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.

2018 Program Schedule & Registration

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $45 for a full day of classes and lunch is included.

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 Sustainable Landscaping
      by Al Shay
1.2 Irrigation Issues for the Rogue Valley
      by Julie Smitherman
1.3 Shrubs for Fall and Winter Bloom
      by Neil Bell
1.4 Roots and Regenerative Agriculture
      by Rhianna Simes
1.5 Food Safety – Best Practices for the Edible Garden
      by Sara Runkel
1.6 Fall is the Time to Make Compost Magic
      by Lion Waxman
1.7 The Nitty Gritty of Rock Gardening
      by Eric Hagerman
1.8 Native Plants for Pollinator Habitat
      by Tom Landis

Session 2: 10:45 to 12:15 pm

2.1 Preserve Your Harvest/Fun with Elderberries
      by Rebecca Blackman & Jeanne Evers
2.2 Berries
      by Bernadine Strik PhD
2.3 Soil Related to Climate Change
      by Carly Corrado, PhD
2.4 Oregon Bee Atlas Survey
      by Judi Maxwell
2.5 Small Space, Big Harvest
      by Marjorie Neal
2.6 Diseases and Pests in Home Orchard
      by Steve Renquist
2.7 Grow Native – Grow Wild, Preserving Biodiversity
      by Suzie Savoie
2.8 Vermiculture
      by Tracey Raggi

Session 3: 1:15 to 2:45 pm

3.1 Real Gardens Grow Natives
      by Eileen Stark
3.2 Organic Pesticides; Safe Use of Pesticides
      by Kaci Buhl
3.3 Flavors Gone Wild
      by Vickie Belknap & Ellen Scannell
3.4 Take a Walk on the Dry Side
      by Bonnie Criswell
3.5 More Raised Beds
      by John Kobal
3.6 Firewise Landscapes
      by Kara Baylog
3.7 Vegetable Gardening in the Rogue Valley
      by Lynn Kuntsman
3.8 Master Naturalist
      by Rachel Werling

Session 4: 3:00 to 4:30 pm

4.1 Soil Alchemy
      by Scott Goode
4.2 Preserve Your Harvest/Dehydration
      by Kathryn Ekberg & Kathy Crawford
4.3 Mycorrhizae
      by Ann Rasmussen PhD
4.4 Gardening on the Cheap
      by Jane Moyer
4.5 Exotic Fruits for the Rogue Valley
      by Joey Sparks
4.6 Aesthetic Pruning
      by Jule Siverwood
4.7 Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
      by Kristina Lefever
4.8 Destructive Insects and Organic Solutions
      by Marsha White