Celebrations and Tours 2017:
Gardening for the Way We Really Live
Our Class Room--Photo by Joy Creek Nursery all rights reserved
Joy Creek believe our classes are a good way for gardeners of all levels
to improve their knowledge of plants and their gardening skills. The
classes also offer an opportunity for gardeners to meet others who share a
similar passion. We hope they give confidence to the beginner and
inspiration to the long-time gardener. Since we first started our
programs, our list of speakers has grown to include many regionally and
nationally recognized specialists and enthusiasts. Please join us
for a class, workshop or tour this year!
After more than 24 years
of conducting weekly classes and workshops, we have decided to try
something different. In addition to our regular workshops that will
take place the first Sunday of each month, we have added monthly tours
highlighting particular plant groups that are in bloom. Clematis,
hydrangeas and grasses are among them. Classes and workshops are the first
Sunday of the month and tours are generally the third Sunday of the month.
All events begin at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. While tours are free
and open to the public, please note that there will be a small fee and
registration for some classes and workshops. Check the schedule or call
503-543-7474 for more information. Please dress for
the weather as all of our classes, tours and workshops are outside.
Workshops and Celebrations for 2017
Many of our classes for 2017 are being submitted to the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board for approval for Technical Continuing Education Hours (CEH) credit toward re-certification of Oregon Landscape Professional licensing. Please check the schedule or call for confirmation. Pending approval by the O.L.C.B. we charge $10.00 per class for recording and processing attendance. A registration for credit will be available in the barn in the retail area. Please sign up and make payment prior to the start of the class. A certificate will be mailed to you during the week following completion of the class.
Winter Pruning: An Interactive Demonstration - with Mike Smith
April 2, 2017
Creating Fabulous Containers for Small
and All gardens
with Anna Kullgren
Learn to make the perfect container to enhance your
home! We will talk about suitable plants for various situations (hot, dry,
shade, etc.) and discuss things like color, texture, form, seasonality,
scale, and personality. We are all different, and creating containers is a
wonderful form of artistic expression! Anna will
be demonstrating and have plant material on hand for purchase for you to
take home and pot up in the comfort of your own home, or you can simply
take home ideas and plant lists. The goal of
this workshop is to laugh, have fun together, discover new things, and for
each of you to take away plants (perennial plants, shrubs and/or
vines) and ideas for that perfect container that
celebrates YOU, while incorporating all the other criteria that defines
your situation. So, please join us - it will be fun! There is a $10
cost for this class. The proceeds for this fee help to defray costs
for our speakers. Please call 503-543-7474 to RSVP and pay the day of the
class in our retail area (the barn).
Tour: Fall Down Go Boom and How We Recover with Mike Smith
Joy Creek Nursery co-owner Mike Smith for a walking tour of the gardens
examining what the winter did and what we have done to help the plants
recover. Resiliency is the word when it comes to plants bouncing back from a
hard winter. Patience is the key when gardeners view winter damage and want
to make things right. Walk with Mike to see what and how plants are
performing after our winter’s snow, sleet, hale, torrential rain and of
course the dark of night. Free and open to the public.
Some Plants Have it
All: Tough, Durable, yet Attractive Plants that can Take the Heat
with Mike Darcy
We are thrilled to welcome Mike Darcy back to Joy
Creek Nursery! Some of Mike’s favorite plants include ones he has grown
in his own garden or observed in friends’ gardens throughout the year.
These plants have come through the winter without a glitch and are
standout plants ever during the summer heat with minimal care. There is a
$10 cost for this class. The proceeds for this fee help to defray costs
for our speakers. Please call 503-543-7474 to RSVP and pay the day of the
class in our retail area (the barn).
Mike Darcy is well
known in the Portland garden community. He had a garden radio program for
over 30 years and has done garden television shows on OPB, KPTV and KATU.
He writes a column “What I’m Hearing” for The Digger,
the trade magazine for
Oregon Association of Nurseries and writes a garden column for Black Gold
Potting Soil. His hobby is gardening and he and his wife frequently open
their garden to various garden groups and non-profit organizations.
Not Just Pretty Flowers: Plant
Tour for Multi-Season Interest
Wulzen for a tour in the Joy Creek gardens to explore some of her favorite
plants that earn their place in the garden for year-round interest. To
pass Ramona’s test, having only a pretty flower won’t cut it. They
must look good now and also be of interest in the seasons to come. Be it
fall foliage color, exfoliating bark, new foliage growth with unusual
colors, interesting seed heads or habitat for wildlife, Ramona’s
discerning eye and years of experience working with plants has given her
plant observation super powers. We have over four acres of potential
plants to explore, so come weather-ready and have some fun! Free and open
to the public.
