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Classes and Celebrations 2014:
Gardening for the Way We Really Live

Our Class Room--Photo by Joy Creek Nursery all rights reserved
We at Joy Creek believe our classes are a good way for gardeners of all levels to improve their knowledge of plants and their gardening skills.  The classes also offer an opportunity for gardeners to meet others who share a similar passion.  We hope they give confidence to the beginner and inspiration to the long-time gardener.  Since we first started our programs, our list of speakers has grown to include many regionally and nationally recognized specialists and enthusiasts.  Please join us for a class.

 

Joy Creek Nursery has been conducting classes and workshops for 21 years.  Each year we select themes for organizing our workshops.  This year we are focusing on portable gardens and genus specific tours of our gardens.  Many of our speakers will discuss growing plants in containers as part of their talks.  In addition, we have several workshops that are devoted entirely to portable gardens.  Christine Ebrahimi will conduct a hands-on workshop about creating light-weight garden troughs; Richie Steffen will show how to construct portable gardens for shade or sun; and Ramona Wulzen will demonstrate how to put together containers for the winter season.

Many years ago we offered plant-specific tours of our gardens on a regular basis.  Some customers and our staff have asked that we reprise these tours because they are so informative, and, quite frankly, a great deal of fun.  This year, nursery co-owners Mike Smith and Maurice Horn will lead three tours, one on clematis, one on hydrangeas, and one on ornamental grasses.

During our planning, we have focused on workshops for gardeners of all levels, from the novice to the die-hard.  All of our speakers are experts or knowledgeable enthusiasts from many walks of life.  They share their knowledge for little compensation other than your interest.  We thank them for enriching our nursery and our customers with their generous spirits.

 

Sunday Classes, Workshops and Celebrations for 2014 


Because of the nature of our Saturday workshops, please note that we can only accommodate a set number of attendees per workshop. Please check the individual descriptions. We will take registration beginning May 1st.

All Sunday classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and are free to the public except as noted.

Note: All our classes for 2014 are being submitted to the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board for approval for Technical Continuing Education Hours (CEH) credit toward re-certification of Oregon Landscape Professional licensing.  Pending approval by the O.L.C.B. we charge $10.00 per class for recording and processing attendance.  A registration for credit will be available in the barn in  the retail area.  Please sign up and make payment prior to the start of the class.  A certificate will be mailed to you during the week following completion of the class.


March 2, 2014

Sunday

Late Winter PruningAn Interactive Demonstration -  with Mike Smith 

Our December cold spell gave us the lowest temperatures we have had in our area since the early 1970s.  Happily, we had several killing frosts prior to the low temperatures.  Unfortunately, we have been gardening like we live in Zone 9 when we really live in Zone 8 and here at the nursery the temperature dipped to 5° F.  which weighs out right in the middle of Zone 7!  There is damage to plants that are normally perfectly hardy for us.   Mike will demonstrate how to identify damage on plants, what you might expect as the seasons progress and how to correct the damage where possible.  For those of you who have attended Mike's other pruning classes Mike will continue the pruning and shaping of our medium sized  lace leaf Japanese maple.  Bring your questions, dress warmly, carry an umbrella and we will see you in the garden.

Mike Smith is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery.  You can see his pruning handiwork throughout the nursery, especially in the large rhododendrons around the house, behind our lavender path and in the numerous shrubs shaped into small trees that are grown throughout our gardens.  Mike is a passionate gardener who retired from a management job in corporate America, got bored and then started the nursery.

 

April 6, 2014

Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardening with What You've Got - with Leslie Gover

This workshop is designed for gardeners who are working with an existing garden - be it a newly purchased property or in an established landscape that has grown beyond its original intent.  Leslie will show you how to organize and make the best use of all of your existing resources to refresh your site from the soil up to the trees tops.

Leslie Gover has worked around plants since she was a very young girl planting her first garden.  She now serves as the propagator, plant entomologist, and plant pathologist for Joy Creek Nursery.  Her background in ornamental horticulture from Oregon State University has allowed her to spend lots of time in the field in both a professional and personal capacity.  As one of her personal goals, she began Daisytoes Nursery to teach her children what vegetables, business and a strong work ethic are all about.

