About Us

What We Do:  The OSU Extension Service Master GardenerTM Program develops and delivers research-based information to educate Oregonians about the art and science of sustainably growing and caring for plants.  Together, Master Gardener volunteers and OSU Extension faculty and staff answer gardening questions, teach gardening classes, host hands-on gardening demonstrations, design and maintain community and demonstration gardens and provide assistance to school and prison gardening programs.

OSU Extension faculty and staff coordinate and deliver annual trainings of Master Gardener volunteers in 30 of Oregon's 36 counties.   In turn, Master Gardener volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.

OSU Extension faculty develop publications, videos, online courses and other materials that extends research-based knowledge about sustainable gardening, backyard and community food production, horticultural therapy and other topics to gardeners in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn more about what we do, by reading our Annual Report.

Who We Are:  Over 4,600 Master Gardener volunteers work with approximately 30 OSU Extension faculty and staff members, to extend research-based information on sustainable gardening to all Oregonians.  To become a Master Gardener volunteers, individuals must complete a rigorous training course that consists of between 50-70 hours of instruction by OSU Extension Service faculty and industry professionals.  In addition, individuals must complete a volunteer service practicum, under the supervision of their local OSU Extension office.  Continuing education hours and volunteer service hours are needed to maintain Master Gardener certification.

Our faculty members hold advanced degrees (M.S. and/or Ph.D.) in  horticulture, botany, soil science, entomology and other related fields.  OSU Extension faculty and staff participate in continuing education and professional development classes, to ensure that we provide Pacific Northwest gardeners and Master Gardener volunteers with stellar service and up-to-date information.

Our volunteers include retired professionals, high school and college students, stay at home parents, part-time and full-time employees.  Those who have gardened their entire lives and those who have never gardened before sign up to become Master Gardeners.

Many Master Gardener volunteers are also members of the Oregon Master Gardener Association (also known as the OMGA).  The OMGA is a separate Association that works to support the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program across Oregon. 

Where We Work:  In 30 counties across Oregon, Master Gardener volunteers answer gardening questions at OSU Extension offices, at community Farmers' markets, and at Master Gardener events.  Volunteers create and manage demonstration gardens, school gardens and community gardens.  They host garden tours, workshops and classes in their communities.

Learn more about what we do in your community, by clicking on the 'pins' in the map, below.