July 14, 2018

Garden Conservancy Tour
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Garden in North & Northeast Portland, OR

Delight in touring seven private gardens in North / Northeast Portland plus free Digging Deeper programs at Garden Fever! and thicket nursery. Timber Press authors will be signing books plus there will be pollinator classes from bee experts and water conservation information from the regional water consortium. All that, plus a Wrap-up Reception at Portland Nursery. Youíll enjoy a day filled with gardening fun and learning plus youíll be supporting The Garden Conservancy and Hardy Plant Society of Oregonís Grants and Scholarships program.

Founded in 1989, The Garden Conservancy has helped save or restore more than 80 gardens in North America. In 1995, The Garden Conservancy began organizing the opening of private gardens across the USA as a fundraiser. Hardy Plant Society of Oregon has partnered with The Garden Conservancy to sponsor an Open Day for visitors to tour private gardens in our local neighborhoods, focusing on a different part of our region each year. For 2018, the seven private gardens and the Digging Deeper programs are all in North and Northeast Portland.

In supporting the mission of the Garden Conservancy, your ticket will be championing the continuing efforts to maintain gardens across the nation for public viewing. Some of those gardens in the Pacific Northwest include Peninsula Park Rose Garden (Portland), Elk Rock Gardens at Bishopís Close (Portland), Gaiety Hollow (Salem), Historic Deepwood Estate (Salem), Mukai Farm and Garden (Vashon Island), The Dunn Garden (Seattle), PowellsWood Garden (Federal Way), Soos Creek Botanical Garden (Auburn), and others.

Your ticket to Open Day also makes it possible for the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to award grants each year to non-profit organizations throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. HPSO grants support projects of botanical, horticultural, or historical interest plus childrenís education and community gardens. Recent awards have been to Leach Botanic Garden to help build a visitor center, Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy in Lincoln City, Boy Scout Troop 194 for construction of a green-roof learning center, Springwater Environmental Sciences School for construction of a native plant garden integrating science principles, and a garden at Raphael House domestic violence shelter. Additionally, HPSO awards scholarships to students enrolled in horticultural programs at local community colleges. With over 2,500 members, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is one of the largest garden organizations on the west coast.

Day Pass tickets will be available in late May on the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon website. Day Passes are available at Garden Fever, Thicket Outdoor Living and Portland Nursery (both locations). For additional information on The Garden Conservancy, visit

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