April 13, 2014

Sunday

Flying Jewels:  Keeping Hummingbirds Happy in Your Garden - with Ramona Wulzen

Hummingbirds are some of the most engaging visitors to our gardens, delighting us with their beauty and behavior.  If we provide them with a garden environment that meets their needs, they will return year after year to entertain, pollinate and contribute to the control of some pesky insects.  Some will even spend the winter with us if given the right conditions.  Join us to learn which plants and combinations will keep them in your gardens.

Ramona Wulzen received her love of all things wild from her mother.  She has gardened both on a city lot and on three acres in the woods.  She has also listened long and hard to the problems and solutions that other gardeners have experienced.  The nature of her current garden has led to her passion for ground covers and container gardening.  Ramona is a veteran of our retail department and now works in our landscaping department.

 

 

 

April 20, 2014

Sunday

Mixed Shrub Border - with Andy Stockton

Mixed shrub borders serve a variety of purposes.  They can form tapestry hedges for screening, or make an artistic statement as the "bones" of an ornamental garden.  They can offer year-round interest through flowers, foliage, fragrance, bark, and fruit.  We will look at some different designs, talk about plant selection, and discuss care and maintenance to help you get the effect you desire.

Andy Stockton has a degree in creative writing from Western Washington University, which of course means he ended up working at a nursery.  He has been at Joy Creek for six years where he works in the retail nursery and runs social media marketing.  While Hebes might be his obsession, many more shrubs have wormed their way into his heart while he was organizing the shrub section.

 

April 27, 2014

Sunday

Great Plants/Lower Water Bills - with Maurice Horn

For decades, local and regional experts have been warning us of impending drought.  Recently, gardeners have been going into sticker shock at the cost of watering their gardens.  Although, there are many techniques to help lower water bills in the garden, perhaps the best way to do so is to choose appropriate plants.  Come and get acquainted with a range of colorful shrubs and perennials that demand little to no water to look their best.  You will be surprised by the number of choices.

Maurice Horn, as co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, has had the opportunity to trial a vast variety of perennials and shrubs.  He is ever eager to find ways to create exciting gardens that use low to no water.  He has conducted gravel gardening workshops for Metro, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (at Reed College), Portland State University and Heronswood Nursery.  Recently, Maurice designed a dry land garden in cooperation with PGE, ODOT and the Master Gardeners of Oregon.  That garden celebrates the largest solar panel array in the State of Oregon at the Baldock Rest Area.

 

May 4, 2014

Sunday

Refreshing Your Spirit:  Adventures in the Evolving Garden - with Lucy Hardiman

Does your garden still satisfy and excite you?  If not, why not?  Sometimes a non-judgmental look at the garden can lead you down a new pathway.  Lucy will give practical tips to help you refresh your garden and in the process refresh your spirit.

Lucy Hardiman was to the garden born - and is a fifth generation Oregon gardener.  She is the principal of Perennial Partners, a design collective recognized for their innovative approaches to garden design.  Her garden and those of clients have appeared in many magazines and books.  A popular speaker who lectures and teaches throughout the country, she writes for regional and national publications.  She currently serves on the Great Plant Picks perennial committee and formerly was on the board of Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection.  She is also a past president of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.

May 10, 2014

Saturday

 

A Rabbit's Eye View:  Reading the Plant for Garden Performance - with Noel Kingsbury -This class is fully subscribed for possible wait list options please contact the Heady Plant Society of Oregon

How long will plants survive?  Will they spread?  How will my new border look in five years time?  This workshop encourages participants to observe garden and landscape plants, focusing on their growth throughout the year, looking at how they compete with each other, and how to assess prospects for longevity and suitability for a variety of garden locations.  Designed for both gardeners and designers, the air is to get people thinking about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connects to the way we use them in our gardens.  Participants use "the rabbit's eye view" for close observation of the growing habits and lifecycles of garden plants.  This increases our ability to be good gardeners and designers and expands our appreciation of the plants.

Registration for the workshop is through the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.  Cost for the daylong workshop is $65 and includes snacks and beverages.  Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.  Details sent after receipt of registration.  Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Noel Kingsbury, professional horticulturist, garden and planting designer, and writer from England, will give a talk based on his new book, Planting:  A New Perspective.  Author of numerous books, collaborator with Dutch and German garden experts, and lecturer at many venues.  Noel brings with him a unique and valuable knowledge of plants and their worthiness.

