Monday, October 3, 2011

Gardening Events & Classes


Fall Harvest Festivals – Check Websites for activities...there are loads of them!

Bauman Farms – Pumpkin Patch through October 30
French Prairie Gardens – Harvest Festival through October 30
Fresh to You Produce & Garden Center – Autumn Festival through October 31
Smith Berry Barn – Heirloom Apple Festival, October 15-16
Wooden Shoe – Pumpkin Fest through October 31

Oct. 14-16 and 21-23, 10am-5pm - 24th Annual Apple Tasting Event, Portland Nursery (Stark Street)

October 15 & 16, 10am-4pm – Home Orchard Society All About Fruit Show (Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby)—One of the areas' largest exhibits of fall fruit varieties. See and taste many, including apple, pear, grapes, and quince. Get advice on selecting the right variety, tips on growing, pruning, and harvesting. Fee: $4 members, $6 non-members (free admission with new membership).

October 16, 3pm – Fall Color Preview Tour, Hoyt Arboretum (Portland)—Join a celebration of fall color with Curator, Martin Nicholson, on a special route designed for optimum color viewing. He'll answer all of your questions along the way. Meet at the Visitors Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd.

October 19, 6-7:30pm – Fall Twilight Lantern Walk, Leach Botanical Garden (Portland)— Glimpse the Garden's colors in the glow of a setting sun and experience the magic of a twilight lantern walk. Space is limited; pre-registration required. To register contact, call 503-823-1671 or pay for your event online. Cost: $15 general/$10 Leach Garden Friends Members.

October 29 (9am-6pm) & Oct. 30 (9am-3pm) - Portland Chrysanthemum Society Show & Sale, Portland Nursery (Division Street)

October 29, 4-6pm – The Great Pumpkin Event, Dennis' 7 Dees (Seaside location)—Music apple cider pressing and tasting, homemade cookies and ginger bread, pumpkin carving demonstration and contest. Costumes encouraged (but not necessary). Door prizes will be provided.

November 18-20 - Olio Nuovo Festa (New Olive Oil Festival), Red Ridge Farms (Dayton)—The weekend events at the Oregon Olive Mill focus on the newly pressed olive oil and give guests a chance to see first-hand how olive oil is made on the imported Italian olive press. Guests will also enjoy tastes of a variety of freshly-pressed olive oils.

CLASSES (unless noted, classes are free)

October 15
• 10am-4pm – Willow Furniture Workshop, Farmington Gardens (Beaverton)— Construct your own one-of-a-kind garden furniture. Under the guidance of the folks from The Willow Station, you will have fun creating your own whimsical garden bench, chair, plant stand, end table, plant trough, or trellis. A guaranteed finished project by the end of the day! And for those who have taken this class before, you will be able to make more advanced projects of your choosing; please inquire about those options. Cost: $125 plus $10 registration fee. Registration required.

• 10am – Fall Bulbs for Spring Color, Dennis' 7 Dees' (Seaside location)—Okay, let's get this straight...Spring flowering bulbs are called "fall bulbs"? That's exactly right! One of Karen's favorite gardening chores is to plant her spring color on a sunny crisp fall day! Learn how to lay out your flower garden, so that it blooms from late February to early May, and what fertilizers to use to give them that extra boost!

• 11am - Halloween Containers! The Garden Corner (Tualatin)—Have fun with your containers! Build front porch containers for Halloween. Anything goes. They can't wait to see the spooky creations that this unleashes!

• 11am - Create Your Own Bonsai Workshop, Tsugawa Nursery (Woodland, Wash.)—If you like the idea of having a plant in miniature but have no idea of how it can be done then this is the workshop for you. Just about any plant can become a bonsai. Tsugawa Bonsai staff and experienced members of Tsugawa Bonsai Group will be on hand to show how the process begins. Workshop includes all materials necessary to create a bonsai. Please come early to pick out your supplies. Class is limited to 10 participants. Cost: $35.00 for supplies. Registration required.

• 2-3pm – Build a Glorious Floral Bulb Spectacle, Dennis' 7 Dees (Eastside location)—Join Ed Hobs from Simple Pleasures to build a glorious floral bulb spectacle. Learn how to pair a variety of bulbs for a piece of art that will bloom late winter until late spring. You will leave with a pot full of bulbs to be excited about! Cost: $25 to purchase everything needed to create a fabulous fall potted display. Registration required; call or stop in the Eastside store to pay and secure your spot in the class.

October 22

• 11am – Pruning Japanese Maples, Tsugawa Nursery (Woodland, Wash.)—Japanese maples are elegant in all seasons, with delicate leaves, fine fall color and lovely branch patterns. Simple pruning can help maintain and enhance their natural form, bringing out the best for summer and winter viewing. Join Brian Tsugawa as he shows you the tips and techniques to get the most from your Japanese maple. Registration required.

