Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Master Gardeners invite you to the 2017 International Conference of Master Gardeners, July 10 - 14. We're planning an exciting conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
Our schedule for the conference includes an array of gardening sessions, tours, and
a trade show.
Conference program features three keynote speakers
(Dan Hinkley, Renee Shepherd,
and John Marzluff). During concurrent sessions, forty experts will share ideas for growing edibles, design, soil health, Integrated Pest Management, and other gardening topics.
We will continue to showcase the best of Master Gardeners' contributions to gardening education during Search for Excellence presentations. At regional mixers, you will meet fellow Master Gardeners from your area.
July is a glorious time in the gardens of our region. Dan Hinkley, our keynote speaker, generously shares some images from Windcliff, his private garden. Windcliff is gardened by Daniel J. Hinkley and Robert Jones, founders of Heronswood Nursery. Hinkley is again the Garden Director of Heronswood, now owned and operated by the Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe.
Purchased as relatively raw land with some plantings around the original home, the 6.5 acres of Windcliff, sitting on a south-facing high bluff above Puget Sound, has become mostly a laboratory for Hinkley. The bluff-side, south-facing 2.5 acres, carries heavily-weighted Mediterranean flora; the South African plants do particularly well here, including Dierama, Agapanthus, Kniphofia, Restios and Crocosmia. These are all planted in a meadow-esque, naturalistic approach. The north side of the property allows Hinkley to dabble in his arboretum, devoted to growing his shrubs and trees, which were collected worldwide, to maturity.
Hinkley describes his property as '99% attempting to get there and 1% having arrived'.
Key dates for the 2017 IMGC:
Early bird registration: October 10, 2016 through January 13, 2017;
Hotel code release: October 10, 2016.