The book, co-written with famed plantsman and designer Piet Oudolf, covers Oudolf's original planting plans and plant groupings to show how to create beautiful gardens that support biodiversity and nourish the human spirit; Noel's contribution is an understanding of plant ecology and plant performance which helps us to look at how plants behave in different situations and which species make good neighbors. 

May 11, 2014

Sunday

 Color-Flower-Foliage:  Planting Now for the Late Summer Garden with                             Jolly Butler

By late summer, after the spring excitement and the summer roses, the garden can look a little tired and seem bloomed out.  But there are lots of lovely plants to bridge the gap to fall color.  Spring planting plans that integrate late bloomers and colorful foliage can lead to a smooth transition into those final gorgeous summer garden days and nights.

Jolly Butler became familiar to gardeners throughout the Portland area through her “Gardening 101” column in Garden Showcase magazine; and many gardeners learned their gardening basics in her classes at Portland Community College.  She also hosted a two-hour, call-in radio show called “Gardening with Jolly Butler” on KPAM in Portland. She has been an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener, for over 20 years, is on the Board of Directors of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, and loves to teach new gardeners that everyone has at least one green thumb.


May 18, 2014

Sunday

 

 

 

 

1 p.m.

Clematis Celebration - with the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection

In the past, Joy Creek Nursery frequently joined with the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection (FRCC) (formerly the Pacific Northwest Clematis Society) to hold an annual celebration of clematis.  This year, we are excited to revive that celebration.  This event is a unique opportunity to see cut specimens of dozens of varieties of clematis from the gardens of the FRCC and those of its members, as well as from the gardens of Joy Creek Nursery and those of its staff.  Volunteers will be on hand all day to answer questions regarding clematis.  In addition, there will be a workshop.

Unknown and Unsung - with Linda Beutler and Maurice Horn

Linda and Maurice will introduce new clematis from around the world, and reintroduce some great classics you ought to grow!

Linda Beutler is a fearless gardener who grows a great number of plants on a simple, flat 50' x 100' city lot in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  She was a professional florist for over 20 years, and her first love in her own garden was growing flowers and foliage for cutting.   Linda has been an instructor of horticulture at Clackamas Community College for 16 years.  Her classes include Herbaceous Perennials (summer term) and The Flower Arranger's Garden I & II (autumn and spring terms).  Linda is the author of two books, Gardening with Clematis (Timber Press 2004) and Garden to Vase (Timber Press 2007), both now sadly out-of-print.

Linda's other concurrent career is as curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, a position she has held since 2007.  Starting in June 2013, Linda is the first American, and first woman, to hold the position of President of the International Clematis Society, of which she has long been an active member.  Linda continues to speak nationally on numerous gardening topics including clematis selection and cultivation, growing cutting gardens, selection and cultivation of "old garden roses," and "birdening," selecting plants that attract birds to the garden.

Maurice Horn, co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, once served on the board of the International Clematis Society and was a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Clematis Society which became the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection.  Clematis have been a life-long passion.

May 25, 2014

Sunday

Rhododendrons - with Mike Stewart

There is tremendous diversity within the genus Rhododendron.  This workshop is an opportunity to explore the range of structure, size, and leaf forms that rhododendrons offer.  The Pacific Northwest is a perfect environment to grow most of the species and hybrids that will enhance your garden.  Come see a selection of unique, exotic, and new introductions.  Mike will bring rhododendrons from his nursery for sale.

Mike Stewart is a rhododendron expert.  Along with his wife Maria, he owns Dover Nursery which is known for its outstanding selection of rhododendrons, both species and hybrids.  He has been honored with the Gold Medal from the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) - their highest award.  He is also a popular speaker who shares his professional knowledge with the gardening public.  Mike is very active with the ARS, having been a recent International ARS president.  There are those who say that he never knows when to say "no" in the service of rhododendrons and so he is now the Vice President of the Rhododendron Species Foundation.  Dover Nursery, in Sandy, Oregon, has one of the most exceptional collections of rhododendrons in the country with acres of perfectly planted and cared for shrubs.  The nursery collections include the newest hybrids from hybridizers on both the East and West Coast along with one of the largest collections of commercially grown species anywhere.  There is also a delightful display garden with many mature plants under a canopy of native fir trees with an outstanding view of Mount Hood in the background.  This is a most extraordinary location for fabulous rhododendrons.

