Thursday, April 12, 2012

Garden Events & Classes


April 14, 8am-4pm – Gardenpalooza at Fir Point Farms (Canby)—Forty plant and garden art vendors will showcase their beautiful plants and garden d├ęcor. Visit for event details.

April 14, 9am-4pm – Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserves Native Plant Sale & Fair (Hillsboro)—Activities, Information booths and native plants. For more information, click here.

Through April 30, 9am-6pm – Tulip Fest, Wooden 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.

April 20-22 – 5th Annual Greenhouse Gallery, Bauman Farms (Gervais)—Art show featuring 20 local artists with crafts ranging from painting and photography to metal art and glass blowing. Throughout the day mimosas are served and wine tastings take place to add a little extra fun to the event. This year, a portion of the proceeds goes to Caring Bridge.

April 21 – Garland Nursery's 75th Anniversary Celebration (Corvallis)—Enjoy live music, tours, as well as wine and food for purchase. Enter to win prizes and enjoy fabulous one-day-only savings. Festivities begin at 11am with a ribbon cutting to unveil the newly renovated Garland Historic Rock Garden. Take a Heritage Tree Tour starting at noon. Willi Galloway, author of Grow, Cook, Eat: A food-lover's guide to vegetable gardening, will talk about the ins and outs of growing your own urban garden and converting it to yummy treats for your kitchen. Visit for details.

April 21, 10am-2pm – Green Gardening Fair & Spring Native Plant Sale (Tualatin Hills Nature Park, Beaverton)—Learn sustainable gardening techniques and choose from a wide variety of native trees, shrubs and perennials that will be for sale. For more information, click here.

April 28 (8:30am-5pm) & 29 (10am-5pm) – Oregon Ag Fest (Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem)—Ag Fest is an activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. Includes a plant sale (plants are donated by OAN members). Cost: $9 (free for children 12 and under). For more information, click here.

April 28, 5:30-8:30pm – New Plant Introductions from Around the World, Cornell Farms (Portland)—Join an around the world adventure with renowned plant explorer Dan Hinkley and vicariously explore his garden. Learn about new plants brought to the marketplace through Monrovia nursery, where they originated, plant exploration, collection and trials. Event includes cocktails and appetizers, private shopping and book signing. Hinkley's Monrovia plant introductions especially brought in for this event will be 20% off this evening only. Cost: $35. Pre-registration by phone (503.292.9895) or in-store is required by April 20.

April 28-29, 10am-4pm – Portland Audubon Society Native Plant Sale (Portland)—Native plants and educational presentations for your yard. For more information, click here.

May 1-June 15, 9am-6pm – Adelman Peony Gardens (Salem)—Walk the fields to see heirloom and new varieties blooming.

May 5 (9am-5pm) & 6 (9am-4pm) – Spring Garden Fair (Clackamas County Master Gardeners), Canby Fairgrounds—More than 200 vendors, 10-minute University, a perennial favorite for timely garden topics, and much more. Cost: $3 (free for children under 16). For more information, click here.

May 5-June 3, dawn to dusk – Schreiner's Gardens Open Gardens (Salem)— Schreiner's is the nation's largest retail grower of Iris, with 200 acres in nearby fields and 10 acres of fabulous display gardens open to the public.

May 26, 10am-4pm – Inviting Vines V—a tour of private Lake Oswego-area gardens featuring clematis. Benefits the Rogerson Clematis Collection. Tickets on sale after April 15 at

CLASSES (unless noted, classes are free)

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For a complete list of classes and workshops, visit the Web sites of these Garden Centers & Nurseries:

Al's Garden Center (Gresham, Sherwood, Woodburn)
Bauman Farm & Garden (Gervais)
Cornell Farms (Portland)
Dennis' 7 Dees (Cedar Hills, Lake Oswego, Portland, Seaside)
Egan Gardens (Salem)
Farmington Gardens (Beaverton)
French Prairie Gardens (St. Paul)
Garden Fever! (Portland)
Garland Nursery (Corvallis)
Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)
Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose)
Oregon Garden, The (Silverton)
Portland Nursery (Portland)
Red Ridge Farms (Dayton)
Rogerson Clematis Collection (Lake Oswego)
Shonnard's Nursery/Florist/Landscape (Corvallis)
Smith Berry Barn (Hillsboro)
Terra Gardens Nursery & Bark (Salem)
Tsugawa Nursery (Woodland, Wash.)

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 13, 10-11:30am – Miniature Garden Workshop, Cornell Farm (Portland)—A magical world of tiny and slow-growing plants is the foundation for miniature landscapes. Join designers as they showcase the best annuals, perennials and evergreens for sun or shade to shape your very own outdoor miniature garden. Plant your own combination of living greenery with rock or glass accents. Rustic fairy garden furniture and accessories are available to add. Cost: $25, which is applied to class purchases. Registration required by calling 503-292-9895 or visiting the store.

