I oversee Master Gardener programs in Marion County and Polk County. The MG chapter in Marion County has approximately 225 members and the Polk County Chapter has approximately 160 members. The main role of the MG's in each county is assisting home gardeners with their garden problems, and the volunteers collectively field about 4,000 inquiries from homeowners annually. They also sponsor an array of other programs within each county, including clinics at community events, presentations to community groups and on local radio, seminars and workshops for the public, educational presentations to elementary schools, assisting community gardeners as technical advisors. Activities of both Marion County and Polk County Master Gardeners are self-funded by means of an annual plant sale.
I also personally assist homeowners with their garden problem, typically about 300 inquiries per year. I have authored OSU Extension publications on water-efficient landscape plants, soil amendment and mulch use. I also revise the home garden sections of the PNW Insect Management Handbook yearly and write a weekly column entitled the "Master Gardener Question of the Week" for the Salem Statesman-Journal. I make presentations to local gardening groups throughout the year. As an extension of my research activities, I am available to help community groups with design and install of drought-tolerant landscapes anywhere in the Willamette Valley.