September Garden Events

Pollinators with Charlie Heuvel, Beekeeper
Tuesday, September 4, 7 PM
CASEE Center, 11104 NE 149 Street, Brush Prairie WA

Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn’t have much to eat or look at! Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of ants, bats, bees, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, wasps and other unusual animals. Not all are equal nor do any or all pollinate the same plants. The fascination of a few of these will be explored.

Charlie Vanden Heuvel spends his days mentoring beekeepers throughout the Columbia Gorge. Teaching classes through the Community College and other venues. Simplistically, he strives to bring new beekeepers to a successful plane. Currently in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program in the Master Level.


Tomato Tasting Festival
Saturday, September 8, 11 – 4
Shorty’s Nursery, Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver WA


Seed Saving, Preserving the Bounty. and Winterizing the Garden

Saturday, September 15, 11 AM – Noon
Vancouver Community Library, 901 C Street, Vancouver WA 98660

Second offering:

Saturday, September 29, 11 – Noon
Washougal Community Library, 1661 C Street, Washougal WA 98671

Master Gardeners Vione Graham and Jessica Burnett for a talk on putting the garden to bed. This is a hands-on workshop for folks that like to see and do! Learn why seed saving – from harvesting to storing – is so vital but easy to do at home. Learn best practices for preserving to enjoy the fruits of your labor, including information about harvesting, the process of fermenting and finalizing to store fruit in a safe manner. Learning how to clean and prepare tools, beds, and soils for the Spring will wrap up the whole adventure in the garden. No registration required. For more information: (360) 397-6060 x5738 See a listing of all of our workshops at /.


Hardy Plant Society Fall Fest Lecture & Plant Sale
Saturday, September 15
Lecture 10-11 followed by plant sale
Registration required for lecture program
Location: PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR


Introduction to Backyard Bird Song
Presented by: Brandon Burger, Backyard Bird Shop
Saturday, September 15, 10-12
CASEE Center, 11104 NE 149 Street, Brush Prairie WA

Registration required. Free for members, $15 non-members,

What bird is that I hear? Most birds have distinctive songs or calls which can be helpful when trying to identify them. Many birds have specific, colorful, or contrasting markings that make them easy to recognize. Many more however look very similar, or may not like to show themselves in the open very often. As a result, these species can be difficult to distinguish; using their sounds can help.

We will cover some of the more common backyard birds and how to begin learning who they are by ear. Once you determine two or three, learning becomes easier. Discover how to listen for patterns and unique mnemonics. You can even have fun creating some of your own sound associations!


On the Road Tour – Wine, Chestnuts and Coffee; the Taste & Sights of Fall 

Tuesday, September 18, 9 AM – 5 PM
Van Transportation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 9319 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell, WA
Cost: $35 registration

We start at Allen Creek Farm, a family owned 20-acre chestnut farm with 800+ trees. You’ll see the harvesting and processing that goes into creating roasted chestnuts. Across the country, there are very few chestnut growers who also process and mill chestnut flour on-site. Learn about delightful recipes using chestnut flour in time for the holidays! Down the road we’ll stop in at Stavalaura Winery. This is a small-batch, family owned and operated vineyard and winery. Owners Joe and Beverly Leadingham have produced quality wines with unique character, not widely produced in Washington and Oregon. Wine tasting for a cost is available! Lastly, the passion at Paper Tiger Coffee is for coffee, and the rich story that surrounds it. Care and dedication at every phase of the coffee’s journey from seed to cup produces superior results. Taste and see for yourself! LUNCH: Please bring a brown bag lunch for enjoyment while at the winery. Online registration required by Sept. 10 at For more information: 360-397-6060 x5738 or

Raised Bed Veggie Gardening
Saturday, September 15, 1 pm
Portland Nursery, 9000 SE Division, Portland OR
For other Portland Nursery September classes click here.


Tool Talk Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Pacific Park Natural Demonstration Area,
NE 18th St. & NE 172nd Ave. Vancouver WA 98684

FREE with 45 minutes of service at the demo garden.

Confused about the vast array of garden tools out there? Using the right tool for the job will reduce your workload, get the job done right and, most importantly, minimize the possibility of injury. At this 90-minute workshop aimed at saving time, effort and money on your gardening adventure, our “Tool Guy,” Master Gardener, Jack Berhardsen will solve the mystery of important questions like, “what’s the difference between a spade and a shovel” and “why should I care?“ We’ll also discuss how to cut down your workload, prevent the spread of disease, and how to care for your gardening arsenal. So whether you’re just beginning your gardening journey or if you need to expand an already robust tool collection, join us; everyone is welcome.

Bring a lawn chair and your work clothes. We’ll do some maintenance in the demo garden after the workshop. This workshop is put on in conjunction with Clark County Public Health – Solid Waste Outreach. For more information: 360-397-6060 x5738 or
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Get to know the Protea family with Paul Bonine
Tuesday, September 25,  7 pm
Mulnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR

Genus genius Paul Bonine, co-owner of Xera Plants, will speak about “Getting to Know the Protea Family”.

Admission is just $5 for members or non-members.
Doors open at 6:30pm; program begins at 7pm and ends approximately at 8:15pm
Free parking.

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