Welcome to the 2021 Oregon Master Gardener Association (OMGA) Mini-College website. We are excited to host our first virtual conference.

Under the tabs above, you will find the program, descriptions of the keynotes, classes and workshops, the registration forms, and the Silent Auction and Send-A-Friend fund raisers.  If you have any questions, you will find our contact information under the Contact tab.

Friday Keynote: Robert Michael Pyle, Writer and Biologist

People, Plants and Pollinators in the PNW

We all need to become better naturalists.  To do this we need to understand our butterflies, bees and other pollinators and how we protect and manage the plants and habitats on which they depend.  As changes occur beneath our feet and above our heads, we need to have more concern for the small-scale life which have the biggest roles of all in holding up the fabric of our beloved earth.  We need to understand and act on this.

Saturday Keynote: Gail Langellotto, Professor, Urban and Community Horticulture Extension, Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Oregon Master Gardener Program – Successes, Challenges and Opportunities

Prior to the 1970’s, Extension horticulture programs were focused on crop production. However, in the early 1970s, Washington State University Extension responded to increased public demand for gardening information via the formation of an urban horticulture program. The first Master Gardener training classes were offered to about 200 people in King and Pierce counties in 1973. Since that time, the program has endured and expanded. Today, Master Gardener programs are active in all 50 states and in several other countries.

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Program turns 45 this year, at a time when global and local events are making the role of gardening for healthy communities and a healthy planet more important than ever. In her keynote, Gail will review the history of the Master Gardener Program in Oregon, including key accomplishments and celebratory moments. Gail will then talk about the current role of the Master Gardener program to a society with diverse gardening motivations, interests, and experience and look at what the Master Gardener Program might look like in the near and distant future.

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