December 1, 2023

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Learn to make the most of your garden at these summer events

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Learn to make the most of your garden at these summer events

Events are free unless noted. Please email calendar submissions at least two weeks in advance to [email protected].


Leach Botanical Garden Tour: 1:30 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays through July. Learn about the garden’s history, heritage trees, seasonal plants, habitat restoration and more. Register at; Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Bumble Bee Hike: 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays through July. Toddlers can look for wildlife, listen to the wind and creek, smell plants and flowers, and touch the trees and leaves. Register at; Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Mountain Rose Herbs’ Sunday Annex Series: 1-3 p.m. Sundays through July. Learn from teachers, businesses and plant-minded locals about herbalism, healthy living and more. Cost/sliding scale donation varies; Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile Annex, 152 W. Fifth Ave., Eugene;

Forest Grove Sesquicentennial Open House and Open Garden Series: July 17 and Aug. 13. Experience a series of tours of homes and gardens in Forest Grove and the surrounding area. $10 per event includes beverage and snack; precise addresses are provided after registration at or 503-992-1280.

Art in the Garden: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sept. 3. Local artists will showcase handcrafted pieces throughout the 80-acre botanical garden. Free with garden admission ($12 per adult); The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton;

Grow Your Own Produce, The Workshop Series: (online via Zoom) 7-9 p.m. second Thursday of the month through Nov. 10. Permaculture expert Marisha Auerbach helps you learn to maximize your yield with a monthly overview of key garden activities. $100 for a five-class series or $25 per class;

Harvest & Design Workshop Series: 10 a.m. second Saturday of the month through November. Take a monthly guided tour of a flower farm and learn about the plants you will harvest for your arrangement that day. $85 per workshop; Charles Little and Company, 34573 Seavey Loop Road, Eugene;

Little Sprouts Take-home Class Kits: (online instruction) Monthly through December. Kids will learn about a variety of seasonal garden-related topics with these hands-on activities. $10 registration required; Garland Nursery, 5470 N.E. Highway 20, Corvallis;, 541-753-6601 or 800-296-6601

Portland Dahlia Society monthly meeting: 7 p.m. second Tuesday of the month through December. Take part in a monthly discussion of seasonal topics. Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way;

Tualatin Valley Beekeepers Association meetings: 6-8 p.m. last Tuesday of the month; Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest St., North Plains or online via Zoom; or email [email protected]


Summer Pruning for Fall Blooms: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn how to extend the bloom season of your clematis with summer pruning. $25; Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn;

Lavender: Wands and More: 10-11 a.m. Use fresh cut lavender to weave fragrant wands and explore other uses including decorative, household and culinary applications. $30; Blooming Junction Garden Center and Farm Market, 35105 N.W. Zion Church Road, Cornelius;

Succession Planting in the Home Vegetable Garden: 10 a.m.-noon. Discuss which crops are best planted as successions, planting methods and tips, and how to plan for a continuous harvest. Donations welcome; Portland Edible Gardens Demonstration Garden, 4628 N. Willis Blvd.;


NatureScaping – Art in the Garden: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a plant sale and a day of art, music, demonstrations and more. NatureScaping of SW Washington Wildlife Botanical Gardens, 11000 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie;


Vinegar Making Workshop: 5-8 p.m. July 14 and 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 16. Discover skills of vinegar making on a 32-acre organic farm on Sauvie Island. Cost/sliding scale donation varies; Wapato Island Farm, 15115 N.W. Gillihan Road;


Lavender Wreath Class: 10-11 a.m. Use lavender and materials from the farm, and receive instruction on how to make a six-inch ($35) or 10-inch ($40) wreath to take home. Blooming Junction Garden Center and Farm Market, 35105 N.W. Zion Church Road, Cornelius;

Plant Swap Party: 7-10 p.m. Trade plants, seeds and cuttings over cocktails and mocktails. Freeland Spirits, 2671 N.W. Vaughn St.;


Tomato Pruning Workshop: 10-11:30 a.m. This hands-on workshop will clarify which types of tomato plants need pruning and provide instruction on when and how to prune. $5 at; Clark County Extension, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver

Open Garden – Invertebrates, Wildlife & Us!: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy garden tours, bee nesting stations, educational displays, hands-on activities and more. WCMGA (Washington County Master Gardener Association) Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek, 17705 N.W. Springville Road;


Cornell Farm House Plant Swap: 4-5 p.m. Meet other house plant enthusiasts and trade your labeled cuttings and plants. Cornell Farm, 8212 S.W. Barnes Road;


Drip Irrigation in the Home Garden Workshop: (online via Zoom) 6 p.m. Join WSU Extension Clark County master gardeners Linda and John Tracy for an introductory presentation on origins, concepts, and pros and cons of drip irrigation. Register at


Portland Rose Society Mini-rose Show: Noon-4 p.m.; $12; Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive;,


Salem Hardy Plant Society Fall Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Peruse the display gardens, a selection of garden art and plants for sale. Sebright Gardens, 7185 Lakeside Drive N.E., Salem;

— Corey Sheldon

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