April 14 (11am) & 22 (1pm) – Growing Giant Pumpkins and Vegetables, Boring Square Gardens (28150 SE Highway 212, Boring)

April 14, 11am – Fairy Gardens, Mini Gardens & Mini-scapes, Dennis 7 Dees (Lake Oswego location)—Learn about this new, fun planting project. Class includes selection of containers, appropriate small plants to use (indoors or out), design ideas as well as care & Maintenance for your creations. Cost: $25 fee will be used toward your purchases for your project or towards purchasing a finished garden. Bring your own container, if you prefer. Register now; classes fill up quickly.

April 14, 1pm– Vertical Gardens, Garden Fever! (Portland)—Vertical gardening is grabbing attention on garden shows and blogs and in magazines. Vertical gardening expert Randy Raburn has created a simple and elegant wall-hanging planter to get you started with this new trend. If you have a spot in your garden or outdoor seating area with space restrictions, go up! Vertical gardens are living art. How-to lecture at 1pm; workshop at 1:30pm. Cost of workshop: purchase a vertical planter and plants (tools, soil and expert advice will be provided). Registration required by calling 503-287-3200.

April 15, 11am – Garden Design with Paul Taylor, Farmington Gardens (Beaverton)—Local garden designer Paul Taylor will share design ideas to improve your garden. He'll share his techniques of looking at garden making with fresh eyes and before and after photos of some projects. Make your design dreams come true with practical steps that work. Please call 503-649-4568, or email events staff with your name, phone number, and how many people will be attending.

April 17 (Sherwood location) & April 19 (Woodburn location), 4pm – Vegetable Gardening, Al's Garden Center—Attend this class and learn how to plant a vegetable garden. Grow your own veggies either in the ground, in raised beds, or even in pots. Lifelong farmer Jack Bigej, owner of Al's, will answer your growing questions from the garden to table and have you eating produce fresh from your own garden this summer.

April 21, 2pm – Planting Mixed Hanging Baskets, Egan Gardens (Salem)—Owner Ellen Egan will help you design and plant your own hanging basket. Learn what plants work well together in sunny or shady locations and how colorful foliage can play an important part in your design. Cost: materials used, approximately $35. Please pre-register by calling 503-393-2131.

April 21, 10am (Tsugawa Nursery, Woodland, Wash.) & April 22, 2pm (Garland Nursery, Corvallis) – Grow, Cook, Eat with Willi Galloway—An author, radio spokesperson and blogger, Willi will share what she loves best: ideas that make growing food simple, productive, and fun. Space and lack of experience should not be a limitation in gardening. Space is limited at Tsugawa's so please register ahead online at or call (360) 225-8750.
April 22, 1pm – Pondless Waterfalls & Creeks, Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)

April 22, 1-2:30pm – Introduction to Growing Mushrooms, Portland Nursery (Division Street location)— Ed Foy and Tony Migas of the Oregon Mycological Society will share tips and techniques for how to grow many different types of mushrooms in the comfort of your own home and garden. Starter kits and plug spawn will be available for purchase. Properly cared for, these kits can provide years of fungal fun. (Pre-order to make sure you get the ones you want by contacting Tony Migas ( or phone/fax 360-576-8520). Register here. (Note: A small film crew will be filming portions of the class for Ecotrust's Oregon Mushroom Stories project.)

April 29, 11am – Planting Your Pond with Aquatic Plants, Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)

April 29, 1pm – Rhododendrons, Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose)—Learn about the tremendous diversity within the genus Rhododendron. Mike Stewart, owner of Dover Nursery, a wholesale Rhododendron nursery, will share the range of structure, size, and leaf forms that this plant family offers. Come see a selection of unique, exotic and new introductions.

May 6, 11am – Shade Gardening, Red Ridge Farms (Dayton)—Do you need help turning a shady area into a lush and beautiful garden? Help is on the way. Learn about shade garden design and plant selection. Cost: $10. Reservations required by calling 503-684-8502.

May 6, 1pm – Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Discover the secrets to growing bountiful tomatoes in Oregon. Join Tracy Tuner, Westwind Gardens, to learn everything you ever wanted to know about tomatoes, including planting times, cultural requirements, fertilizing needs, watering systems, and much more. Register here.

May 12, 1pm – Garden Gems with Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries, The Oregon Garden (Silverton)

May 14, 10am – Berries for the Home Garden, Smith Berry Barn (Hillsboro)—Owner Rich Hilder will focus on how to grow the best varieties of berries in your own backyard with expert advice on growing, maintaining and harvesting to ensure an abundant supply of berries year after year. Farm tour and demonstrations included. Each participant receives 20% off all berry plants on day of class.

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