LGL Spring Updates

From Learning Gardens Lab:
Spring is finally upon us, and our staff is gearing up for warmer weather and transformation in the garden! Our first work party of the spring season is happening two weeks from today on Saturday, April 14th, from 10am-1pm. We recommend you bring your own water bottle and a light snack to stay energized. Please watch for a follow up email from us next week for details on work party projects.
Other work parties for the season to add to your calendar:
  • Saturday, May 12th, 10:00AM-1:00PM
  • Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Interested in volunteering more with us this spring? We will be holding a volunteer orientation on Wednesday, April 11th, from 12pm-1pm for anyone interested in learning more about what we do and how to get involved with us! If you are already familiar with LGL, please feel free to join us for our weekly volunteer drop-in hours:
  • Mondays, 9:30AM-12:30PM with Isabelle
  • Tuesdays, 9:00AM-12:00PM with Isabelle
  • Thursdays, 12:00-3:00PM with Brittnee
  • Fridays, 9:00AM-12:00PM with Brittnee
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinators with any questions or concerns you may have regarding volunteering at lglvolunteer@gmail.com.
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Errol Heights Park Update

What’s going on with Errol Heights Park?  Portland Parks and Recreation has provided a multi-page FAQ to tell you just that.  View or download it by clicking here.

The Frequently Asked Questions contains information about the park design process from Portland Parks & Recreation, and the street improvement project from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. This resource provides answers to these key questions:

  1. What improvements are planned for Errol Heights Park? How will the community be engaged in the process to shape improvements?
  2. Will the new park have a community garden?
  3. Does SE Tenino Court need to connect to SE Tenino Drive? Isn’t it better to remove this section of SE Tenino Court, and use the land for park space rather than a street?
  4. Why is Tenino Court being realigned to conflict with the existing community garden? Wouldn’t it be better to choose a new alignment that avoids the garden?
  5. What alignment options were considered for Tenino Court? What factors were assessed to make the decision on the realignment?

To learn more about the park and street improvement projects, visit:

Portland Parks & Recreation, Errol Heights Park Project www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/errolheights

Portland Bureau of Transportation, Errol Heights Street Improvement Project www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/75400

Hands-on Class: Raised Garden Beds

Are you considering building raised beds for your garden? Could you use a few tips on construction? The Demo Garden will hold a hands-on class on building raised beds Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00AM-12:00PM. They’ll concentrate on wooden beds, but will talk about other techniques as well. As part of the process, you’ll build the first few raised beds for the new Annex garden. Use the 57th or 58th Avenue entrances, or the original entrance at 6801 SE 60th (a longer walk back to the Annex). Gloves might be handy, but otherwise just bring your hands and your brain. The general public is welcome. Send a note to DemoGardenNews@gmail.com if you plan to come.

 

LGL February Work Party

The Learning Gardens Lab is having a work party on Saturday, February 24th, from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Join them as they prepare for spring growth! Opening circle will begin promptly at 10:00AM.
There are several projects on the agenda for this work party, some of which will be dependent on the weather:
  • Fruit tree pruning
  • Tool care & organization
  • Washing pots for seed starts and the spring plant sale
  • Seed propogation
  • Moving compost into Hügelkultur location
  • Transplanting asparagus
Please dress accordingly, and bring a snack and water to keep yourself energized. The next work party will take place on Saturday, March 10th.

Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s 20th Annual Watershed Wide Volunteer Restoration Event

From Johnson Creek Watershed Council:

Join us for Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s largest restoration event!

Together we will restore habitat and water quality at TEN work party events throughout Johnson Creek Watershed! Take part in the action to help build a healthier watershed for your human and animal neighbors by planting native trees, mulching and removing invasive species! And we’re doing all of this… wearing COSTUMES! That’s right – we’re going big this year and we can’t wait to see the crazy, wild outfits you’ll be wearing. So, here are the details…

What: Plant, dig, mulch, weed, and look fabulous

When: Saturday, March 3rd 2018, 8:45am -12pm

Where: 10 locations across the watershed

Why: To build a healthier watershed by planting native trees, fighting invasive species, and connecting people to their environment

This is a family-friendly event. Everyone and all experience levels are welcome. Bring a team of coworkers, friends, or family members. We will provide tools, snacks, and FUN! Thank you Pizza Parties and Costume Contests in 2 locations (12:30-1:30.)

Register Here

Learning Gardens Lab Work Parties

Don’t miss the Learning Gardens Lab’s upcoming work parties for 2018!

  • Monday, January 15th, from 10:00PM-1:00PM
  • Saturday, February 24th, from 10:00AM-1:00PM
  • Winter Volunteer Drop-in Hours (1/10 – 3/17): Wednesdays: 12:00-3:00PM with Kevin, Isabelle, and Brittnee

For more information visit their site or find them on Facebook and Instagram.