Heavy Metals in Garden Soils
Nov
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Heavy Metals in Garden Soils

In 2016, the subject of heavy metals, especially in the Portland metro area, was an area of concern for many home owners. The words “heavy metals”, as they relate to health, always cause a lot of anxiety, especially for parents with young children. Should we be concerned? What is a heavy metal? Is it possible there could be some benefits from ingesting some types of heavy metals? These are questions to which many people seek answers. Please join us as Sam Angima, Oregon State University, talks about heavy metals in our gardening and landscape spaces.

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Color and Contrast in the Autumn Garden
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Color and Contrast in the Autumn Garden

The autumn equinox passes and the heat and parched landscapes of summer make way for fall rain and the glory of autumn color in the well-planned garden.  Join us as Norm Jacobs, co-owner of Arbutus Garden Arts highlights the potential for a glorious fall landscape.  Find inspiration as Norm shares his beautiful images of Japanese maples, dwarf conifers, enkianthus, cornus, hamamelis, and more plants that shine as the days grow shorter.      

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Cooking Up the Harvest
Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cooking Up the Harvest

Traditionally our September Speaker Series is a presentation that highlights and inspires gardeners to utilize our harvest and bring it to the table in tasty ways.  This year we are in for a special treat as Paul Moss, chef and Higgins Restaurant, and our very own Jordis Yost, OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Program Coordinator present "Cooking Up the Harvest".

Come for some culinary inspiration!

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Year-round Bloom in the Un-irragated Landscape: NW Plant Evaluation
Jun
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Year-round Bloom in the Un-irragated Landscape: NW Plant Evaluation

Contrary to its reputation as the land of perpetual rainfall, our western Oregon climate is really temperate Mediterranean, with a warm, dry summer. Many popular landscape plants require regular summer irrigation for best performance, and, as any homeowner knows, irrigation systems and water are quite expensive. In addition, there are homeowners in rural areas that depend on water-limited wells and may not be able to water extensively. Fortunately, no gardener needs to forgo a lush, year-round landscape just because they can’t water, they simply need to choose plants adapted to summer drought. Northwest Plant Evaluations was started in 2000 to identify a palette of shrubs suitable for low-input, un-irrigated landscapes in the Willamette Valley. Plants in these evaluations are not watered, sprayed or pruned for the duration. In collaboration with Heather Stoven, evaluations have been completed on Ceanothus, Cistus, Halimium, and Grevillea. Join us, on June 11th as Neil Bell, OSU Extension Service, shares insight from the NW Plant Evaluations, including the evaluation of 75 selections of Arctostaphylos (manzanitas) at the OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora.

*This presentation counts for 1 hour garden education/recertification credit.

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What's Wrong with My Plant?  (And How do I Fix it?)
May
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

What's Wrong with My Plant? (And How do I Fix it?)

Every gardener knows that, despite our best efforts, eventually something will go wrong in the garden. The trick is, first, to accurately diagnose the problem and, second, to find a safe solution that protects the gardener as well as the garden.  An accurate diagnosis is important. A gardener needs to know whether he or she is dealing with spider mites or aphids, powdery mildew or bacterial blight, insufficient water or root rot. Knowing what kind of pest, disease, or disorder is affecting the garden is important to find a safe and effective solution. 

*Presentation counts as 1 hour garden education/recertification credit.

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Botanical Explorers: John and Lila Leach
Apr
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Botanical Explorers: John and Lila Leach

Lilla and John Leach, both pioneer descendants, were a remarkable couple by any measure.  Lilla was a passionate amateur botanical explorer, who, with John and their two burros as companions, ventured deep into the mountain ranges of the Pacific NW, discovering five plants new to science.  Beginning in the 1930s, their lives focused on their estate and gardens at ‘Sleepy Hollow’, where they lived happily until the 1970s. John was a successful pharmacist, civic leader, metal worker and story teller.  In 1981 their estate became a Portland Park facility and has served the community ever since with beautiful plantings, trails and unexpected discoveries.  Run by the non-profit Leach Garden Friends, classes, lectures, tours and events take place year round at the Garden.  In 2018, PP&R and the Friends intend to complete new facilities, plant collections, and experiences for the public, more than doubling the Garden’s developed acreage.  Porter takes his audience from the early Leach love story through the evolution and development of the Garden’s public existence, with a closing preview of the coming improvements.   

