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.
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.
April 20-21, 2019. Held at EXPO Center, Portland OR
The annual giant plant sale put on by Hardy Plant Society of OR (HPSO).
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
CASEE Center, Brush Prairie, WA. Bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials sale:
TBA, Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019.
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.
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.
Ft. Vancouver Rose Society Rose Show
Vancouver WA. June 2019
Art in the Garden
Wildlife Botanic Gardens, Brush Prairie, WA.
TBA, July 2019. Art and music in the gardens. A free, family oriented event.
Sponsored by NatureScaping of SW Washington and Hardy Plant Society of OR.
Clark County Green Neighbors Natural Garden Tour
TBA, July 2019
Self-guided tour of 15 local gardens maintained through natural gardening techniques. Vancouver WA.
HPSO Fall PlantFest
PCC Rock Creek Campus, Portland OR. Lecture and sale.
TBA, September 2019. $10 members/$20 non-members.
Sponsored by Hardy Plant Society of OR.
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.
For 2019 the online sale will start on Wednesday, January 16.