April 6, 2012

Don't Miss our Trio of Spring Programs!

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 our region.

Willi 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
"Garden Gems"
Dan Heims

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 Gardening.  

     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
Rebecca Sweet

Garden Up! Vertical Gardening Techniques for Small and Large Spaces
Vertical 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.
Follow Rebecca on Twitter @SweetRebecca
Read Rebecca’s blog at www.gossipinthegarden.com
View her design portfolio at www.harmonyinthegarden.com

March 16, 2012

March Triple Play

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.

March 30, 2012
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Trillium Room - Oregon Garden Resort

Herb Garden Favorites with Sue Goetz

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 culinary items.

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 preserving tips.

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 Country Gardens (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 Harbor, Washington

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 the garden

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

January 24, 2012

February Programs

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 Oregon Garden.

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.

Visit Carol's website: http://landscape-design-in-a-day.com/

On February 11th, at 1 p.m., Kris Wetherbee will demonstrate techniques on Herbaceous CookingCome 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.