Garden University at The Oregon Garden brings fun, educational opportunities to the public year round. With a variety of lectures, demonstrations and workshops intended to provide you with information, history, and techniques that can be applied to your own garden, travels, and daily lives.
Saturday April 7, 2012 1 p.m. Education Center How to Grow Warm Season Crops in Cooler Climates Willi Galloway
Some Like It Hot: How
to Grow Warm Season Crops in the Cool Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest has a long frost-free season, but our
temperate summers make growing warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers,
eggplants, and basil a challenge. In this lecture Willi will discuss strategies
for getting your best harvest ever, including how to warm up the soil earlier
in spring and how to build a hoop house. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons
of different season extension tools like cloches, Wall-O-Waters and cold frames
and offer detailed growing plans for the most popular warm season vegetables.
You’ll also learn the best tasting and most productive vegetable varieties for
Galloway is an award winning writer and radio commentator who lives and gardens
in Portland, Oregon. Her first book Grow.
Cook. Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Kitchen Gardening was first published in
January 2012. She writes about kitchen gardening and seasonal cooking on her
popular blog, DigginFood and pens the weekly column, The Gardener, on Apartment
Therapy’s Re-Nest blog. Each Tuesday morning, Willi offers vegetable gardening
advice on Seattle’s popular NPR call-in show, Greendays. She also teaches a
joint gardening and cooking class with chef Matthew Dillon at the Corson
Building in Seattle and hosts an online garden to table cooking show, Grow. Cook. Eat., with her husband, Jon.
Willi was the West Coast Editor of Organic
Gardening magazine from 2003 to 2009.
Saturday May 12, 2012
1 p.m. Education Center
Dan has been exposed to more plants, in more places “than your average bear”. This talk is a fun compilation of some of the newest, most exciting perennials, tropicals, and woodies seen today. Dan pulls together these plants from world-wide trips, botanical gardens, plant shows, and nurseries. Satisfy the nerd within!
For 34 years, Dan Heims has been deeply involved in all
facets of horticulture. He is currently the president of Terra Nova Nurseries,
Inc., a company noted for its new introductions to horticulture. Dan’s
articles and photography have been featured in a number of magazines. He has
taught horticulture courses, wholesaled exotic plants, and run his own design
and build landscape business. He has hosted a weekly gardening show on
radio (KKSN) and has appeared on U.S. (HGTV) and British television
(BBC). Dan’s garden and work has been featured in USA Today, Forbes,
Better Homes and Gardens,Sunset Magazine, and Organic
His job description dictates that
he must “travel the world and seek the newest perennials”. Terra Nova’s
breeding programs have produced many international gold and silver medal
winners and an astounding 600 new plants to horticulture. Dan uses his
unique blend of knowledge and humor as he speaks around the United States,
in Japan, England, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden,
Switzerland, Tasmania, Australia, and Canada.
Dan has written a book of
horticultural humor called The Garden Clerk’s Dictionary ( www.hortmedia.com
) and Heucheras and Heucherellas with Grahame Ware of British
Columbia, now out by Timber Press ( www.timberpress.com ).
Saturday May 19, 2012
1 p.m. Education Center
Garden Up! Vertical Gardening
Garden Up! Vertical Gardening Techniques for Small and
gardening is the latest, most talked about garden trend. Whether you’re
interested in edibles, ornamentals or a little of both, taking advantage of
vertical spaces is an easy way to take your garden to the next level. Filled
with inspiring photos and innovative approaches, Rebecca’s presentation
will highlight a range of vertical gardening ideas, from vegetable towers made
of recycled PVC pipes to stunning succulent walls.
Rebecca Sweet is the owner of Harmony
In The Garden, located in Northern California. Rebecca’s signature ‘Garden
Fusion’ style blends her clients’ personal desires with regionally appropriate
plants. Her gardens have been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine,
Horticulture Magazine, Women’s Day Magazine, American Gardener, and Country
Almanac as well as regional newspapers and publications.
In addition to designing
gardens, Rebecca is also a featured columnist for Horticulture Magazine,
a contributing author for Fine Gardening Magazine, and writes
design-focused articles for Fiskars.
Rebecca contributes content to online garden sites as well, including
Fine Gardening Online and Real Simple Online and is a founding member of the
Garden Designer’s Roundtable. It’s easy to get to know Rebecca better – chat
with her on Facebook, Twitter or leave a comment on her
blog Gossip In The Garden.
The last weekend in March will bring three outstanding programs to the Garden University series. Tickets are available now for each program - contact the Garden at 503-874-2533 before March 22nd or tickets will be available at the Visitor Center or Oregon Garden Resort the day of the program.
A five senses
discovery in the herb garden. Herbs in the garden for fragrance, culinary,
healing and more. Get to know the top ten favorite herbs as well as the many
ways to grow and use them. Show and tell ideas and tips for harvesting,
preserving, culinary and crafts all using aromatic herbs. Also included; Sue’s
recipes that use “any” herb, recipes that personalize crafting, care and
Tickets: $15 general; Free for Garden Members
March 31, 2012
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Lotus Room - Oregon Garden Resort
Herbal Lotions and Potions with Sue Goetz: WORKSHOP
Grow your own lotions
and beauty potions. Tips and recipes to soaps, bath salts, fragrant herbal
waters, household and beauty products all using fresh herbs from the garden.
