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.
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
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.