
After carefully tending and toiling in your veggie plot all season you are now finally reaping rewards with an abundant harvest. Now you need inspiration to bring your harvest to the table. Join us for our annual ‘Harvest to the Table’ presentation as we host a local guest chef who will offer culinary secrets for turning the summer’s bounty into fresh, nutritious, delectable dishes!  Watch for details on our featured guest chef.

*October 9 – “Unlock the Secrets in Your Soil: An introduction to Soil Health”, Cory Owens, NRCS, State Soil Scientist and Soil Health Coordinator
Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource. Protecting this valuable resource is of vital importance, and, as gardeners, we each can do our part. Join us, as Cory Owens with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), gives us a better understanding of the soil food web and practical approaches to implementing the principles of Soil Health.

Cory Owens is the NRCS’s State Soil Scientist and Soil Health Coordinator based out of Portland. She leads the technical soil services program across the state, including helping farmers, gardeners, ranchers, and foresters learn how healthy soil can help them.  Cory completed her undergraduate work in Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University and her graduate work at the University of California, Davis, earning a M.S. in Soil Science. Her favorite soil is Amity.

 November 13 – “Garden Book Fair”, Tom Fischer, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Press
What’s a dedicated gardener to do as winter approaches and the gardening pace slows down? Attend the Multnomah Chapter’s first annual Garden Book Bash to discover new books to expand your garden knowledge and garner inspiration to fuel your passion!

Prepare to be inspired as Tom Fischer, editor-in-chief of Timber Press, shares his keen, discerning reviews of recently published gardening books. Browse through a selection of some of the best gardening books of the year. Purchase the gems you find as gifts for yourself or for family and friends. All books will be offered at a special Garden Book Bash discounted price!

Tom Fischer is editor-in-chief at Timber Press in Portland, Oregon. He got his start in book publishing at the University of Chicago Press and Beacon Press, and spent 14 years on the editorial staff at Horticulture magazine in Boston. His Boston garden featured a hardscape created by Douglas Reed, of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, and contained noteworthy collections of unusual flowering shrubs, shade perennials, and delphiniums. After moving to Portland in 2004, he began a new drought-tolerant garden composed of plants from the world's five Mediterranean climate areas, with an emphasis on West Coast natives. His garden was profiled in The Oregonian in 2008. His most recent project has been a collaboration with Portland designer Lauren Hall-Behrens to create a lush, exotic garden featuring ornamental grasses, palms, ferns, salvias, Pacific Coast irises, and Southern Hemisphere plants. A prolific writer as well as an editor, Tom's articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living.

December 11, Winter Greens Gathering
Gather with fellow MGs, family, and friends as we create winter wreaths and arrangements or simply enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, a sweet treat, and catch up with old and new gardening friends. Bring an armload of greens to share, wreath rings, wire paddles, pruners, or a vase to fill. The Chapter will also provide some greens and wreath and arrangement supplies.

January 8, 2019, Horticultural Myths, Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University, Extension Urban Horticulturist
Though gardening is part art and part science, we shouldn’t take artistic license with the science part and defy the kind of sound information that can help us succeed. Linda Chalker-Scott has been scouring the scientific literature, testing horticultural products under controlled, scientific conditions to support or disprove marketing claims, and challenging and disproving garden myths for years.

Linda Chalker-Scott is currently Extension Urban Horticulturist at Puyallup Research and Extension center of Washington State University (WSU). She is an ISA certified arborist, an ASCA consulting arborist, and an award-winning author. In addition to her role at WSU, she also teaches at the University of Washington. Linda has published extensively in the scientific literature and in popular magazines including American Nurseryman, Organic Gardening, and Fine Gardening. Her books include The Informed Gardener, (2008) and the 2010 sequel, The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010), Sustainable Landscapes And Gardens: Good Science - Practical Applications (2009), and How Plants Work: The Science Behind The Amazing Things Plants Do (2015). She is one of the coordinators of the popular blog, The Garden Professors.

February 12, 2019, “How I Grow 40 fruit trees, raspberries, Marionberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and currants on my 60- by 100-foot city lot”, Glen Andresen, urban gardening expert and educator
One doesn’t need a lot of space-or time- to grow fruit in the city, and this presentation offers proof! By using appropriate rootstock, espaliered apples and pears, summer pruning, efficient trellising, an innovative homemade irrigations system, compost, and remarkably pampered soil, Glen Andresen has managed to cram a lot of garden into his garden (and freezer). His presentation will concentrate on the labor-saving gardening principles and techniques he has pioneered and embraced so he doesn’t burn out as a gardener.

Since 1994, Glen Andresen has been Metro’s lead natural gardening educator. His program offers presentations and information on how to have healthy yards and gardens without the use of synthetic pesticides. Glen took the Master Gardener training in 1991. Glen is an avid beekeeper who has approximately 60 colonies of bees; last year his city bees produced more than 3,500 pounds of honey. He teaches backyard organic beekeeping classes through Portland Community College and in 2013, Glen co-founded Bridgetown Bees, a project whose goal is to selectively breed and raise honey bee queens in the city of Portland that can survive our winters without needing treatment for Varroa mites. He also is the host of the long-running one-hour edible gardening show, The Dirtbag, heard the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. on community radio station KBOO, at 90.7 FM in Portland. Glen is a fifth generation Oregonian. He has degrees in economics and music, but still would rather play in the dirt.

* Presentation is designated for 1 hour of OSU Master Gardener continuing garden education/recertification credit.

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