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8:00am-7:00pm Sun. - Thur.
8:00am to 8:00pm Fri. & Sat.

5050 SE Stark, 503-231-5050

9000 SE Division, 503-788-9000

Portland, OR

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Portland Nursery

March 2014

All classes are an hour long unless otherwise noted

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Weekend March 1-2, 2014

What to Do in March in the Veggie Garden

Join Donna and Robyn of Your Backyard Farmer, for a great refresher on what to do in the veggie garden for the month of March. They will cover topics such as seeding and planting seasonal crops, what to harvest, methods of planting, combating weeds, and organic techniques for dealing with various undesirable pests that might be invading your garden.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 1 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Year-round Veggie Gardening: Beginner

with Polly Gottesman of Pumpkin Ridge Gardens
Polly has been providing vegetables year round to her CSA subscribers for decades, and her seminar on planning year-round gardens in our area has been a perennially popular one here. Come learn about the best timing, dependable varieties and other tips so you can garden like you eat – 12 months a year. This is the first of two classes, and will present the outlines of four-season gardening in the northwest.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • March 1 • 1:00pm
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Mushroom Cultivation Made Easy

Come and join Tony McMigas, Cultivation Group Co-Chair of the Oregon Mycological Society, and owner of McMigas Family Farm, on a mycological adventure. You will learn how mushrooms grow and more importantly, how to grow your own! Learn how to grow mushrooms on straw, logs, and in a perennial patch of wood chips. Starter kits will be available for purchase at the class, for $20.00 each. Cash or check to instructor.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 1 • 1:00-2:30pm
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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 • March 2 • 11:00am
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Medicinal Plants in the Garden

with Gradey Proctor of the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies
Join us for a class on the common medicinal plants that are easily grown in Northwest gardens. In fact, some may already be living in your yard! He will discuss the plants’ healing properties and ways in which these garden herbs can be processed for medicine.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 2 • 1:00pm
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Letting Food Be Our Medicine #1: Introduction

Marc Scheidecker returns for this informative series of classes discussing our role in protecting our own health by growing as much of our own vegetables as we can, year round. To achieve this goal, we’ll focus on how to improve nutritional density of vegetables, and consider the importance of all necessary nutrients-including trace elements, proper planting and maintenance techniques. The major segments of nutrition based gardening are considered and this class serves as a foundation for more detailed discussion in the following five classes.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 2 • 1:00-2:30pm
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Weekend March 8-9, 2014

Portlandia African Violet Club Sale

Take a break from the dreariness of winter and explore the wonderful world of African violets, displayed for show and sale by the Portlandia Violet Club! Take in all the colors and shapes of African violets while strolling our warm tropical greenhouses, purchase a violet to bring home.
9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 8 • Store Hours

Chickens 101

In this fun and informative class, urban chicken expert George Winborn, will teach you everything you need to know to start your own urban flock. Whether you’re brooding day-old chicks, or caring for hens into their golden years, you’ ll learn about what to feed them, how to house them, tips for maximizing egg yield, and even know why the terms “ruling the roost,” “pecking order,” and “nest egg” remain pertinent today.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 8 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Coop Building

Learn the essentials for building any coop: what materials to use and what to avoid, as well as the guidelines to ensure your hens’ house is safe for them, accessible for you, and strong enough to keep out predators. George Winborn, an urban chicken expert and woodworker, will walk you through a series of coops he’s built over the years, including his own DIY coop kit.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 8 • 1:00-2:30pm
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Intro 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 • March 8 • 1:00pm
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Espaliered Fruit Trees

Looking for ways to fit even more fruit into your yard or better use your small space?  Consider maximizing your square footage by growing espaliered fruit trees! Monica of Core Home Fruit Services, will guide you through which fruits make for good espalier subjects, and how to begin and maintain espaliered shapes in your own garden.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 8 • 3:00-4:30pm
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Mushroom Cultivation Made Easy