June 1, 2014

Sunday 

Let Nature Work for You - with Glen Andresen

Want help with your gardening?  Look no further than the great outdoors - Nature!  She is more than willing to help you with weed control, soil fertility, pest control, and more...and all you have to do is learn a few basic approaches that you can use for the rest of your gardening life.

Glen Andresen's life changed in unimagined ways when an old-time beekeeper introduced him to the art, craft and science of keeping bees...and so began a lifetime fascination with the wonder and magic of honey bees.  Glen has been keeping bees in his own backyard in Portland, Oregon since 1992 and in other people's backyards since 2002.  Last year, his bees produced more than 3,000 pounds of honey.

He teaches backyard organic beekeeping classes through Portland Community College, the city of Portland's Urban Growth Bounty, Garden Fever nursery in Northeast Portland, and other.

Glen Andresen is the host of the hour-long edible gardening show, "The Dirt Bag," heard the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. on community radio station KBOO, at 90.7 FM in Portland.  He also writes "Ground View," a monthly gardening column for "The Portland Alliance" newspaper.

In 2013, Glen, along with Tim Wessels, co-founded Bridgetown Bees, a project whose goal is to breed and raise honey been queens in the city of Portland that can survive our winters without treatment of any kind.

He has degrees in economics and music but still would rather play with his bees.

 

June 8, 2014

Sunday

Sensory Garden - with Nadine Black

How many senses are stimulated by a walk in the garden?  Let's see how many plants we can match to those senses.

Nadine Black tried on many hats in our industry - from private gardener to wholesale plant sales - before she discovered that her real passion was helping retail customers create gardens.  At Joy Creek Nursery, she has found a new set of hats, managing retail sales, conducting on-site garden consultations, and teaching workshops.  Indeed, she likes to say, "I've been in horticulture for more than 20 years and more than half of them have been with Joy Creek."  In addition, she has acquired the Lifetime Certified Oregon Nursery Professional certificate from the Oregon Association of Nurseries.

 

June 15, 2014

Sunday

Ferns and Companions - with Judith Jones

Ferns make ideal companions for hardy perennials and shrubs.  Judith will share some of her favorite combinations for a variety of settings.  Along the way, we will learn the cultural requirements and care for this versatile group of plants.  Judith will bring plants from Fancy Fronds Temperate Fern Nursery for sale.

Judith Jones is the owner of Fancy Fronds Temperate Fern Nursery in Gold Bar, WA, which was established in 1977.  During the course of her lengthy fern career, she was been privileged to work with some of the world's foremost pteridologists and fern enthusiasts.  Her main areas of fern production are the named Victorian cultivars, new introductions, garden ready xeric ferns and marginally hardy tree ferns.  Visitors to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show have seen the playful, yet educational, side of her talents in the delightful display gardens she has created with friends and colleagues.

June 22, 2014

Sunday

Clematis Tour - with Maurice Horn

Over the last two decades, Joy Creek Nursery has been fortunate to be associated with many wonderful clematis hybridizers and collectors.  As a result, the nursery garden contains a wide variety of both climbing and herbaceous forms of clematis from many parts of the world.  This is an opportunity to learn about many clematis that are rarely if ever seen in the trade.

Maurice Horn, co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, has served on the board of the International Clematis Society and was a founding member and vice-president of the Pacific Northwest Clematis Society which became the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection.  Clematis have been a life-long passion.

 

June 29, 2014

Sunday

Plants, Bugs and Climate Change - with Leslie Gover

The last decade has brought a series of unusual insect sightings, some harmful, some just baffling.  Come and bring your own pests (in small plastic bags so that we can dispose of them easily) and join the discussion.  Leslie, as the integrated pest manager at our nursery, will present her personal observations and those of other specialists in the field.

