EVENTSNorthwest Garden Nursery (Eugene)—More than 500 new blooming hellebore plants will be for sale—both singles and doubles—in 8-inch, one, two and a few 5 gallon containers. Refreshments will be on hand to warm you up. The beautifully designed garden is open for self-guided tours. Address: 86813 Central Rd, Eugene.
March 9 – Plant Nerd Night—Start the garden season with this fun event hosted by Mike Darcy. Hear presentations and buy plants from six specialty nurseries. Entertainment by the Chorus of the Goddess Flora, door prizes, refreshments, mingle with other gardeners, and have fun! Get there early; this event has traditionally drawn capacity crowds. Doors open at 6pm; presentations begin at 7pm. Lake Bible Church, 4565 Carman Drive, Lake Oswego.
March 9 and 10, 9am-1pm – Marion SWCD 10th Annual Native Plant Sale (Gervais)—The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District native plant sale encourages people to use native plants in their yards, on their farms, or at their businesses. Proceeds from the Native Plant sale fund two scholarships for students studying Natural Resources. Over 80 plant species will be available and prices range from $1.50-$8.00. Sale is held at Bauman Farms (12989 Howell Prairie Rd, Gervais). More info can be found at http://marionswcd.net/districtevents.html.
Mid-March to early April – Daffodil Flowering Season, Grant Mitsch Novelty Daffodils (Hubbard)—A display is open to the public each afternoon during flowering season. Cut flowers, potted daffodils and note cards/postcards are available for sale. Address: 6247 S. Sconce Rd., Hubbard.
March 30-April 30, 9am-6pm – Tulip Fest, Wooded Shoe Tulip Farm (Woodburn)—Over 40 Acres of tulips and daffodils! Buy cut flowers, order bulbs for fall planting, children's activities and gift shop. Every day enjoy a variety of activities along with the beautiful tulips fields, which change every year. Check the "Schedule of Events" for a detailed list of daily and weekend activities. Cost: Weekends $10/car; Weekdays $5/car. Address: 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn.
March 31, 10:30am-4pm – Lan Su Chinese Garden's Annual Spring Plant Sale (Portland)—20 local and specialized nurseries offer plants of Chinese origin. Sales benefit the Garden and will be held in the parking lot to the north of the Garden. Garden art, pottery, bamboo structures, music and refreshments will add to the festivity. Admission to the sale is free and those who purchase plants receive a 2-for-1 Garden admission. For a list of plant sale vendors go to http://www.lansugarden.org/.
April 7 (10am-4pm)-8 (10am-3pm) – Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Spring Sale (Portland)—Vendors from far and wide – from nearly the Canadian border to the California border – come to Portland to offer the latest plant introductions as well as time-tested (and hardiness-tested!) plants. Complementing the plant vendors are specialty garden art vendors bringing one-of-a-kind pieces. Portland EXPO Center, Hall E2.
April 7 – Easter Egg Hunt, Bauman Farms & Garden (Gervais).
April 14, 8am-4pm – Gardenpalooza, Fir Point Farms, Aurora.
CLASSES (unless noted, classes are free)
♦ 10am-noon – Pruning 101 & Beyond, Shorty's Garden & Home (Vancouver, Wash.)—Proper pruning can enhance your outdoor space. Class covers tools, general approaches and specific advice. Reserve your spot.
♦ 10am-noon – Rose Care, TerraGardens Nursery & Bark (Salem)—For more information on this class please call (503-581-0441).
♦ 10am – Pondless Waterfalls and Creeks, Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)—Design and construction techniques for waterfalls and creeks flowing into a hidden reservoir.
♦ 10am – Reinventing Hanging Baskets, Dennis' 7 Dees (Seaside)—Do you want to reinvent your garden patio this spring? Learn about living walls, wreaths and other fun ways to dress up your outdoor patio. Cost: $20 (registration fee will go toward your material purchases on the day of the class). Register Now! ♦ 10:30am-3pm - Beginning Beekeeping for the Organic City Gardener, Garden Fever! (Portland)—The relationship between flowers & insects has been buzzing for millions of years. You may think the beautiful scent & color of flowers is just for you. Actually, it's for the insect pollinators of the plant world. Glen Andresen will take you through the basics of backyard beekeeping using only organic techniques. Lecture at Garden Fever! followed by hands-on class at Glen's apiary 1.5 miles from the store (participants must provide their own transportation). Cost: $47. Reservations required; please call 503-287-3200.
