Monthly Guest Speaker
Every month, from September through May, you are invited to join the Marion County Master Gardeners for our monthly speaker. The event is generally held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Salem Public Library. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

Upcoming monthly speakers are shown below.

Jan
23
Tue
Growing Gorgeous Peonies
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Carol Adelman
Owner, Adelman Peony Gardens

Feb
20
Tue
Square Foot Gardening
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Marcus White
The Square Foot Gardening Foundation

Mar
27
Tue
Designing with Natives to Invite and Support Biodiversity at Home
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Eileen Stark
Author of Real Gardens Grow Natives

Apr
24
Tue
The Greatest Garden Shows on Earth
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Dan Heims
Terra Nova Nurseries

May
22
Tue
Witch’s Brooms – Using Dwarf Conifers in the Landscape
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Sam Pratt
Conifer Kingdom

Sep
25
Tue
Prairie Restoration
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Joyce Zook

Oct
23
Tue
Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Elaine Murphy

Nov
13
Tue
Planting for Pollinators
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker: Lynda Boyer
Heritage Seedlings and Liners

 

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If you or a family member will need accommodations for a disability to participate in one or more of our programs, please contact Donita Godwin at 503-373- 3775, two weeks prior to the scheduled program.

Questions? Call the MCMGA Office Clinic Help Desk at 503-373- 3770 or email us.

KBZY Radio 1490 AM – Master Gardeners On the Air
Keep up with gardening news and best practices in just 15 minutes a week. Tune in to KBZY radio host Bob Buck and Master Gardeners every Thursday at 8:40 a.m.

Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau
MCMGA provides speakers for civic organizations, garden clubs, neighborhood groups, senior centers, schools and other groups in Marion County. Speakers are available to cover a wide range of topics related to gardening.

All speakers are experienced Master Gardener volunteers who have completed the Master Gardener training through Oregon State University Extension.

If you would like a Master Gardener to speak at your meeting or event, we will work to find a speaker with expertise in your topic who is available on the date requested. To request a speaker, call 503-373- 3770 or email us at least three weeks ahead of your event. Be sure to include the information listed below. You will be contacted by an MCMGA representative by phone or email after we receive your request.

  • Group Name
  • Contact Person Name, Phone and Email
  • Event Date and Time
  • Event Location
  • Desired Topic
  • Desired Length of Presentation
  • Audio Visual Equipment Available

Master Gardeners speak as volunteers and cannot receive compensation for their time. Donations to MCMGA, however, are always welcome. If you wish to donate, please make your check payable to MCMGA and mail it to MCMGA, 1320 Capitol St NE Suite 110, Salem OR 97301.

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.