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.

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.

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.

Vegetable Garden

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The garden demonstrates various methods for small, home vegetable gardening.  Methods include growing vegetables in straw bales, growing potatoes in very small areas, and cool and warm cover crops used in carbon sequestration, weed control and nitrogen fixing. It features pollinator plants and a bountiful harvest of vegetables.

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.


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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. Also present are varieties of peaches and pears.

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.

Propagation Garden

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Peggy Corum, 30 year veteran Master Gardener, started this nursery and  garden mentors teach how to propagate many perennials, shrubs and trees and have plant sales to benefit the JCMGA.

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.

Compost Garden

The compost garden demonstrates best practices in reusing food scraps and yard clippings to generate healthy soil.

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.