Come and join Tony McMigas, cultivation group co-chair of the Oregon Mycological Society, and owner of McMigas Family Farm, on a mycological adventure. You will learn how mushrooms grow, and more importantly, how to grow your own! Learn how to grow mushrooms on straw, on logs, and in a perennial patch of wood chips. Starter kits will be available for purchase, at $20.00 each, at the class.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 9 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Designing Child Friendly Spaces into the Landscape

with Kristien Forness
Join professional landscape designer, Kristien Forness, on an exploration of incorporating child friendly spaces into the landscape. Get a sneak peek into the dozens of gardens she has designed for pre-schools and residences. From boulder hopping through rain gardens to the evolution of a sandbox to fire pit in a contemporary landscape design, Kristien will discuss the wide-ranging ways to engage the entire family in the landscape.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 9 • 1:00pm
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Letting Food Be Our Medicine#2: Seed Starting

Marc Scheidecker, a full-time, year round gardener brings his knowledge and experience to us for the 2nd in his popular series. Nancy Bubel says that seeds are the cornerstone of growing nutrient dense vegetables that we are in such need of. We’ll start with a close look at Heirloom seeds and then talk about seed propagation. Through a hands-on project, we’ll examine the elements of propagation such as timing, growing medium, containers and more.  Students will take home four coir pots with seeds of their own planting.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 9 • 1:00-2:30pm
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Weekend March 15-16, 2014

Being Successful with Roses in the NW

with Rich Baer of the Portland Rose Society Master Rosarian
Join Rose Society President and Master Rosarian Rich Baer for basic class on roses: selecting roses, siting and planting them, and caring for them so they will bloom their best. Feel the Rose City pride, and pride in your own roses, whether they are for landscape or vase.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • March 15 • 1:00pm
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Nature Spirits: a dilemma comparable to that of the bees

Join Beth Wieting, Biodynamic educator, for an interesting perspective on Nature Spirits and their role in the garden.  we’ll explore their crucial role in plant growth and the relationship between Nature and Humanity, as well as the specifics of the four main types of Nature Spirits. Learn what the “mood” of property or land means, as well as why Nature Spirits are in jeopardy.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 15 • 1:00-2:30pm
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Growing a Lot in a Little Space

Have you heard of SPIN farming? Square foot gardening? Other ways to grow more vegetables on less land than you ever thought possible? Attend this class to become familiar with the highlights of these (and other) approaches to growing a lot of food in a little bit of space, and how to apply them in your garden.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 16 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Year-Round Veggie Gardening: Next Steps

with Polly Gottesman of Pumpkin Ridge Gardens
Polly has been providing vegetables year-round to her CSA subscribers for decades, and her seminar on planning year-round gardens in our area has been a perennially popular one here. Come learn about the best timing, dependable varieties and other tips so you can garden like you eat – 12 months a year. This second session is for more advanced gardeners, and will delve more deeply into growing under plastic during the winter and methods specifically for unusual overwintering outdoor crops.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 16 • 1:00pm
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Letting Food Be Our Medicine #3: Garden Plans & Journals

Marc Scheidecker, a full-time, year round gardener will talk on how to develop a garden plan and a garden journal to help make your vegetable garden the best it can be.  Not only are these tools a necessity but also a source of much joy and help in becoming a genuine artist in our own garden. You’ll learn how they are also vital to developing and raising the level of our gardening skills.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 16 • 1:00-2:30pm
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Weekend March 22-23, 2014

Gardens of Eatin’: Advanced Vegetable Gardening

Ready to take your veggie gardening to the next level? Learn how to plan for year-round harvests with careful crop choices, vertical gardening and techniques to stretch the growing season. Plus, explore the principles of nontoxic weed and pest management to boost your harvests and reduce the amount of time and money needed for a healthy, productive garden.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 22 • 10:00-11:00am
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The Art of Bonsai

with Al Polito
A truly great bonsai may be hiding in your yard, on your farm, or at your local nursery--the trick is to spot it the way Michaelangelo spotted David in a chunk of marble. But you really don't need Michaelangelo's artistic genius, you just need to know a great trunk when you see one--or how to make one. In this class we'll explore what makes a great trunk, the foundation of any great bonsai. Common techniques will get you the rest of the way. 