♦ 11am-12:30pm – Controlling Weeds & Pests in the Veggie Garden, Portland Nursery (Division Street location)—Vegetable gardening comes with its fair share of weed and pest problems. Join experienced gardener Tim Lanfri, Community Garden Creators, to learn about controlling and preventing common weeds and pests for a healthy, bountiful harvest! Tim will discuss Integrated Pest Management (IPM), pest & weed ID, and various methods of controlling the undesirables without pesticides or herbicides. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 1pm - Intro to Medicinal Plants in the Garden, Portland Nursery (Division Street location)—Medicine is growing all around us, from the cracks in the sidewalk to the corners of our gardens! Join Missy Rohs, Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies, for an introduction into the world of medicinal plants. From culinary herbs to common weeds, she will explore the use of plants and how they can be made into medicine. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 1pm – Being Successful with Roses, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Learn to plant, care for and feed this classic, romantic garden mainstay. Greg will give you what you need to know about rose culture to fill your garden with blossoms. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 2pm – Pruning Basics, Egan Gardens (Keizer)
♦ 2pm – Pesticide-Free Pest Control, Dennis 7 Dees (SE Powell location)—Discover effective, nontoxic ways to tackle weeds, pests and plant diseases. Register Now!
♦ 1pm – Crop Rotation & Companion Planting, Portland Nursery (Division Street location)—This is a great class for gardeners with a few years under their belt now wanting to dig deeper! Learn the benefits of practicing crop rotation and companion planting for the healthiest, happiest plants possible. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 1pm – Year-Round Veggie Gardening, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Polly of Pumpkin Ridge Gardens has been providing vegetables year round to her CSA subscribers for decades. Come learn about the best timing, dependable varieties and other tips so you can do the same in your garden. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 10am – Spring Start Up For Ponds & Small Water Features, Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)—Get pond off to a healthy start and learn how to reduce maintenance all season.
♦ 10:30am (lecture, 11:30am tour) - Food Gardening Primer, Garden Fever! (Portland)—For the beginning edible gardener. The basic knowledge of growing your own food is lying dormant in your genes. Join Glen Andresen for a refresher on the basic steps and techniques for growing produce in a home garden. Glen's experience in organic gardening is also focused on sustainable use of the resources at hand. Lecture followed by a tour of Glen's neighborhood produce garden 1.5 miles from Garden Fever (participants must provide their own transportation). Reservations required; please call 503-287-3200.
♦ 11am – Beginning Bonsai, Tsugawa Nursery (Woodland, Wash.)—If you've been intimidated by the art of bonsai and not quite sure where to start or what to ask, this class is for you. Our experts will show you where to begin and what plants, pots, soil and tools are needed. Please register online or call 360-225-8750.
♦ 11am – Minature Garden Class, Garland Nursery (Corvallis)—Want to try your hand at miniature gardening? Create a garden within a garden (and add a fairy or gnome or two if you're feeling playful). Cost $25 (fairies, gnomes and accessories extra). Registration is required; call 541-753-6601.
11am-12:30pm – Fairy Gardens, Mini Gardens & Mini-scapes, Dennis 7 Dees (Cedar Hills location)—Join Jennifer to learn about this new, fun planting project. Class includes selection of containers, plant selection, design ideas as well as care and maintenance of your creations. Cost: $25 (fee will be used toward your project purchases or a finished garden). Feel free to bring your own container. Register Now!
