Garden Book Bash with Tom Fischer of Timber Press

Tuesday November 13th, 2018 at 7pm - 6:30pm Browse, purchase books for sale (After the meeting there will be more book browsing.)


What’s a dedicated gardener to do as winter approaches and the gardening pace slows down? Attend the Multnomah Chapter’s first annual Garden Book Bash to discover new books to expand your garden knowledge and garner inspiration to fuel your passion! Prepare to be inspired as Tom Fischer, Timber Press, shares his keen, discerning reviews of recently published gardening books. Browse through a selection of some of the best gardening books of the year. Purchase the gems you find as gifts for yourself or for family and friends. All books will be offered at a special Garden Book Bash discounted price!

Tom Fischer is senior acquisitions editor at Timber Press in Portland, Oregon. He got his start in book publishing at the University of Chicago Press and Beacon Press, and spent 14 years on the editorial staff of Horticulture magazine in Boston before moving to Portland in 2004. His experiences as a bi-coastal gardener and his inexhaustible curiosity about plants have shaped his garden, which was profiled in theOregonian in 2008. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living. His book, Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season, was published by Timber Press in February 2009, followed by The Gardener’s ColorPalette in 2010. You can read many of his articles on his website, Recently he served as a horticultural consultant for Allied Works Architecture, for which he developed the planting design implemented at the new Sokol Blosser winery tasting room in Dayton, Oregon. In

2017 he received the B. Y. Morrison Communication Award from the American Horticultural Society.

Coming up in December...


Winter Greens Gathering

Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 pm – TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street (Note the earlier time.)

It’s a favorite event among Multnomah Co. Master Gardeners, our annual Winter Greens Gathering.Enjoy an evening with fellow Master Gardeners with sweet and savory treats, beautiful music and warm beverages, while Chapter gurus and friends offer guidance in making your wreath, swag, centerpiece or other creative decorations.

Note: crafting is optional. This is also a great evening just to come, listen to lovely music and socialize. The Chapter will supply some greens, but we’d love to have cuttings from your garden to share, too:

  • Evergreen boughs,

  •  Incense cedar (a favorite!)

  •  Rosemary (15” stems work well in wreaths)

  • anything with berries (beauty berry, juniper, or nandina)

  •  Interesting cones or seedpods, attractive textures, variegation, or bark.

    You’ll need decorating supplies – wreath rings, baskets, vases, or other items that can be used to create a beautiful winter arrangement, wreath or swag. Please bring items for yourself and any extras that you would like to share.

    The Chapter will have wire, oasis, and some ribbon.
    Bring your own pruners, wire cutters, gloves, containers for arrangements and ribbon.


Our Community Demonstration Garden Serving the Community
Volunteers at our Community Demonstration Garden were treated to amazingly, lovely autumn weather for most of September and October. Harvests of lettuce, beets, turnips, cucumbers, winter squash, the last of the ripe tomatoes, sweet potatoes and figs were sent to the Lents Meals on Wheels, Lane Middle School and OHSU’s Richmond Clinic. Those final harvests plus donations from MGs and Portland Public Schools’ Community Transition Project garden contributed to our grand total of 3149 pounds of nutritious veggies and fruits donated to charities in our area.

Shallots and garlic have been planted for next year. Garden beds have also been cleaned and prepared for winter by sowing Austrian Peas and Crimson Clover cover crops or with a layer of burlap to protect the garden from the winter rains.

At the Annex, projects continue with new raised beds, drip irrigation, completed garden paths, and artful garden stepping stones. The garden is also now the proud recipient of a Backyard Habitat Certification Program Silver certificate!

Stay tuned for updates on future work schedules for the Demo Garden and Annex. You are also invited to our last Demo Garden Planning Meeting on Monday, November 12th at the Woodstock Deli. We will be celebrating this past season by sharing bed reports and anyone is welcome to join us. We especially want to invite all the Interns (soon to be Vets) who have made significant contributions to the success of the gardens! There is always plenty to do and learn in both gardens, and we will soon be getting the beds ready for winter. If you would like to know more about winterizing your garden, join us for firsthand experience. 

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