Bonsai Bees And Nature Spirits March Garden Workshops In And Around Portland

Dated: March 6 2014

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Spring is on the horizon, which means a great deal to green-thumbed Oregonians. If you're itching to get your hands and knees dirty in the garden, you're not alone: Nurseries all over Portland are hosting events with gardening tips, from raising chickens to the ancient art of Bonsai. Here's a look at what's going on this month at Portland area nurseries.


"Little Sprouts: Seed Starting & Garden Planting"

It's never too early to learn how to garden. This hands-on installment in Garland Nursery's Little Sprouts kids series starts at the beginning, with seed starting and garden preparation. Registration and a $5 fee per child is required.

Call 541-753-6601 to sign up.
Sat. March 8, 11 a.m. @ Garland Nursery

"Espaliered Fruit Trees"

Trying to grow fruit trees in a small space? Portland Nursery is hosting a workshop on espalier, an ancient horticultural technique that controls the woody growth of trees along walls or within your space, encouraging fruit production without out-of-control growth. 
Register online.
Sat. March 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m. @ Portland Nursery
"Garden to Table: Pears, Blueberries, Potatoes and Leafy Greens"
This installment of Garland's Garden to Table series will focus on preparing, planting and harvesting an eclectic collection of garden classics: pears, blueberries, potatoes and leafy greens.

Sun. March 16, 1 p.m. @ Garland Nursery

"Growing Heirloom Vegetables"
Have you experienced the delicious beauty of heirloom vegetables, but aren't sure what makes them so special? Learn all about nutrient-dense heirlooms and how to grow your own, with help from Boondockers Farm. 
Register online.
Sun. March 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Portland Nursery


"Attracting Hummingbirds and Beneficial Insects to Your Garden"

If you're missing out on the beautiful whirring of frantic little wings, you can head up to Tsugawa Nursery in Woodland, Wash. to learn how to attract hummingbirds into your garden. The workshop will also go over attracting beneficial insects. 
Register online.
Sat. March 8, 11 a.m. @ Tsugawa Nursery
"The Ins and Outs of Insects and Insecticides"
Are insects friends or foes? As a gardener knows well, they're a little of both. This workshop at Garland Nursery will detail both helpful and harmful bugs, the insecticides we use against them, and some more eco-friendly options.
Sat. March 15, 1 p.m. @ Garland Nursery
"Mason Bees 101"
Local bee expert Sheridan Wright will go over the proper use of Mason bees, which enhance fruit production in a garden or orchard setting, at Vancouver's own Shorty's Garden and Home.
Sat. March 29, 10 a.m. to noon @ Shorty's
"Pesticide Free Pest Control"
This workshop will go over effective, nontoxic ways to curb weeds, insects and plant diseases. With simple preventative measures you can make your garden safe for people, pets and produce alike.
Sun. March 20, 1 p.m. @ Portland Nursery 


"Chickens 101"

Urban chicken expert George Windburn will teach you how to start a flock in your backyard, and what it takes to maximize egg production and keep your chickens in order. You'll learn how to tend to your birds whether you're bringing up chicks or caring for old hens. 
Register online.
Sat. March 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Portland Nursery
"Coop Building"
Right after its Chickens 101 class, Portland Nursery is hosting a class on how to build coops. Make a day of it with an instructional workshop by George Windburn, who will walk you through a series of coops he's built that are both accessible and protective.
Register online.
Sat. March 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m. @ Portland Nursery


"Mushroom Cultivation Made Easy"

Tony McMigas of the Oregon Mycological Society will go over how mushrooms grow and, more importantly, how to grow your own. Learn how to grow mushrooms on straw, logs or perennial patches of wood chips. Starter kits will be available for $20 after the class. 
Register online.
Sun. March 9, 1 p.m. @ Portland Nursery
"Grow Your Own Mushrooms"
Learn how to inoculate logs with cultured wooden dowels, as well as other techniques to grow mushrooms in your garden at Birds and Bees Nursery in Portland.
Sun. March 16, 1 p.m. @ Birds and Bees Nursery


"Beginner Bonsai Class"

This beginners' class at Garland Nursery will teach the basics of the ancient Japanese art, which focuses on growing miniature trees in containers. Participants will work on crafting one group bonsai. $45 per person.
Call 541-929-9520 to register.
Sat. March 8, 1 p.m. @ Garland Nursery
"Nature Spirits: A Dilemma Comparable to that of Bees"
Beth Wieting, a biodynamic educator, will lead this workshop on nature spirits, their role in the garden, and why they may be in jeopardy. The class will also explore the relationship between nature and humanity and what the "mood" of your land means. 
Register online.
Sat. March 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m. @ Portland Nursery
"B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bonsai Workshop"
Bonsai expert Greg Brenden will lead a workshop for people who want to work on their bonsais in progress. Drawing on his decades of experience, he'll help you gain confidence in repotting, rootwork and training your plant. He'll also be available for questions. 
Register online.
Sat. March 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m. @ Portland Nursery

--Jamie Hale
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