♦ 1pm – Container Gardening, Bauman Farms & Garden (Gervais)
♦ 1pm – Intro to Medicinal Plants in the Garden, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Medicine is growing all around us, from the cracks in the sidewalk to the corners of our gardens! Join Missy Rohs, Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies, for an introduction into the world of medicinal plants. From culinary herbs to common weeds, she will explore the use of plants and how they can be made into medicine. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 1-3pm – Mini-Gardening for Kids, Shorty's Garden & Home (Vancouver, Wash.)—Create a small scale garden. Cost: $15; includes a gardening box, soil and fertilizer (if you choose to purchase a container, fee is credited toward purchase). This hands-on seminar is wonderful for all ages. Mini-gardens make wonderful gifts! Register online.
♦ 1pm – Edible Container Gardening, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Maggie Stuckey, author of the Bountiful Container, will share ideas and tips for creating lovely and creative edible container gardens. The example pot will be raffled off to a class attendee. Click here to register for this class.
March 20, 7-8pm – Wildlife Corridors with Lori Hennings—Lori Hennings, Senior Natural Resource Scientist at Metro, will share the science of wildlife corridors and the state of the knowledge in the Portland metropolitan area. Presented by Audubon Society of Portland at the Leach Botanical Garden Manor House, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland. Please RSVP to email@example.com or leave a message at 971-222-6139.
♦ 1pm – Tea Time, Bauman Farms & Gardens (Gervais)—Cost: $20 Call 503-792-3524 to RSVP.
♦ 6pm – Starting Vegetables from Seed, Shonnard's Nursery, Florist & Landscape (Corvallis)—Gudrun Mahrt, soil amendment expert at Garden Pearls, will help you save money by starting your vegetable garden from seed. Register Here.
♦ 10am – Building Ponds & Waterfalls, Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)—Learn how to design and construct natural rock water features using a flexible liner.
♦ 10am – Rock Gardens & Dry Creek Beds, Dennis' 7 Dees (Seaside location)—Rock gardens and dry creek beds can offer a soothing natural look in any garden and can help eliminate drainage problems in sloped areas. This informational class will show you ways to design and build your garden using gentle curves and a mix of plants, various sizes of rock, statuary and pottery for a professional landscape look. Register Now!
♦ 10am-noon – Rose Care, Shorty's Garden & Home (Vancouver, Wash)—All things roses will be discussed, including a demonstration on proper planting, purning, fertilizing and all season care. Favorite varieties and best new introductions will also be shared. Register here.
♦ 11am – Voles, Moles, and Pests, Shonnard's Nursery, Florist & Landscape (Corvallis)—Class covers ways to deal with those pesky spring pests, including moles and voles. This is a great place to ask question and find the solution that works with your lifestyle. Register Here.
♦ 11am-12:30pm – Planning & Planting for Year-Round Harvest, Portland Nursery (Division Street location)—If you are interested in harvesting fresh vegetables every month of the year, this class is for you! Tim Lanfri, Community Garden Creators, will discuss making a planting plan, timing your plantings, succession planting, fall and winter growing techniques, and how to maximize your harvest without a greenhouse. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 2pm – Lavenders and Other Fragrant Herbs, Egan Gardens (Keizer)
♦ 10am-noon – Beginning Bonsai, Terra Gardens Nursery & Bark (Salem)—Class includes, Instruction, Bonsai starter tree, a pot, a book, and the tools and supplies needed to get the tree started. Cost: $40 pre-registered; $45 at the door. All tools and materials supplied.
♦ 11am-12:30pm – Vegetable Gardening for Beginners, Portland Nursery (Division Street location)— In this introductory level workshop, Tim Lanfri of Community Garden Creators will discuss the basics of soil amending, crops selection, plant spacing, timing you plantings, selecting the best varieties, watering, and much more! Tim will demystify growing your own food and share his tips and techniques for beginner success! Click here to register for this class.
♦ 1pm – Kid's Container Planting, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Introduce kids to the fun of making living arrangements with this hands-on class. They'll get a little dirty and each child will take home a little planted project to care for. Class fee $20; limit 10 kids, accompanied by adults. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 2-3:30pm – Fairy Gardens, Mini Gardens & Mini-scapes, Dennis' 7 Dees (SE Powell location)—Join Jennifer to learn about this new, fun planting project. Class includes selection of containers, plant selection, design ideas as well as care and maintenance of your creations. Cost: $25 (fee will be used toward your project purchases or a finished garden). Feel free to bring your own container. Register Now!
