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Portland Nursery

February 2014

All classes are an hour long unless otherwise noted

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Special February Four-Part Class Series: Biodynamic Gardening Series

with Beth Wieting, renowned author and Biodynamic expert
Biodynamic farming and gardening has been actively present for many decades in the United States. It is a means of healing the earth gradually through natural methods which has a noticeable positive effect on food flavor and health. What is remarkable about it is that natural processes and creatures, including the plant world, become more and more capable of establishing their own relationships through living interactions with one another. Scroll down to register for one or all classes.

Sunday, February 2nd: Introduction
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 2 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Sunday, February 16th: Compost
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 16 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Saturday, February 22nd: Sprays
9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 22 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Sunday, February 23rd: Moon Planting Calendars
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 23 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Four-Part Small Fruit Series

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.

Sunday, February 2: Strawberries
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 2 • 11:00am
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Sunday, March 2: Blueberries
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 9 • 11:00am
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Sunday, February 16: Raspberries, blackberries – brambles!
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 16 • 11:00am
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Sunday, February 23: Grapes
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 23 • 11:00am
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Weekend February 1-2, 2014

What to Do in February in the Veggie Garden

with Donna and 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 1 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Blue_orchard_bee168Intro to Mason Bees

with Sherian Wright, author of Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener
Mason bees are non-aggressive North American bees that emerge in the spring and do a great job of pollinating early spring flowers – like those on your fruit trees. Sherian will talk about the bees’ life cycles and habits in an always entertaining presentation that will leave you ready to invite them into your orchard, large or small.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 1 • 1:00pm
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A more successful Vegetable Garden: Understand soil, compost & fertilizer

with Tim Lanfri of Community Garden Creators
Home food gardens often fail because of the poor quality soil found in many backyards. If your vegetable garden is not thriving maybe the soil is the problem. Join Tim Lanfri of Community Garden Creators who will help you understand what makes good quality soil and how compost and fertilizer are the key to having an abundant harvest.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 1 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Fruit Trees 101

with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit Services
Thinking of growing fruit trees on your urban lot? Learn some great tips and techniques for successfully growing fruit trees with Monica. She’ll discuss site requirements and preparation, pollination needs, maintenance requirements of different fruits, and how to select good fruit trees for PNW home orchards. We get all of our fruit trees in February, making this class timely to help you succeed with your new fruit tree.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 2 • 10:00am-11:00am
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Four-Part Small Fruit Series: Strawberries

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 2 • 11:00am
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Other classes in the series:
March 2: Blueberries • February 22: Raspberries, blackberries – brambles! • February 23: Grapes

Fruit Tree Pruning Demo

with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit Services
Confused about how to prune your fruit trees? Join Monica to learn about the proper pruning techniques, tools and timing to maximize fruit production and increase overall health. She will guide you through the steps of pruning with demonstrations and visuals, and help you gain confidence in making the right cut.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 2 • 11:30am-12:30pm
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Living Flower Basket Valentine

with Maggie Stuckey
Show some love with a living valentine! Maggie will lead you through a hands-on workshop potting up a sweet heart- shaped basket with some of the lovely but sturdy flowers of early spring. Planting now will give a little time to grow in before Valentine’s Day – use as a centerpiece, a cheery front door greeting, or a floral message to a special someone! $30 materials fee.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 2 • 1:00pm
CLASS IS CANCELED

Biodynamic Gardening Series: Introduction

with Beth Wieting, renowned author and Biodynamic expert
Renowned Biodynamic author and expert Beth Wieting will offer a four-part series on Biodynamic Gardening. Her first class will focus on the differences between biodynamic, conventional and organic gardening, the positive effects on your food and soil, weather patterns, soil preparation and the use of the Barrel Compost Spray.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 2 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Other classes in the series:
February 16: Compost • February 22: Sprays • February 23: Moon Planting Calendars

Weekend February 8-9, 2014

Portlandia African Violet Club

with Alice Wagner of The Portlandia African Violet Club
Alice will provide up-to-date care and information on different types of leaves, blossoms, new exciting colors and hybridizers available in the world of African Violets! Alice will deepen the class experience with hands-on potting up of baby plants, using a “wick water” technique, yielding a free African violet for you to take home.

