Garden tours, pruning workshops and walks to add to your July calendar

Events are free unless noted. Please email calendar submissions at least two weeks in advance to [email protected]


Bumble Bee Hike: 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays through July. Toddlers can look for wildlife, listen to the wind and creek, smell plants and flowers, and touch the trees and leaves. Register at; Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Mountain Rose Herbs’ Sunday Annex Series: 1-3 p.m. Sundays through July. Learn from teachers, businesses and plant-minded locals about herbalism, healthy living and more. Cost/sliding scale donation varies; Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile Annex, 152 W. Fifth Ave., Eugene;

Forest Grove Sesquicentennial Open House and Open Garden Series: July 17 and Aug. 13. Experience a series of tours of homes and gardens in Forest Grove and the surrounding area. $10 per event includes beverage and snack; precise addresses are provided after registration at or 503-992-1280.

Art in the Garden: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sept. 3. Local artists will showcase handcrafted pieces throughout the 80-acre botanical garden. Free with garden admission ($12 per adult); The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton;

Behind the Shoji Summer Marketplace: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays through Sept. 5. Peruse a variety of curated items, including textiles, prints, clothing, ceramics, home décor and more, often unavailable outside Japan. Free with garden admission ($19.95 per adult); Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave.;

Black To Nature: A Portland Walking Series Exploring Afro-Ecology: July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Take part in a walking series to learn about Afro-Ecology and the past, present and future of communities in Portland. Oxbow Park (Black Community of Portland office), 202 S.E. 181st Ave., Suite 202, Gresham;,

Leach Botanical Garden Tour: Various dates and times through September. Learn about the garden’s history, heritage trees, seasonal plants, habitat restoration and more. Register at; Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.

Grow Your Own Produce, The Workshop Series: (online via Zoom) 7-9 p.m. second Thursday of the month through Nov. 10. Permaculture expert Marisha Auerbach helps you learn to maximize your yield with a monthly overview of key garden activities. $100 for a five-class series or $25 per class;

Harvest & Design Workshop Series: 10 a.m. second Saturday of the month through November. Take a monthly guided tour of a flower farm and learn about the plants you will harvest for your arrangement that day. $85 per workshop; Charles Little and Company, 34573 Seavey Loop Road, Eugene;

Little Sprouts Take-home Class Kits: (online instruction) Monthly through December. Kids will learn about a variety of seasonal garden-related topics with these hands-on activities. $10 registration required; Garland Nursery, 5470 N.E. Highway 20, Corvallis;, 541-753-6601 or 800-296-6601

Portland Dahlia Society monthly meeting: 7 p.m. second Tuesday of the month through December. Take part in a monthly discussion of seasonal topics. Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way;

Tualatin Valley Beekeepers Association meetings: 6-8 p.m. last Tuesday of the month; Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest St., North Plains or online via Zoom; or email [email protected]


Lavender Wreath Class: 10-11 a.m. Use lavender and materials from the farm, and receive instruction on how to make a six-inch ($35) or 10-inch ($40) wreath to take home. Blooming Junction Garden Center and Farm Market, 35105 N.W. Zion Church Road, Cornelius;

Vinegar Making Workshop: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Discover skills of vinegar making on a 32-acre organic farm on Sauvie Island. Cost/sliding scale donation varies; Wapato Island Farm, 15115 N.W. Gillihan Road;

Threatened and Endangered Trees: 11 a.m.-noon July 16 and 23. Join an arboretum tour guide for a walk to view and learn about rare coniferous trees. Registration required at; Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 S.W. Fairview Blvd.

Plant Swap Party: 7-10 p.m. Trade plants, seeds and cuttings over cocktails and mocktails. Freeland Spirits, 2671 N.W. Vaughn St.;


Natural Garden Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take self-guided tours and explore nine earth-friendly urban and rural gardens across Clark County.; email [email protected] or call 564-397-7307

Landslides, Faults and the Geology of Portland’s West Hills: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join environmental educator Roland Begin for a walk to learn about the unique geology of Portland’s West Hills. Registration required at; Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 S.W. Fairview Blvd.


Tomato Pruning Workshop: 10-11:30 a.m. This hands-on workshop will clarify which types of tomato plants need pruning and provide instruction on when and how to prune. $5 at; Clark County Extension, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver; email [email protected] or call 564-397-5738

Open Garden – Invertebrates, Wildlife & Us!: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy garden tours, bee nesting stations, educational displays, hands-on activities and more. WCMGA (Washington County Master Gardener Association) Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek, 17705 N.W. Springville Road;


Cornell Farm House Plant Swap: 4-5 p.m. Meet other house plant enthusiasts and trade your labeled cuttings and plants. Cornell Farm, 8212 S.W. Barnes Road;


Drip Irrigation in the Home Garden Workshop: (online via Zoom) 6 p.m. Join WSU Extension Clark County master gardeners Linda and John Tracy for an introductory presentation on origins, concepts, and pros and cons of drip irrigation. Register at


Pacific Northwest Plants: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join environmental educator Roland Begin for a stroll among native trees and shrubs of the Pacific Northwest. Registration required at; Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 S.W. Fairview Blvd.

“Kew as a Global Living Museum: Gardens as a Metaphor for Change, Creativity and Community Building”: 1:30-2:45 p.m. Join Richard Deverell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Steve Bloom, CEO of Portland Japanese Garden, as they discuss the intersection between nature, science, art and culture. $25; Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.;


Portland Rose Society Mini-rose Show: Noon-4 p.m.; $12; Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive;,


Medicinal Fermentations Workshop: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Learn about processing medicinal herbs on a 32-acre organic farm on Sauvie Island. Cost/sliding scale donation varies; Wapato Island Farm, 15115 N.W. Gillihan Road;


Salem Hardy Plant Society Fall Plant Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Peruse the display gardens, a selection of garden art and plants for sale. Sebright Gardens, 7185 Lakeside Drive N.E., Salem;

— Corey Sheldon

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