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Father's Day!
Make it a day in the garden with the kids

Gardening with children can be one of the most rewarding experiences for both the child and their parents or mentors. Children are natural gardeners - they are curious, learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt. Working together in the garden can provide hours of quality time each week and encourages a child’s interest in the workings of nature and science, experiencing the cycles of life first hand.

We've gathered a few articles we think might assist with making gardening interesting to kids! Start by downloading our brochure GARDENING WITH KIDS, then check-out the list below.

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ATTRACTING BUTTERFLIES WITH NATIVES
Many butterflies are native to our region, and one way to attract them is by planting natives. Also, planting the larval plants that will feed the growing caterpillars will help to insure that you will have generations of returning butterflies to your garden. Visit this page for attracting (and keeping) butterflies using natives. Additionally, read about Milkweed, a food source for Monarchs!


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BEE FRIENDLY PRACTICES
Bee-keeping can be a rewarding hobby, as well as a source of honey. Even if you don’t have the time or room to keep honey bees, you can support mason bees or other native pollinators. Contact the Oregon State Beekeepers Association at 503-657-5399. Download this brochure to find tips for how to best support this fragile resource.


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ATTRACTING HUMMINGBIRDS WITH NATIVES
With a little planning, you can provide a native bloomer for these delightful birds throughout the season (of course, there are plenty of non-native plants that are hummingbird magnets, too, so you can do a lot of mixing and matching to suit your own garden and tastes). Visit this page for a year-round selection of hummingbird-attracting natives.


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CREATING A BIRD HAVEN
Portlanders are lucky to live in a city with so much green space. Our combination of rivers, parks and mild climate allows Portland to host a vast array of birds and wildlife, and many will visit or even nest in local yards given a few simple provisions. Read how you can create a bird sanctuary right in your own yard!


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BEWARE! POISONOUS PLANTS!
And it wouldn't be a complete list of gardening with kids without the What to Avoid Section! There are several poisonous berries in our area and we wanted to point out a few of the most common. This is a short list of plants that are potentially very dangerous to ingest and should be avoided.


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We've been included in the Willamette Week's Best of Portland contest. You can cast your vote for us under Local Businesses/Services >> Best Garden Supply/Nursery. You'll find the full list of categories and voting rules on the Willamette Week Website.
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4th Annual Bonsai Show
Show Day: Saturday • June 20 • 10:00-3:00pm • 9000 SE Division
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We are seeking contestants for our Annual Bonsai Show! Anyone can exhibit one or more trees. All entrants will receive a 10% off coupon (one per entrant) good at any Portland Nursery and will also be entered into a a lottery for chance to win one of 4 - $25 Gift cards (one entry per entrant).

Deliver your tree to Portland Nursery at 9000 SE Division between 8:00-9:00am on show day, Saturday • June 20 • 10:00-3:00pm.

CLICK TO FILL IN ENTRY FORM FOR BONSAI EVENT

Contact George Bowman, Portland Nursery, Division Street Location Manager.

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Featured Lecture Series
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Portland Nursery sponsored event (see below for lecture locations). You can read more about the lectures at the Leach Botanical Garden Website or download a pdf of the lectures and descriptions.

Energizing a Place: New Trends in Public Gardens
with Richard Hartlage, Principal/CEO Land Morphology

Thursday • July 9 • 6:00pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art • 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR

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Featured Nursery Events & Classes
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There are new classes all month long. They fill up quickly. Please REGISTER TODAY! We have done our best to only list available classes.

See our Classes Page for all CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & DETAILS.

Portland Nursery on Division: Bonsai Event
Portland Nursery and the Bonsai Society of Portland (BSOP) want to Rock Your Bonsai with a showing of Your Best Bonsai! Any customer can exhibit!
See the Bonsai Event Page for event details.
9000 SE DIVISION • Saturday • June 20 • 10:00-3:00pm

Portland Iris Society Show
Judging will be from 10:00am-Noon; public is invited to attend 10:00-4:00pm.
For more information, contact Chad Harris, phone: 360-835-1016.
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • June 21 • 10:00-4:00pm

Summer / Fall Help for Pollinators
5050 SE STARK • Saturday • June 20 • 1:00pm
Click here to register for this class.

Terrariums as Homes
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • June 21 • 11:00am
Click here to register for this class.

Hardy Orchids for the Garden
5050 SE STARK • Saturday • June 27 • 1:00pm
Click here to register for this class.

DIY Herbal Green Cleaning Products
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • June 28 • 11:00-12:30pm
Click here to register for this class.

Top 5 Pests of the Summer Garden
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • June 28 • 1:00pm
Click here to register for this class.


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