• 11am – Tea in the Garden, The Garden Corner (Tualatin)—Did you know that water temperature is important when brewing a cup of tea? Learn about the different types of tea, their proper brew times, a few caffeine myths, and how to let a simple cup of tea bring out the beauty of your garden. Joanna Derungs of Natural Whisperings will be here to create a new experience of drinking tea in the garden.

• 4:30-6pm – Intro to Urban Fruit Trees, Portland Nursery (Division Street)—Learn some great tips and techniques for successfully growing fruit trees with Monica Maggio of the Home Orchard Society. Monica will discuss site requirements & preparation, pollination needs, maintenance requirements of different fruits, and how to select a good fruit tree. She will also talk about general care, maintenance, and common pests. Click here to register for this class.

October 23, 1pm – Season Extenders: Hoop Houses, Cloches & Cold Frames, Portland Nursery (Division Street)— Join Tim Lanfri of Community Garden Creators to learn all about hoop houses, cloches, frost blankets & cold frames, and how they can increase your garden's bounty. Tim will discuss different types of season extenders, design ideas, plants that benefit from protection, and tips for getting your spring crops in early. Click here to register for this class.

October 29

• 10am-5pm – Winterizing Your Landscape: The Mini-Series, Tsugawa Nursery (Woodland, Wash.)— Come for one class or plan to spend the whole day. Seminars last no longer than one hour and will concentrate on what to do when the cold weather hits. Winterization of: Ponds and Fountain - 10:00 am; Bonsai - 11:00 am; Perennials – Noon; Tender Plants and Roses - 1:00 pm; Fruit Trees and Spraying - 2:00 pm; Seeds and Cover Crops - 3:00 pm; and Extreme Conditions, Below Freezing - 4:00 pm. Registration required. [Print Winterization Seminar Flyer]

• 11am – Pumpkin Planter Children's Outing, The Garden Corner (Tualatin)—Nothing says Halloween like a pumpkin. Bring in your little goblins and have fun creating a Halloween pumpkin planter.

• 1pm – Fall Lawn Care, Portland Nursery (Stark Street)—Attention paid to your lawn at this point in the year can set you up for healthy soil and turf next year. Paul Hastings will cover the necessary steps to getting the grass ready for its winter rest: taking care of weeds, thatch, and bare patches, fertilizing and liming, will all add up to more vigorous and resilient green in summers to come. Click here to register for this class.

• 1-2:30pm – Composting Basics, Portland Nursery (Division Street)--Fall is a great time to start composting. Join Beth Wieting to learn all about converting your kitchen scraps and yard debris into productive compost piles. She will discuss various styles of composting, proper "ingredients", the food-soil web, and give you a taste of what biodynamic gardening is all about. Click here to register for this class.

October 30

• 10am-2pm – Fall Woodland Floral Workshop, Dancing Oaks (Monmouth)—Francoise Weeks of European Floral Design will lead this inspiring seasonal workshop. After a demonstration of techniques and mechanics, you'll be encouraged to listen to your intuition with the guidance of this unusual and accomplished designer. The workshop will utilize the bounty of the many fall flowers, leaves, berries and lichen encrusted twigs in the garden of Dancing Oaks. This workshop will change the way you look at your own garden, our abundant landscape and the world around you. Cost: $35; includes materials. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 503.838.6058.

• 1pm – Children's Pumpkin Floral Bouquets, Portland Nursery (Stark Street)—Join Jolie for Halloween fun creating a unique seasonal floral arrangement in a pumpkin. The arrangements will make lovely centerpieces or gifts. Children 3 and older. Limited to 10 children with adult supervision. Click here to register for this class.

November 6, 1-3pm – Building Your Own Rain Barrel, Portland Nursery (Division Street)—Learn how to harvest the rain by making your own rain barrel. Join Brad Crowley of Harvest the Sky to learn the tools and techniques for creating your own rain harvesting system to supplement your gardens irrigation. Brad will walk you through the process step-by-step, as he builds a rain barrel in class. He will have various parts available for sale after class. Click here to register for this class.

November 19, 2-4pm – Ikebana Class, Dennis' 7 Dees (Eastside location)— This is a "make 'n take" class in which you will make a beautiful fall arrangement. Ikebana is an Asian style of floral arranging that emphasizes all areas of the plant, such as stems and leaves, as well as the bloom. It draws emphasis toward shape, lines and form. Cost: $20 covers all the supplies (vessel, pin frog, and fresh flowers). Space available; contact Linda Harrison to reserve your spot in the class at 503.297.1058.

November 20, 1pm – Medicinal Herbs for Winter Health, Portland Nursery (Division Street)—There are lots of plants in your garden and your kitchen that can be used to boost immunity or ward off the sniffles as the seasons shift. Join Missy Rohs, a community herbalist and avid gardener, as she walks you through how to use some of your favorite plants, including rosemary, sage, garlic and more as home remedies. Click here to register for this class.

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