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.

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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.

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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Learning Gardens Lab and Farm Stand

One of the greatest aspects of community pride is the ability to feed itself. What separates Brentwood-Darlington from other communities is that people really enjoy gardening their land. If you ever drive, bike, or walk through, you might notice that many properties may have smaller houses but they have larger plots of land. Many of those plots have been made into beautiful gardens. When you think about it, it’s not surprising since many of these plots were once part of large orchards.  This historically good soil has fostered many thriving plants…but what may not be apparent from just walking by is that the people of Brentwood-Darlington are starting to from a serious urban farming community. Lots of trades, bartering, and kindness of heart has resulted in some extremely fruitful partnerships – literally!

One of those amazing partnerships is the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Farm Stand.

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BDNA partnered with Learning Gardens Lab to create a way for fresh organic produce to be available for sale to our residents. All of the produce available has been grown on-site at the Learning Gardens Lab and is made available for sale weekly from the months of June through October.

We invite you to stop on by and enjoy the bountiful harvest!

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The Farm Stand is held every Wednesday during the summer from 3:30PM-6:30pm at 6801 SE 60th Ave.