Leslie Gover has worked around plants since she was a very young girl planting her first garden.  She now serves as the propagator, plant entomologist, and plant pathologist for Joy Creek Nursery.  Her background in ornamental horticulture from Oregon State University has allowed her to spend lots of time in the field in both a professional and personal capacity.  As one of her personal goals, she began Daisytoes Nursery to teach her children what vegetables, business and a strong work ethic are all about. 

July 6, 2014

Sunday

Hydrangea Tour - with Maurice Horn

Joy Creek Nursery houses a large collection of hydrangeas, not only the showy mop-head and lacecap types that are familiar to the public but also less common species, climbing forms and close hydrangea relatives.  Many of these shrubs are more than 20 years old in the garden and will be at their best in July.  This tour is designed to acquaint gardeners with the large variety of hydrangeas that are available and to teach good cultural practices.

Maurice Horn is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery.  Hydrangeas are among his many plant passions.  He and the staff at Joy Creek are currently trialing a series of hydrangea seedlings which are now in their sixth year.  He looks forward to their mature bloom.
July 13

Sunday

Versatile Alpines:  Common and Uncommon Uses for These Small Wonders of the Plant World - with Emma Elliott

Alpine plants are traditionally grown in troughs and rock gardens but can also be used in other garden situations.  Emma Elliott of Wild Ginger Farm will share some of her favorite alpines with an emphasis on their versatility and unexpected uses.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions and join in a lively and fun discussion.  Emma will bring plants from her nursery for sale.

Emma Elliott has been a nature lover and gardener all her life.  As co-owner of Wild Ginger Farm, she grows hundreds of rare plants from alpine and mountain regions around the world.  She enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge and passion about alpines with a particular emphasis on practical tips and techniques for gardening success.

July 19, 2014

Saturday  

Basic Plant Propagation - with Leslie Gover

Leslie's goal is to demonstrate how plants reproduce so that the home gardener understands the best methods to use to refresh treasured plants in their own gardens.  Join Leslie as she covers the fundamental steps for making and growing-on rooted cuttings and scaling lilies.  Discover ways to look at the summer garden for other opportunities to increase you plants.  Spend the day learning about tools, techniques, timing and more.  You will take your own "propagules" home.  Registration required.  Limited to 25 attendees.  $50.

Leslie Gover has worked around plants since she was a very young girl planting her first garden.  She now serves as the propagator, plant entomologist, and plant pathologist for Joy Creek Nursery.  Her background in ornamental horticulture from Oregon State University has allowed her to spend lots of time in the field in both a professional and personal capacity.  As one of her personal goals, she began Daisytoes Nursery to teach her children what vegetables, business and a strong work ethic are all about.

 

July 20, 2014

Sunday

Troughs the Easy Way - with Christine Ebrahimi

Unlike traditional hypertufa troughs made with cement, which are HEAVY and need several weeks to cure, polystyrene troughs are light, fast and last for several years.  Join Christine Ebrahimi, plant enthusiast and rock garden lover, in learning how to create these aesthetically pleasing and MOVABLE troughs - perfect for the rock gardener or anyone interested in creating miniature environments for special plants.

Christine Ebrahimi is a botanist and rock gardener.  She has lived and gardened in Oregon for most of her life and is particularly interested in trying to grow difficult alpine plants in the impossibly wet Oregon weather.  She is also the former president of the Columbia-Willamette and Siskiyou Chapters of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS).  After receiving a BS in taxonomy at OSU and an MS in Forest Ecology at University of Idaho, she spent 10 years with the USFS and BLM on rare and endangered plant surveys.   

July 27, 2014

Sunday

Small Water Features - with Nadine Black 

Having the glint of sunlight off water in your garden, as well as its liquid purl, is not difficult.  Nadine Black will present ways for adding this dimension to the your garden that can be easily implemented.

Nadine Black tried on many hats in our industry - from private gardener to wholesale plant sales - before she discovered that her real passion was helping retail customers create gardens.  At Joy Creek Nursery, she has found a new set of hats, managing retail sales, conducting on-site garden consultations, and teaching workshops.  Indeed, she likes to say, "I've been in horticulture for more than 20 years and more than half of them have been with Joy Creek."  In addition, she has acquired the Lifetime Certified Oregon Nursery Professional certificate from the Oregon Association of Nurseries.

