Amy Jo Detweiler is a professor and horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service.

Mar 17, 2023

Oregon State University - Cascades’ Science Pub on Mar. 21 will explore Central Oregon’s climate and lands, and their effect on plants in “Gardening in the High Desert is “Snow” Joke,” a presentation by Amy Jo Detweiler, a professor and horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service. 

The Science Pub will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Worthy Brewing’s Eastside Brewery & Pub, 495 NE Bellevue Drive in Bend. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Detweiler will discuss the influence of Central Oregon’s climate and lands on growing vegetables and plants.  She will provide research-based advice on watering, soils, and plant selection and plant protection for successful gardening.

Detweiler has worked as a professor and horticulturist serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties for nearly 25 years and is responsible for teaching and outreach about community and commercial horticulture in the high desert environment. She leads the Central Oregon Master Gardener program, which provides participants research-based gardening information. Detweiler specializes in sustainable landscape practices including water-wise gardening, backyard food production, and landscaping that supports the community Firewise USA program.

Science Pubs are made possible with support from Worthy Brewing.

Science Pubs are free to community members, but reservations are required. Space is limited to 100 guests.

To register, visit For accommodations for disabilities contact 541-322-3100 or

About OSU-Cascades:  Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by 2.5 million acres of mountains and high desert, OSU-Cascades offers small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and engages in top tier research as part of Oregon State University. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.