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Classes, Celebrations and Tours 2017:
Gardening for the Way We Really Live

Our Class Room--Photo by Joy Creek Nursery all rights reserved
We at 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.

 

 

 

Sunday Classes, 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.


March 5, 2017

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Late Winter Pruning: An Interactive Demonstration - with Mike Smith

Mike Smith is back in action! Take a tour of the gardens and learn how to identify damage on plants, what you might expect as the seasons progress and how to correct the damage where possible. For those of you who have attended Mike's previous pruning classes, he will continue the pruning and shaping of our medium sized lace leaf Japanese maple. Bring your questions, dress warmly, and carry an umbrella. We look forward to seeing you in the garden. Free and open to the public.

Mike Smith is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery.  You can see his pruning handiwork throughout the nursery, especially in the large rhododendrons around the house, behind our lavender path and in the numerous shrubs shaped into small trees that are grown throughout our gardens.  Mike is a passionate gardener who retired from a management job in corporate America, got bored and then started the nursery.

April 2, 2017

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

 

 

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).

Anna Kullgren is a gardener, designer, colorist, closet philosopher, and blogger. She formulates her thoughts for public scrutiny on The Creative Flux and Flutter & Hum. She is also a Joy Creek Nursery employee and we are thrilled to have her!

April 23, 2017

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

Tour: Fall Down Go Boom and How We Recover  with Mike Smith

Join 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.

Mike Smith is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery. You can see his pruning handiwork throughout the nursery, especially in the large rhododendrons around the house, behind our lavender path and in the numerous shrubs shaped into small trees that are grown throughout our gardens. Mike is a passionate gardener who retired from a management job in corporate America, got bored and then started the nursery.

May 7, 2017

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

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.   

May 21st 2017

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

Tour: Not Just Pretty Flowers: Plant Tour for Multi-Season Interest with Ramona Wulzen

Join Ramona 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

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

When “Too Much” Sun or Water Is A Good Thing:

Landscape Adaptable Plants for Hot Microclimates and Soggy or Wet Sites with Bruce Hegna 

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!  

 

June 18, 2017

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

 

Tour: Clematis with Maurice Horn

Over the 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.

Maurice 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.  

July 2, 2017

Sunday

1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Ferns 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

Sunday 

10:00 a.m.

Tour: Hydrangeas with  Maurice Horn  

Joy Creek Nursery houses a large collection of hydrangeas, not only the showy mop-head and lace-cap 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 mature bloom.  

August 12, 2017

Saturday  

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Twilight in the Garden Saturday August 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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 by our friends The Brian Christopher Jazz Quartet. 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.

 

August 27th, 2017

Sunday 

1:00  p.m.

Unusual Edibles: Beyond Rosemary, Sage, and Rhubarb with Nicole Ferreira

In this class taught by former Joy Creek Nursery employee and landscape designer Nicole Ferreira, you will learn about unusual edibles to expand your menu possibilities. Nicole hopes to instill a fresh way of approaching the edible landscape as well give ideas to expand your vegetable garden to include ornamental edibles. She’ll present ideas about how to incorporate these plants into seasonal dishes so you can eat seasonally from your garden.

The class is divided into three parts: precautions to take before consuming new plants, a selection of plants to try, and ways to increase the bounty of your garden throughout the year by integrating unusual and seasonally fresh ingredients. Imagine infusing the flavors of your own garden into your next meal! Her hope is that by using a bit of creativity, the usefulness of your garden will increase as will your options in the kitchen. 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).


Nicole Ferreira is a landscape designer, homesteader and foodie living in Scappoose, Oregon. Nicole and her family provide the community with fresh produce from their farm, Ferreira Family Farm. From her website, “We are passionate about growing high quality, sustainable foods. We plant locally sourced seeds and starts; choosing heirloom and organic where available and always non-gmo. Our 5 acre farm is located near Scappoose Bay, which is home to a wide variety of migratory birds and fish throughout the year. We maintain habitat and wildlife corridors on the farm for both resident and migratory animals. We invite you to join us in building a vibrant and sustainable foodshed in Columbia County.”

September 3rd, 2017

Sunday 

1:00 p.m.

Five Things to do Now for a Better Spring Garden:  A Discussion with Claudia Groth

We are thrilled to welcome plant scientist Claudia Groth, a.k.a. “The Garden Doctor” to Joy Creek Nursery! Join us for an informative and fun discussion with this amazing speaker, scientist, soil specialist and of course gardener with tips about how to make your garden the best it can be come spring. Even though many gardeners are tired by the end of summer (we know, all that heat and watering!), with a little extra time spent in the fall, next year’s garden can be even better. Discover what specific actions you can take this fall that will work for you and your garden. She will go over topics such as cover crops and which gardens can benefit, compost, feeding plants what and when, and how to use lime in your soil and what its benefits are. Have you ever wondered whether raking fallen leaves into your garden beds to decompose is a good idea? Slugs and snails are on their way, so now is the time to fight back! There can be trade-offs for your garden maintenance program, find out the facts behind what to do now to have a fabulous spring garden. Please join us for this rare opportunity to speak to one of the areas experts. 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).

Claudia Groth has been working with home gardeners for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest. She was the “Garden Doctor” on Portland’s KEX radio, the naturals specialist for Whitney Farms, and appeared on Oregon Field Guide talking kindly about slugs. She writes a quarterly insect column for the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and speaks to a variety of audiences on soils, soil improvement, and common sense pest management, including Master Gardener training classes in a number of Oregon counties. Claudia has a master’s degree in Plant Science, has logged over 300 hours of pest management classes, and was named Oregon State Master Gardener of the Year for 2013. We are thrilled to welcome her to Joy Creek Nursery.

September 17th, 2017

Sunday 

1:00 p.m.

Ornamental Grasses in the Garden Tour  with Mike Smith

Mike Smith will show you how to put ornamental grasses to work for you in the garden. See how they bring movement, texture, structure and seasonal interest to the border. Many hold up well in our winters adding a bit of drama and height to an otherwise uneventful time of year in the garden. There are grasses for shade, sun, reseeding, drought tolerance, wet areas in the garden, tall grasses, short grasses, and some provide shelter and food for wildlife. In other words, they are incredibly versatile and can be used to the greatest advantage for year-round interest. Come explore some of Mike’s favorite plants, grasses, in the Joy Creek Nursery gardens. Free and open to the public.

Mike Smith is co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery.  You can see his pruning handiwork throughout the nursery, especially in the large rhododendrons around the house, behind our lavender path and in the numerous shrubs shaped into small trees that are grown throughout our gardens. Mike is a passionate gardener who retired from a management job in corporate America, got bored and then started the nursery.

 

October 8, 2017

Sunday  

1:00 p.m.

Low Water Gardening with Maurice Horn

The last many years have brought us record cold, record wet and a record hot, dry summer. At Joy Creek Nursery, we have been pleased how well the plants in our low-water and no-water borders have done despite the weather. This is testament to the plants themselves, of course, but also to the soil amendments and preparation that make these borders possible. During this two-hour workshop, Maurice will present in detail various methods for amending soils, appropriate plant choices and ways for combining plants to maintain long-term interest in the garden. 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 please pay the day of the class in our retail area (the barn)

 

Maurice Horn, as co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, has had the opportunity to trial a vast variety of perennials and shrubs. He is ever eager to find ways to create exciting gardens that use low to no water.   He has conducted gravel gardening workshops for Metro, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (at Reed College), Portland State University and Heronswood Nursery. Recently, Maurice designed a dry land garden in cooperation with PGE, ODOT and the Master Gardeners of Oregon™. 

 

 


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