August 3, 2014

Sunday

 

 

 

 

Railroad Gardening - with Dennis Rose

There are many plants that are appropriate for a garden railroad.  Finding them is like going on a treasure hunt.  Dwarf trees, perennials, and ground covers give a railroad garden a unique personality.  If you have room for a hedgerow of mixed plants, for example, search out small forms of hebes, azaleas, and even small-leafed Pieris japonica.  There are many more gems still waiting to be found.  Dennis Rose will show you how to begin your search and what to expect along the way.

Dennis Rose says, "Garden railroads can run all year, even plowing snow in the winter."  Dennis and his wife Carolyn began their garden railroad in 1999 after he took their two-year old grandson to the Great American Train Show.  His Blueberry Mountain Railroad has evolved to include a logging area, a farm and a town running through his blueberry patch and flower beds.  The trees and plants along the track are miniatures, some with tiny leaves that turn yellow in fall, others with evergreen foliage that grow just a few feet tall and still others with fern-like leaves that only reach two inches.

 

August 9

Saturday

Photographing Your Garden:  A Workshop - with Andy Stockton

Photographing gardens is a wonderful way to enjoy the art of photography and expand your eye as a gardener.  The class will cover techniques to get the best out of each picture no matter the light, subject, or camera.  With an emphasis on enhancing photography skills and your knowledge of gardening, we will search for new ways to capture the garden from landscapes to flower portraits.  This is a hands-on class and we will put your new skills to work by taking pictures in Joy Creek's gardens.  After getting our hands dirty, we will discuss the pictures and answer questions.  This is a class for beginners and anyone who wants to delve further into understanding their surroundings through photography.  Bring your camera and any other equipment you may want, such as a tripod. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Registration required.  Limited to 20 attendees.  $20.

Andy Stockton is an avid gardener and photographer.  He runs the Facebook page for Joy Creek, posting many photos of the garden.  In the last five years he has taken over 15,000 pictures of the nursery.  Andy has also traveled to Scotland to document the World Porridge Championships twice for Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods.  His photos have appeared in Pacific Horticulture, the LA Times food blog, and even on a video billboard in Times Square.

August 10

Sunday 

Cuts From the Garden - with Leslie Gover

It is not simply blooms that make a bouquet.  Take advantage of all aspects of your garden to create beautiful arrangements any time.  Some basic culture tips will give longer-lasting beauty to your cut flowers.  Go home with the makings for your own bouquet.

Leslie Gover has worked around plants since she was a very young girl planting her first garden.  She now serves as the propagator, plant entomologist, and plant pathologist for Joy Creek Nursery.  Her background in ornamental horticulture from Oregon State University has allowed her to spend lots of time in the field in both a professional and personal capacity.  As one of her personal goals, she began Daisytoes Nursery to teach her children what vegetables, business and a strong work ethic are all about.

 

August 17

Sunday

Salvias - Bill Fletcher

Salvias not only grow well in the garden but they also make great container plants.  Bill Fletcher will talk about a wide range of Salvia species and offer advice on how to grow them and propagate them to protect against winter loss.  He will also talk about how he over-winters the tender species.

Bill Fletcher became fascinated with the genus Salvia after receiving The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants as a gift around 2000.  He had never known there were so many species and cultivars of Salvias having only grown Salvia officinalis (Garden sage) and Salvia elegans (Pineapple sage) before acquiring that book.  As he grew the different species, he found that many did quite well in our Northwest climate.  He now grows Salvias from Asia, Africa, Europe and South and North America.

August 23, 

2014

Saturday

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Twilight in the Garden

Come and join us at our annual evening open-house.  As the sun goes down, our gardens undergo an extraordinary transformation.  Enjoy the magic that takes place in the light of the setting sun. Music and light refreshment.

August 24,

2014

Sunday

Garden to Grill - Linda and Darryl Wisner

Turn your garden into a place that pleases ALL the senses, including taste.  Join brother-sister team Darryl and Linda Wisner for an aromatic and tasty tour of Joy Creek Nursery's edible landscaping then gather for demonstrations and samples of flavorful dishes made using what's available for harvesting.  You'll sip herb-and-berry infused "summer water" while learning how easy it is to create food from the herbs, greenery, flowers, and fruits that could be growing just outside your door.

