Each fall, the Jackson County Master Gardener Association holds a gardening symposium. Select one class from each session and lunch is included. There are gardening demonstrations, information about how to become a Master Gardener™ and a bookstore on site. Current Master Gardeners can earn re-certification credits for all classes and professionals can earn continuing education hours from the Landscape Contractors Licensing Board.

2017 Program Schedule

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Higher Education Center a SOU/RCC Facility
101 S Bartlett St. Medford, OR 97502

Full Class Descriptions & Speaker Bio’s

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Session 1: 9:00 to 10:30 am

  • 1.1 Wonderful Soil: What it is and How it Works
    • James Cassidy, OSU – Senior Instructor, Soil Physics & Organic Agriculture
  • 1.2 Designing Your Garden with Deer-proof Hellebores
    • Marietta O’Byrne, Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, OR
  • 1.3 Ecological Gardening with Beetles
    • Judith Maxwell, Ph.D. and Certified Insect Specialist
  • 1.4 Growing Pollinator Gardens
    • Kristina Lefever
  • 1.5 The Joy of Berries
    • Joe Heller
  • 1.6 Benefits of Community Gardens
    • Vincent M. Smith, Ph.D. – Associate Professor / Chair of Environmental Science and Policy
  • 1.7 Soil Amendments and Fertilizers
    • Michael Riding

Session 2: 10:45 to 12:15 pm

  • 2.1 A Systematic Approach to Plant Problem Diagnosis
    • Neil Bell, OSU Senior Instructor II, Community Horticulturalist
  • 2.2 Gardening in a Mediterranean Climate
    • Christie Mackison, Shooting Star Nursery
  • 2.3 Using Native Plants to Create Pollinator Habitats
    • Tom Landis, Nursery Specialist US Forest Service (retired)
    • Suzie Savoie, Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds
  • 2.4 Gardening with Chickens
    • Margaret Clark
  • 2.5 Masses of Grasses
    • Bonni Criswell, Shooting Star Nursery
  • 2.6 Love Your Bugs
    • Phylis McIntosh
  • 2.7 Succeeding with Succession
    • Marjorie Neal
  • 2.8 Planning and Growing a Butterfly Garden
    • Robin McKenzie, Rockbird Gardens
  • 2.9 Planting a Garden for Food Preservation
    • Tracey Raggi
  • 2.10 19 Ways to Enjoy the Foods of Your Labors
    • Ginger Johnson – Teacher, Speaker, Writer

Session 3: 1:15 to 2:45 pm

  • 3.1 Planting Bulbs for Seasonal Color
    • Laurin Parker
  • 3.2 I Did It! The Joy and Satisfaction of Canning and Preserving
    • Ginger Johnson – Teacher, Speaker, Writer
  • 3.3 Technology for Gardeners
    • John Etchells
  • 3.4 Advanced Lawn Care
    • Clint Mattox, OSU Ph.D. Student
  • 3.5 Easiest Veggies to Grow
    • Ronnie Budge
  • 3.6 Conserving Biodiversity
    • Frank Callahan, Field botanist – U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management
  • 3.7 Propagation from Cuttings
    • Jennifer Ewing

Session 4: 3:00 to 4:30 pm

  • 4.1 Seed Saving
    • Jennifer Ewing
  • 4.2 Building Soil Carbon: Using Natures Solution to Restore the Soil
    • Scott Goode
  • 4.3 Forensic Botany, or Plant CSI
    • Helyn Thomas
  • 4.4 Building Your Own Compost
    • Regina Boykins
  • 4.5 Try the Master Gardener Program on for Size – Seed Starting Basics
    • Jane Moyer
    • Virginia Brown
  • 4.6 Micro-greens
    • Christie Reilly
  • 4.7 Success with Raised Beds
    • John Kobal