Support Garden Research

Donations to the Oregon Garden Research Fund support our research and students in the Garden Ecology Lab (Lab).

The Lab hosts an average of two graduate students at a time, at a cost of about $100,000 per year for salaries and research expenses. We also host between 2-4 undergraduate students who work on their own research  and support other projects. Mentoring the next generation of scientists, science communicators, and scientifically-literate members of society is an important component of our mission.

Private contributions are the largest source of our funding. We also receive support from OSU Department of Horticulture. Competitive grants, scholarships and fellowships make up the rest.

The OSU Garden Ecology Lab was founded in 2017 to advance an understanding of how to plan, plant, and manage garden systems to promote environmental and human health. It is one of two labs in the United States, and the only one in the Western US, to specifically focus on studies of garden ecology.

2023 Donors

(*denotes members of the Garden Ecology League)


  • Sherry Sheng*

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Sherry Holley and Al Didier*

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Paul and Nancilee Baker*

  • Clackamas County Friends of Extension, Inc.

  • Clackamas County Master Gardener Association* 

  • Greenfield Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund*

  • Spike Wadsworth*     

$2,500 - $4,999

  • Jo Ann Bones*

  • Cheryl and John Borden*

  • Gail Langellotto* and Steve Rhodaback

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Janna and Jerry Christensen*
  • Patty Driscoll*
  • Doug and Laura Eyer*
  • Hardy Plant Society of Oregon*
  • Meredith Hilderbrand in honor of Darlene Sanman
  • Lane County Master Gardener Association*
  • Shi-Yi Liu*
  • Dick and Diana Nelson*
  • Oregon Master Gardener Association*
  • Jim Rondone*     
  • Sara Running*

$500- $999

  • Anonymous*

  • Leah Puhlman*

  • Rodger Sanman in memory of Darlene Sanman

  • Gray & Norrene Thompson Community Projects Grant

  • Kit and Tom Whittaker*

$250- $499

  • Clio Technologies (Ping-Kuang Tai)
  • Cindy Woodbury

$100- $249

  • Susan Albright
  • Virginia Kaloc
  • Constance Leben
  • Monkeyman's Tree Service
  • Karen Pfaff
  • Judy Zettergren

About the Garden Ecology League

Garden Ecology League members provide sustained, annual donations to support garden research at the Oregon State University Garden Ecology Lab. Members:

  • Receive twice-yearly updates on Garden Ecology Lab projects, and thus are among the first to know about our research findings.
  • Are invited to provide advice / feedback on Garden Ecology Lab projects.

If you are interested in joining the Garden Ecology League, please contact Gail Langellotto for more information.


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