Homes and gardens events around Portland: Workshops, garden tours and more

LC- THE OREGONIAN

Welcome summer with a garden tour, workshop or plant sale visit.

Events are free unless noted. Please email calendar submissions at least two weeks in advance to eventsbestbets@oregonian.com.

ONGOING

Kids Cook — King Farmers Market: 10-11 a.m. Sundays through July 14. Kids ages 7-12 learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. $5-$10, register at eventbrite.com; Northeast Seventh Avenue and Northeast Wygant Street; portlandfarmersmarket.org/programs-events

Kids Cook — Lents Farmers Market: 10-11 a.m. Sundays, July 7-Aug. 25. Kids ages 7-12 learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. Free but registration required at eventbrite.com; Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Reedway Street; portlandfarmersmarket.org/programs-events

Free Garden Tours at Pittock Mansion: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., second and fourth Saturdays of each month through Sept. 28. OSU Master Gardeners lead 30-minute informational tours, focusing on plants and garden areas while providing a glimpse into the Pittocks’ contributions to Portland’s gardens. pittockmansion.org

Guided Tours of Hoyt Arboretum: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Learn about the collection and have a walk among the trees. Free for members, $3 for nonmembers; registration not required; Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 S.W. Fairview Blvd.; hoytarboretum.org or 503-865-8733

Family Bird Walk: 10-11:30 a.m., second Saturday of each month through October. Take a guided birding hike with the whole family. Binoculars and field guides available, or bring your own; $7; Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 S.W. Fairview Blvd.; hoytarboretum.org or 503-865-8733

Plant Walk: 2-2:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 3. Explore Lan Su Chinese Garden to learn about the history and cultural significance of the garden’s plants along with tips about their care. Free with membership or admission; Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St. 503-228-8131 or lansugarden.org

Wednesday Morning Honey Bee Hikes: 10-11 a.m. through Dec. 11. Look for wildlife, listen to the wind and creek, water the Children’s Discovery Garden, read a story and craft something fun. 2-5 years accompanied by adult; $3 per child, nonwalkers and adults free. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. 503-823-1671 or leachgarden.org

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Container Gardening Workshop: 10-11:30 a.m. Learn how to apply garden design concepts and color principles to garden containers. No registration necessary; Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way; 360-397-6060, ext. 5738

Kalmiopsis Discovery Day at Leach Garden: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate with a botany discovery table, nature tour, stone cabin open house and botanical scavenger hunts for all. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. 503-823-1671 or leachgarden.org

Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars Open House: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The nursery will be open for plant sales, and Villa Catalana gardens will be open for strolling and wine tasting. $20 optional lunch; Rare Plant Research, 11900 S. Criteser Road, Oregon City; rareplantresearch.com or villacatalanacellars.com

SUNDAY, JUNE 16

Greater Portland Iris Society Iris Show: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Showcasing the late iris season with Japanese and spuria irises; Portland Nursery, 9000 S.E. Division St. 360-835-1016 or greaterportlandirissociety.org

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

Watercolor Painting Class at Leach Garden: 9:30 a.m.-noon, June 18 and 25. Explore color mixing, washes, glazing techniques and methods for creating texture. $30 nonmembers, $25 members; Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. 503-823-1671 or leachgarden.org

Oregon Fuchsia Society Meeting: 7 p.m. Andy Van Hevelingen, owner of Van Hevelingen Herb Nursery in Newberg, will speak about lavender, herbs and pollinator plants. Western Seminary, Bueermann Hall, 5511 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; oregonfuchsiasociety.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 22

Vancouver Chrysanthemum Society Rooted Cuttings Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibition and hardy varieties, including spiders, incurves, cascades, pompons and more; 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver; mums.org

Association of Northwest Landscape Designers Designers’ Garden Tour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour seven gardens in the Portland area, meet the designers and get inspired by plant combinations and landscape solutions. Self-tour, start at any garden, map and directions included with ticket; $25; anld.com

Weed ID and Control: 10-11:30 a.m. Learn the differences between perennial and annual weeds, and how to control them. Registration not required; Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn Road, Beaverton