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Early Season Edibles: You Can Get Growing Now!
Mar
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Early Season Edibles: You Can Get Growing Now!

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As the days get longer and the rain becomes a bit gentler, edible gardeners want to get growing. Even in March, you can get a lot of your edible garden started! Join us as, guest speaker and author, Bill Thorness shows us how! Learn about preparing the beds, planning your planting succession, using simple season extension techniques to start and protect your tender spring crops, and what will sprout and grow in our early-season climate.

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At Home with Odonata: How Backyard Habitat Sustains Urban Dragonflies and Damselflies
Feb
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

At Home with Odonata: How Backyard Habitat Sustains Urban Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Backyard ponds help create a network of green space that provides refuge and connectivity between habitat patches in urban landscapes.  Urban ponds can be quality habitat for many aquatic insects, including dragonflies, damselflies, beetles, and bugs, whose presence, in turn, creates a food-rich oasis for birds and amphibians.

Join us on February 14th as Celeste A. Searles Mazzacano, Ph.D., owner of CASM Environmental LLC., shares how pond restoration and creation increases dragonfly and damselfly diversity and abundance, provides refuges for both common and locally rare species, and helps local populations thrive in an urban setting.  You will also learn about all the different elements needed to create a pond that will make dragonflies and damselflies eager to call your own back yard "home".

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Growing Gorgeous Peonies
Jan
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Growing Gorgeous Peonies

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With Carol Adelman, owner, Adelman Peony Nursery

Luscious, large peony blooms glisten in the spring sunshine, bringing color to the garden and pushing away the gray of winter. Grandma loved them for their few demands and long life. Brides pick them for their beauty, size and colors. Join us as Carol Adelman, owner of Adelman Peony Nursery, presents a photo-filled talk covering where and how to plant, disease control, and how to grow the largest blooms. The four types of peonies will be reviewed, along with introduction to landscape-friendly peonies that don’t tip in the rain.

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A Path Toward Earth-Friendlier Landscaping
Nov
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Path Toward Earth-Friendlier Landscaping

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Sometimes we get a little lost in our planning and decision making in the garden. What is the best way to lay out a design, prepare the soil, manage garden waste, solve pest problems, or provide appropriate watering, or ...the questions are endless, and they can beoverwhelming. "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry". To help us keep a clear view, Doug Spiro, Spiro Landscapes, will present An Eight-Fold Path of Sustainable Landscaping. It is a systematic approach to creating and managing beautiful, healthy landscapes that conserve water, reduce waste and pollution, and provide many other benefits. We will learn general principles that give us an overview and specific practices that show us steps to take on the path toward more sustainable landscaping.

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Amazing Urban Apples and Pears
Oct
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Amazing Urban Apples and Pears

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Growing your own apples and pears at home in an urban environment can be a rewarding and delicious experience - if you know what you're doing!  Join us as Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit covers how to select the best site, choose the best trees, and deliver the best care for a beautiful and abundant harvest of apples and pears!  Depending upon availability, some of Monica's favorite Willamette Valley apple and pear varieties will be featured for tasting following the lecture.

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Harvest to the Table
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Harvest to the Table

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You've toiled all summer caring for your veggie plot, now you're harvesting bushel loads! What is a dedicated gardener to do to bring this fresh bounty to the table in tasty, new ways?

Join us on Tuesday, September 13th as fellow OSU Master Gardener and professional chef, Greg Sweeting offers a bounty of wisdom, guidance and inspiration on how we can all bring our harvests to the table in a delicious, healthy, fresh style!

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Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening
Aug
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardening

You can extend your garden season into the fall and winter by taking steps this summer.  Join us and learn timely tips about vegetable gardening through a walking tour of OSU's vegetable production site at the Learning Gardens Laboratory (6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland). Get information on what to plant, when to plant it and how to care for crops for fall and winter harvest. Explore season extension techniques to help maximize the bounty from the garden. Also, reinforce your knowledge of important veggie gardening topics including soil preparation and pest control.

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Gardening Fitness
Jul
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Gardening Fitness

Gardening is not for the faint of heart! Learn how you can work hard in your garden today and wake up pain-free tomorrow.  Physical therapist, Suzanne Trebnick, will talk about how best to prevent injuries in the garden by showing us those areas of human anatomy that are prone to gardening injuries, exercises that can warm up critical muscles and joints; proper use of common garden tools; and good lifting techniques.  The key to protecting joints and minimizing pain is neutral joint alignment and balanced muscle performance.  In this presentation at our Community Demonstration Garden (6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland) Suzanne will demonstrate how to achieve these goals for common tasks such as weeding, pruning, and planting.  Master Gardeners will have the opportunity to practice beneficial stretching and moving exercises.

