Demonstration Garden

The Marion Demonstration Garden is the learning garden of the Marion County Master Gardeners’ Association. The garden is open to the public, free of charge, and is located behind the parking lot of the county Health and Services building at 3180 Center St. in Salem.

Master Gardener volunteers plan and maintain the gardens throughout the year using sustainable research-based techniques learned in the Master Gardening Training Course and Continuing Education programs. The garden provides a hands-on learning environment for our volunteers, visitors, workshop attendees and partner organizations. It also provides the plants and produce MCMGA donates to partner non-profit organizations.

The Marion Demonstration Garden includes more than 30 ever-changing garden themes. You will find gardens appropriate for all levels of experience and reflective of a variety of issues that enhance or constrain your garden plans. You will see roses, annuals, vegetables, a variety of styles and heights of raised beds, drought tolerant plants, native plants, conifers, shrubs, a sun to shade transition garden, a formal and informal beneficial insect garden, edible landscaping, intensive gardening, square foot gardening, foodscapes, espaliered fruit trees, an herb garden, perennials, hummingbird and butterfly garden, companion plantings, small space gardening, grapes, berries, apples, pears, figs, dahlias, deer resistant plants, ornamental grasses and more.

We invite you to visit and explore the garden. You can stroll the grounds, attend a workshop, bring a lunch, relax and enjoy the beauty of the garden … and visit with trained Master Gardener volunteers. Our Master Gardeners are usually available in the garden on Monday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. They are happy to answer your questions and share their experience.

If you would like to schedule an individual or group tour, please call the Office Clinic Help Desk at 503.373.3770 or email for scheduling information.

Demonstration Garden Map
Plots in the Garden – PDFs about each section

Let's Garden

Marion County Master Gardeners™ are trained certified volunteers who promote the joy and science of home gardening in our community. We answer questions, teach workshops, provide speakers, maintain a demonstration garden, and connect home gardeners to the information they need. The Master Gardener program is sponsored by OSU Extension.