Who We Are

The Marion County Master Gardener Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping home gardeners in Marion County learn about the science, art and joy of gardening. MCMGA is part of the state-wide Master Gardener program administered by Oregon State University Extension and supports the mission and objectives of the Master Gardener Program. Our application for non-profit status has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service.

What We Do

MCMGA provides a variety of education and outreach programs. These programs are delivered by Marion County Master Gardeners – experienced volunteers from your community who are trained and certified in sustainable research-based gardening techniques by OSU professors and other experts. Special programs include:

    • Workshops & Events
    • Jr. Master Gardener
    • Community Garden Consulting
    • Annual Plant Sale
    • Demonstration Garden
    • Community Plant Clinics & Help Desk
    • Speakers Bureau & KBZY
    • Master Gardener Training

How We Help

Master Gardeners contribute to the gardening community by providing reliable relevant information for home gardeners. Master Gardeners teach, advise, listen, diagnose, experiment, learn, demonstrate and connect gardeners of all ages with the information they need. We enjoy gardening, learning about gardening and sharing experiences with others. We’ll do our best to answer your question immediately. However, sometimes we need to take more time to research your issue, or to consult with Brooke Edmonds, PhD., our Marion County Horticulturist or other OSU experts. We may also recommend another agency or organization for you to contact. Our goal is for you to have the best answer possible.

Where to Find Us

You can find Marion County Master Gardener volunteers at the Marion County OSU Extension Office Help Desk, at local and community garden events, in the Demonstration Garden, at MCMGA events, and on the web and facebook. See the Contact Us page for location addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Our Partners

MCMGA works with many community groups and programs. Special partnerships include:

    • Marion & Polk Food Share
    • Oregon Master Gardener Association
    • Salem- Keizer Education Foundation
    • Marion Soil and Water Conversation District
    • National Wildlife Federation
    • The Oregon Garden
    • Boys & Girls Clubs
    • 4-H
    • City of Salem

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.