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Special Update July 18, 2023 from Paula Lupcho, President

Special Update

From Paula Lupcho, President

July 18, 2023

🧅 President’s Message

The good news is that this Update is quite short, but there are several time sensitive items that BCMGA members should be aware. The first bit of news is a volunteer opportunity for both continuing MGs and trainees. There will be a plant clinic at the Demo Garden during the Benton County Fair (Wed., Aug 2 – Sat., Aug. 5). Each shift has a space for 1 continuing MG and 2 trainees. If you need additional plant clinic hours, this is a great opportunity. Please sign up at the link below and do so soon. The Demo Garden chairs need to have a head count so that they can obtain entry passes and parking permits for volunteers. If you have questions, contact Rosalind Hutton at .

There is one correction from last weeks Update. Demo Garden is now meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for the remainder of the summer.

Garden Tour: Don’t miss the second garden tour of the summer at the Inspiration Garden tomorrow. Details follow the message from Brooke Edmunds.

A Message from Brooke Edmunds

🧅 Thank you to everyone who participated in the search for the Statewide Master Gardener Program Manager. Unfortunately, we had what is called a ‘failed search’ - the position was offered but the candidate declined (for personal reasons).

So, what happens next? Sam Angima (Associate Dean – Extension, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences) is rebuilding the search committee. The committee will include Master Gardeners along with program staff and others. The plan is to move forward as soon as possible. The process will restart with the position being reposted, an application window, and the interview process. There will be opportunities to engage with the new set of candidates. We don’t have a timeline just yet but will communicate as we move forward.


🧅 Summer Tours: A Message from Lynn Trimpe, Vice President.

On Wednesday, July 19, at 9:30, we will have the opportunity to walk through the Inspiration Garden in Independence. This demonstration garden is part of the 7-acre Mt. Fir Park, formerly the property of the Mt. Fir Lumber Company. Inspiration Garden has been a project of the Polk County Master Gardener Association (PCMGA) since 2013 and has nearly two dozen different garden areas. The newest addition is the Peace Garden, which centers around a gingko tree grown from a seed that survived the bombing of Hiroshima. Other garden attractions include specimen trees, plants for pollinators, an Asian garden, roses, a recreated oak savannah, vegetable gardens and more.

Volunteers from the PCMGA will be available to lead folks through the various garden areas and talk about the project. Inspiration Garden is located at 799 F St. in Independence.

Directions and parking: If you are traveling north on Highway 99W, turn right at the stop light in Monmouth, so you are traveling east on Main Street. Follow that into Independence and turn south (right) on 7th Street. At F Street, turn right again (west) and travel about one block to a gravel parking lot for Mt. Fir Park, where Inspiration Garden is located. There is also a small parking lot if you continue south to G Street and turn right. There should be one handicapped spot and three other parking spaces (if compost gets moved by then).

More information:

A description of Inspiration Garden appears on the Independence city website:

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