The Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association
The Jackson County Master Gardener Association was formed in 1982 as a chapter of the OSU Master Gardener™ Program. Its mission:
“To learn, practice and teach the art and science of gardening in the Rogue Valley.”
The first class of Master Gardeners was held three years earlier in 1979 when the first class graduated as OSU Master Gardeners. A new group of gardeners has been trained every year since and today the non-profit Jackson County Master Gardener Association is the largest single county Master Gardener™ Program in Oregon. We pride ourselves on providing unbiased, research-based information on sustainable gardening through educational outreach programs.
The JCMGA provides:
- Staffing for the Plant Clinic housed within the Jackson County Extension building at 569 Hanley Road where volunteers take and answer home gardening questions in person, phone calls or emails.
- Volunteers to tend the extensive demonstration gardens on the Extension Center grounds. Tours are available and the public is encouraged to self-guide through the gardens
- Classes on garden-related topics to various community organizations and at the Community Education classes provided by the OSU Extension Center and online on our website.
- Winter Dreams-Summer Gardens Symposium in November. A full day of gardening classes on a range of subjects designed to educate both novice and expert gardeners.
- Grants to area schools and community gardens to aid in gardening education.
- Scholarship to a Jackson County student majoring in agriculture related subjects at OSU.
- The Jackson County Master Gardener™ Spring Garden Fair, held the first weekend in May at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point. It is the premier gardening event in Jackson County and signals the beginning of the summer gardening season in the Rogue Valley.