Monday, June 11, 2012

Garden Events & Classes


One stop on the Seeding
Our Future Garden Tour
 Through June 15, 9am-6pm – Adelman Peony Gardens (Salem)—Walk the fields to see heirloom and new varieties blooming.

June 16, 9am-5pm – Seeding Our Future Garden Tour + Art Show (Tigard and Tualatin)—Tour eight wonderful, private gardens featuring an exciting mix of styles and purposes. From the whimsical to the classic, look for ideas on plants, water features, edible gardens, amazing art, and kid-friendly design elements. Cost: $20. Proceeds benefit The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools.

June 16-17, 9am-6pm (Sat.) & 10am-5pm (Sun.) - Berries, Brews, & BBQ's, French Prairie Gardens (St. Paul)—Experience the brand new BBQ Food Cart Battle, visit the brew tent for local brews and wine, and don't forget the Dessert Station for fried treats to tempt your palate! Enjoy local music, hayrides, u-pick strawberries, the animal barn & farm animals, tube slide, and much more. Cost: $4 per person; picking buckets $8 small or $16 large.

June 17, 10am-2pm – Western Region Chapter of the American Conifer Society hosts a rendezvous at Arbutus Garden Arts, Yamhill. Tour a unique, small nursery with a large display garden. Learn about understory plants, including dwarf conifers, Japanese maples and Epimediums that thrive in dry woodland shade and see a unique rainwater collection system. Click here for directions. For more information, contact Joe Carli at or by calling 503.928.9141.

June 20, 6:30-8:30pm – Leach Garden After Hours, Leach Botanical Garden (Portland)—Experience Midsummer in the Garden with the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival and music from Phil & Gayle Neuman. Includes a guided stroll in the garden, music and refreshments. Cost: $35 members/$45 non-members (reservations required; includes a complimentary membership). A benefit for Leach Botanical Garden.

June 23, 10am-4pm – Garden Conservancy Open Days Program, co-sponsored by The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon—Tour five private gardens in the Hillsboro/Aloha area. You'll experience a variety of garden styles, from a small suburban sanctuary to a stately country classic. Visitors may begin their self-guided tour at any of the gardens. Cost: $5 at each garden, or $25 for 6 tickets (cash or check). Benefits the Garden Conservancy and HPSO's grants and scholarship programs. The 10-acre Oakwood Gardens, the lead garden, is located at 11785 SW River Rd., Hillsboro. Click here for more information.

June 23, 11am-4pm – Open Nursery and Plant Sale, Rare Plant Research (Oregon City)—One day sale and open garden where all plants and containers are 10% off. Includes Agaves, Aeoniums, Echeverias, Cannas, grasses, bananas, bromeliads, Lewisia, olives, gingers and other exotic hardy and tropical plants for containers and garden. Gardens will also be open for touring and include the recently completed hermitage using recycled concrete and tile roofing and a new pond and bronze fountain. King's Raven winery will offer tastings and sales of their wine and Big River Events will have lunch available for purchase. Visit for more information.

July 7, 3-5pm - Green Elephant Plant Swap & Plant Sale, Fry Road Nursery (Albany)—Food, live music and a plant swap and sale. How fun is that?!?! Pack the trunk or pickup with your garden's extra seeds, plant divisions and cuttings to swap with other local gardeners. Are you new to gardening or have a new and empty yard? Baked goods make fine currency! Bring cookies to swap for plants. Fry Road is a great spot to find a huge variety of hardy fuchsias and other interesting plants. In addition to the plant swap, there will be a plant and garden art sale 10am-3pm. Sebright Gardens, Dancing Oaks and Hydrangeas Plus® will be there selling plants. Cost: $3/person or $6/household to be donated to Growing Nations, a southern Africa sustainable agriculture/soil conservation partner of (pay at the door). Click here for directions.

July 7, 10am-4 or 5pm, depending on garden – Garden Conservancy Open Days, Eugene/Springfield, co-sponsored by Avid Gardeners. Tour three private gardens (click here to get a humorous and insightful behind the scenes glimpse at one gardener getting ready for the tour).


CLASSES (unless noted, classes are free)

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)
Dancing Oaks (Monmouth)
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.)

June 16, 10am (Woodburn) & 1pm (Sherwood) – Hardy Fuchsias, Al's Garden Center—Learn from Clarence Berger, SW Portland Fuchsia Club, about the many different varieties of hardy fuchsias that can take northwest winters and will return year after year in your garden. Class covers planting tips and how to keep hardy fuchsias blooming.

June 16, 2pm - Vines and Vertical Gardening, Egan Gardens (Salem)—Do you suffer from lack of room in your garden? Try growing plants vertically on trellises, and in living wreaths and green walls. You'll learn various ways to train your garden to grow up and not out.

