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Garden After Hours - Forbidden Fruit

Wednesday, September 16th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Phil Forsline will talk about his travels to Kazakhstan and China to collect wild apple plant samples for conservation, evaluation, and distribution to geneticists and breeders worldwide. Forsline’s work, which could revolutionize the apple industry, was featured in “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan.


2015 Lecture Series - Water & Green Infrastructure

Thursday, September 24th, 7:00pm

Artful rainwater design is an innovative approach to sustainable stormwater management through green infrastructure that celebrates rain. By celebrating the infrastructure as a design element, we achieve landscapes that perform at multiple levels through improved water quality, wildlife habitat, and human habitat. Often modest in design, the impact of artful rainwater design is found in its simplicity and harmonious integration with the natural and built environment. 


2015 Lecture Series - Thin Places

Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ the Portland Art Museum

There are some places in this world that captivate and inspire. They move us - sometimes for reasons we can't put into words. But there is a word for these destinations: they are called thin places. Can gardens be thin places? Richard Hartlage suggests that, with thoughtful collaboration and discipline, they can. Richard will talk about two significant projects that have changed how he perceives the process of creating exceptional gardens that leave strong emotional impressions, and the ingredients that imbue a place with meaning. 


Drawing Nature's Fall Colors

Saturday, October 3, 10:00am-3:00pm

Spend a fall day in the garden sketching and observing the Garden’s beautiful color changes! We will explore the different specimens of the botanical garden and create beautiful documentary drawings of Nature’s changing season through pencil and colored pencil.


Mushrooms of the Northwest

Wednesday October 14, 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for this exploration of the world of Fungi: basic mushroom anatomy and then via slideshow and live specimens we will meet some of the major mushroom genera in our area. Come away with some useful identification tips, understanding of fungal ecology, harvesting and cooking advice, and so much more.


Natural Perfume Workshop 

Saturday, October 24, 10:00am-noon

Join us for this two hour beginners natural perfume workshop. You'll learn about the history and art of natural perfumes and create a formula with oils for yourself from around the world, including Italian bergamot, Haitian vetiver, Bulgarian rose, American Douglas fir and more.


Free - Native Plants 101 Workshop

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30pm-9:00pm

EMSWCD workshop. Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well together, and get tips to help them thrive! A slideshow will highlight their unique features and desired growing conditions so you can decide which plants will work best in your own yard.