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Classes, Celebrations and Tours 2018:
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, workshop or tour this year! 


After more than 25 years of conducting weekly classes and workshops, we have decided to try something different. In addition to our regular workshops that will take place the first Sunday of each month, we have added monthly tours highlighting particular plant groups that are in bloom. Clematis, hydrangeas and grasses are among them. Classes and workshops are the first Sunday of the month and tours are generally the third Sunday of the month. All events begin at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. While tours are free and open to the public, please note that there will be a small fee and registration for some classes and workshops. Check the schedule or call 503-543-7474 for more information, also check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute news. Please dress for the weather as all of our classes, tours and workshops are outside.




Sunday Classes, Workshops and Celebrations for 2018

Many of our classes for 2018 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. Please check the schedule or call for confirmation. 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 4, 2018


1:00 p.m.





March 4 – 1 p.m.

Mike Smith

Winter Pruning in the Gardens with Mike Smith

In this pruning class, Joy Creek Nursery co-owner Mike Smith will lead you into the gardens for hands-on pruning recommendations for this time of year. By pruning now when many plants are dormant, you will reap the rewards later in the year with more flowers, better leaf canopy and better health for your plants overall. Pruning can be daunting, Mike encourages you to bring questions and learn from his experience. Dress for the weather! Free and open to the public.

From Mike Smith: Hi all, I had not planned on presenting another pruning class and yet the pruning questions continue to come rolling in. Carlos from our gardening maintenance crew will be assisting me. I plan to examine the results of a multi-year pruning plan for individual plants as well as demonstrate the renovation of one or two mature shrubs or small trees. Bring your questions. Class duration 1-1.5 hours.

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 8, 2018


1:00 p.m.



April 8 – 1 p.m.

Bruce Hegna

Looking at Your Garden with New Eyes

In this class taught by Joy Creek Nursery garden designer Bruce Hegna, we go out into the gardens at Joy Creek to observe and learn. Bruce will show us practical solutions to garden problems from a designer's eye. The gardens at Joy Creek have been around for a while and could use some refreshing - Bruce will make recommendations based on his years of expertise. His tips can be applied to many garden issues, including your own. Sometimes a new eye can see solutions that seasoned ones cannot. Bring your questions and dress for weather. There is a $20 fee for this class. The proceeds for this fee help to defray costs for our speakers. Please call 503-543-7474 to RSVP and pay the day of the class in our retail area (the barn).

Bruce Hegna has had a variety of experience in the horticultural world—from interior green plant maintenance, floral design to visual merchandising for a local retail nursery. He expanded upon his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota by attending PCC-Rock Creek for their landscape design program. He collaborates with Joy Creek Nursery’s landscape team and also runs his independent landscape design firm. Nature/Nurture Landscape Design.  Although a proud MN native, he greatly prefers Oregon’s climate for its endless hiking pleasures and gardening potential!


SATURDAY April 21st, 2018


1:00 p.m.

April 21st (Saturday), 1 p.m.

Andy Stockton

The Best Hebes for Your Yard

Hebes are evergreen New Zealand shrubs that come in a wide range of sizes, textures, colors, and forms. With so many options also comes the downfall that certain types can be harder to grow than others. We will look at what varieties of hebes thrive in different situations and how to best grow the ones you want. There is a Hebe out there for everyone and every yard. There is a $10 cost for this class. The proceeds for this fee help to defray costs for our speakers. Please call 503-543-7474 to RSVP and pay the day of the class in our retail area (the barn).

Andy Stockton, a former Joy Creek employee, has been compulsively growing hebes for the last ten years. It was love at first sight and all the 14 degree nights with blustery east winds and extended September droughts with 100 degree days might have taken its toll, but it has not dimmed his fascination. He is a member of the International Hebe Society and has been fortunate enough to work in nurseries for the majority of his adult life.


May 6, 2018


1:00 p.m.

May 6 – 1 p.m.

To Be Announced


May 27, 2018


1:00 p.m.

May 27 – 1 p.m.

