AGC Speaker Program

November 5, 2018

Raised Bed Gardening

Subtitle: No Longer a Prisoner of Bad Soil

Speaker: John Kobal, Master Gardener
John Kobal uses 30 years of gardening experience and 16 raised beds at home to focus his talk on the benefits of raised beds, how to begin and how to maintain them for maximum production.

Lecture is open to the public
Location: Ashland Community Center 59 Winburn Way, Ashland, OR
Time: 12:30- 1:15pm



Gleaning is good, because so much usable produce goes to waste! Check out how to get involved with Neighborhood Harvest in Ashland.

close up of fruits hanging on tree

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About  Neighborhood Harvest:

“Neighborhood Harvest is an organization dedicated to harvesting fruits, nuts, and other produce that would otherwise go to waste from yards, gardens, and farms in and around Ashland, Oregon and sharing the abundance with the community.

We will only harvest fruit that has not been sprayed with pesticides. At least 25% of what we harvest is donated to local hunger relief organizations, 25% goes to our harvester volunteers, 25% we offer to the home owner, and the remaining 25% we sell or trade to support the organization. ”

To date, we have harvested over 10,000 pounds of fruit, most from within 15 miles of Ashland.

To learn more about the organization, or inform us of possible harvest sites, please call or e-mail.
541 708-1807 –

Garden of the Month: Sept. 2018

204 Alicia Avenue

You can often tell, just by looking at a garden (house too) that someone artistic lives there.  Such is the case at 204 Alicia Avenue which is the Ashland Garden Club’s September Garden of the Month.  This is the home of Betsy and her husband Chuck.  Betsy is a Crafts Artisan in the costume shop at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  They have lived in the home for eight years.IMG_1

The house remodeling and garden hardscape were a collaborative design effort with James Stiritz of Dragonfly Construction.  Wonderful details abound in the decorative fencing, garden screens, and car arbor.

Betsy prefers curves to straight lines in the garden and she is conscious of textures and scale as well as color.  Irrigation and original plantings were by Carol’s Colors, but Betsy has moved, replaced, and added to the vegetation in the intervening years.  In the summer, she spends a couple of hours a day working in the yard.Img_4

The musical notes of a seasonal creek and pond add to the calming ambiance of the backyard retreat.IMG_6

Among the many interesting plants are a smoke tree, grasses, ferns, spirea, rock rose, morning glory, euphorbia, and eucalyptus.  Edibles include plum, cherry, and crabapple.IMG_7


Article by Ruth Sloan
Photos by Larry Rosengren