Professor (Practice), Community Horticulturalist
neil.bell [at] oregonstate.edu
I oversee the Master Gardener program in Marion County and Polk County and work with my volunteers to assist homeowners with their garden problems.
My research interests involve evaluating evergreen shrubs for un-irrigated landscape applications in western Oregon. Since 2001, I have done evaluations of Ceanothus, Cistus and Halimium at the Oregon Garden in Silverton and at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Currently, I am evaluating Grevillea and Arctostaphylos for hardiness, growth and flowering at NWREC. We have used the results from these evaluations to design low-input landscapes for the region that emphasize year-round ornamental appeal.