Thursday, June 9, 2011

Great Garden Events!

There are lots of "put it on the calendar because I really want to go to this" garden event stuff happening in the coming weeks. One's that's a little further out but is "get it on the calendar" worthy is the annual American Conifer Society conference, August 4-6, at The Oregon Garden (and a five day, four night tour going to various places around Oregon, August 7-11). Click here for brochure, post meeting tour information and registration form.

Now for the best of the rest...

June 11 - Learn to Build Willow Furniture, Hughes Water Gardens, Tualatin—Class is 6-8 hours long and when you leave, you will have your own piece of willow furniture. Fee: $125 includes materials and instructions. Call 503.897.7387 to register.

June 11, 1pm - The Cutting Garden, Portland Nursery (Stark Street), Portland—A fabulous cutting garden is not limited to full sun annual plants. Linda Beutler, author of From Garden to Vase will give suggestions of great plants for bouquets for all types of garden situations. She will bring some of her inspiring bouquets to showcase different styles of arranging flowers. Click here to register for this class.

June 11, 10am - Companion Plants, Al's Garden Center, Woodburn—Learn how to interplant vegetables and flowers and herbs to attract beneficial insects. Learn which plants make effective companions.

June 11, 10am - Soil Science: How to amend your soil, Al's Garden Center, Gresham—Is your soil soggy, or full of clay? Do your plants have a hard time thriving? Attend this class and learn how to amend your soil so your plants can perform their best.

June 11 (9am-8pm) & June 12 (10am-5pm) – Berries, Brews & BBQ, French Prairie Gardens, St. Paul—Features Oregon craft brews, wines and barbeque produced by competitors from all corners of the state. Click here for more details.

June 11 & 12, 16 & 17, 18 & 19 – Strawberry Festival, French Prairie Gardens, St. Paul—U-pick strawberries, hay rides, farm animals and more. A family-friendly event that also includes strawberry shortcake and homemade strawberry pie. Visit their Website for details.

June 12, 1pm – Portable Gardens: Troughs the Easy Way, Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose—Unlike traditional hypertufa troughs made with cement, which are heavy and require several weeks to cure, polystyrene troughs are light, fast and last for several years. Learn how to create these aesthetically pleasing and movable troughs, which are perfect for the rock gardener or anyone interested in creating miniature environments for special plants.

June 12, 1pm, Terrarium Craft, Portland Nursery (Division Street), Portland—Easy to make and a wonder to behold, terrariums are winning over a new generation of crafters and gardeners. Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant, authors of Terrarium Craft, offer up everything a beginning terrarium crafter needs to get started, from advice about tools and materials, information about plant choices and simple maintenance tips. Click here to register for this class.

June 17-19, Oregon Cactus & Succulents Show & Sale, Portland Nursery (Division Street), Portland—Find rare and hard to find specimen cacti and other succulents.

June 18, 10am-noon – Outdoor Pondless Water Features, Terra Gardens Nursery & Bark, Salem—learn how to set stone columns in place, plumbing, pump and pond liner replacement, and pump size calculation. In the stone yard.

June 18, 10am-4pm - Carol's Greenhouses & Gardens Open House, Salem—Enjoy viewing the tropical, luscious and unique plant selections (I suspect she'll have plants for sale). Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to Carol at 503.399.7187 or email at

June 18, 10am (Woodburn), 1pm (Sherwood) - White Hot: It sparkles by day and gleams at's white! Al's Garden Center—The white garden creates romance, peace and elegance in the garden as well as luminescence at twilight. The addition of white flowers, foliage and bark is a sophisticated treatment for an entryway, courtyard, border or container. There is no better way to brighten up a shady location in the garden than incorporating white. Speaker: Lisa Annand, Landscape Designer.

June 18, 11am - Green Walls/Woolly Pockets, Garland Nursery, Corvallis—Indoors, outdoors, with limited space or no space at all, literally up a wall or down a fence, these eco-friendly pockets provide a unique gardening experience for everyone.