Principles of Permaculture: Intro to Plant Guilds: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Explore principles of permaculture for application in rural and urban areas. $10-$30 sliding scale, register at eventbrite.com; One Green World Nursery, 6469 S.E. 134th Ave.; onegreenworld.com or 503-208-7520

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

McMinnville Garden Club Tour and Faire: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour five home gardens ($10, children 12 and under free) and enjoy the free faire, featuring vendors of garden art, wearable art, plants, flowers and more. Northeast Cowls Street between First and Third streets, McMinnville; mcminnvillegardenclub.org

Meet Your Pollinators – Bee Safari: 1-3 p.m. Learn about bee identification tips, trapping techniques and specimen preservation. Swallowtail Farm, 31620 N.W. Camp Ireland St., Hillsboro. Register at swcd.net/swcd-events/category/workshops/list/ or call 503-334-2288

TUESDAY, JUNE 25

Reflections on a Residency: Insights to Peace and Understanding: 4-5 p.m. The Portland Japanese Garden’s CEO will share insights and stories from his recent residency in Japan. $15 members, $20 nonmembers; Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave. japanesegarden.org

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

Inspired by Family Home Design Workshop: 5:30-8 p.m. Get inspired about your home’s potential as Arciform designers discuss growing and changing families, play areas, guest suites and pet-friendly remodeling. $10 at eventbrite.com; The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. facebook.com/events/2129803963756074

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Marquam Nature Park Restoration Work Party: 9 a.m.-noon. Join volunteers on a done-in-a-day project led by a Hands On volunteer leader. Address and directions provided after signup; handsonportland.org or 503-200-3355

Portland Weird Homes Tour: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit eight to 10 one-of-a-kind houses on a self-guided tour that will treat you to some of Oregon’s most creative homes. $30; weirdhomestour.com or facebook.com/events/1000513290149375

Community Science & iNaturalist Workshop: 1-4 p.m. Learn how to use the iNaturalist app to find and record pollinators, birds and plants. $25 nonmembers, $20 members; Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave. 503-823-1671 or leachgarden.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

Working With Leafcutter Bees – Hands-on Workshop: Noon-2 p.m. Learn about creating bee-friendly habitat, lifecycles and nesting strategies of leafcutter bees. Cornelius Public Library, 1370 N. Adair St. Register at swcd.net/swcd-events/category/workshops/list/ or call 503-334-2288

SATURDAY, JULY 6

Guided Garden Walk: 11 a.m.-noon. See what’s blooming and of seasonal interest. No registration required. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.; leachgarden.org or 503-823-1671

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Spruce up Laurelhurst Park: 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteer with a work party and help clean up the park. Projects may include pruning, invasive plant removal and mulch chip spreading. 3600 S.E. Ankeny St.; email peggy.glascock53@gmail.com, 503-459-9248

THURSDAY, JULY 11

Sisters Garden Club Quilts in the Garden Tour: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Explore a historical homestead, lodge home and organic farm, and tour a 90-acre wildlife reserve on this home and garden tour in Central Oregon. $20, children under 12 free; sistersgardenclub.com

FRIDAY, JULY 12

Leach Botanical Garden Annual English Tea: Noon and 2:30 p.m. Fri and Sat, July 12-13. Enjoy tea, scones, sandwiches and desserts on the Leach Garden terrace. $37; Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.; leachgarden.org, 971-217-6794 or 503-823-1671

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Success with Herbs: Culinary and Other Uses: 10-11 a.m. Learn herb selection, best soil conditions and location to create and maintain a bountiful herb garden. No registration needed. Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn Road, Beaverton. washingtoncountymastergardeners.org

Estacada Garden Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Start this self-guided tour at Wade Creek House Antiques and visit 10 gardens full of ideas and inspiration. $15 per person or $25 per couple; tickets on sale at Wade Creek House Antiques, 664 N.W. Wade St. 503-630-7556; maps available day of tour

Meet Your Pollinators – Bee Safari: 1-3:30 p.m. Learn about bee identification tips, trapping techniques and specimen preservation. PCC Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. Register at swcd.net/swcd-events/category/workshops/list/ or call 503-334-2288

— Corey Sheldon

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