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Portland Nursery

February 2016

February 6-7, 2016

veggarden168What to Do in the February Vegetable Garden

with Donna & Robyn of Your Backyard Farmer
Join Donna and Robyn, of Your Backyard Farmer, for a great refresher on what to do in the veggie garden for the month of February. They will cover topics such as seeding and planting cool season crops, preparing and improving your soils, and how to be best prepared for the spring!,

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 6 • 11:00-12:30pm
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medicinal-rootsMedicinal Plants

with Gradey Proctor of the the Arctos School of Herbal Studies
Join Gradey Proctor of the the Arctos School of Herbal Studies for a class on some common medicinal plants that are easily grown in Northwest gardens. In fact, some of these plants may already be living in your garden! For example, many of the plants we call weeds have a rich medicinal history. Gradey will discuss the healing properties of medicinal plants and some ways in which these garden herbs can be processed for medicine.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 6 • 1:00pm
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pineThe Seasons of a Pine: Japanese garden styled pine trees

with Tom Dufala of Bentwood Tree Farm
Tom Dufala of Bentwood Tree Farm will visit us to explore Japanese garden styled pine trees. Learn about pine tree culture & best methods to guide your pine tree into its own character.

Tom will discuss pine varieties, garden siting for best growth, and how to care and prune pine trees for a Japanese garden style. This is a great intro to take before the April Spring Candling class that Tom will return to teach.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 6 • 1:00-2:30pm
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masonbeeRaising and Caring for Mason Bees

with Brenda Calvert of Half Moon Farm
Do you want to increase your fruit tree production? Of course you do! Introducing mason bees into your landscape can dramatically increase your pollination, especially during our soggy spring when honey bees aren’t very active. Bee expert Brenda Calvert, of Half Moon Farm, will walk you through setting up nesting boxes and blocks, discuss the benefits of mason bees, and discuss the minimal yearly maintenance & supplies involved in keeping your hard-working friends happy.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 7 • 11:00-12:30pm
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strawberriesSmall Fruit Series: Four Sundays in February

with Ken Whitten of Portland Nursery
The shrubs and vines of these tasty berries and fruits are key elements in an edible landscape plan. Learn about the needs and qualities of different varieties that do well in this area, and how they can make your garden beautiful as well as providing tasty fruit for fresh eating or preserving. Classes in this series can be taken separately. Note special time for these classes.

SMALL FRUITS: STRAWBERRIES
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 7 • 11:00am

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SMALL FRUITS: BLUEBERRIES
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 14 • 11:00am

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SMALL FRUITS: RASPBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES – BRAMBLES!
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 21 • 11:00am

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SMALL FRUITS: GRAPES
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 28 • 11:00am

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poisonousplantsHouseplants and Your Pet

with Dr. Heidi Houchen of VCA Veterinary Specialty Animal Hospitals
Many people would love to grow houseplants but are concerned with the effects they may have on their pets. Which are the most toxic? Which are only mildly so? What should you do if your pet ingests a particular plant? Joint Dr. Heidi Houchen of VCA Veterinary Specialty Animal Hospitals to learn about common houseplants and their potential effects on your pets.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 7 • 1:00pm
CLASS IS CANCELED

pollinatorBasic Beekeeping

with Brenda Calvert of Half Moon Farm
Are you a honey fan? Interested in “growing” your own? Join bee keeping expert Brenda Calvert, of Half Moon Farm, as she explores the fundamentals of backyard beekeeping. She will discuss the different styles and supplies needed to start your own colony, organic techniques, and how to get the most out of your honey production. Bonus: she’s bringing in some of her own delicious honey for tasting and purchasing after class!

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 7 • 1:00-2:30pm
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February 13-14, 2016

rosesCaring for Roses in the Pacific NW

with Rich Baer of the Portland Rose Society
Local rose expert Rich Baer, of the Portland Rose Society, will teach you basics of growing roses in our climate. Get ideas for varieties that will work in your garden!