♦ 10am – Pondless Urns & Bubbling Fountains, Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)—Design and construction techniques for these popular new water features.
♦ 10am-noon – Lawn Care 101, Shorty's Garden & Home (Vancouver, Wash.)—Seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of lawn care, including pest control, mole treatments, fertilizing and moss control. Organic and synthetic lawn care options will be discussed. Register here.
♦ 1pm – Best Fruit Trees and Berries for the Pacific Northwest, Tsugawa Nursery (Woodland, Wash.)—Join this informative class on fruit trees and berries that have been selected for the Pacific Northwest climate. Pollination, fertilization, pruning, and care will be covered to help you grow an abundance of fruits and berries in your landscape. Please register ahead online or call (360) 225-8750.
♦ 1-2:30pm - Pollinating with Mason Bees, Portland Nursery (Division Street location)—Discover how these non-aggressive, hard-working mason bees pollinate apple, cherry and other fruit trees and increase your harvest even in the cold and wet of early spring. Brenda Calvert, of Halfmoon Farms, will walk you through setting up nesting boxes and blocks, the benefits to your garden or home orchard, and the minimal yearly maintenance and supplies involved in keeping mason bees. Click here to register for this class.
♦ 1-3pm – Shrub Fruit, Berries & Edibles, Shorty's Garden & Home (Vancouver, Wash.)—Learn about fruit-bearing shrubs, cane berries and other edibles. Class will cover planning, planting, soil and fertilizing, all season care and harvesting. Register here.
♦ 11am – What to do in the Garden, Garland Nursery (Corvallis)
♦ 1pm – Fundamentals, Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose)—You can have a more luxuriant, healthier garden if you understand the basics. For example, do you have the proper circulation of air and water in your soil? Or do all your plants need the same nutrition? Learn how to listen to your garden.
♦ 10am - Berries for the Home Garden, Smith Berry Barn (Hillsboro)—Focus will be on how to grow the best varieties of berries, with expert advice on growing, maintaining and harvesting to ensure an abundant supply of berries year after year. Farm tour and demonstrations included. Each attendee will receive 20% off berry plants on the day of class.
♦ 11am - Backyard Orchard Basics, Smith Berry Barn (Hillsboro)—Focus will be on fruit tree care and maintenance. Learn pointers on pruning for fruit production, pollination, pest management, harvesting and more. Each attendee will receive 20% off fruit trees on the day of class.
April 7, 2pm – The Beauty and Benefits of Dwarf Conifers, Egan Gardens (Keizer)
April 8, 1pm – Low Water Gardening, Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose)—Record cold and wet winters have severely tried local Mediterranean-style gardens. In the low-water borders at Joy Creek Nursery, the majority of plants have done well and most even flourished. This is testimony to both the plants themselves and the soil amendments that make these borders possible. Learn how we amend your soils and make good plant choices.
April 9-10, 10am-4pm – Hanging Basket Workshop, Smith Berry Barn (Hillsboro)—At your convenience, plant your own customized hanging basket. Choose your favorites from their wide selection of premium plants and specialty containers (or bring your own container). Premium potting soil and fertilizer will be provided free of charge with the purchase of plants and supplies. They will be on hand all day to offer assistance with planting. A percentage of plant sales from this workshop will be donated to the Spring into Scholls community fundraiser.
April 12, 6pm – Supercharge Your Soil, Shonnard's Nursery, Florist & Landscape (Corvallis)—Transform you soil from "plain 'ole dirt" to fabulous soil. It's easy to have a healthy, bountiful garden! Please register here. Those in attendance will receive a FREE 6-quart bag of Gardner & Bloome Potting Soil to take home.
April 15, 1pm - When Deer Present a Gardening Challenge, Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose)— Some gardeners just want to co-exist with nature and some folks are ready to declare all out war. Either way, understanding the whys of deer behavior can help. Explore design tricks and plant suggestions for gardening in the presence of deer.