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Marion County Master Gardeners Association

Who We Are

The Marion County Master Gardeners Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping home gardeners in Marion County learn about the science, art and joy of gardening. MCMGA is part of the state-wide Master Gardener program administered by Oregon State University Extension and supports the mission and objectives of the Master Gardener Program.

What We Do

MCMGA provides a variety of education and outreach programs. These programs are delivered by Marion County Master Gardeners – experienced volunteers from your community who are trained and certified in sustainable research-based gardening techniques by OSU professors and other experts. Special programs include:

    • Workshops & Events
    • Jr. Master Gardener
    • Community Garden Consulting
    • Annual Plant Sale
    • Demonstration Garden
    • Community Plant Clinics & Help Desk
    • Speakers Bureau & KBZY
    • Master Gardener Training

How We Help

Master Gardeners contribute to the gardening community by providing reliable relevant information for home gardeners. Master Gardeners teach, advise, listen, diagnose, experiment, learn, demonstrate and connect gardeners of all ages with the information they need. We enjoy gardening, learning about gardening and sharing experiences with others. We’ll do our best to answer your question immediately. However, sometimes we need to take more time to research your issue, or to consult with Neil Bell, our Marion County Horticulturist or other OSU experts. We may also recommend another agency or organization for you to contact. Our goal is for you to have the best answer possible.

Where to Find Us

You can find Marion County Master Gardener volunteers at the Marion County OSU Extension Office Help Desk, at local and community garden events, in the Demonstration Garden, at MCMGA events, and on the web and facebook. See the Contact Us page for location addresses, phone numbers and email addresse

MCMGA offers a variety of interesting workshops and events to help home gardeners gain new research-based knowledge and skills.

Programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Pre-registration is required. Just follow the directions for registration on the description of the workshop.

Most workshops are held at the Marion Demonstration Garden located at 3180 Center St. in Salem. Some workshops are held at other sites in the community or at the Marion County Health and Services building.

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If you or a family member will need accommodations for a disability to participate in one or more of our programs, please contact Donita Godwin at 503-373- 3775, two weeks prior to the scheduled program.

Mark your calendar! The 2019 MCMGA Annual Plant and Yard Sale will be held Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Columbia Hall.

The sale will feature an outstanding variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables and grafted vegetables, herbs, trees & shrubs, fuchsias, beneficial plants and pollinator attractors, native plants, edible container plants … and a fabulous yard sale with garden related treasures!

Workshops, demonstrations and advice from Master Gardeners (including the MCMGA Community Clinic staff) will be available.

  • Free Admission!
  • Free Parking!
  • Easy Plant Pick-Up!
  • Cash, Check, Credit/Debit!

Choose from hundreds of vegetable plants, of many varieties. We’ll be posting a shopping list soon, to help you plan.

Watch for more information as we get closer to Spring!

The Annual Plant and Yard Sale is the primary fund raiser for the Marion County Master Gardener Association and funds the majority of our community educational and out-reach programs.

Oregon State Fairgrounds 
Columbia Hall- Red Gate Entrance


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To keep informed about upcoming programs be sure to subscribe to our email list and follow us on facebook.

Questions? Call the MCMGA Office Clinic Help Desk at 503-373- 3770 or email us.


Marion County Master Gardener Office Plant Clinic

1320 Capitol St NE Suite 110

Salem OR 97301   Open Google Map

Help Desk Hours

January through April 2nd, 9-1 Tuesday-Friday

April through August, 9-5 Monday-Friday

September – December, 9-1 Monday-Friday

Phone: 503-373-3770


Marion Demonstration Garden

3180 Center St NE

Salem OR 97301   Open Google Map

(behind the Marion County Health & Services Bldg)