Projects in Urban and Community Horticulture

OSU Extension faculty and volunteers teach classes, lead workshops and host conferences to extend the knowledge and resources of Oregon State University to all Oregonians.

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Program facilitates the training of a highly educated corps of volunteers.  These volunteers, known as 'Master Gardeners', extend sustainable gardening information throughout their communities via several outreach and Extension activities.  Visit our calendar of events and visit our Google Map to see when and where we're working in your community!

Eco-Gardening in Western Oregon Ecogardens, or ecological gardens, are ways to save natural resources and still enjoy our gardens and landscapes.  This website features information on  WaterWise Gardening, Native Plant Gardening, and Streamside Gardening techniques, as well as information on detecting, removing and... ferns and flowers
Portland Area Garden FAQs The Portland Metro area Master Gardener Program has posted answers to some of their most frequently asked gardening questions online.  A great resource for the novice and advanced gardener in and around Portland. Ask a master gardener
Home Orchards Steve Renquist, OSU Extension faculty member in Douglas County, OR, created this website for the home orchardist.  On this site, you will find everything from a photo catalog of apple varieties, to calculations of how much it costs to purchase and maintain two apple trees.  A fantastic... Tiny liberty apples in hand
Evaluation of drought-tolerant plants for western Oregon Low-input landscapes are a desirable goal for homeowners, local landscapers, city and county maintenance personnel and anyone interested in reduced landscape inputs. One of the most effective ways to systemically reduce inputs is to eliminate summer irrigation, which reduces short- and long-term...
Annual Variety Trials at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture Which annual plants are likely to produce the most flowers, hold their blooms for long periods of time, and attract more beneficial insects to your garden?  Researchers at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture are tracking these and other traits in a variety of annual plants.Breeders...
The Benefits of Educational Gardens The number of school gardens in the USA is currently in the ten thousands and growing. Despite the popularity of these gardens, and claims that garden-based education programs can enhance academic performance, there is a lack of knowledge on if and how school gardens affect students’ academic... squash blossoms
Pollinators in Urban and Suburban Gardens The vast majority flowering plants rely on insects to reproduce, set seed and develop fruits.  From native plants in our parks and protected lands to cucumbers and melons in our backyard garden - insect pollinators are critical to diverse plant communities and to healthy food systems.Despite... Cavity Nesting Bee House