Help Desk & Clinics

Marion County Master Gardeners provide free research-based gardening advice to home gardeners through our Office Help Desk and Community Plant Clinic programs.

If you have a home gardening question or problem, ask us! We use our experience, training, excellent library and online resources, to help you identify and solve issues with plants, plant diseases, weeds, good and bad insects, soil, lawn care, plant selection and more.

MCMGA Clinics are a great opportunity for you to bring a diseased plant or tree branch for diagnosis … or a bug for identification … etc. … and determine options available. 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 Neil Bell, 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.

Stop by and say hello! Share your gardening questions and successes, and let us know how we
can help.

Office Help Desk

Bring your questions and samples to us at the MCMGA Office Help Desk. The Office Plant Clinic Help Desk is located in the OSU Extension Office on the first floor of the Farm Services building at 1320 Capitol St. NE.

Master Gardeners are available at the Help Desk at the following times:

  • January through April 2nd, Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • April through August, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • September through December, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We are also available by phone 503-373-3770 or submit your questions via our online form.

Community Plant Clinics

Master Gardeners take our Help Desk “on the road” and are available to answer your gardening questions at community events throughout the year.

You can find us at the Home, Garden and Yard Show, Agfest, Oregon State Fair, Englewood Forest Festival, and more. You will also find us at the downtown Salem Saturday Market on the fourth Saturday of every month from April through October.

In addition to community events, we participate at employee fairs for businesses and events for other organizations when requested and a volunteer is available. If you would like to invite our plant clinic to your organization be sure to call or email us.

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.

Upcoming Events

7:00 pm For the Love of Hummingbirds – Zoom
For the Love of Hummingbirds – Zoom
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For the Love of Hummingbirds - Zoom @ Zoom
This event requires registration. Learn about our local native hummingbirds, their life histories & how to make a hummingbird friendly garden. Join us for a presentation and Q&A with Salem author, John Shewey. John is the author[...]