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Jun
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Lovely Lavender

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Lavender is one of the most beloved herbs in the garden - with its distinctive fragrance, wide range of colors, blossom shapes, and plant forms.  This perennial from the mint family has a rich history and a wide range of uses from aromatherapy to culinary flavoring. Come hear lavender expert Sarah Bader and earn interesting facts about the history of lavender, various uses for the herb, how to select the right plant for the right use, plus care and culinary tips.

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May
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Creating a Resilient Garden in the Face of New Pest Pressures

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Climate change, extreme weather events, and exotic pests are all potential threats to a beautiful and productive garden.  Join us as Brooke Edmunds, OSU Extension Community Horticulturist as she illustrates how new insect and disease pests are invading and adapting to Oregon gardens.  It’s not all doom and gloom though. 

*This presentation has been approved for 1 hour or MG Garden Education/Recertification credit.

 

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Culinary Breeding Network: Bridging the Gap Between Breeders and Eaters
Mar
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Culinary Breeding Network: Bridging the Gap Between Breeders and Eaters

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Plant breeders are decision makers. When a plant breeder crosses two different plants of the same species, the following generations are widely diverse. Different traits within the two parents’ genetics show up in each offspring, creating a spectrum of variation—not unlike the differences in siblings—including different flavors, shapes, sizes and colors. The plant breeder then decides which to keep and which to discard. Frequently, these decisions are made without much outside input. Join us as OSU agriculture researcher, Lane Selman, shares the amazing work being done in vegetable breeding and the steps being taken to bridge the gap between breeders and eaters. 

*This presentation has been approved for 1 hour or MG Garden Education/Recertification credit.

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Of Moss and Men
Feb
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Of Moss and Men

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Who would think that lowly mosses, the unassuming (and sometimes maligned) denizens of our rooftops, trees, and dark crevices, might tell us something profound about human health? Without roots or the ability to store water, moss lives at the mercy of the elements, relying fully on the atmosphere for all moisture and nutrients. Their tiny leaves, one cell thick, have no protective layer. Often growing in dense low-lying cushions, mosses intercept and trap environmental contaminants from the air, providing a valuable record of air quality. Please join us as Sarah Jovan, lichenologist, and Geoff Donovan, Research Forester, both of the U.S. Forest Service, talk about current research that uses moss to map pollutants and indicate human exposure across Portland. Sarah will discuss implications for urban gardening and how you can participate in the next research phase.

*This presentation has been approved for 1 hour or MG Garden Education/Recertification credit.

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Refreshing Your Spirit: Adventure in the Evolving Garden
Jan
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Refreshing Your Spirit: Adventure in the Evolving Garden

  • 5441 Southeast Belmont Street Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)
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If time and Mother Nature aren't on your side in the garden, join garden designer Lucy Hardiman as she explores strategies for restoring, reclaiming, re-visioning your garden and refreshingyour spirit.  Destruction wrought by falling trees, marauding and over grown plants, an aging body or just the urge to re-design your garden are all opportunities knocking on the garden gate.  Let's take a walk down the garden path and look at the creative ways to edit our gardens.

*This presentation has been approved for 1 hour or MG Garden Education/Recertification credit.

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How to Recognize and Prevent Hazard Trees
Nov
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

How to Recognize and Prevent Hazard Trees

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Speaker: Paul Ries, Oregon State University, College of Forestry

Every year, our landscape changes as trees fall or break, causing property damage, injuries, and power outages. While some tree failures are predictable and unavoidable, many can be prevented. By learning to recognize the warning signs that trees may be in trouble, homeowners can deal with the potential problems and correct them before something bad happens.  From planting the right tree in the right place to pruning it correctly and caring for it properly throughout its life, there are many things people can do to keep landscape trees from being a liability , and instead to reap the benefits of trees as valuable assets. 

Please join us as Paul Ries, Oregon State University, College of Forestry discusses how to be a responsible tree steward. 

Free event.  Public welcome!

*This presentation has been approved for 1 hour or MG Garden Education/Recertification credit.

