Upcoming events of interest.

Ladies Only • Spring Plant Show and Tell
Thursday, March 26, 2015 • 3:00pm-7:00pm
French Prairie Gardens

Featuring William McClenathan and Judy Alleruzzo from the "Garden Time" TV show.

Members Day
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 10:00am-4:00pm
Garland Nursery

Join us for Rewards Members’ Day. We will have great specials, tasty tidbits to sample, tool sharpening and classes you will not want to miss. Not a Rewards Member? No worries! Come in and register today; its free!

Seminar: Small Fruits & Berries
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 10:00am(W,S); 1:00pm(G)

Al's Garden Center (Woodburn, Sherwood, Gresham)

What: Do you want to grow more of your own food? Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and other small fruits and berries are easy to grow, and a delicious addition to your garden. Come learn from an expert how you can enjoy these simple ‘grow your own’ food plants in your yard.
Cost: Seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is not required
Speaker: Woodburn- Mallory Gwynn, of ‘Simply Gardening’
Sherwood & Gresham- Bradley Weeks, of Weeks Berry Nursery

Grafting • Portland Fruit Tree Project
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 10:00am-1:00pm
NE Portland, Vernon Neighborhood

In this fun, hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of grafting, the most common method of fruit tree propagation. Learn why and how grafting is done, what root stock and scion wood are and which ones to use. You'll get to bring home a fruit tree that you grafted yourself and come away ready to propagate more fruit trees on your own! Additional trees & rootstocks will also be available for purchase at the workshop. PFTP's workshops are fun, hands-on opportunities to learn basic methods of organic fruit tree care. Workshops are open to anyone, though pre-registration is required. Cost per workshop: $25. Scholarships are available. These workshops are free of charge for those who have fruit trees registered with PFTP (though contributions are gladly accepted!)This workshop will be hosted by one of our registered tree owners in NE Portland, in the Vernon neighborhood. Exact location details will be provided after you sign up.
Please visit our website for detailed descriptions of workshops and instructors.

Hands On Raised Bed Gardening
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 11:00am-12:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

With Tiffany Garner or Portland Nursery. Join Tiffany for the second in a monthly series of raised bed veggie garden classes. These hands-on classes will take place outside at our display veggie beds so dress for the weather. The raised bed classes are a monthly event that will cover what you need to do, when you should be doing it & the proper techniques so you can work smarter, not harder. From cold frames to compost & seeds to starts we will learn and grow alongside our raised beds.

Liven Up that Lawn
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 11:00am
Tsugawa Nursery

Was winter a little unkind to your lawn? When was the last time you thatched or limed? Or are you unsure what that even means? This time of year brings a lot of questions about lawns especially when you have beautiful goals for your landscape. Join us as we discuss how to get your lawn back into shape and share how to maintain its healthy and vibrant greenness. Free.*

Transitioning Your Yard to Organic with Colum Riley of Malibu Compost
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 11:30am
Garland Nursery

It’s always exciting and an honor to host Randy Ritchie, founder and owner of Malibu Compost, especially when he speaks about what he’s most passionate about, organic soil. Join us as Randy shares how to transition your yard into a strong, healthy, organic one. Randy will also explain the biology of the soil and types of organic ingredients in teas and soil mixes and how they work for your soil.

Tool Sharpening by A New Edge Sharpening
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 12:00pm-3pm
Garland Nursery

Back by popular demand, A New Edge Mobile Knife & Tool Sharpening will be with us to get all your gardening tools intotip-top shape just in time for spring. Cost is determined by item that is being sharpened.

Mushroom Cultivation
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 1:00pm
Portland Nursery (Stark)

With Ryan Woolverton of Soul 2 Grow. Do you want to save money and grow your own mushrooms? Not sure how to go about it safely and efficiently? Join Ryan Woolverton of Soul 2 Grow for an informative one hour discussion on simple and cost effective outdoor Oyster mushroom cultivation. Topics will include species, site, and substrate selection. In addition, he will discuss how to prepare everything for a successful and plentiful growing season. Come learn how easy it is to grow large quantities of healthy and fresh Oyster mushrooms. It doesn't stop there. The discussion will also cover how mushroom cultivation byproducts enrich the garden by attracting beneficial insects, reducing plant disease, and building soil.

