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9:00am to 6:00pm Daily

5050 SE Stark, 503-231-5050

9000 SE Division, 503-788-9000

Portland, OR

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Portland Nursery

March 2015

All classes are an hour long unless otherwise noted

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Sunday March 1, 2015

blueberriesGrowing Strawberries & Blueberries

with Ken Whitten of Portland Nursery
Are you interested in growing fruit?  Strawberries and blueberries are a great place to start! 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.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 1 • 10:00-11:30am
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rosesBeing 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 a 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 • Sunday • March 1 • 1:00pm
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herbsPlanning a Medicinal Herb Garden

with Gradey Proctor from the Arctos School
Learn how to put together your own herbal medicine kit from your own backyard.  Gradey 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 • Sunday • March 1 • 1:00-2:30pm
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March 7-8, 2015

veggarden168What to do in the March Vegetable Garden

with Donna and Robyn, Your Backyard Farmers
Join Donna and Robyn of Your Backyard Farmer, for a seasonal tips you can use in your veggie garden for the month of March.  Learn what vegetables can be grown right now and how to get your soil ready for the season.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 7 • 11:00-12:30pm
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veggardenYear-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 7 • 1:00pm
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blackberriesGrowing Brambles & Grapes

with Ken Whitten of Portland Nursery
Brambles (like raspberries and blackberries) and vining fruit like grapes CAN be grown with control in our backyards.  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.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 8 • 10:00–11:30am
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raingardenRain Gardens in the City

Come and learn how to properly disconnect your downspouts, build a rain garden with suitable plants, and get a discount on your water bill. Professionals from the City of Portland will share their expertise with you

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5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 8 • 1:00pm
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veggarden168Understanding Fertilizer for Nutrient Dense Vegetable Gardening

with Marc Scheidecker
To harvest delicious, nutrient- dense vegetables we need to feed our soil microorganisms delicious (from their point of view!) fertilizer. So, what do microorganisms like to eat?  Our soil “livestock” needs to be fed the right food in the right amounts at the right time. Not too much, or we will end up feeding the bad guys. Marc Scheidecker will break down “NPK”, micro-nutrients that are so important, mycorrhizae, and Steve Solomon's newly updated recipe for Complete Organic Fertilizer. We will also go over what can be planted in the vegetable garden at this time.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 8 • 11:00-12:30pm
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March 14-15, 2015

africanviolets168Portlandia African Violet Club Show & Sale

100's of varieties of African Violets in all sizes, shapes and colors. There will also be various other Gesneriads (plant family that African Violets belong to) available. All plants are expertly grown by members of the club.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 14 • 10:00–3:00pm

milkweedhoneybeeMilkweeds and Monarchs: The Role of Native Milkweeds in Monarch Conservation

with Richard Harding of the Oregon Milkweed Project
Get involved in the efforts to conserve Monarch butterfly habitat in your own backyard. Join Richard Harding of the Oregon Milkweed Project to learn about milkweed species of Oregon, their botany and distribution, and their role in the migration patterns and survival of Western populations on Monarch butterflies. Also learn how to sow seeds effectively for planting out.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • March 14 • 11:00am
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africanvioletMake Your Own Mini African Violet Container

Members of The Portlandia African Violet Club 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! You’ll learn step-by-step how to pot and care for your very own mini (or semi-mini) African Violet. We'll be potting them to display/self-water in Ball canning jars. Please bring $5 cash or your checkbook. The society will provide everything you'll need to take home & care for your own cute baby African violet! Class limited to 24.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 14 • 11:00-12:30pm
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orchid3Orchids: 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 14 • 1:00pm
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pestsCover Up! Keeping Pests Off Your Vegetables

with Marc Scheidecker
Are your plants covered? Anytime now the white butterflies are going to be laying their eggs on our young plants as well as a host of other things. It is time to cover up! Marc Scheidecker will talk about timing and techniques of covers, and will also discuss what we should be adding to our Garden Journal.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 15 • 11:00-12:30pm
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fairygardenCreating a Fairy Garden

with Genevieve Layman
Enter into the enchanting world of fairy gardens, full of creativity and playfulness. Work together with your child and learn how to design, accessorize, and properly care for a magical miniature landscape in a container. With your imagination and care, you can create your own small world that tells a story. There is a $30 materials fee for this hands-on class