Topics include herb varieties to grow, their qualities, harvesting and
Tickets: $20 general; $15 for Garden Member
About Sue Goetz: Sue Goetz is a garden designer, writer and
speaker. Through her design business Creative Gardener, she assists clients in
personalizing their garden spaces, from garden coaching to the design of full
landscapes. Her work has earned gold medals at the Northwest Flower &
Garden Show, the Sunset Magazine award, gold medals at the Point Defiance
Flower and Garden show as well as the Fine Gardening magazine “Best Design”
award. Her home garden has been featured in Northwest Home and garden magazine
(March 2004) as well as CountryGardens (Summer 2011). Sue
is certified as a professional horticulturalist (CPH) with the WSNLA, a board
member of the Northwest Horticultural Society and a member of the Garden
Writers of America.
She loves the outreach side including freelance
writing, a self-published newsletter, horticulture workshops and public
speaking engagements. Author of a series of booklets, the Creative Garden
Guides: Herbs to see, to smell, to taste, In Love with Lavender. The Stillroom
and Floribunda. Sue lives and gardens in Gig
March 31, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Education Center - Oregon Garden
Deciduous Divas with Roger Gossler
Join us as local
nurseryman Roger Gossler takes you on an exploration of truly incredible show
stopping shrubs and trees. Some plants are fillers, but these are the stars of
About Roger Gossler: Roger Gossler is one of
the owners of Gossler Farms Nursery in Springfield,
Oregon. The nursery has operated
for over four decades and has been a source for rare and unusual plants through
the US and Europe
during this time. The nursery is simply an extension of Roger’s personal
passion for woody plants in the garden. The nursery has been his conduit for
the introduction of many new cultivars to the gardening public.
Over the years, Roger has
introduced a number of well-known plants to the industry and consumers. Some of
these include: Magnolia stellata Rosea ‘Jane Platt’; Schizostyllis ‘Oregon
Sunset’; Fothergilla gardenia ‘Jane Platt’ and many other exciting offerings
now seen as standards at many nurseries. We are also excited to announce the
publication of Roger, Eric and Marjory’s first book, Gossler’s Guide to
Hardy Shrubs published by Timber Press of Portland, Oregon and New York. Roger has also
designed and maintained a display garden at the nursery of over five acres that
is open to anyone who visits the nursery.
Tickets: $15 general; Free for Garden Members
Coming Next in the Garden University Series:
How to Grow Warm Season Crops in Cooler Climates with Willi Galloway April 7, 2012 1 p.m. Education Center $15 general; Free for Garden Members
Garden University has two programs in February that are sure to get you ready to work in the garden!
On February 4th, at 1 p.m., landscape designer Carol Lindsay will speak about creating Dramatic Vignettes for your Garden in Winter. Is your garden
spectacular in winter? Or is it like many gardens, slightly boring, reflecting
the blahs of winter? Do you avoid looking at your landscape once December
comes, trying not to see the mulch, limp Hellebores, and those varied
perennials that are supposed to be evergreen but look tattered and torn? Do
your neighbors have the old styled rhodys, azaleas, and red weeping Japanese
maple thing going…looking nice, but not very exciting?
Don’t let your winter garden get you down…Landscape Design in a
Day owner Carol Lindsay will show how to work with your landscape for drama and interest
year round. She will also show slides of residential
gardens .......and include some of her favorite full season plants at the OregonGarden.
Carol Lindsay, is the Landscape Designer for Design in a
Day. She is also a partner in Urban Renaissance, a home design/build service w
her partner and spouse, Robert Lindsay.
Carol, a native
Oregonian has trained and worked in the theatre arts and brings that background
into her garden design practice. Having an eye for the dramatic possibilities
helps, whether siting a hillside home w her design build partner, or using
improvisation skills to create a Landscape Design in a Day with her clients.
Carol, is past
president of ANLD, (Association of Northwest Landscape Designers) and an active
member since 1992 when she opened her practice.
Carol created a unique design process called Design in a Day that allows
a professional, to scale, landscape design to be completed in one day, saving
clients time and money. Each design is unique, customized to the family and the
site. This includes unusual plant materials selected to fit together for water
and soil needs as well as the client’s skill level. She follows up with Growing
the Design, a garden coaching service that keeps the goals of the design intact
as the plant material and the gardener mature. Hardscapes are not neglected as
they are the bones of any design. Design in a Day makes up about 50% of Carol’s
design projects with full detail landscape designs and installation project
management filling the rest of her available time.
On February 11th, at 1 p.m., Kris Wetherbee will demonstrate techniques on Herbaceous Cooking. Come discover the magic of culinary
herbs as Kris Wetherbee imparts her passion and knowledge on using herbs from
garden to table. Learn how you can turn ordinary dishes into something
extraordinary through the use of fresh herbs. Wetherbee will share her top tips
for growing herbs along with how to store fresh herbs and prepare them for
cooking. Then taste for yourself the difference fresh herbs can make as she
prepares and shares a recipe or two.
Oregon-based Kris Wetherbee is an
internationally published author, freelance writer and recipe developer
specializing in the areas of food, gardening and outdoor living. Her recipes
and articles have appeared in magazines such as Coastal Living, Cooking Light,
Relish, Herb companion, Mix, Delicious Living, and Northwest Palate. A former
certified organic market grower, Wetherbee is author of the Oregon Farmers'
Market Cookbook and Guide and the Washington Farmers' Market Cookbook and Guide.
As a former market grower, she have grown
over 80 varieties of culinary herbs. Her culinary herb garden is now a feature
in her front courtyard garden, located a mere 10 feet from her kitchen.
Tickets for each program are available by calling The Oregon Garden at 503-874-8100. Please call ahead because space can be limited. $15 general admission (includes Garden Admission); Free for Oregon Garden members.