Garden University

Garden University offers a variety of gardening classes and workshops hosted by experts in the field. Join us this summer to learn about plants from local experts in horticulture!

2020 Lineup:

Lucy Davenport is a self-taught bonsai artist that gained her knowledge and interest in bonsai from the many international bonsai collections she has visited. The strong spiritual presence she feels from the ancient bonsai specimens inspired her to start her own business, Bonsai Akira; “akira” means “brilliance” or “clarity”.

During this workshop, Lucy will go over the plant’s needs from soil to climate zone— and care for the first year through the four seasons. The lecture will be followed by hands-on instruction during which time Lucy will help students in beginning to shape their very own miniature tree to take home!

Stay tuned for an online video with Allison! The video will be posted on Instagram and Facebook

Container gardening is an easy and fun way to bring more plants and gardening into your life, no matter how much time or space you have! Crafting a well balanced and long-blooming container may seem overwhelming at first, but Allison Pennell of the Oregon Garden Foundation will provide tips for starting off on the right foot.

Allison will begin with technical practices for success with containers, including soil, size and plant spacing for plant performance and health. She will also go over some great plants that are consistent performers and a mixture of annuals, perennials and even shrubs and trees to keep your pots looking fresh and full all of spring, summer and fall. Be prepared for a fun session where you can ask your plant questions, discover new varieties, and shop The Oregon Garden’s retail nursery to leave inspired to craft your own containers at home.

Join Joan Dudney of Little Prince of Oregon Nursery to learn about the care and keeping of ever-popular terrariums. This workship includes hands-on terrarium project that you will take home. Guests will learn about soil, plant selection and aesthetics to make a stylish and long-lasting terrarium, which make great indoor displays or centerpieces.

Materials will be provided and include: soil, rocks, plant and a container. Some decoractive moss, lichen and accents will also  be provided.

Garden Members: $25 | Non-Members: $35*

*includes Garden admission

Join Mark Akimoff, Garden Manager and Curator at the Lord and Schryver Conservancy, for an in-depth look at the evolutionary adaptations of some common and uncommon geophytes, with helpful tips on culture, propagation, pests and diseases. This lecture will cover many different species of bulbs that can be grown in Oregon to enrich your garden. Mark will also be bringing a selection of bulbs which will be available for sale.

In his spare time, Mark operates Illahe Rare Bulbs, a mail order nursery specializing in rare and unusual, mostly hardy bulbs which he ships around the world. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Oregon State University. He grew up with horticulture in the family and has worked at a Palm Tree Plantation on the island of Kauai, at the famed R.S. Berry Botanic Garden in Portland, and at McMenamin’s Edgefield, among others.

Garden Members: Free, General Admission: $15*

*includes Garden admission

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