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"From Gravel to Garden"- Washington County Master Gardener Association (WCMGA) Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek

Abstract

Located at the PCC Rock Creek (PCC-RC) campus, the WCMGA Education Garden is sited on one-third acre former gravel parking lot that, in 2018 was transformed into a beautiful garden with Waterwise, Pollinator & Insect Habitat, Fragrance and Small Conifer "Garden Classrooms" The garden also features Mason Bee Nesting Stations, Insect Hotels, overhead and drip irrigation and posted educational materials for visitors to learn while experiencing the garden. Formed from a unique partnership with PCC-RC, WCMGA demonstrates a range of sustainable gardening practices. The Landscape Technology (LAT) Program for the PCC system is based at the Rock Creek campus, allowing rich collaboration experiences with the PCC community, most notably the LAT Department faculty and students. WCMGA uses the hoop house, greenhouse and classroom space for education and outreach. WCMGA has already developed active collaborations with groups with similar mission organizations-Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Xerces Society, The Hardy Plant Society as a partial list. WCMGA offers classes that are free, open to the public focusing on sustainable gardening practices. Education topics for 2020 includes native bees, mason bees, beneficial insects, landscaping with native plants, waterwise gardening, sensory elements of the garden, plant propagation, blueberry care and drip irrigation. Curriculum on topics of pollinators and spiders has been in development for local grade school children with additional modules to be developed in 2020.

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Habitat restoration, Sustainable development, Environmental education

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33817

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"From Gravel to Garden"- Washington County Master Gardener Association (WCMGA) Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek

Located at the PCC Rock Creek (PCC-RC) campus, the WCMGA Education Garden is sited on one-third acre former gravel parking lot that, in 2018 was transformed into a beautiful garden with Waterwise, Pollinator & Insect Habitat, Fragrance and Small Conifer "Garden Classrooms" The garden also features Mason Bee Nesting Stations, Insect Hotels, overhead and drip irrigation and posted educational materials for visitors to learn while experiencing the garden. Formed from a unique partnership with PCC-RC, WCMGA demonstrates a range of sustainable gardening practices. The Landscape Technology (LAT) Program for the PCC system is based at the Rock Creek campus, allowing rich collaboration experiences with the PCC community, most notably the LAT Department faculty and students. WCMGA uses the hoop house, greenhouse and classroom space for education and outreach. WCMGA has already developed active collaborations with groups with similar mission organizations-Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Xerces Society, The Hardy Plant Society as a partial list. WCMGA offers classes that are free, open to the public focusing on sustainable gardening practices. Education topics for 2020 includes native bees, mason bees, beneficial insects, landscaping with native plants, waterwise gardening, sensory elements of the garden, plant propagation, blueberry care and drip irrigation. Curriculum on topics of pollinators and spiders has been in development for local grade school children with additional modules to be developed in 2020.