Learning Gardens Lab Earth Day Festival

LGL Earth Day Spring Festival

Sunday, April 23rd, 11:00AM-2:00PM at Learning Garden Labs.

Join the Learning Garden Labs for a FREE fun, family-friendly event!  Live music, free food, garden tours, kids activities, raffle prizes, a plant sale, and more!  Your very own BDNA will be tabling at this event.  Last year’s Earth Day Festival was a ton of fun.  Don’t miss out this year!  Interested in having a table?  Contact Chanel by email.

Grow a Connected Network


April 6th, 2017 @ 6:30PM (prior to our regular monthly Board Meeting).

This is an informal, networking and connecting for the entire neighborhood and beyond our boundaries.  We’ll have tables staffed by Living Cully, Portland Bureau of Transportation, PSU students, the Artistic Darlings, Girl Scouts, and more!  Join us and grow your network.  

Want to table at the event?  Contact us via Facebook or email.

Community Conversations Events


Participate in a PSU focus group! You are invited to a conversation to help create a more connected, fun and welcoming Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. Join us for activities and discussion to develop a shared vision for your community and meet some friendly faces along the way.

Events are open and welcome to the community, but are limited in size so, reserve your spot today! Each participant is entered into a drawing for either a Fred Meyer gift card or day passes to the Mt. Scott Community Pool!

Focus groups will be held in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Childcare and dinner will be provided at the Brentwood Community Center. We are trying to hear from a wide-range of community voices, please pass this information along to people you think would be interested! Specific Facebook events are listed below. Please RSVP for the appropriate session.

Learning Garden Labs adds a new demonstration garden


Photo: Learning Gardens Laboratory site showing the Multnomah County Master Gardener’s present garden (bottom right) and proposed at top.

Announcing a Proposed New Garden and a Community Meeting

A new garden will soon be constructed at the north end of the Learning Gardens site, just east of the existing orchard. The Multnomah Master Gardener Demonstration Garden will be used two mornings a week and occasionally for daytime classes and workshops. The public will be encouraged to enroll in these classes. Gardeners and students will park on the east side of 57th Avenue where a proposed new pedestrian-only entrance will be opened. A proposed vehicle-only entrance will be opened on 58th Avenue for pickup and delivery only (no on-site parking). A greenhouse, approximately 30’ x 40’, will be constructed on the site. All existing trees will be preserved.

For more information, please join us
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Learning Gardens Laboratory
6801 SE 60th Avenue, Portland (across from Brentwood Park)

Or send your comments or questions to MCMGDemoGardenAnnex@gmail.com

Board Positions Open Now!

We hope you’ll join us TODAY (Thursday) from 7:00-9:00PM at our monthly BDNA meeting where we hope to recruit some new, active board members who may be interested in the following:

East Precinct Liaison
Meetings are every two months, report back to the board and elevate neighborhood issues at these meetings.

Safety & Livability Committee
Encompasses a wide variety of issues including block watch, advocacy for the neighborhood to the city, affordable housing, attracting new business and opportunities etc.

Equity & Inclusion Committee
Attempts to ensure board decisions serve all residents and that communications reach all residents and alert the public that we are seeking more diversity on our board.

Annual Clean-Up Lead
Our annual fundraiser held in May that involves allowing people to dump their junk for a fee.

Events Planning Committee
We are seeking fun, vibrant, social folks who would like to help plan things like National Night Out, the Halloween Spooktacular, Holiday Events and more!

Childcare Provider
For monthly board meetings. This pays $35 for two hours and we seek someone certified in CPR.

Also on the December Agenda: Details on the Clean-Up position and other board openings and an overview of board duties and responsibilities, an update on the RFF Grant, as well as how to best use our communication funds from SE Uplift and strategies to increase diversity and inclusion, and an update on the tree inventory. Additionally, we are hoping to get input from the community on the next social event tentatively planned for January. We need volunteers!

We look forward to seeing you!

-Chair Lesley McKinley

October Board Meeting TONIGHT!

Join us this TONIGHT, October 6th at 7:00PM at the BrentwoodDarlington Community Center for our monthly BDNA meeting. In addition to community announcements and updates, this meeting will include presentations from:
  • Catherine McMullen-Multonomah County Elections Outreach–Catherine will be speaking about voter registration strategies for our diverse neighborhood and more and will be bringing important resources and information for our community.
  • Kyle Chisek-Project Manager with PBOT–Kyle will be giving a presentation on LTIC (Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge), and was invited by our Land Use Chair, Dave Messenheimer.
  • Street Tree Inventory Update–Guest speaker TBA.