June 18, 10am-4pm, Flower Show, Shorty's Home & Garden, Vancouver—The Lewis & Clark District Garden Clubs in Vancouver, Wash., are holding a flower show (horticulture and design).

June 18, 10am-5pm - Railroads in the Garden, Summer Tour 2011, Portland metro area—Sponsored by Rose City Garden Railway Society, this is a self-guided tour of nine private homes with garden railroads. The gardens offer a wide diversity of garden railroads. Many of the plants used are small, dwarf, or miniature, pruned to look like full scale adult trees. There are mosses and thymes to create meadows and small blooming flowers to create a miniature world. Fee: $10/family. Tickets can be purchased at Al's Garden Center (Sherwood), Dennis' 7 Dees (all three metro locations), Hughes Water Garden (Tualatin), Yard 'N Garden Land (Vancouver), and Portland Nursery (both locations).

June 18, 10am-4pm - Over Hill and Dale: Hood River Garden Tour, Hood River—Seven diverse gardens were selected for their own distinguishing features and contrast to other gardens in the tour. You can start at any garden and go at your own pace. Local garden art will be displayed in some of the gardens. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 day of the tour and be purchased at Waucoma Bookstore, Good News Gardening, Columbia Arts Center, and the OSU Extension Office in both Hood River and The Dalles.

June 19, 1pm - The Simple Science Behind Organics, Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose—Being organic is all the rage these days. But is it always the best way to go? Understanding the actual science behind gardening organically will help you make wise choices. Join Leslie Gover, propagator for Joy Creek Nursery, and Patrick Peterson from Marion Ag to explore this fascinating area of study.

June 24-26 – HPSO Study Weekend, Portland—Join other garden enthusiasts for an information and fun filled weekend of gardening immersion and garden tours. Visit the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Website for details and registration.

June 25-26, Pink Days to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Farmington Gardens, Beaverton—Pink plants, guest speakers, live music, food, local wine tasting, children's activities, and more. Visit their website for details.

June 25, 10am-4pm - Seeding Our future Garden Tour + Art Show, Tualatin/Tigard—Explore 8 gardens featuring a mix of styles and purposes. From the whimsical to the classic, look for ideas on plants, water features, edible gardens, art and kid friendly design elements. Benefits The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools. $20 tickets can be purchased from local retailers and schools. Visit for event details.

June 25, 10am - Living Walls: Easy steps to create a lush vertical garden, Al's Garden Center (all three locations)—Living walls are easy to build and add color and texture anywhere, indoors or out. Attend this class and learn how to build a wall using a pre-formed frame. You'll also learn how to plant the walls with various types of plants from succulents to herbs.

June 25, 11am-12:30pm, Year Round Vegetable Gardening, Portland Nursery (Division Street), Portland—Join Tim Lanfri, of Community Garden Creators, to learn techniques for growing and harvesting fresh produce throughout the entire year, even in the "dead of winter"! Tim will discuss topics such as timing your plantings, fall and winter growing techniques, and how to maximize your harvest without a greenhouse. Click here to register for this class.

June 26, 1pm - Big Bang Plants, Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose—Big bang plants are extroverted plants that grab your attention and demand to be looked at. They offer a focal point in an area that needs a lift to take it from "Ho-hum" to "Wow!" Come and take a look at some big bang plants and learn how to use them effectively to add drama to your garden either as container plants or planted directly in the garden.

July 3, 1pm - Classic Hydrangeas, Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose—Hydrangeas go mysteriously in and out of fashion on a regular basis. Yet they remain almost unparalleled in the world of shrubs for the length of their season of bloom. If you garden on a small or large plot, in the sun, part shade or in a woodland setting, there is a hydrangea that is perfect for your site. Explore the different species of hydrangea, learn easy care techniques and examine some ideal companion plants. You will never be without a hydrangea again no matter what the fashion.