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5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 15 • 1:00pm
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edibleflowersMedicinal & Edible Flowers for the Garden

with Missy Rohs of the Arctos School
As you plan your garden for the year, why not include some gorgeous medicinal plants?  Missy will discuss the healing properties and edible uses of ten fabulous flowers that thrive in the Pacific Northwest, including harvest and preparation tips.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 15 • 1:00-2:30pm
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March 21-22, 2015

bonsaitreeIntroduction to Bonsai

with Greg Brenden
Learn the basics of successfully growing indoor or outdoor bonsai. Greg Brenden will provide a great overview of bonsai styles, tree and pot selection, planting, watering, pruning and training. He will also discuss ideal growing conditions for different varieties and share great tips & technique for success.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 21 11am-12:30pm
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fruittreeFruit 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 than 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 • Saturday • March 21 • 1:00pm
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bonsai-creatingB.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bonsai Workshop

with Greg Brenden
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. Class limited to 15.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 21 • 1:00-2:30pm
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orchid3Orchids 101

with Michael Jenné from the Oregon Orchid Society
Orchids are so diverse, and some are easier to grow than others. In our climate, only a few are winter-hardy, so many people grow them as houseplants or in greenhouses. Michael will give a basic introduction to choosing and growing the easiest orchid varieties for success in your home.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 22 • 11:00-12:30pm
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veggarden168Year-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 22 • 1:00pm
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veggarden168Vegetable Gardening 101

with Gardening Goddess, Jolie Donohue
If you are excited to grow your own food but have little to no experience, this is the class for you! Jolie will discuss the basics of site preparation, crop selection based on site elements, planting and care techniques.  With her years of experience, Jolie will demystify growing your own food and share her tips and techniques for beginner success!

 

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 22 • 1:00-2:30pm
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March 28-29, 2015

raisedbed2Hands On Raised Bed Gardening

with Tiffany Garner or Portland Nursery
Join Tiffany for the second in a monthly series of raised bed veggie garden classes. These hands-on classes will take place outside at our display veggie beds so dress for the weather. The raised bed classes are a monthly event that will cover what you need to do, when you should be doing it & the proper techniques so you can work smarter, not harder. From cold frames to compost & seeds to starts we will learn and grow alongside our raised beds.

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 28 • 11:00-12:30pm
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mushrooms168Mushroom Cultivation

with Ryan Woolverton of Soul 2 Grow
Do you want to save money and grow your own mushrooms? Not sure how to go about it safely and efficiently? Join Ryan Woolverton of Soul 2 Grow for an informative one hour discussion on simple and cost effective outdoor Oyster mushroom cultivation. Topics will include species, site, and substrate selection. In addition, he will discuss how to prepare everything for a successful and plentiful growing season. Come learn how easy it is to grow large quantities of healthy and fresh Oyster mushrooms. It doesn't stop there. The discussion will also cover how mushroom cultivation byproducts enrich the garden by attracting beneficial insects, reducing plant disease, and building soil.

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • March 28 • 1:00pm
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masonbeeRaising and Caring for Mason Bees

with Rich Little.
Learn how to make your yard attractive to mason bees and what to do to help them thrive. In turn, they’ll reward you by pollinating your flowering fruits. Mason bees are gentle and hard at work during our soggy Spring season when honey bees aren’t very active. Rich is a retired entomologist, a master gardener and a member of the commercial mason bee industry so we are very happy to share his expertise with you!

9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • March 28 • 1:00-2:30pm
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masonbeeRaising and Caring for Mason Bees

with Rich Little.
Learn how to make your yard attractive to mason bees and what to do to help them thrive. In turn, they’ll reward you by pollinating your flowering fruits. Mason bees are gentle and hard at work during our soggy Spring season when honey bees aren’t very active. Rich is a retired entomologist, a master gardener and a member of the commercial mason bee industry so we are very happy to share his expertise with you!

5050 SE STARK • Sunday • March 29 • 11:00am
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pollinatorAttracting Pollinators to the Fruit Tree Garden

with Brenda Lee Calvert from Halfmoon Farm 
Brenda joins us to talk about what home gardeners can do to help support a diverse community of pollinators to their yards – so important for fruit production!  She’ll suggest plants that provide abundant nectar, pollen, and larvae food.  She’ll also talk about gardening techniques that support pollinator health and describe some of the fascinating and helpful pollinators that you, too, can admire in your garden.

9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • March 29 • 11:00-12:30pm
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pestsPesticide 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 29 • 1:00pm
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