Homes and gardens events around Portland: Dahlia festival, iris sale and more

Story and Stroll: a.m.-: p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Sept. . This program integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement and outdoor play. Register in the Nature Center minutes before the program starts. Tryon Creek State Natural Area, S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.; oregonstateparks

Free Garden Tours at Pittock Mansion: a.m.- p.m. second and fourth Saturdays of each month through Sept. . OSU Master Gardeners lead -minute informational tours, focusing on plants and garden areas while providing a glimpse into the Pittocks’ contributions to Portland’s gardens. N.W. Pittock Dr.; pittockmansion

Guided Tours of Hoyt Arboretum: a.m. and p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. . Learn about the collection and have a walk among the trees. Free for members, $ for nonmembers; registration not required; Hoyt Arboretum, S.W. Fairview Blvd.; hoytarboretum, or —

Family Bird Walk: -: a.m. the second Saturday of each month through October. Take a guided birding hike with the whole family. Binoculars and field guides available, or bring your own; $; Hoyt Arboretum, S.W. Fairview Blvd.; hoytarboretum, or —

Plant Walk: -: p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. . Explore Lan Su Chinese Garden to learn about the history and cultural significance of the garden’s plants along with tips about their care. Free with membership or admission; Lan Su Chinese Garden, N.W. Everett St.; lansugarden, or –.

Wednesday Morning Honey Bee Hikes: – a.m. through Dec. . Look for wildlife, listen to the wind and creek, water the Children’s Discovery Garden, read a story and craft something fun. – years accompanied by adult; $ per child, non-walkers and adults free. Leach Botanical Garden, S.E. nd Ave.; leachgarden, or –.


Greater Portland Iris Society Bearded Iris Sale: a.m.- p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. -. All classes and colors from miniature to tall bearded on site. Portland Nursery, S.E. Stark St., greaterportlandirissociety, or –.

CLAY_TOPIA: Tequila Server: -: a.m. Join local artist Paige Wright for a plant-nursery-inspired clay workshop and learn to make a unique ceramic vessel of your own. $; Pomarius Nursery, N.W. th Ave.; pomariusnurserym, or –.

Soil Care and Maintenance: a.m.-noon. Learn about ways to protect and enhance garden soil by understanding the importance of pH, methods to avoid soil compaction, creating garden mulch and techniques to take a soil test. WCMGA Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek, N.W. Springville Road.; washingtoncountymastergardeners

Women’s Club Tour of Homes in Manzanita: a.m.- p.m. $ ticket and map on sale day of event starting at : a.m. at Laneda Avenue and Third Street

Portland Dahlia Society Show: Noon- p.m. Saturday and a.m.-: p.m. Sunday, Aug. -. View thousands of show blooms and flower arrangements. Oaks Amusement Park, Dance Pavilion, S.E. Oaks Park Way; portlanddahliam


Kids Cook – Lents Farmers Market: – a.m. Kids ages – learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. Free but registration required at eventbritem; Southeast nd Avenue and Reedway Street; portlandfarmersmarketprograms-events


The History of Botanic Gardens with Historian Chet Orloff: -: p.m. Discuss the work of great names in garden design. $ nonmembers, $ members; Leach Botanical Garden, S.E. nd Ave., leachgarden, or –.

Kokedama Workshop: – p.m. Learn the art of kokedama – the Japanese art of creating potless plants using a unique soil mixture, moss and string. $ includes all materials; Milieu Collective, S.E. th Ave.; rootsofjoypdxm, milieupdxm


Dahlias and More … On the Road Tour: : a.m.- p.m. Master Gardener Judy Hargreaves’ half-acre garden, the garden of Larry Smith and Garden Fever, a Northeast Portland neighborhood nursery featuring pollinator-friendly plants. $; lunch on your own at Lucca in Portland; online registration required by Aug. at; van transportation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, N.E. Highway , Hazel Dell. –, ext. or email


Portland Renovation and Landscaping Show: Noon- p.m. Friday, a.m.- p.m. Saturday-Sunday, a.m.- p.m. Monday, Aug. -Sept. ; Talk to vendors about home and garden products of all makes and descriptions. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, N. Winning Way; $; homeshowcenterm


Swan Island Dahlia Festival: a.m.- p.m. Saturday-Monday, Aug – Sept. . Wander a field of dahlias of all colors and breeds to get your flower fix at the Swan Island Dahlia Festival. N.W. nd Ave., Canby; dahliasm