CLASS IS CANCELED

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

with Damian Magista of Bee Local
Curious about the prospect of backyard honeybees, or just want to support local pollinator populations and learn about how beekeeping works? Damian Magista is the founder of Bee Local, working with neighborhood hives to create “hyperlocal” honeys throughout Portland, reflecting the local gardens and other plant life.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 8 • 1:00pm
CLASS IS CANCELED

terrarium168Terrarium Building Workshop

with Angelina Ponce
Join terrarium fanatic Angelina Ponce for this hands-on workshop where you will build your own little ecosystem in a glass container! You’ll create either a lush green or mini desert scene, depending on plant availability. Angelina will walk you through step-by-step, discussing terrarium "ingredients", lighting and moisture requirements, and choosing the right plant combinations for a healthy, thriving terrarium. She will also give great tips for how to use different container styles and decorative additions to spice up your little green scene. There will be tons of plant material to choose from, enabling you to create a terrarium unique to you!

Materials Fee: $30, pay cashier before class. Class limited to 12 students. Bring gloves.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 8 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
CLASS IS CANCELED

Four-Part Small 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 9 • 11:00am
CLASS IS CANCELED • Rescheduled to Sunday • March 2 • 11:00am • Please Re-register

Other classes in the series:
February 2: Strawberries • February 16: Raspberries, blackberries – brambles! • February 23: Grapes

Bonsai Styles: Forests & Groves

with George Bowman
Through live demonstrations and "trees in training" displays, bonsai enthusiast George Bowman will explore the miniature forest, grove, raft and landscape bonsai styles. He will also discuss proper tree selection, pruning, wiring and potting. Although this class is focused on outdoor bonsai, the styles apply to indoor bonsai as well.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 9 • 11:00am-12:30pm
CLASS IS CANCELED

Basics of Seed Starting

with Corina Reynolds-Stearns of Portland Nursery
Starting your garden plants from seed can save you money, let you try varieties that are unavailable as starts, and importantly – let you start growing things while it’s still too cold to put them outside. Corina will talk about cost-effective ways of growing plants from seed, and give instructions to help make sure your tender seedlings make it to see the spring.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 9 • 1:00pm
CLASS IS CANCELED • Rescheduled to Saturday • February 15 • 11:00am • Please Re-register

Growing Heirloom Vegetables

with Boondockers Farm
Aside from the allure of spectacular colors and shapes and the multiplicity of textures, flavors, and aromas, heirloom vegetables are actually better for you! Heirlooms are a nutrient dense food – there are more vitamins, minerals, sugars, and healthful enzymes in every bite of an heirloom vegetable than in most new hybrids. Learn just what exactly makes a variety an heirloom and how you can successfully raise your own in our climate.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 9 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
CLASS IS CANCELED

Weekend February 15-16, 2014

Basics of Seed Starting

with Corina Reynolds-Stearns of Portland Nursery
Starting your garden plants from seed can save you money, let you try varieties that are unavailable as starts, and importantly – let you start growing things while it’s still too cold to put them outside. Corina will talk about cost-effective ways of growing plants from seed, and give instructions to help make sure your tender seedlings make it to see the spring.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 15 • 11:00am
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fairy168Make Your Own Fairy Garden

with Alice Phillips
Alice is back for this popular class – sign up quick! Creating a miniature world fit for a fairy or two is a great way to get in touch with your creative, playful side. Alice will lead the group in this hands-on class and help you design, accessorize, and learn how to properly care for your enchanting world. Choose between an indoor or outdoor fairy garden. Students are free to bring their own decorative items to incorporate into their fairy’s garden, as well as shop our splendid and varied offerings. Class limited to 12 students.

$30 materials fee – pay cashier before class and bring gloves if you wish.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 15 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Working with Water

with Jacqui Bodger 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 infiltration into your landscape with dry creekbeds and drywells, swales, and other techniques. Envision your irrigation zones so you don't end up with thirsty plants struggling in hard-to-reach places.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 15 • 1:00pm
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Rose Care 101

with Rich Baer of the Portland Rose Society
February is here and it’s time to prune your roses! Come join rose expert Rich Baer, of the Portland Rose Society, to learn the basics of growing roses. He will cover the basics of various rose species, proper pruning timing and techniques, fertilizing and watering needs, pest and disease control, and other helpful tips to keep your roses healthy, happy, and blooming!

