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A Constellation of Amazing Speakers Await YOU!
Landscape designer Thomas Rainer creates vibrant, healthy plan communities where native
North American species mingle in a harmonious mix.

Photo by Thomas Rainer
Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Master Gardeners™
are planning a huge gathering of amazing minds in the horticultural world next
July 10-14 in Portland, Oregon.
Clematis Gipsy Queen, by Linda Beutler 
And YOU are invited! For the price of registration, you can learn the latest and best thinking in the science and art of gardening.

Our constellation of amazing speakers surely will be a highlight of this conference. Here are a few to whet your appetite.
  • Landscape architect Thomas Rainer creates vibrant, healthy plant communities where native North American species mingle in a harmonious mix. Find out how at his talk on Where Ecology Meets Horticulture: Designing Plant Communities.
  • Rainer will follow with a second talk: Creating and Managing a Plant Community: Creative Approaches to Site Preparation, Installation, and Maintenance.
  • Garden writer Lee Reich speaks on Weedless Gardening, a 4-part system that cares for the soil while reducing weeds.
  • Reich also offers a second talk: Multi-Dimensional Vegetable Gardening, sharing ideas and examples for how to use each of five dimensions toward maximizing vegetable production.
  • Noted plantsman and explorer Dan Hinkley will share ideas and plant combinations that fully realize three Forgotten Elements of Good Design: Texture, Movement and Fragrance.
  •  Linda Beutler, curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, enchants us with
    A World of Clematis, from heirloom varieties to the latest hybrids.
  • Have you noticed a revolution taking root in front gardens across North America? Garden designer and educator Lucy Hardiman documents this phenomenon with photos from Pacific Northwest gardens in Full Frontal Gardens.
  • Got an overgrown garden? Author and founder of Plant Amnesty Cass Turnbull provides instructions in How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden.
    Clematis Emelia Plater, by Linda Beutler
About 40% of our speakers are university extension faculty who excel in public speaking while sharing research-based information.

They include:

Neil Bell on Diagnosing Plant Problems; Lucy Bradley on Volunteer Recruitment; Natalie Bumgarner on Home Greenhouses; James Cassidy on Soil; Sheri Dorn on Teaching with Demonstration Gardens; Amy Garrett on Dry Farming; Chuck Ingels on IPM for Fruit Trees; Alec Kowalewski on Sustainable Turfgrass Management; John Porter on Heirlooms, Hybrids, and GMOs; Paul Pugliese on the Effects of Phenoxy Herbicides; Connie Schmotzer on Master Gardener Pollinator Outreach; Denny Schock on Eat Your Flowers; Heather Stoven on Encouraging Beneficial Insects; and Bernadine Strik on Bountiful Berries
Even in a small space it is possible to design
a plant community where layered species
Photo by Thomas Rainer.
Do not miss this opportunity!
Come learn from our constellation

of speakers and have fun!

Key dates for the 2017 IMGC:

Save during Early Bird registration through January 13, 2017

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