February 24 – 3rd Annual Springfest, Fresh To You. Welcome spring with Fresh To You. There will be food and wine sampling, new plants for 2011, a drip irrigation demonstration, vegetable and flower seeds, a raised bed gardening display, bluegrass music and door prizes. For details call 503.769.9682. The nursery is located in Stayton, Ore.
March 18 – Plant Nerd Night, hosted by Mike Darcy. Doors open 6 p.m. for plant sale; presentations begin at 7 p.m. This is the 10th anniversary of the event. Hear presentations by six specialty nurseries about their favorite plants and what's new. Plants available for sale by each of the presenters. Entertainment by Chorus of the Goddess Flora. This is a fun, entertaining and informational event. Free. Everyone is welcome but to get a seat, line up early (get there at 5 p.m. if you can). New location this year: Lake Bible Church, 4565 SW Carmen Drive, Lake Oswego (corner of Kruse Way & Carman Drive).
March 18 - St. Patty's Spring Kick-Off Celebration at Shorty's Garden & Home, 5:30 p.m. (21 & over, please) at Shorty's Vancouver location (10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd). The luck of the Irish has brought us Patrick Lamb for an evening concert benefiting The Parks Foundation. Beaches will be providing a full menu of festive St. Patty's fare. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. $15 admission (includes one beer/wine token). Tickets available at both Shorty's locations (Vancouver and Ridgefield, Wash.) or online at http://www.parksfoundation.us/.
March 19 – Home Orchard Society’s Annual Fruit Propagation Fair, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Clackamas County Fairgrounds (Main Pavilion), Canby. Admission is $4 per person or $8 per family for HOS members; nonmembers pay $6 per person or $10 per family (or join for $25 per household and admission is free).