EVENTS CALENDAR
Upcoming events of interest.



ZooLights
November 28, 2014 to January 4, 2015
The Oregon Zoo


It wouldn't be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoos' annual winter festival ZooLights, returning this year with a new train route taking visitors through a never-before-seen light experience.

Admission
Members: Free; Adults (12–64): $10; Seniors (65 and up): $9; Children (3–11): $7
2 and under: Free; Group Discounts available.

Schedule
Sunday - Thursday: gates open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: gates open 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Grounds remain open an hour after gates close.
ZooLights is closed December 10, 24 and 25.



Christmas in the Garden
November 28, 2014 - December 21, 2014
The Oregon Garden

Christmas in the Garden is an award-winning event featuring a traditional Christmas Market and light display in the charming Rediscovery Forest each Thursday-Sunday, from November 28th to December 21st, 4:00pm-9:00pm.

Christmas in the Garden

Upon arrival, you will enter the Garden and board the Holiday Express, where you will be whisked to the beautifully decorated Rediscovery Forest. Here, you can:

Enjoy a traditional German Christmas Market, where you can find the perfect holiday gifts from artisan vendors selling hand-made goods, sip gluhwein and other adult holiday beverages, listen to festive holiday music & carolers, take in the smells and tastes of holiday foods, warm up next to fire pits, take photos with Santa, who will be visiting regularly and walk among lit vignettes and through 300,000 Christmas lights in the forest, including a glowing, 9 foot tall Leg Lamp!



DIY Terrarium Station
Friday-Sunday, November 28-30, 2014 • Store hours
Portland Nursery (Division)


Grab a kit, take it home and you have a DIY Terrarium! Pot it up and give a homemade gift to a friend or give them the kit as a great gift! The “DIY Terrarium station” will be stocked with pre-made kits in two sizes: a small for $12.99 and a large for $19.99.

The kits include the proper soil mediums gravel, charcoal, moss for moist terrariums and fast draining soil. You pick the plants and any decorative items separately. Assemble the kits right in the store with our assistance or just take them to go. Try it out!



Book Signing: Through the Seasons with Dulcy - with Ted Mahar
Friday, November 28, 2014 • 12:00pm-2:00pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

As popular garden columnist Dulcy Mahar well knew, a garden is a year-round passion, and each season brings opportunities to experience the space in new ways. THROUGH THE SEASONS WITH DULCY (Carpe Diem Books, Oct. 4, 2014) collects 140 of the over 1100 columns she wrote during her 22-year career with The Oregonian and organizes them by season, giving readers the opportunity to see how gardens, as well as gardeners, change over time. In an informal, yet knowledgeable and witty style, she guides the reader through the annual — and perennial — cycles of the gardening life. The text is accompanied by over 190 beautifully detailed photographs from Dulcy’s garden in Portland’s Garthwick neighborhood that bring her words to full bloom.



Mobile Knife & Garden Tools Sharpening
Saturday, November 29, 2014 • 9:00am-3:00pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

Keep It Sharp LLC with Tim Allen.
Tim will be at our Holiday Open house in the west parking lot sharpening customers’ tools and cutlery. Keep It Sharp, LLC is a professional knife and garden tools sharpening business. By renewing tools and knives, we extend their life, increase their efficiency and reduce waste.

Prices for garden tools:

Pruners:
$3-5; Loppers: $8-10; Shovels: $6-8; Mower Blades: $8-10; Hoe: $5-7

Prices for Knives:
Small (6" or less): $3; Medium (7"-8"): $4; Large (9"-10"): $5
Extra-Large: Prices vary; Pizza Cutter: $4



Fall Crafts for the Kids!
Saturday, November 29, 2014 • 11:00am-12:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

Nels Olson, registered horticultural therapist, Master Gardener, and Portland Nursery Employee will guide three different nature based craft activities, which will engage, educate, and entertain kids of all ages. Attract birds, construct a fall leaf mobile, or create a beautiful leaf mosaic sun catcher in this fun and interactive class for kids.

Class is free, but you must preregister and we can only make space for 15 lucky students!



Holiday Wreath and Centerpiece Workshop
Saturday, November 29, 2014 • 11:00am-1:00pm
Farmington Gradens


www.farmingtongardens.com



Book Signing: Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors
Saturday, November 29, 2014 • 12:00pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

Patty Cassidy, registered horticultural therapist, Master Gardener, and author of the Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors, and President of the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden, will be signing and selling copies of her book.

Patty Cassidy is a horticultural therapist with experience working with assisted living elders, seniors with physical limitations or memory disorders and neglected children. She currently works in a horticultural therapy role at a number of healing gardens, including Fairway Village in Vancouver, Washington; Providence Elder Place in Gresham, Oregon; and Garden Partners in Portland, Oregon.



