Thank you for your support of the 2022 Marion County Master Gardener Plant Sale!

We want to express our sincere appreciation to those that supported our plant sale on May 6th & 7th. It was wonderful to see so many customers attend and share our excitement for gardening. Thank you to the volunteers that donated their time (and sweat and tears!) that made the sale such a success. It couldn’t be done without you!


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Upcoming Workshops



Find us on 1490 KBZY each week at 8:40-9:00 on Thursday mornings.

Greetings! Thank you for visiting the Marion County Master Gardener Association website. The MCMGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping home gardeners in Marion County learn about the science, art, and joy of gardening by providing a variety of education and outreach programs. You can find Master Gardener volunteers at the Extension Office Plant Clinic, educational workshops, local Farmers’ markets, and other Master Gardener events.

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm and volunteers are available to answer your questions. Our office is in the Marion County Extension Office at 1320 Capitol St NE, Suite 100, Salem OR 97301. You can also email questions along with your pictures to:

 This Month’s Tips

    • Pick and store winter squash; mulch carrots, parsnips and beets for winter harvesting
    • Protect tomatoes; pick green tomatoes and ripen indoors if frost threatens
    • Optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through mid-September
    • Divide peonies and iris
    • Plant or transplant woody ornamentals and mature herbaceous perennials. Fall planting of trees, shrubs, and perennials can encourage healthy root growth over the winter
    • Plant daffodils, tulips, and crocus for spring bloom. Work calcium and phosphorus into the soil below the bulbs at planting time. Remember when purchasing bulbs, the size of the bulb is directly correlated to the size of the flower yet to come in spring
    • Control slugs as necessary. Least toxic management options include barriers and traps. Baits are also available for slug control; use caution around pets. Read and follow all label directions prior to using baits, or any other chemical control
    • Clean houseplants, check for insects, and repot and fertilize if necessary; then bring them indoors

Use the following link for more September gardening tips:

Program Highlights

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.