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Dahlias For the Garden and the Vase
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dahlias For the Garden and the Vase

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Speaker: Sharon Frey, co-owner, Frey's Dahlias

For some of us, dahlias have never gone out of style…while others are just now re-discovering or have a new-found appreciation for the dazzle these beauties can bring to the garden from summer to first frost. Native to Mexico, this tuberous plant is a grand performer in the garden or container and makes stunning bouquets. With thousands of cultivars in a wide range of flower forms, colors and sizes, there is a dahlia for every garden type and gardener’s taste. 

Please join us as Sharon Frey of Frey's Dahlias shares a wealth of tips on growing, caring and harvesting dahlias.  Sharon will also have a selection of plants available for purchase starting at 6:30pm and following her presentation. 

Free event.  Public welcome!

*This presentation has been approved for 1 hour or MG Garden Education/Recertification credit.

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Harvest to the Table
Sep
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Harvest to the Table

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What can you expect in a presentation from the daring, celebrated chef Leather Storrs, co-owner of Noble Rot restaurant and its 3,000 square foot roof garden, whose motto for menu planning is “Let the roof decide”? Expect to learn inspiring and challenging ways to use your hard-earned harvest.

 

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Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Waterwise Gardening...True Grit: Tips for Using Gravel in NW Gardens

  • 5441 SE Belmont St Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)
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As we continue to experience drier, above-normal summer temperatures and increasing costs of water, gardeners are looking for effective ways to be water-wise gardeners. But, is there a way to significantly reduce our water usage while still enjoying a pleasing, successful garden and to even expand our garden's palette of plants? 

Maurice Horn of Joy Creek Nursery says "Yes!"  Joy Creek Nursery has been a leader in the Pacific Northwest in implementing ways to reduce water usage in the garden.

Join us as Maurice traces the accidental and sometimes humorous development of his ideas for using gravel which have extended its use beyond his original intentions.

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Secrets of a Vegetable Whisperer
May
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Secrets of a Vegetable Whisperer

  • 5441 SE Belmont St Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)
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How would you like to be privy to the wealth of knowledge and secrets to edible gardening success from a ‘Vegetable Whisperer’?  Here’s your chance, as Jen Aron, Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship Program instructor, shares some of her most coveted secrets: summer direct seed sowing (carrots, spinach, beets, etc.), how to get the longest whitest leeks, post-harvest tips to prolong the storage life of your produce, Jen’s top three favorite tools and how to use them.  These are just a few of the insights Jen will share.

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Travels of a Young Gardener
Apr
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Travels of a Young Gardener

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Speaker: Riz Reyes, Horticulturist, Owner RHR Horticulture

Photo courtesy of Terry Huang

Journey near and far through the eyes of a young plant nerd seeking out the best and most sought after garden plants for the Pacific Northwest. Discover new plant introductions; get reacquainted with reliable performers and hear memorable stories about botanizing Southwestern China and attending the Chelsea Flower show in London. As one of the next generation of gardeners, Riz will also discuss the emerging group of young horticultural professionals and their thoughts on the future of the horticulture industry.

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Sex on Six Legs
Mar
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sex on Six Legs

  • 5441 SE Belmont St Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)
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Gail Langellotto, Associate Professor of Horticulture, Statewide Coordinator of the Master Gardener Program at Oregon State University.

Insects are capable of highly complex courting, mating and parenting behaviors, despite having a collection of neurons in place of a brain. Nuptial gifts, maternal care, male ornaments as honest advertisers of health and fitness, female choice and even traumatic insemination, insect sex is stranger than you could imagine! Statewide Master Gardener coordinator Gail Langellotto will enlighten us about the natural world of insects with her program “Sex on Six Legs”. Note: biological terms will be used to discuss sex and mating. This talk may, therefore, not be appropriate for young children.

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Photographing Your Garden through New Eyes
Jan
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Photographing Your Garden through New Eyes

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Mark Turner, photographer

Gardeners use a palette of plants and hardscape elements to create works of art for their enjoyment or to share with friends, neighbors, or the public. In the process, we develop a mental picture of what our gardens look like and sometimes miss other ways of seeing. Join us as freelance editorial photographer Mark Turner shares his insights into garden photography, inspiring gardeners and garden lovers alike to see their gardens in new ways as they learn basic photographic techniques. Mark specializes in botanical subjects, especially Northwest gardens and wildflowers.  He is the photographer of the award-winning Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest.  

Photo: Mark Turner | turnerphotographics.com

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