Raising and Caring for Mason Bees
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

With Rich Little. Learn how to make your yard attractive to mason bees and what to do to help them thrive. In turn, they’ll reward you by pollinating your flowering fruits. Mason bees are gentle and hard at work during our soggy Spring season when honey bees aren’t very active. Rich is a retired entomologist, a master gardener and a member of the commercial mason bee industry so we are very happy to share his expertise with you!

Predatory Pests - New Bad Bugs
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 1:00pm
Garland Nursery

There are some new bad bugs in town and they are causing some havoc. We will share how to recognize the signs of these bugs and how to safely get rid of them.

Willamette Valley Wine & Jazz Festival
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 2:00pm-9:00pm
The Oregon Garden

Enjoy three great jazz concerts and wine tasting from the East Valley Wineries during this first annual event, Saturday, March 28th from 2 to 9pm in the Grand Hall at The Oregon Garden. The festival at the Garden is just part of the event, with live music and wine tasting happening throughout the weekend. For more information on all of the event activities, visit the Willamette Valley Wine & Jazz Festival website.

Tickets: $25, include: commemorative wine glass, tasting tickets, live jazz music.
Minors and Designated Drivers: $15 (guests will not be served alcohol with this ticket)

Tickets may be purchased online in advance or in-person at the festival.
In addition, ticket holders can enjoy a concert at the Silverton Elk’s Lodge on Friday, March 27th as well as discounted food and wine in downtown Silverton throughout the weekend.

Concerts: Tony Pacini Trio, 2-4pm; Greta Matassa Quartet, 4:30-6:30pm; Mark Simon Quintet, 7-9pm. The following wineries will be featured for tastings at the festival: Christopher Bridge Wines, Forest Edge Vineyard, Hanson Vineyards, Kings Raven Winery, Pheasant Run Wine, St. Josef’s Winery, Wooden Shoe Vineyards. Food and snacks will be available for purchase.

Stay at the Oregon Garden Resort with the special Wine & Jazz Festival package, available March 27th and 28th, starting at $169. Package includes: overnight accommodations, tickets to the festival for each person in the package (five tasting tickets, commemorative glasses, live music), breakfast, Garden admission. To book, call 800-966-6490 or visit the Oregon Garden Resort website.

This event is produced by the Silverton Wine & Jazz committee, Silverton Chamber of Commerce and The Oregon Garden.

Starting Your Garden with Joleen
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 2:30pm
Garland Nursery

Yes, the topic we all have been waiting for! The true sign that spring is here… prepping the garden. Come with a notepad because this class will be loaded with information. We will cover seed starting, seeds verses starts, the timing of both and what “square-foot gardening” is and if it is right for you. We can’t wait to share all this great information with you!

Raising and Caring for Mason Bees
Sunday • March 29 • 11:00am
Portland Nursery (Stark)

With Rich Little. Learn how to make your yard attractive to mason bees and what to do to help them thrive. In turn, they’ll reward you by pollinating your flowering fruits. Mason bees are gentle and hard at work during our soggy Spring season when honey bees aren’t very active. Rich is a retired entomologist, a master gardener and a member of the commercial mason bee industry so we are very happy to share his expertise with you!

Attracting Pollinators to the Fruit Tree Garden
Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 11:00am-12:30pm
Portland Nursery (Division)

With Brenda Lee Calvert from Halfmoon Farm. Brenda joins us to talk about what home gardeners can do to help support a diverse community of pollinators to their yards – so important for fruit production! She’ll suggest plants that provide abundant nectar, pollen, and larvae food. She’ll also talk about gardening techniques that support pollinator health and describe some of the fascinating and helpful pollinators that you, too, can admire in your garden.

Pesticide Free Pest Control
Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 1:00pm
Portland Nursery (Stark)

With Glen Andresen of Metro. Discover effective, nontoxic ways to tackle weeds, pests and plant diseases. See how a few simple steps for preventing problems early on can save a lot of work later. Learn the latest techniques for managing problems safely, and find out where to go for reliable information. You can make your yard beautiful and safe for children, pets, wildlife and waterways.

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