Make Your Own Holiday Wreath
Saturday, November 29, 2014 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

with Cody Phillips, Portland Nursery
Create your own fresh and beautiful wreath for the holidays with our talented staff member, Cody. She will share her years of wreath-making experience while guiding you through the process of making a wreath that is unique to you and guaranteed to bring holiday cheer into your home!

Materials Fee: $30 (All materials included). Please bring gloves and pruners if you have them.



Adding that Holiday Sparkle
Saturday, November 29, 2014 • 1:00pm
Portland Nursery (Stark)

with Margie McDonald of Portland Nursery
Get the most out of your outdoor and indoor entrances with bright, cheerful, holiday décor. Margie will give inspiration and tips for setting off your winter decorations, touching on container, table, and banister displays.



Holiday Wreath Decorating
Saturday, November 29, 2014 • 1:00pm-2:00pm
Bauman Farms

 
Wreath Decorating Class. Learn from our expert Bauman elves on how to create the perfect Holiday Wreath. Each attendee with receive a 12” mixed wreath and all the embellishments you could possibly imagine to take a simple green wreath into a work of art. Please RSVP.

Create Your Own Winter Interest Container
Sunday, November 30, 2014 • 11:00am-12:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

Learn how to create a vibrant container that really speaks to the season with our landscape designer, Terrie Burdette. Learn by doing as Terrie guides you in selecting and planting your own combination of plants featuring the colorful beauty of winter. Go home with a gorgeous custom container and the skills to keep it happy for maximum enjoyment.

Materials fee of $30 payable to the cashier before class.

Please bring gloves and a trowel. Limited to 12 students.



Book Signing: Through the Seasons with Dulcy - with Ted Mahar
Sunday, November 30, 2014 • 12:00pm
Portland Nursery (Stark)


As popular garden columnist Dulcy Mahar well knew, a garden is a year-round passion, and each season brings opportunities to experience the space in new ways. THROUGH THE SEASONS WITH DULCY (Carpe Diem Books, Oct. 4, 2014) collects 140 of the over 1100 columns she wrote during her 22-year career with The Oregonian and organizes them by season, giving readers the opportunity to see how gardens, as well as gardeners, change over time. In an informal, yet knowledgeable and witty style, she guides the reader through the annual — and perennial — cycles of the gardening life. The text is accompanied by over 190 beautifully detailed photographs from Dulcy’s garden in Portland’s Garthwick neighborhood that bring her words to full bloom.



Winter Outdoor Bonsai Care & Pruning
Sunday, November 30, 2014 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

George Bowman, bonsai enthusiast will demonstrate techniques for seasonal care and pruning of your outdoor bonsai specimens. You are welcome to bring in your own and George will help troubleshoot as many as time allows.



Wreath-making Workshop
Sunday, November 30, 2014 • 1:00pm
Portland Nursery (Stark)

with Katie Gwynn of Portland Nursery
This is the first of our wreath-making workshops. Learn to turn our lovely selection of greens into a unique and eye-catching wreath for your door this year! Portland Nursery staff will supply the technical know-how, you will bring your own special style, your gloves and pruners. We will make a 12” wreath with fresh greens and other decoration.

Materials fee of $30 payable to the cashier before class.

Dress warmly! Please bring gloves and pruners if you have them. Limited to 12 students.

PCC Class: GRN273 Interior Plants with Melissa A Bierman
Thursdays • Thru December 4 • 1:00-4:50pm
Portland Nursery (Division)


Focuses on identification of interior plants commonly used in therapeutic horticulture programming, houseplants as leisure/hobby, and interior plant-scaping. Covers cultural requirements, pests, diseases, propagation and interior use. Audit available.
Interior plant identification skills are basic for many professionals including therapeutic horticulture professionals, activity directors, life enrichment coordinators, and the horticulture/landscape industry. Designers of healthful, supportive living environments benefit from interior plant knowledge. The general public is encouraged to learn and apply the benefits of houseplants for healthy living. The focus will be on interior plants used in residential, commercial, and therapeutic applications. Knowledge of care and culture of plant material is necessary for workers in retail nursery centers, retail and wholesale greenhouses, interior plantscaping companies, and in therapeutic horticulture associated with a range of care facilities serving all ages. Houseplant care is an important part of the recreational/hobby activity for people of all ages.
For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide. Credits: 3. Fees: $18.00



Classes: Science and Art of Plants
Wednesdays, January-March, 2015 • 9:00am-4:00pm
Polk County


Discover the science and art of plants using research-based and sustainable gardening practices. Each program is tailored to different climates, soils and local needs of individual counties.

Registration deadline: December 12th, 2014
For More Information...
Contact the OSU Extension Service Polk County at 503-623-8395
or email: alisha.atha@oregonstate.edu
extension.oregonstate.edu/polk/mg
Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 503-623-8395.

 
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