He will cover the basics of various rose species, proper pruning timing & techniques, fertilizing & watering needs, pest & disease control, and other helpful tips to keep your roses healthy, happy, and blooming.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 13 • 11:00am
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orchid2Growing Orchids in Terrariums

with Michael Jenne of the Oregon Orchid Society
In follow up to basic orchid growing, miniature orchids and high humidity types can present problems when grown in the home. Terrarium growing is a good way to meet these challenges. Yet, orchids have specific requirements compared to your typical terrarium plants. Come discover clever ways to help your orchids thrive when grown in this unique way in the home.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 13 • 1:00pm
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bonsai-creatingBonsai for Everyone! Part Two: Root Pruning Skills

with Lucy Davenport of Bonsai Akira
Please join Lucy Davenport of Bonsai Akira (meaning brilliance or clarity), for a hands on class on root pruning and styling of Bonsai, in this combo DIY (bring your own plant), lecture, and slideshow class!

Lucy is an avid gardener with a lifelong love and self-taught focus on bonsai plants that thrive in our climate, including native species, and plants from China, Japan, Korea and Australia.

All levels of bonsai enthusiasts are welcome, but this will focus on preparing a plant from root pruning to the styling, including candling, needle plucking, and increasing ramification on the plant. Students are welcome to bring their own plants for styling, tools and gloves. You can also purchase bonsai from the nursery or from Lucy before the class. Materials provided: wire and raffia for shaping during class, along with wire cutters & soil. Cost: $5 (pay at register on day of class). Please bring plant, own gloves, needle nose pliers and clippers! Dress warm as you will be taking a tour of the nursery.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 13 • 1:00pm
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blueberriesSmall Fruit Series: Blueberries

with Ken Whitten of Portland Nursery
The shrubs and vines of these tasty berries and fruits are key elements in an edible landscape plan. Learn about the needs and qualities of different varieties that do well in this area, and how they can make your garden beautiful as well as providing tasty fruit for fresh eating or preserving. Classes in this series can be taken separately. Note special time for these classes.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 14 • 11:00am
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dirtStrengthening Your Soil Health

with Marc Scheidecker, Garden Managers, Portland's Community Gardens Program
This class explains the confusing world of fertilizer by using Liebig's “Law of the Minimum” - a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In a well-balanced soil’s diet, minor minerals are our “weakest link”. Marc Scheidecker, a full-time vegetable gardener, student of gardening, and one of the Garden Managers for Portland's Community Gardens Program will talk about how to increase the necessary minor minerals to our garden by explaining the value & proper use of Mycorrhizae, Azomite, and worm castings. Sign up to learn about this power trio!

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 14 • 1:00-2:00pm
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compostingImproving Soils for Spring Planting

with Claudia Groth of Portland Nursery
Come and discuss the soil concepts that will give your garden a leg up on the growing season. Explore tests you can do at home to understand soil texture, infiltration and drainage rates, and the extent of compaction. Plus, learn how to put soil microbes to work for you. Whether it’s a community garden plot, raised bed, or containers large and small, it all starts with the soil.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 14 • 1:00pm
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February 20-21, 2016

medicinalherbsPlanning a Medicinal Herb Garden

with Gradey of the Arctos School
Learn how to put together your own herbal medicine kit from your own backyard. Gradey from the Arctos School will discuss herbs that you can grow at home, planting and care methods and how to use them to stay in good health. He'll also mention a few common weeds that you might like to keep around for their medicinal uses!

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 20 • 11:00-12:30pm
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veggardenrowsGarden Planning for Annual Vegetables

with Ian Wilson of Portland Edible Gardens
Getting the most out of your vegetable garden takes some real planning ahead. Come learn about how to make a plan for your garden that will meet your goals and bring a harvest of what you want when you want it! We will discuss how to orient your garden, when and where to plant what, and the basics of succession planting and crop rotation!

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 20 • 1:00pm
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fruittreeYoung Fruit Tree Pruning Demo

with Monica of Core Home Fruit
Confused about how to prune your young (1-8 years old, or 1-8' tall) fruit trees? Join Monica of Core Home Fruit to learn about the proper pruning techniques, tools and timing to maximize fruit production and increase overall health and beauty. Monica will guide you through the steps of pruning your young fruit trees with live demonstrations and detailed visuals. Come and see how to shape your trees for long-term strength and abundance, and gain confidence in making the right cuts!