Linda Wisner is a designer who lives and works surrounded by the gardens she has created at her Sauvie Island home, where ornamental edibles are integrated throughout.  She is also a vice president of The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.  Darryl Wisner designs gardens in the Eugene area.  Both are known for their ability to create amazing meals.

August 31,

2014

Sunday

Portable Table Gardens - Richie Steffen

Inspired by local Northwest Gardener George Schenk, author of Gardening on Pavement, Tables, & Hard Surfaces, Richie Steffen is creating his own unique miniature landscapes on portable tabletops.  Richie will demonstrate the principles and techniques, using small plants, moss, rocks and weathered pieces of wood, to craft a distinctive focal point for your patio, deck, or entryway.  He will also show how to care for them as they mature.

Richie Steffen is the Curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he manages the rare plant collections and heads acquisitions of new plants for the garden.  He currently serves as a selection committee member of the Great Plant Picks™ program and is always ready to share his enthusiasm for this excellent regional resource. 

 

 Sept. 7, 2014

Sunday

Going Slightly Native - Maurice Horn

Not every "native" plant is suitable for or esthetically attractive to Northwest gardeners.  Plants from other regions of the world are often more seductive and many of them make ideal additions to our gardens.  Yet, more and more, we are encouraged to "go native."  It is easy to feel conflicted as you make your plant choices.  Fortunately, striking a balance between the two approaches can offer pleasing results and satisfy both the need to be "responsible" gardeners and the desire for creative freedom and playfulness.  There is a broad range of appealing plants that can help make the transition toward a more native garden.

Maurice Horn is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery.  After many years of hiking in Oregon and Washington, he decided to bring the flora of the Northwest into his home garden.  Twenty-five years later, he is still enthusiastic for the wide assembly of local, regional and West Coast plants he has grown.

 

 Sept. 14,

2014

Sunday

Fall Shrubs - Roger Gossler

Many gardeners plan for spring and summer but somehow forget the brilliant colors of autumn foliage and fruit.  Come and sample some of the best shrubs of the season.  Remember, there is no better time to plant shrubs than the fall.  Roger will bring plants from his nursery for sale.

Roger Gossler was born, raised and attended school in Springfield, OR.  His interest in plants has been life-long, and his learning comes from hands-on work with plants, an extensive library, and visits with other growers.  He received an Associate Degree at Lane Community College in Landscape Design Maintenance.  He is a partner in Gossler Farms Nursery along with his mother Marj and his brother Eric.  The nursery specializes in magnolias, winter blooming trees and shrubs and many other beautiful plants, including some unusual perennials.  Roger is a life member of the Magnolia Society, and a member of the American Rhododendron Society, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group and the Royal Horticultural Society.  He has lectured extensively throughout the United States.  In 2009, The Gossler Guide to Hardy Shrubs by Marj, Eric and Roger Gossler was published by Timber Press.

 Sept. 21

Sunday

Tour - Ornamental Grasses - Mike Smith

A key ingredient to the structure and vibrancy of the late season garden are the grasses and their allies.  Mike will lead a tour highlighting the uses of the  many varieties of grasses in our gardens.  As individual specimens or used in combination with other garden plants, grasses add a visual punch to small or large gardens.  

Mike Smith is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery.  You can see his pruning handiwork throughout the nursery, especially in the large rhododendrons around the house, behind our lavender path and in the numerous shrubs shaped into small trees that are grown throughout our gardens.  Mike is a passionate gardener who retired from a management job in corporate America, got bored and then started the nursery.

 Sept. 28

Sunday

Containers for Winter Interest - with Ramona Wulzen

Basic container maintenance and a strong design element are essential to having breathtaking containers throughout the winter.  Create a winter container combination that will delight you through the cold winter months and the year ahead.

Ramona Wulzen received her love of all things wild from her mother.  She has gardened both on a city lot and on three acres in the woods.  She has also listened long and hard to the problems and solutions that other gardeners have experienced.  The nature of her current garden has lead to her passion for ground covers and container gardening.  Ramona is a veteran of our retail department and now works in our landscaping department.

 


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