Homes & Gardens events in Oregon for Sept. 28-Oct. 5

September 26, 2013 by  
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Events are free unless noted. Fees usually include materials; call to confirm. All area codes are 503 unless noted.


Friends of Historic Forest Grove
Gabled roofs, exposed rafters, clawfoot tubs, oriel windows and original brick chimneys are all part of this residential tour of scenic Forest Grove. Tickets available on tour day at the Forest Grove Old Train Station History Museum Library, 1936 19th Ave.
When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
Tickets: $7-$15

Gorge Green Home Tour
Tour 10 homes in Hood River and Mosier that showcase “tiny home” living, green roofs, deep energy retrofits and more.
When: Event kicks off with an expo 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Springhouse Cellar Winery (13 Railroad Ave., Hood River); tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
Tickets: $5-$25 tour, $5 suggested donation for expo (free with tour ticket purchase)



Invasive Species: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Help Columbia Springs battle invasive plant species. Snacks and tools provided. Registration required. Columbia Grove, 3412 S.E. Riverwood Court, Vancouver; or

Villa Garden Club Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Native plants and unusual perennials. Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, 12505 N.E. Halsey St.

OSU Master Gardener Tours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The 40-minute informational tours focus on the plants and gardens. Wheelchair-accessible. Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive; or 823-3623

Dedication of the Marquam Mosaic: 2-3:30 p.m. Celebrate the new mosaic mural featuring flora and fauna of Marquam Nature Park, a project led by artist Lynn Takata. Event includes guest speakers, poetry reading and music. In the park shelter. Marquam Nature Park, Southwest Marquam Street and Sam Jackson Park Road; or


Clark County Master Gardener Foundation: 7 p.m. Samantha Hatch on “Everything Japanese Maple — Varieties, Care and Pruning.” CASEE Center, 11104 N.E. 149th St., Brush Prairie, Wash.;

Washington County Master Gardener Speaker Series: 7:15 p.m. Maurice Horn of Joy Creek Nursery on “Low-water Gardening: A Holistic Approach From Soil to Plants.” First Baptist Church, 5755 S.W. Erickson Ave., Beaverton;


Portlandia Violet Club Sale: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. African violet display, demonstrations, related plants for sale. Portland Nursery, 9000 S.E. Division St.; 761-7861

Sunset Empire Orchid Society Show and Sale: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5-6. Bob Chisholm Community and Senior Center, 1225 Ave. A, Seaside; $2-$3



Fall Container Combinations: 10 a.m. Get ideas for how to create displays of fall colors in your planters. Al’s Garden Center, 16920 S.W. Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood; or 726-1162

Give Your Houseplants a Happy Home: 10:30 a.m. Tips for bring houseplants indoors after they’ve been outside for the season. Also learn to choose and care for new ones. Farmington Gardens, 21815 S.W. Farmington Road, Aloha; or 649-4568

Fall Burlap Wreath: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Create a fall wreath from burlap. Registration required. The Wade Creek House, 664 Wade St., Estacada; $35; or 630-7556

Spruce Up Your Fall Containers:
11 a.m. Registration required. Tsugawa Nursery, 410 E. Scott Ave., Woodland, Wash.; or 360-225-8750

Food for Thought — Better Baking: Traditional Treats Made Healthier:
11:30 a.m. Demonstration on preparing meals from the garden. Registration required. Farmington Gardens, 21815 S.W. Farmington Road, Aloha; or 649-4568

Fall Pruning Essentials: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Topics include dormant-pruning perennials in the winter, proper times to prune common landscape plants, and how to thin growth on a Japanese maple to turn it from an ordinary bush into a priceless specimen. Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center, 1090 McVey Ave., Lake Oswego; $5; or 636-4660

Basic Propagation Techniques: 1 p.m. Sean Gilman on basic methods of vegetative reproduction — including cutting, layering and air layering — and which plants they are best suited to. Portland Nursery, 5050 S.E. Stark St.; or 231-5050


Naturescaping Basics: 1-5 p.m. Learn how to design a low-maintenance, chemical-free landscape that conserves water and minimizes pollution while saving time, money and energy. Registration required at website. Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, 7040 N.E. 47th Ave.; or 222-7645

Pruning Japanese Maples: 1 p.m. Portland Nursery, 5050 S.E. Stark St.; or 231-5050

Kids Club — Discover How Plants Work: 2 p.m. Learn what a plant has in common with a solar panel, how plants gather and store energy, and different ways that plants attract pollinators and reproduce. Dissect a flower to see some of its inner parts and learn their functions. Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center, 1090 McVey Ave., Lake Oswego; $5; or 636-4660


Fairy Gardens and Miniscapes for the Holidays: 10-11 a.m. Instructions on plant selections, design ideas, decorating to scale and maintenance. Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center, 10455 S.W. Butner Road, Beaverton; $25; or 297-1058

Fall Bulbs: 12:30 p.m. Learn about different bulb species, deer-resistant varieties and rodent-proofing. Farmington Gardens, 21815 S.W. Farmington Road, Aloha; or 649-4568

Seed Saving: 1 p.m. Covers important issues of cross-pollination and crop isolation, seed-saving techniques and how to store seeds for maximum viability. Portland Nursery, 5050 S.E. Stark St.; or 231-5050

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Calendar items run on a space-available basis. Please submit notices at least one month before the event to Homes Gardens Listings Desk, The Oregonian, 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201; or by email (send as a plain text file, with Homes Gardens in the subject line) to Except for cancellations and corrections, notices cannot be accepted by phone.

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