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PNW Plant Illustration in the Garden

Series class: 4 Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 9:00am – 11:00am

This class is conducted by Portland Community College. Learn how to develop a botanical illustration from the first phases of a sketch to a fully developed watercolor illustration. You will add techniques that hone your skills at any level. We will also learn plant i.d. techniques and how natives and invasive plants develop their own communities. All levels welcome.


2015 Lecture Series - Darlingtonia's Home

Thursday, August 13th, 7:00pm

Discover the story behind Oregon's lovely native Iris innominata. Learn how local geology and hydrology combine to create a fen, where the beautiful, carnivorous Darlingtonia (Cobra lily) thrives. Leach Botanical Garden's new master plan includes large water gardens and fen that will feature many of the plants found in the Southern Oregon Sisikiyous. 


Garden After Hours - From Bark to Bottle

Wednesday, August 19th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

The cork forests of the Mediterranean basin cover 7 million acres, provide habitat for over 13,000 endemic species, including some of the most endangered and are a source of income and culture for well over a million people. Yet so little is know about them and the significant role they play in the overall health of our planet. In this presentation we will learn about the forests, the harvesting and manufacturing of cork products as well as the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance's (CFCA) efforts to preserve and protect them. We will also talk about our new cork forest eco-tour of Spain's cork forest regions


Leach Garden Arts – Drawing Through Nature

Series class: 3 Tuesdays, August 11, 18, 25, 9:30am – noon

Choose a subject and render it as realistically as possible. Class will address how to make shapes, add values and how shadows can be used to define objects. If desired add pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, pastel or a medium of your choice to colorize your drawing. This class is suitable for all art skill levels.


Leach Garden Arts – Exploring Watercolor

Series class: 3 Wednesdays, August 12, 19, 26, 9:30am-noon

Paint the garden in watercolor. Learn to paint what you see and create beautiful watercolors. This class will concentrate on watercolor washes, mixing colors and how to add pen and ink to your watercolors. Suitable for all art skill levels.


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 - 8:00pm @ 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. 


Natural Perfume Workshop 

Saturday October 24, 10:00 am-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. Instructor Jessica Hannah.