Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association presents
Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens
A 1-day gardening symposium!
This is Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association’s 20th year of offering classes on all aspects of gardening, for beginners, all the way through professionals in the landscape field.
This event includes over 30 different classes on subjects ranging from the wonders of soil, to gardening in raised beds, to propagation from cuttings, and many more. To see the entire 2017 Program Schedule, visit the Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association site at:
You must register to attend. The cost is $45 for a full day of classes.
Date: Saturday November 4th, 2017
Time: 9am – 4:30
Location: Higher Education Center a SOU/RCC Facility
101 S Bartlett St. Medford, OR 97502
A permaculture practice called Hugelkultur, ( which is German for “mound culture,”) is a “no dig” raised garden bed method that is said to hold moisture, build fertility, and maximizes surface volume. Hugelkultur is a good idea and can preform as boasted, but be smart about what you bury. Do not bury plants that are invasive, unwanted, or toxic. Some plants sprout quickly, then take over like branches from willows, privets, cottonwood, and bamboo. Others can be toxic, like Black Walnut which has juglone, a growth inhibitor that many plants can’t not tolerate. There are many aggressive and toxic plants to be aware of, so make sure you research the biomass you’re using before burying it. And remember, leave diseased logs and branches out of your beds!
Plant Name: Eustoma grandiflorum
Common Name: Lisianthus , Prairie gentian, Prairie rose
Plant type: Annual
Height: 24 – 30-inches
Bloom Time: June – September
Flower Color: Rose, lilac, blue, pink, cream, white, and light yellow
Exposure: Bright indirect light
Soil Requirements: Rich well draining peat based soil.
Water Needs: Slightly moist – let plant dry out some between watering.
Attributes: Striking rose-like flowers, last up to 2 weeks in a vase with water.
Note: Difficult to grow from seed, it’s best to buy starts! Avoid root bound plants. Dead head for conditioned blooming into fall, Feed with weak liquid fertilizer.
Uses: Cut flowers, Floral arrangements
Native to: Southern States USA
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-10
At September’s Garden Club meeting, members participated in the Club’s 2nd annual Lonely Bouquet Day. On this day member’s create flower bouquets, then set these bouquets randomly throughout Ashland to be found by strangers and taken home. The hope is this small act of kindness will add a little happiness to someone’s day.