July 4, 11am-4pm – 8th Annual Berry Festival, Smith Berry Barn, Sherwood—Enjoy family activities, good and live entertainment including fresh berry desserts, milkshakes and ice cream, grilled sausages, wine tasting.

July 9, 1pm - Hypertufa Pot Making Class, Bauman Farms, Gervais—Hypertufa is a new sensation in the gardening world. Handmade by you this will surely be your favorite piece in the garden. Hypertufa is made from a mixture of natural ingredients and dries up in a few days. To register, email

July 9, 1pm - Growing Weird Plants: Cactus and Succulents, Portland Nursery (Stark Street), Portland—Luther Sturtevant of Kara Cactus will provide general guidelines for selecting succulents and cactus with an open discussion for what you need to know about growing them. Click here to register for this class.

July 10, 1 pm - What to do in the Garden in July and August, Farmington Gardens, Beaverton—New to gardening or to this area? Join this class to learn what can be done in the summer garden. Bring your questions!

July 10, 12-4 pm - Water-wise gardening, with the Regional Water Providers' Consortium, Farmington Gardens, Beaverton—Here in the Portland metro area we are fortunate to have a wide variety of spectacular native and well-adapted plants that thrive in our region. Explore their selection of water-wise plants and see how you can use them to add color, drama, and texture to your garden. Pick up a free waterwise plant guide, watering gauge kit, and other water efficient landscaping resources that will save you time, money, and water.

July 10, 1pm - The Long-Blooming Garden: Selecting and Caring for Plants that Will Give You Blooms Almost All Year Long, Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose—When designing and buying plants for your garden, it's important to think of plants that bloom at different times of the year. Garden designers Anne Marsh and Gary Fear will discuss a broad palette of plants for year round blooming as well as pruning tips to prolong a plant's bloom cycle.

July 10, 1pm - Drought Tolerant Plants, Portland Nursery (Stark Street), Portland—Katie will highlight plants for a variety of dry situations and teach you some strategies for establishing and caring for drought tolerant plants. Click here to register for this class.

July 16 - Berry Festival, Fresh To You Produce, Stayton—Enjoy berry desserts and sampling berries, jam and syrup.

July 16, 1pm - Succulent Gardening Class, Bauman Farms, Gervais—If you made a hypertufa pot in last week's class at Bauman Farms, now is your time to fill it. We will teach you the ins and outs of succulent gardening and help you create your own fantastic planter. If you didn't make a hypertufa pot, that's okay; bring a container from home or pick one out at the farm.

July 16, 11 am - Perennials for Containers, Farmington Gardens, Beaverton—Many perennials not only adapt well to containers, they truly shine! explore with Dan Heims an array of colorful perennials and learn how to care for them. Tips on maintaining fertility and winterizing pots will be discussed. Walk away with some great "recipes" to use in your own garden.

July 16, 1pm - Unusual Shrubs, Portland Nursery (Stark Street), Beaverton—Shrubs lend structure and volume to your landscape. Paul Bonine, owner of Xera Plants, will introduce us to some of the rarer types available to make your garden really stand out! Click here to register for this class.

July 17, 1pm - Small Water Features, Joy Creek Nursery, Scappose—Having the glint of sunlight off water in your garden, as well as its liquid purl, is not difficult. Nadine Black will present ideas for adding this dimension to your garden that can be easily implemented.

July 17, 1pm - Screens for Privacy, Portland Nursery (Stark Street), Portland—By hiding unsightly views or creating a cozy private space, living screens beautifully solve common problems of the urban garden. Sean will showcase a range of options. Click here to register for this class.

July 17, 1-7pm - 'Summer Soiree' RAD Craft show, Portland Nursery (Division Street), Portland—Indie artisans and rad crafters bring you their summer collection of new styles in haute colors and must haves! From jewelry to fun and funky home d├ęcor in a Garden setting with live music and local brew! Spend an afternoon chatting and browsing sweet summer-y finds! With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be back for more.

August 4-6 – American Conifer Society Annual Conference, Silverton

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