Established in 1994, the Demonstration Garden features twenty-one different garden features that are used to teach gardening techniques to the community.  It is located on the grounds surrounding the OSU Extension office in Central Point. The garden is open to the public.  Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the gardens at any time during daylight hours.  Brochures detailing more information about most of the garden features are available for download here or at the OSU Extension office.

Bird, Bee & Butterfly Garden

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The purpose of the Bird, Bee, and Butterfly Garden is to provide a food garden for pollinators. The garden includes host plants for butterfly caterpillars, nectar plants for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, seeds for birds, and a shallow dish for drinking water. Most of the plants in the garden are perennials, along with a few small shrubs.

Children’s Garden

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In the Children’s Garden, we are growing gardeners! Up to 72 children ages 5-13 experience all facets of gardening in age-appropriate classes (sign up here) that run from June through August. Garden-related topics include planting seeds, transplanting starter plants, watering, thinning, weeding, and caring for the garden through harvest.

Compost Garden

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Composting is the natural process by which organic material decomposes into a rich, soil-like material called humus, which is often referred to as “black gold.” Adding compost to soil promotes healthy plant growth, and healthy plants don’t require as much pesticide spraying. In addition, composting may reduce household garbage by 25 percent.

Dahlia Garden

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The garden includes 7 or more varieties of dahlia and many varieties of grasses. Dahlias have tuberous roots that look like small sweet potatoes. The garden blooms from mid-summer to late fall.

Daylily Garden

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The Daylily Garden features more than 100 cultivars of the Hemerocallis genus. For more than a decade, Master Gardener volunteers in the garden have been cross-breeding different daylilies, including about a dozen new hybrids that will be registered with the American Hemerocallis Society.

Entry Garden

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The Entry Garden is an ever-changing landscape that includes annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, a Red Maple tree, and a specimen rock garden.  Even with reflective heat from the sidewalk and building, the Entrance Garden shows you can still have an outstanding landscape with year-round color.

Herb Garden

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The Culinary Herb Garden demonstrates the numerous herbs you can grow in Southern Oregon that can be eaten, used as a spice, or a tea.

Food Security Garden

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The Food Security Garden is a collaboration between the Master Gardener program and ACCESS, the non-profit Community Action Agency that helps Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty. This garden grows food for the needy households in the county while training volunteers in larger scale food production

Kitchen Garden

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The Kitchen Garden is a joint project between Master Gardeners and the Family Food Educators to demonstrate how much food can be grown in a small space.  The vegetables grown in this garden are canned, dried, frozen, eaten raw and preserved so volunteers learn, have fun and eat their fill.

Lavender Garden

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The Lavender Garden includes 80 varieties of lavender and more than 250 plants, many of which were donated by Goodwin Creek Gardens in Williams, Oregon. The garden is the only one in the Pacific Northwest registered with the Herb Society of America. It is part of the Southern Oregon Lavender Trail, open from June to mid-August.

Native Plant Garden

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The Native Plant Garden was established in 2008 and is still under development. When complete, the garden will showcase native plants found in this region and suitable for the home garden. Native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions and provide food and shelter for native birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Orchards

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The demonstration orchard has boasted over 40 different apple trees. Many are of commonly known varieties such as Honeycrisp and Fuji. Others are less common such as Bramley’s Seedling, Belle de Boscoop, Arkansas Black.

Perennial Garden

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Perennial plants are the backbone of nearly every flower garden. The lifespan, bloom time, culture and form of perennial plants vary greatly. Shade gardens are those with little or no direct sunlight. Since few edible plants grow well under shady conditions, shade gardens are usually ornamental. Our Perennial/Shade Garden has a mixture of shade, dappled sunlight, and even areas with hot afternoon sun.

Peggy’s Propagation Garden

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Headed by Master Gardener™ (class of 1989) Peggy Corum, the Propagation Garden teaches gardeners how to propagate flowers, shrubs, and trees by rooting cuttings from parent plants. If it can be done, Peggy and her team can do it!

Rain Garden

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A Rain Garden is a shallow depression designed to collect rainwater from a roof or other surface. The rain garden captures this water for a short period of time, allowing the water to soak slowly into the landscape, rather than flow into overtaxed storm drains or creeks. Rain gardens act as a natural filter, removing oil, grease, and toxic materials that may mix with rainwater on roofs or other surfaces.

Rose Garden

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There are more than 150 varieties in the Rose Garden and other Demonstration Gardens. These include: hybrid tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, miniature roses, climbing roses, and David Austin roses. Our roses have a huge flush of blooms from mid-May to the beginning of July; a second flush occurs in September.

Succulent Garden

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Succulents store water in their leaves and stems so they can survive with minimal water. A succulent garden can be very colorful as many varieties provide contrast in color and texture. Colors change dramatically from spring to fall, varying from shades of green to rich red and bronze.  The Succulent Garden features succulents that are hardy in the Rogue Valley climate.

Vineyard Garden

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The Vineyard has 24 varieties of table grapes. Most are American cultivars of the species Vitis labrusca, and a few are of European stock (Vitis vinifera). Most of the grapevines are more than 30 years old. Master Gardeners are in the process of developing new vines from shoots of the original parent plants.

Wanda Hauser

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The Wanda Hauser Herb and Rose Garden was the first demonstration garden at this site, established in 1994. The garden features a wide variety of common ornamental plants with less commonly known culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic uses. Most of the plants are perennials, while others are self-seeding annuals or shrubs.

Waterwise Garden

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Water-wise gardening offers an attractive, sustainable landscape that conserves water. In our Water-wise Garden we conserve water by using mostly drought-tolerant plants by grouping plants together with similar needs and by mulching.

Wildflower Garden

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The Wildflower Garden features flowers, shrubs and grasses that are native to the Rogue Valley. Our area is part of the California Province of Wildflowers, which is considered a hotspot for native plant biodiversity. The garden also includes non-native plants that are found frequently in our area. The Wildflower Garden was registered as a Monarch Way Station as of 2015.