Maurice Horn

Clematis Tour of the Gardens at Joy Creek Nursery

Join nursery co-owner Maurice Horn for a tour of the many species of clematis in the gardens at Joy Creek Nursery to learn which is best for your garden. Over the last twenty-seven years, 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. Free and open to the public.

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. He has been fortunate to work with several hybridizers and to introduce their plants to the gardening public.  Recently, Joy Creek Nursery has introduced several of their own clematis.


June 3, 2018


1:00 p.m.


June 3 – 1 p.m.

Richie Steffen

Ferns and Making Fern Tables

For those of you who have admired our fern tables in our retail area, come to this workshop to learn how to create your own! Joy Creek is happy to welcome Richie Steffen back to talk about the new book from Timber Press, The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns, which he co-authored with Sue Olsen. As you will see during the first part of the afternoon, Richie is full of inventive ways for using ferns in the garden. He will show some of the best ferns for Northwest gardens and share tips on how to use them in the garden. During the second part of the afternoon, Richie will demonstrate how to create easy-to-assemble fern tables.  These miniature landscapes are inspired by local Northwest Gardener George Schenk, author of Gardening on Pavement, Tables, & Hard Surfaces. Richie uses 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 the tables as they mature.  They are irresistible!  This is a two hour workshop with a 15 minute break. There is a $10 cost for this class. The proceeds for this fee help to defray costs for our speakers. Please call 503-543-7474 to RSVP and pay the day of the class in our retail area (the barn).

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. He is also the co-author and co-photographer of the recently published Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns from Timber Press.

June 17, 2018


1:00 p.m.






June 17 – 1 p.m.

Mike Smith

Roses in the Gardens of Joy Creek Nursery

Mike Smith, co-owner at Joy Creek Nursery is passionate about his roses. He has collected many species and old-fashioned favorites, most of which were selected for disease resistance, fragrance and bloom in our gardens at Joy Creek Nursery. Join Mike in his enthusiasm for roses, an old garden favorite that when selected carefully can enhance even the most contemporary garden space. Free and open to the public.

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.


July 22, 2018


10:00 a.m.

July 22 – 10:00 a.m. - MORNING CLASS

Maurice Horn

Tour of Hydrangeas in the Gardens of Joy Creek Nursery

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 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. This tour begins in the cool of the morning at 10 a.m. and will include instructions and best practices for planting and care. Free and open to the public.

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, we look forward to their mature bloom.

August 11, 2018


6 - 9 p.m.

 Saturday August 11, 6 - 9 p.m.

  Twilight in the Garden

Join us for our annual summer event, Twilight in the Garden. Once a year we remain open from 6 until 9pm to celebrate with the community and say thank you for making Joy Creek a part of your gardening experience. Come join us for a home-grown evening of locally made treats and refreshments and live music in the garden by our friends and local musicians The Noted. Celebrate the transformative powers of this magic time of day by observing the many qualities twilight brings to the garden such as fragrance, evening lighting and wildlife. You can experience the garden and nursery both because the retail area will remain open throughout the evening. This is a special event for us all and we look forward to seeing you here. Free and open to the public.

September 23, 2018


1:00 p.m.

Sunday September 23, 1:00 p.m.
All About Ferns with Judith Jones

The many evergreen and semi-evergreen ferns are mainstays in our gardens throughout the year. However, there are many deciduous ferns that have spectacular color as spring arrives. Judith reminds us that autumn is an ideal time for planting. Not only does rain return to the Northwest, but it is still possible to see where additional plants are needed after a long summer drought. Judith will bring a variety of ferns from her 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 has 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. There is a $10 fee for this class, please pay the day off the class at the nursery.

October 7, 2018


1:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.

Maurice Horn

Low Water Gardening with Maurice Horn

The last many years have brought us record cold, record wet and a record hot, dry summer. At Joy Creek Nursery, we have been pleased how well the plants in our low-water and no-water borders have done despite the weather. This is testament to the plants themselves, of course, but also to the soil amendments and preparation that make these borders possible. During this two-hour workshop, Maurice will present in detail various methods for amending soils, appropriate plant choices and ways for combining plants to maintain long-term interest in the garden. There is a $15 fee for this class. Please pay the day of the class at the nursery.

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™.











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