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Periodically the Multnomah County Master Gardeners open their Inner Southeast garden to the public (VIDEO)

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the Ask-a-Gardener booth were Master Gardeners Laurie Shentalevenn, Jack Lazareck, and Debbie Haas. Volunteers from the Multnomah County Master Gardener (MCMG) Demonstration Garden looked ecstatic as they welcomed the public back to their first "Open Garden" in more than two years on Saturday, August 20. (We have a video, below.)

During the four-hour midday event, some 125 visitors trekked to the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood to roam the well-groomed garden.

One of the dignitaries attending that day, OSU Community Horticulturist Weston Miller — who manages the Master Gardener organization — told visitors about the program.

"This is a community service program in which we train volunteers to serve as community educators. They help pass on sustainable gardening information to the community," Miller explained. "And the Demonstration Garden is a fabulous place — not only where our volunteers can learn, but where the general public can come and get information also."

DAVID F. ASHTON - Master Gardener Robbie Veltman answered questions from visitors during the Open Garden day in Brentwood-Darlington. "Community members from all over the city came to speak with 28 Master Gardeners about things that go right — and wrong — when they're growing edible and landscape plants," MCMG member Linda Goldser told THE BEE afterward.

"It was wonderful to finally have an event to which we could again invite the public to join us after the pandemic! We hope that seeing our edible beds, pollinator areas, and beneficial insect meadow were helpful — and that our xeriscape and dry farm beds, children's garden, herb bed, and other features have inspired visitors' plans for their own homes and gardens," Goldser mused.

Find out more about the Multnomah County Master Gardeners by visiting their official website —

To have a look at the Open Garden for yourself, here's a brief BEE video —

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