Ramona Wulzen draws on her years of experience working with Joy
Creek customers and tending her own extensive container gardens. A
life-long gardener, she has gardened both on a city lot and on three acres
in the woods. Ramona is a veteran of our retail department and now works
in our landscape department. Ramona loves her plants!
June 4, 2017
When “Too Much” Sun or Water Is A Good
You may have experienced frustrations finding plants that will handle a hot, south-facing wall or an area that is constantly soggy. We will uncover an array of plants which can handle these challenging situations with aplomb. Along with the lecture, there will be time to see some of these plants in the display garden as well as purchase one or two in the nursery. There is a $10 cost for this class. The proceeds for this fee help to defray costs for our speakers. Please call 503-543-7474 to RSVP and pay the day of the class in our retail area (the barn).
Bruce Hegna has had a variety of experience in the
horticultural world—from interior green plant maintenance, floral design
to visual merchandising for a local retail nursery. He expanded upon
his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota by
attending PCC-Rock Creek for their landscape design program. He
collaborates with Joy Creek Nursery’s landscape team and also runs his
independent landscape design firm. Nature/Nurture Landscape Design. Although
a proud MN native, he greatly prefers Oregon’s climate for its endless
hiking pleasures and gardening potential!
Tour: Clematis with Maurice Horn
last twenty-five years, Joy Creek Nursery has been fortunate to be
associated with many wonderful clematis hybridizers and collectors.
As a result, the nursery garden contains a wide variety of both
climbing and herbaceous forms of clematis from many parts of the world.
This is an opportunity to learn about many clematis that are rarely
if ever seen in the trade. Free and open to the public.
Horn, co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery has served on the board of the
International Clematis Society and was a founding member and
vice-president of the Pacific Northwest Clematis Society which became the
Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection.
Clematis have been a life-long passion. He has been fortunate to
work with several hybridizers and to introduce their plants to the
gardening public. Recently,
Joy Creek Nursery has introduced several of their own clematis.
and How to Use Them to Create Fern Tables
with Richie Steffen
For those of
you who have admired the fern tables in our retail area, come to this
workshop to learn how to create your own! Joy Creek is happy to welcome
Richie Steffen back to talk about the new book from Timber Press, The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns, which he co-authored with
Sue Olsen. As you will see during the first part of the afternoon, Richie
is full of inventive ways for using ferns in the garden. He will show some
of the best ferns for Northwest gardens and share tips on how to use them
in the garden.
During the second part of the afternoon, Richie will demonstrate
how to create easy-to-assemble fern tables. These miniature landscapes are
inspired by local Northwest Gardener George Schenk, author of Gardening
on Pavement, Tables, & Hard Surfaces. Richie uses small
plants, moss, rocks and weathered pieces of wood, to craft a distinctive
focal point for your patio, deck, or entryway. He will also show how to
care for the tables as they mature. They are irresistible! This is
a two hour workshop with a 15 minute break.
There is a $10 cost for this class.The proceeds for this fee help
to defray costs for our speakers. Please call 503-543-7474 to RSVP and pay
the day of the class in our retail area (the barn).
Richie Steffen is the Curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical
Garden where he manages the rare plant collections and heads acquisitions
of new plants for the garden. He currently serves as a selection committee
member of the Great Plant Picks™ program and is always ready to
share his enthusiasm for this excellent regional resource. He is also the co-author and co-photographer of the recently published Plant
Lover's Guide to Ferns from Timber Press.
July 16, 2017
Hydrangeas with Maurice Horn
Joy Creek Nursery houses a
large collection of hydrangeas, not only the showy mop-head and lacecap
types that are familiar to the public but also less common species,
climbing forms and close relatives. Many of these shrubs are more than 20
years old in the garden and will be at their best in July. This tour is
designed to acquaint gardeners with the large variety of hydrangeas that
are available and to teach good cultural practices. This tour begins in
the cool of the morning at 10 a.m. and will include instructions and best
practices for planting and care. Free and open to the public.
Maurice Horn is co-owner
of Joy Creek Nursery. Hydrangeas are among his many plant passions.
He and the staff at Joy Creek are currently trialing a series of hydrangea
seedlings which are now in their seventh year. He looks forward to their
August 12, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Twilight in the Garden
Join us for our annual summer event,
Twilight in the Garden. Once a year we remain open from 6 until 9pm to
celebrate with the community and say thank you for making Joy Creek a part
of your gardening experience. Come join us for a home-grown evening of
locally made treats and refreshments and live music in the garden.
Celebrate the transformative powers of this magic time of day with a
self-guided garden tour and a handout highlighting the many qualities
twilight brings to the garden. You can experience the garden and nursery
both because the retail area will remain open throughout the evening. This
is a special event for us all and we look forward to seeing you here. Free
and open to the public.
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