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To learn more about an upcoming class - click on the class name. To view all of our classes and events, select the Full Event Calendar on the right.



Leach Garden Arts: Round Reed Basketry

Tuesday August 19, noon-4:00pm 

This class is suitable for all skill levels. Beginners will choose from three different basketry styles: wide table, tall kitchen utility or flower pot holder. Each basket style teaches basic skills and terminology. Experienced students will have numerous choices, each teaching new skills while reinforcing the basics. Choose from a palette of more than 14 colors.


Garden After Hours: Tried & True - Classics Old and New

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Many great old plants remain underused or forgotten in today's gardens. These, along with other somewhat newer introductions have withstood the test of time - and a few nasty winters. Sean Hogan, Owner of Cistus Design and Nursery, shares his favorites and shows us why these stunning Portland performers deserve a special place in our gardens. Many of his selections are actually at their peak in July and August, adding interest to the garden in the dog days of summer. 

PNW Plant Illustration in the Garden

Series class: Four Saturdays, August 2-23, 9:00am-11:00am

This class is conducted by Portland Community College. 

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Learn new techniques to create beautiful illustrations in your personal style and how to develop a botanical illustration from the first phases of a sketch to a fully developed watercolor illustration. Leach Garden provides a perfect outdoor lab to study native flora. We will also learn plant i.d. techniques. Drawing and painting are great ways to observe and connect with your local habitats. Instructor: Scott Parry


Exploring Watercolor

Series class: Three Wednesdays, August 13, 20, 27, 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. 


Drawing Through Nature

Series class: Three Tuesdays, Aug 12, 19, 26, 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. 


Garden After Hours: The Art of Agriculture

Wednesday, August 20 6:30 - 8:30pm

Kenneth Helphand, U of O Professor Emeritus, explores the origins of the
craft of gardening. Discover why gardens look the way they do. Through
incredible global imagery, including the great gardens of the world, learn
about the complex and intertwined historical relationship between gardens
and agriculture. This lovely evening includes cocktails from TenderBAR Cocktail
Catering and appetizers from Cheryl's on 12th. Space is limited. Reservations


Leach Garden Arts: Japanese Gift Baskets

Saturday, September 6th, 9am-noon & 1pm-4pm. Please click here for more information on the AM class or here for the PM class. 

This highly individualized class will work for all experience levels. Beginning students will complete their first basket, Ajiro, during this session, learning basic techniques and materials. Returning students may choose to expand on the Ajiro style, choosing from new materials, new shapes, and/or color. They may also choose from three smaller, but exquisite designs: the sake basket, the pastry basket, and the flower basket.