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • March 22 • 1:00pm
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B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bonsai Workshop

Sign up for a chance to bring in your own bonsai to work on with supervision by bonsai expert Greg Brenden. Drawing on his decades of experience, he’ll help you gain confidence in repotting, rootwork and training your plant and be available to answer your questions regarding bonsai. Bring your tools or purchase new ones from our supply. Small fee for re-potting supplies – based on plant size.

Class limited to 15

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 22 • 1:00-2:30pm
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Fruit Trees: Best Fruit Tree Varieties for the PNW

with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit
Here in the Willamette Valley, we can grow many delicious types of fruit trees – apples, pears, figs, plums, persimmons, and more! But some varieties of fruit trees are less prone to pests/diseases, produce a better harvest, and are generally much easier to care for then others. 

Rule of Thumb: "If you can buy that variety of fruit at the store, think twice before growing it at home". Come learn why with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit, and get a list of the most successful fruit tree varieties to grow at home in the Willamette Valley!

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 23 • 1:00pm
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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 • March 23 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Improving Your Soil for Plant Success

Do you want to water less, fertilize less and have happy plants? Learn how to feed your soil with amendments and give your plants the conditions they need to thrive with Claudia Groth, Garden Doctor. Using hands-on tools, Claudia will discuss the essentials of soil preparation, various forms of amendments, the soil food web and microbes, as well as different soil needs for plants grown in containers. She will offer great pointers on how to turn compact, clay soils into rich, nutrient-filed earth!

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 23 • 1:00-2:30pm
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Weekend March 29-30, 2014

Wild Edible Plants

Learn to harvest the bounty of the wild with June Jacobson from Trackers Earth Wilders Guild. The focus of this class is gathering for safety, sustainability and self-sufficiency. Start stocking your larder and setting the table with a little taste of the wild!

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 29 • 11:00-12:30pm
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Orchids: From Surviving to Thriving

with Michael Jenne of the Oregon Orchid Society
Dare to add unusual orchids to your collection! Learn to do it right with Michael Jenne of the Oregon Orchid Society as he discusses more exotic varieties of orchids and their care. He will provide insightful tips on repotting, water and fertilizer needs, promoting rebloom, and how to enjoy and display these orchids to best advantage.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • March 29 • 1:00pm
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Cooking Seasonally with Medicinal Herbs 

A Certified Herbalist with Western and Eastern herbalism training, Felicia Ferruzza, Mano Verde Herbals, joins us to talk about diet therapy integrating Chinese and Western medicinal herbs with seasonal foods. She’ll discuss how to use your own backyard culinary and medicinal weeds in your delicious cooking!  She will also speak about 5 element theory and how it relates to the seasons, body systems, flavors, and colors in your diet.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 30 • 11:00am-12:30pm
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Pesticide Free Pest Control

with Glen Andresen of Metro
Discover effective, nontoxic ways to tackle weeds, pests and plant diseases. See how a few simple steps for preventing problems early on can save a lot of work later. Learn the latest techniques for managing problems safely, and find out where to go for reliable information. You can make your yard beautiful and safe for children, pets, wildlife and waterways.

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 30 • 1:00pm
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Controlling Pests/Diseases in the Vegetable Garden

Join Claudia Groth, The Garden Doctor, to learn great techniques and products to use for controlling pests and diseases in your edible landscape. Claudia will discuss various organic solutions for the most common issues found in the edible gardens. She will also discuss great ways to prevent infestations and infections before they begin, and how to help ensure their survival.

Claudia Groth, of Portland, was recognized as a 2013 Oregon Master Gardener of the Year. A Master Gardener for 24 years, Groth has held top positions with the Multnomah County Master Gardener Association and the statewide association. KEX radio listeners know her as "Dr. Dirt." To others across the state, she is a tireless educator on all aspects of gardening.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 30 • 1:00-2:30pm
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