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 15 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Four-Part Small 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 16 • 11:00am
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Other classes in the series:
February 2: Strawberries • March 2: Blueberries • February 16: Raspberries, blackberries – brambles!

MountedStaghornFern168Staghorn Fern Mounting Workshop

with Bruce Fothergill of Fothergill’s Tropicals
Join houseplant expert Bruce for this hands-on workshop and take home your very own mounted Staghorn Fern! Bruce will walk you through the step-by-step process of properly mounting Staghorns to wooden boards. He will also discuss proper care, lighting and growing requirements to keep your fern healthy and happy for years to come!
Cost: $15, payable to teacher day of class (**Cash or check only). All materials included. Class limited to 15.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 16 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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pruning168Basics of Winter Pruning

with Sean Gilman of Portland Nursery
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. Sean 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 16 • 1:00pm
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Biodynamic Gardening Series: Compost

with Beth Wieting, renowned author and Biodynamic expert
Beth continues her four-part series of classes on Biodynamic Gardening with her second class, specifically on Biodynamic composting. Learn how to build a biodynamic compost pile, how much is needed for different types of soil, vegetables and fruit, and the effects of biodynamic composting on your soil and food crops.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 16 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Other classes in the series:
February 2: Introduction • February 22: Sprays • February 23: Moon Planting Calendars

Weekend February 22-23, 2014

The Real Dirt on Dirt

with Bonnie Bruce of Celilo Gardens
All gardens are founded on dirt but only great gardens have great soil.  We will explore the basics of great soil (Texture, Nutrition, Permeability and Ecosystems).  We will talk about the importance of soil PH, how to measure and balance it.  And we will discuss the ins and outs and usefulness of compost, mulch and aerated compost teas.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • February 22 • 1:00pm
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Biodynamic Gardening Series: Sprays

with Beth Wieting
Class three in our expert series on Biodynamic Gardening will feature author and lector Beth Wieting discussing the use of Biodynamic Cow Manure and Ground Quartz Spray Preparations. Learn how and when to use these sprays, their effects on property and growth and content of plants and their unique benefits in our rainy climate.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 22 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Other classes in the series:
February 2: Introduction • February 16: Compost • February 23: Moon Planting Calendars

Make Your Own Outdoor Bonsai

with Greg Brenden of the Portland Bonsai Society
In this workshop you will create and bring home your own outdoor bonsai! Greg brings his knowledge and experience of over 25 years to teach you the basics of growing outdoor bonsai. He will walk you through plant selection, repotting, trimming and training. Please bring hand pruners if you have them. Class limited to 15. $40 materials fee.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • February 22 • 3:00pm-4:30pm
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Four-Part Small 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 23 • 11:00am
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Other classes in the series:
February 2: Strawberries • March 2: Blueberries • February 16: Raspberries, blackberries – brambles!

Bonsai Styles: Cascade & Semi-Cascade

with Al Polito
Join bonsai expert Al Polito to learn about training bonsai in the cascade and semi-cascade styles. Al will discuss proper tree selection, pruning, wiring and potting, through live demonstrations and “trees in training” displays. Although this class is focused on outdoor bonsai, the styles apply to indoor bonsai as well.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 23 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Putting Together a Simple Raised Bed

with Laurel Hoyt of Portland Nursery
Looking to get into backyard veggie gardening? You can make a simple raised bed without a lot of carpentry skills or special tools. Learn the advantages and drawbacks of raised beds and leave with a plan for siting, building and filling a bed.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • February 23 • 1:00pm
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Biodynamic Gardening Series: Moon Planting Calendars

with Beth Wieting, renowned author and Biodynamic expert
Join Beth for her final class in this four-part series on the amazing practice of Biodynamic Gardening, focusing on the moon! Just as the moon affects the ocean tides, it also has a profound effect on plant growth! Learn how to use a Moon Planting Calendar and hear about the positive effects of the moon on planting, pruning, weeding, transplanting, and harvesting. Learn when to avoid certain gardening activities, and how to maximize health and growth. Beth will have bound books on Biodynamic Gardening available for $10.00. Don’t miss this amazing class!

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • February 23 • 1:00pm-2:30pm
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Other classes in the series:
February 2: Introduction • February 16: Compost • February 22: Sprays