About the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture

Six acres of paradise off Oregon State University's main campus, Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture is an excellent learning laboratory for sustainable horticultural practices in both rural and peri-urban landscapes.

Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture - Update Summer 2015

OCCUH continues to be a hotbed of activity during the summer. There are several areas, individuals, and groups that are using the 6.5 acres of space on the SW corner of campus for research -- as well as just plain fun.

The yearly annual plant trials continue and are simply an explosion of color and texture with most plants being about two weeks ahead of where they would typically be due to the warmer than normal temperatures. The same area sports 20 large containers that are producing both food and flower power for pollinators. Pollinator plants produce both nectar and pollen for a wide array of pollinators from bees to beetles. The green tower likewise is a virtual amorphous undulating orb of vegetables and flowers. This construct has a footprint of 12.5’ stands 6’ tall and creates a planting area of nearly 90 sq. ft. - you just have to see it!


Sweet Potatoes
Oregon Homestead squash
Sweet Peppers
Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture
Bush Delicata Winter Squash
Annuals in Bloom
Cayenne Peppers
Oregon Homestead Winter Squash

Current Projects

The cinnabar moth is native to Europe and was brought to Oregon in 1960 as a biological control agent of the invasive weed Jacobaea...
The 2011 Permaculture Design Course Summer Intensive built a living mushroom fence using big leaf maple logs. Students in HORT 285...
Fresh produce is donated weekly to the Linn Benton Food Share both from student gardens and from our "Grow a Row for the Hungry...
Permaculture is the ethically-based integration and multi-functional use of plants to create a self sustaining ecosystem often modeled...
With all of the fantastic and interesting projects at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture it is easy to understand how many people...