How to Grow and Care for Roses: : p.m. Presenter: Rich Baer, former president of Portland Rose Society. City of Beaverton, Griffith Park Building, Room , S.W. Griffith Drive. washingtoncountymastergardeners


The Intriguing History of Garden Tools: -: p.m. Uncover the history of garden tools, learn how to choose the right tool and discover tips for digging and weeding more efficiently. Reservations required: $, $ for Leach Garden Friends; Leach Botanical Garden, S.E. nd Ave. — or leachgarden


Garden Volunteer Informational Meeting: :-: p.m. Learn about volunteering in the Legacy Gardens. Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, N.W. nd Ave. RSVP required; call –; legacyhealthgardens


Salem Hardy Plant Society Fall Plant Sale: a.m.- p.m. Sebright Gardens, Lakeside Drive N.E.

Guided Garden Walk: a.m.-noon. See what’s blooming and of seasonal interest. No registration required. Leach Botanical Garden, S.E. nd Ave.; leachgarden, or –.

Boxwood Shearing Workshop: a.m. Get tips, practice and participate. $; Pomarius Nursery, N.W. th Ave., pomariusnurserym, or –.

Music in the Garden: a.m.- p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket no pets and enjoy the music of six local groups in a tranquil five-acre garden in rural Battle Ground location provided upon registration. Wine, food and beverages available for purchase. $ per person or $ for two tickets available in advance at; –, or email arnolddjacenturylink


Deerly Missed: A Pangram Garden: – p.m. Take a virtual visit of a two-acre pangram garden and get introduced to some unfamiliar plants. A pangram garden is a collection of plants with at least one genus beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Milwaukie Center, S.E. Kellogg Creek Dr., clackamascountymastergardeners, or –.


Spruce up Laurelhurst Park: a.m.-noon. Volunteer with a work party and help clean up the park. Projects may include pruning, invasive plant removal and mulch chip spreading. S.E. Ankeny St.; email peggy.glascockgmailm, —


Seeds: Harvesting, Cleaning, Drying and Saving: – a.m. This hands-on class explores harvesting your favorite heirloom seeds on a home-garden scale. Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, S.W. Grabhorn Road, Beaverton; washingtoncountymastergardeners


Washington County Master Gardener Association Learning Garden Open House: a.m.- p.m. Tour the Learning Garden for planting and growing ideas covering natives, small fruits, perennials, herbs and vegetables. Master Gardeners available to answer questions, free workshops and activities for families. Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, S.W. Grabhorn Road, Beaverton; washingtoncountymastergardeners

Fall Garden Fair: a.m.- p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. -. Engage with and learn about gardening in the state of Oregon. Peruse a horticultural showcase, attend a judged floral show and find a new addition for your garden from local nurseries and garden artists. Free for members, $-$ for nonmembers; Oregon Garden, W. Main St., Silverton; oregongarden

Portland Rose Society Fall Rose Show: Noon- p.m. Saturday and a.m.- p.m. Sunday, Sept. -. Explore the variety of roses from micro-minis to standard blooms and learn about their care. Entries will be accepted :-: a.m. Saturday awards at p.m.. Lloyd Center second floor near Ulta Beauty, Lloyd Center; portlandrosesociety


Garden Tour and Wellness Walk: -: a.m. Gather in the Stenzel Garden for a garden tour followed by a neighborhood naturewalk. Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, N.W. nd Ave.; legacyhealthgardens, or –.


Mutualism, deception, and self defense: the complex dance of co-evolution in insects and plants: -: p.m. Learn about some of the fascinating and intricate ways in which plants and insects have evolved to affect each other’s traits and behaviors. Reservations required: $, $ for Leach Garden Friends; Leach Botanical Garden, S.E. nd Ave.; leachgarden, or –.


CLAY_TOPIA: Dog Bowl: -: a.m. Join local artist Paige Wright for a plant-nursery-inspired clay workshop and learn to make a unique ceramic vessel of your own. $; Pomarius Nursery, N.W. th Ave.; pomariusnurserym, or –.


Low Water Gardening: p.m. Take part in a class focused on dry gardening solutions to minimize summer watering. $; Joy Creek Nursery, N.W. Watson Road, Scappoose; — or joycreekm

— Corey Sheldon

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