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 20 • 1:00-2:00pm
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blackberriesSmall Fruit Series: Raspberries, Blackberries - Brambles!

with Ken Whitten of Portland Nursery
The shrubs and vines of these tasty berries and fruits are key elements in an edible landscape plan. Learn about the needs and qualities of different varieties that do well in this area, and how they can make your garden beautiful as well as providing tasty fruit for fresh eating or preserving. Classes in this series can be taken separately. Note special time for these classes.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 21 • 11:00am
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onionsGet Started on Your Garden Bounty: Potatoes & Onions

with Marc Scheidecker, Garden Managers, Portland's Community Gardens Program
Now is the time to tuck underground veggies in for your own home-grown delicious harvest. Join Marc Scheidecker, a full-time vegetable gardener, student of gardening, and one of the Garden Managers for Portland's Community Gardens Program for the best tips & growing techniques for potatoes & onions. Once you try your own garden’s bounty, you’ll be hooked on vegetable gardening, take it from us!

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 21 • 11:00-12:30pm
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clippersBasics of Winter Pruning

with Dave Pell of Quiet Man Garden and Tree Care
Bare branches and plant dormancy make late winter a good time to prune a number of things in the garden, from vines and shrubs to trees. Dave will tell you about some of the things that should (and should not!) be pruned around this time, and how they should be pruned to improve structure and guide future growth.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 21 • 1:00pm
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wormfarmLet the Worms Do the Work: Vermiculture 101

with Katie Gwynn
Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich compost with help of worms! Katie Gwynn of Portland Nursery will talk about various styles of worm bins, necessary materials to make your worm friends happy, the benefits of worm castings, and the incredible work that worms do.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 21 • 1:00-2:30pm
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February 27-28, 2016

raisedbedHands On Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening Series

every fourth Saturday of the month at 11:00am
Join Portland Nursery’s Tiffany Garner in a monthly series held right outside at our own raised vegetable beds. Dress for the weather & learn what to do with your own raised beds, when you should be doing it & the proper techniques so you can work smarter, not harder. From cold frames to compost & seeds to starts you will learn and grow alongside our fabulous vegetable gardener, Tiffany.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 27 • 11:00am
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fruittreeappleIntro to Fruit Trees

with Bill Wilder of Portland Nursery
Come learn about selecting good fruit trees for your needs and your garden’s design. Bill will share a wealth of information about the trees’ soil, water, light, air, pollination and fertilization needs to help you plant and care for the tree successfully.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 27 • 1:00pm
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dahliaPlanting Bulbs Now for Summer Blooms

with Paul Taylor, OCNP
Brighten your garden using stunning Spring planted blooming bulbs with the help of award winning garden designer, Paul Taylor, OCNP. Paul will discuss selecting bulbs for different light and soil conditions and how to go about preparing the soil before planting. He will share some of his favorite bulb combinations for Summer interest and the best varieties for containers and cut flowers. Paul will demonstrate layering techniques for a big impact and raffle off the finished product to one lucky student!

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 27 • 1:00-2:00pm
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grapesSmall Fruit Series: Grapes

with Ken Whitten of Portland Nursery
The shrubs and vines of these tasty berries and fruits are key elements in an edible landscape plan. Learn about the needs and qualities of different varieties that do well in this area, and how they can make your garden beautiful as well as providing tasty fruit for fresh eating or preserving. Classes in this series can be taken separately. Note special time for these classes.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 28 • 11:00am
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herbgiftsSpring Herbal Tonics

with Missy Rohs of the Arctos School
Early Spring is a great time to focus on supporting your health through gentle cleanses and healing herbs. Missy Rohs of the Arctos School will discuss seasonal tonic herbs and delicious ways to ingest them. Along the way, she'll talk about proper foraging guidelines and local sources for purchasing the ingredients -- if they're not in your garden already!

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 28 • 11:00-12:30pm
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bioswaleWorking with Water

with Jacquie Boger of Art and Soil Sustainable Garden Solutions
Part of planning a garden is dealing with water: the wet spots, the dry spots, and -- especially in our winters -- where to put all the rain. So why not work that into your plan from the beginning? Learn about what it takes to integrate stormwater into your landscape with dry creekbeds and drywells, swales, and other techniques.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 28 • 1:00pm
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