Ongoing Classes in the Portland Area
Are you interested in raising mason bees? How to grow plants from seed? When to plant potatoes/tomatoes/basil/garlic?
Portland is alive with gardeners, seasoned and new, who are always looking for new ways to approach their gardens. And we’re incredibly fortunate to have many nurseries and other organizations that offer a wide range of classes and workshops all over Portland. Many of the classes are targeted to beginner gardeners, but there are also a large number of workshops that are focused on a specialized topic.
Because our area is filled with folks who have strong horticultural backgrounds or are experienced staff from local nurseries, you can be sure to receive garden information that is science-based. And best of all, most of them are free or very low-cost.
The following nursery websites list the classes that they make available to the public. Many require advance registration, so be sure to call or email them if a class interests you.
Portland Nursery http://portlandnursery.com/events/ is remarkable in the breadth and depth of its classes, everything from veggie gardening to soil building, beekeeping to growing roses, insects to mounting orchids…and that’s just one month’s list.
Cornell Farms https://www.cornellfarms.com/egarden-club Sign up for their newsletter and get first knowledge of the many classes that are taught at this very beautiful nursery.
7 Dees http://www.dennis7dees.com/events with several branches throughout the Portland area, are known for their professional landscaping services, and so many of their classes focus on horticultural topics. Their website also offers a very useful garden blog.
Joy Creek Nursery http://www.joycreek.com/education.htm is the plant nerd’s paradise; their classes are extremely popular, very professional, and after class, you have the excuse of spending hours strolling through their very specialized gardens.
Garden Fever http://www.gardenfever.com/Garden_Fever!/EVENTS_%26_CLASSES.html offers classes largely focusing on garden sustainability and specific vegetable types.
In addition to nurseries, there are a large number of non-profit, government and private organizations that offer specialized and general classes, sometimes for a fee.
Metro http://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/yard-and-garden , the tri-county conservation agency, has a website alive with in depth articles on everything garden related for this area. They frequently hold their classes at Garden Fever and at local libraries throughout the city.
Growing Gardens https://www.growing-gardens.org/mission-and-vision/ whose mission is to promote home scale organic food growing, offers many classes on a sliding scale fee, and is one of the most robust non-profit gardening organizations in the metro area.
The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon http://www.hardyplantsociety.org/programs is primarily a membership organization whose focus is on ornamental garden plants, but they occasionally offer very excellent classes open to the public for a small fee.
Portland Community College Landscape Technology Program http://www.pcc.edu/programs/landscape-tech/ is an academic degree program that focuses on all aspects of the landscape industry. Other community colleges in the area specialize in horticultural degrees.
Oregon Food Bank Seed to Supper Program https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/our-work/programs/education/gardening/ This free beginning gardening course teaches participants the tools they need to start a garden and grow their own food.