April and May is the silly season for gardeners around these parts. There are plant sales galore and of course everything in the garden is growing like crazy. Where oh where to put all the plants? After May the sales slow down and then…the open gardens come into full swing. Be sure to check the event listings of your favorite nurseries as most have weekly classes.
Vancouver Farmer’s Market
Downtown Market re-opens Saturday, March 16, 2019
6th & Esther, downtown Vancouver WA. Saturdays 9-3 & Sundays, 10-3. The season is mid-March – October. Lots of plant vendors, garden art, fresh vegetables, food, crafts and goods.
Master Gardener On the Road Tour – Garden Design Done Right
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Having a beautiful, healthy garden begins with a great design and thoughtful preparation. Come along as we begin our spring planning at Shorty’s Garden Center. Award-Winning Landscape Designer, Vanessa Nagel, will present the Basics of Garden Planning necessary to increase both gardening success and enjoyment. After browsing the nursery (and picking up goodies along the way), we will travel to Dragonfly Hollow, Vanessa’s demonstration garden, to see a practical example of thoughtful garden design. Next, we will gather over lunch to enjoy the company of our fellow plant lovers. Following lunch, we will take a trip to Right Irrigation Supply where owner Cindy Webb will coach us regarding simple, effective irrigation principles.
Van transportation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 9319 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell, WA.
Cost: $35 registration. Lunch on your own at Frontier Public House.
Online registration required by Mar.20
Leach Botanical Garden Sale
Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St. Portland OR 97216
Offering a choice selection of trees, shrubs & northwest natives from specialty nurseries and the Leach Garden collection.
Leach Botanical Garden members can enter the sale at 9am; all other visitors at 9:30am.
If you cannot make it to Hortlandia, this is like a smaller version with many of the same local specialty nurseries.
Dahlia Growing Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon. Hosted by Evelyn’s Garden
Gail’s Learning Center, 15525 NE Caples Rd, Brush Prairie, WA 98606
There is a $25 per-person fee for this class.
Limited seats available. Register today to reserve your spot!
Be sure to check out Evelyn’s other workshops too.
April 20-21, 2019. Held at EXPO Center, Portland OR
The annual giant plant sale put on by Hardy Plant Society of OR (HPSO).
It’s that time of year when faithful lovers of Holland America make their pilgrimage and pay homage to the beauty and diversity of the remarkable tulip, so we start our April Tour there. The founder, Benne Dobbe will be giving us an informal presentation of the Show Fields and Gift Shop.
Next, we step back in time to Hulda Klagers Lilac Gardens and breathe in the magic of this fragrant and gracious plant that welcomes spring into our gardens and hearts. A guided tour of the home and shopping opportunities await!
Lunch will be at Los Pepes Mexican Restaurant in Woodland.
The last stop at All Seasons Company brings together growers and landscapers. They locate hard to find plants that excel in high quality. The knowledgeable staff is there to help the do it yourselfer rounding out your early spring approach to your garden!
Cost: $35. Bring $5 CASH for entry to the Hulda Klager Lilac Garden.
Lunch: On your own at Los Pepe’s.
Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
Van transportation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 9319 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell, WA
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 564-397-5738, email@example.com.
Audubon Society Native Plant Sale
Usually held late April, Portland OR
HPSO Open Gardens
April – September. Worth the price of a membership!
Clark County Home & Garden Idea Fair
Held at Clark County Event Center, Ridgefield WA. April 26-28, 2019
NatureScaping Annual Sale, Classes, and events
Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019.
CASEE Center, Brush Prairie, WA.
Bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials sale. The CASEE students will have a native plant sale in the large hoop house as well.
Master Gardener Foundation Sale
Mother’s Day week-end. May 11-12, 2019
Held at the Heritage Farm on 78th Street, Hazel Dell WA.
Mother’s Day Rhododendron Show and Sale
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland OR.
Across from Reed College. May 11-12, 2019
Local High School Plant Sales
Ft. Vancouver High School, Columbia River High School, Hudson Bay High School. Usually held the last weekend of April and first weekend of May these are put on by the horticulture students at the high schools. Perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables sold. Check with the Vancouver School District at 360.313.1000 for specific dates.
FVHS will have their sale May 1,2,3 (Wed – Fri) 7:30 AM – 7;00 PM
5700 E. 18th Street, in the greenhouse.
Ft. Vancouver Rose Society Rose Show
June 23. 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
First Evangelical Church, 4120 NE St. Johns Road, Vancouver, WA 98611
Recycled Arts Festival
Esther Short Park, Vancouver WA
Saturday – Sunday, June 29 – 30, 2019
A way cool arts festival with some of the best affordable garden art around.
Art in the Garden
Wildlife Botanic Gardens, 11000 NE 149th Street. Prairie, WA.
July 14, 2019. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Come join us for the 7th Annual Art in the Garden event, in the NatureScaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens on SUNDAY, JULY 14, from 10 to 4! Located in Brush Prairie, Washington, these 10 specialty gardens fill up with local artists and music on the second Sunday of July each year. A wide variety of arts and crafts are available, from local honey and herbal soaps to recycled art, bird houses, pottery, and paintings – and more! The Master Composter/Recyclers also hold their annual Open House at their demonstration site at the west end of the gardens, and draw hundreds of people interested in learning more about composting. This family-friendly event is also dog-friendly if your sociable dog is also on a leash.
Sponsored by NatureScaping of SW Washington and Hardy Plant Society of OR.
Clark County Green Neighbors Natural Garden Tour
July 14, 2019
Self-guided tour of 15 local gardens maintained through natural gardening techniques. Vancouver WA.
HPSO Fall PlantFest
Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Lecture and plant sale.
PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland OR.
Just minutes away from downtown Portland. Free parking.
Registration will commence about August 1st
Program: 10AM-11AM. SPEAKER: Fred Weisensee – more info to come.
HPSO Members $10; non-members $20; students $5
Specialty Nurseries Plant Sale at PlantFest
11am-2pm – Free entry and Free Parking
Nurseries and growers selling great plants for fall planting.
Program attendees can begin shopping at 11am; everyone, including the general public, is welcome to begin shopping at 11am until the sale ends at 2pm.
Face it! Some plants need an entire growing season to look good. Here’s your chance to stock up on choice summer perennials, hardy tropicals, and shrubs with long seasons of interest, perfectly primed for fall planting!
Native Plant Sales (winter sale)
Clark County Conservation District Sale
East Multnomah Soil Water Conservation District Sale
Every winter (November or December) the conservation districts open up an online sale of bare root trees, shrubs, and some perennials. You order online from the list and pre-pay. In February the plants are available to be picked up from a designated spot. This is a great way to obtain native plants and start them off young. It’s too late for this year but you can get on the email list to be notified in November and get first choice. These plants get snapped up very quickly.
Stay tuned for the 2020 plant sale notification!