LGL Harvest Festival TODAY!

Don’t miss the FREE Learning Gardens Lab 2017 Harvest Festival TODAY, Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 from 3:30-6:30PM.  Don’t forget to stop by the BDNA table and pick up some sweet new neighborhood pride stickers!

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Leach Botanical Garden Tree Walk Crowdfunding Campaign

For decades Leach Botanical Garden has been an enchanting refuge in East Portland – and now they are about to take bold steps toward becoming a garden for everyone, both in East Portland and around the region. The centerpiece will be a tree walk – 30 feet off the ground – giving visitors of all ages and abilities the chance to experience a truly unique urban garden and forest.

Find out more about this great project on their site!

FREE Naturescaping Basics Workshop

Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, these FREE workshops show participants how to create low-maintenance, low cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create healthy habitat for local birds & wildlife.

Naturescaping Basics
Saturday, 10/21 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Woodstock Community Center – 5905 SE 43rd Ave
Learn to create a low-maintenance landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and saves you time, money and energy. Get natural gardening & design tips that mimic nature, and make your garden a healthy place for people, pets and wildlife. Class covers native plants that thrive in the PNW, and other core naturescaping concepts.

FREE Rain Gardens Workshop

Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, these FREE workshops show participants how to create low-maintenance, low cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create healthy habitat for local birds & wildlife.

Rain Gardens 101
Saturday, 10/7 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Trinity United Methodist Church – 3901 SE Steele St.
Learn how rain gardens add beauty and color to your yard while helping restore the health of urban streams at the same time. You will get step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

FREE Native Plants Workshop

Brought to you by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, these FREE workshops show participants how to create low-maintenance, low cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create healthy habitat for local birds & wildlife.

Native Plants
Wednesday, 9/27 from 6:00-8:30PM
Woodstock Community Center – 5905 SE 43rd Ave

Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants! Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive. A slideshow will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of local favorite native ground covers, shrubs and trees.

Preparing Your Garden for Winter Workshop

Preparing Your Garden for Winter Workshop
Woodlawn Community Garden, 7098 NE 11th Ave
Tuesday, September 19 2017, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Free class for registered community gardeners

Join us to learn how to prepare your garden for winter. Learn how to build healthy soil with cover crops and mulches, and what crops you can grow over winter.

Space is limited, RSVP: Kathy.dang@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-1881

The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please contact 503-823-1612.

Traducción o interpretación: 503-823-1612.

Leach Botanical Gardens Takes a Giant Step Forward

Portland Parks and Recreation and Leach Garden Friends are beginning a major improvement to the Leach Botanical Gardens in East Portland. This project will make Leach a local treasure and world-class destination, joining other famous Portland gardens like the Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, International Rose Test Garden, and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

Parks Director Mike Abbate read this statement on behalf of Nick:

“I am sorry I could not join you today. Thanks to everyone who has lifted me up as I fight my cancer.

“Leach Botanical Gardens is the crown jewel of East Portland. But even the brightest jewel needs a good polishing. When construction is finished, this will be a world-class botanical garden.

“Today we’re taking a giant step forward, building on John and Lilla Leach’s enduring legacy. I know that they would be very proud that Leach Botanical Gardens will continue to serve East Portland, as well as visitors from around the world, for generations to come.

“I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all of the champions who made this day possible. They include former Parks Commissioner Charles Jordan, whose famous last-minute change-of-heart preserved this space as a permanent Portland Park. Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Parks Director Mike Abbate have been steadfast and generous in their support. David Porter and the Leach board of directors are model stewards of this community treasure. And to all of the donors, supporters, visitors, and staff – thank you!”

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