June 17, 1pm – Edible Flowers, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Maggie Stuckey, author of The Bountiful Container, will help you bring color to the table with tips on using classic garden flowers in stylish cuisine. Click here to register for this class.

June 23, 10am – Concrete Cast Leaves, Dancing Oaks (Monmouth)—Learn to create concrete leaves that you can use in your garden or share as gifts. Painting techniques that you can use after your leaf cures will also be discussed. All materials are provided. Wear clothes you can get messy in and bring a sack lunch to enjoy in the extensive display gardens. Cost: $35. Reservations required by calling 503-838-6058; space is limited. Class will repeat on July 21.

June 23, 10am – Fearless Bamboo, Al's Garden Center (Sherwood location)—If you've always loved the look and sound of bamboo, you'll enjoy this class as Frank Babcock from Mary's Peak Bamboo shows you how to have bamboo that behaves. He'll cover the basics and also demonstrate his special method for using bamboo in large containers.

June 23, 11am - Wicked Plants: The Deliciously Dark Side of the Plant World, The Oregon Garden (Silverton)--Amy Stewart, author, shares wickedly interesting stories about the darkly interesting plants. Then stick around to Amy talk at 1pm about Wicked Bugs: Fearsome and Ferocious Creatures in Your Backyard and Beyond. Education Center. Cost: Garden Admission.

June 23, 1pm – Designing Your Garden, Garden Fever! (Portland)—Gary Fear, Marsh & Fear Garden Solutions will help you focus on key garden elements that create good garden design. Learn the process of assessing your garden site, determine your personal style, and create a site plan. Reservations required by calling 503.287.3200.

June 23, 1pm - Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees, Tsugawa Nursery (Woodland, Wash.)—The primary objective to summer pruning is to develop a strong tree framework that will support fruit production and to maximize light penetration. Join this informative class to learn how to care and maintain your fruit trees throughout the summer months. Register here.

June 23, 1pm – Pet-Friendly Gardening, Portland Nursery (Stark Street location)—Anne Taylor, Living Elements Landscape, and Melinda Frey, Raindrop Garden Design, share ideas on how to make the pets and gardens we love play well together. Anne and Melinda have lots of experience making landscapes that are safe and comfortable for dogs while still being beautiful and maintainable. Click here to register for this class.

June 23, 2pm – Summer Flower Power, Dennis 7 Dees (SE Powell location)—Cherie, Cedarglen Floral, will teach you how to get the most color out of your garden. This informative class is about how to have continuous blooms throughout the summer months, when and what to prune back and how to put your garden bed to bed for winter. Register here.

June 24, 10am-12:30pm – Walking Stroll of Red Ridge Farms, Red Ridge Farms (Dundee)—Join owner Paul Durant for a summertime stroll through the extensive vineyards, olive grove & olive mill. Their house-pressed olive oils and a flight of Durant Vineyards wines will be offered throughout the tour. After the walk, enjoy a light picnic lunch & glass of wine on the picturesque patio. Cost: $40 ($30 for club members).

June 24, 1pm – Great Plant Picks and New Plants, Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose)—Alex LaVilla will discuss some of the best, most reliable perennials for the northwest gardener including many of the recent Great Plant Picks™. He will also introduce some of the promising newcomers for 2012 and provide suggestions for successful plant combinations.

June 30, 10am – Building Ponds & Waterfalls, Hughes Water Gardens (Wilsonville)—Learn how to design and construct natural rock water features using flexible liner.

June 30, 2pm – Dealing with Deer, Egan Gardens (Salem)—Maia will share her experiences at controlling these hungry forest creatures using repellents, deer resistant plants and other means of control.

July 1, noon – What To Do in the Garden in July, Garland Nursery (Corvallis)—Summer is officially here and it's time to enjoy your beautiful yard and garden. Gardening experts will share their great summer time tips and tricks to keep your summer gardens blooming.

July 1, 1pm – Small Flowered Clematis, Joy Creek Nursery (Scappoose)—Large-flowered clematis are the best known and most often grown. Less commonly available species and varieties with small, often bell-shaped flowers have lots of charm, too. Co-owner and clematis expert Maurice Horn shares how to find a selection for every garden, from the hot and baking to the damp and shady.

July 7, 1pm - Hypertufa Pot Making, Bauman Farms (Gervais)…and then take advantage of the July 14 (1pm) class on Gardening with Succulents to use the pots you just created! Please call 503.792.3524 or email to RSVP.

July 14, 10am – Succulent Container Gardening, Dennis 7 Dees (Lake Oswego and Seaside locations)—Potted succulents are perfect summer time plants for a northwest porch, deck or patio. This hands-on workshop will help you select the perfect container, plants, soil and fertilizer in order to create your own personal tabletop garden. Learn which succulents will last outside through the winter and those you'll want to bring indoors to winter over. Cost: $20 (used towards purchases the day of the class). For Lake Oswego, register here. For Seaside, register here.

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