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Classes and Celebrations 2016:
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.


After more than 23 years of conducting weekly classes and workshops, we have decided to try something different.  This year we will hold our workshops twice a month instead of weekly.  Because so many of our speakers are generous with their time, we have allowed them two hours for their presentations.  Our workshops will continue to be held on Sundays at 1:00 pm, but please note that there will be a small fee and registration for some of these workshops.

During our planning, we have focused on workshops for gardeners of all levels, from the novice to the die-hard.  All of our speakers are experts or knowledgeable enthusiasts from many walks of life.  They share their knowledge for little compensation other than your interest.  We thank them for enriching our nursery and our customers with their generous spirits.


Sunday Classes, Workshops and Celebrations for 2016

All our classes for 2016 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.  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 6, 2016


1:00 p.m.





Late Winter PruningAn Interactive Demonstration -  with Mike Smith 

As Jim Morrison crooned in one rather twisted song - "This is the end, my only friend the end."  That's right, this is the last time Mike will discuss and demonstrate basic and advanced pruning techniques.  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.

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.


March 20, 2016


1:00 p.m.




Gravel -The Surprising Soil Amendment - Mike Smith

English gardeners have been using gravel or grit to loosen up compacted soils for a very long time.  Mike presents how we use gravel, both for planting beds and for improving drainage conditions in lawns.  For the past twenty years the gardens and lawns at Joy Creek have been amended with periodic applications of gravel.  The results are as evident as they are surprising.

Mike Smith is a co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery.  Mike is a passionate gardener who retired from a management job in corporate America, got bored and then started the nursery.

April 3, 2016


1:00 p.m.

 Beyond Leyland and Laurels:  Creating Attractive and Functional Hedges with Exceptional Shrubs -  with Bruce Hegna

This workshop will focus on using less common plant material for hedging to create privacy or delineate space in the home landscape.  We will move beyond the overused Leyland cypress and English laurel.  Our exploration will include a wide variety of distinctive broadleaf evergreens, conifers, deciduous shrubs and small trees.  We will examine approaches to hedging styles -- from the traditional formal look to a more casual, mixed approach.  General maintenance and planting principles will also be covered.  After a brief break, we will have plenty of time to stroll through the nursery and gardens to observe plant material up close.  Free and open to the public.

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 climates for its endless hiking pleasures and gardening potential!

April 17, 2016


1:00 p.m.

 Ferns and How to Use Them to Create Fern Tables - with Richie Steffen

Joy Creek is happy to welcome Richie Steffen back to introduce The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns, a new book from Timber Press 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 also show some of the best ferns for our gardens and share tips on how to care for them.  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 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.  The fee for the class is $20.  Registration opens on April 1.  To register please call us at 503-543-7474.

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. 

May 8, 2016


1:00 p.m.

 Troughs the Easy Way - with Christine Ebrahimi

Unlike traditional hypertufa troughs made with cement, which are HEAVY and need several weeks to cure, polystyrene troughs are light, fast and last for several years.  Join Christine Ebrahimi, plant enthusiast and rock garden lover, in learning how to create these aesthetically pleasing and MOVABLE troughs - perfect for the rock gardener or anyone interested in creating miniature environments for special plants.  In this workshop you will have the chance to make you own small trough to take home.  We will also discuss soils, rock arrangements and how to plant your trough.  Participants will need to provide their own gloves and a serrated larger knife.  We will provide everything else including a small styrofoam container, paint, soil, and a selection of rocks to add to the trough.  (NOTE:  If you have a specific color, type or shape of rock that you want to use or your own larger styrofoam container, you may bring them.)  Plan to have fun and maybe get a bit messy.  Remember, it's all in the name of gardening!  The fee for this class is $20 which includes materials.  Registration opens on April 1.  To register please call us at 503-543-7474.

Christine Ebrahimi is a botanist and rock gardener.  She has lived and gardened in Oregon for most of her life and is particularly interested in trying to grow difficult alpine plants in the impossibly wet Oregon weather.  She is also the former president of the Columbia-Willamette and Siskiyou Chapters of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS).  After receiving a BS in taxonomy at OSU and an MS in Forest Ecology at University of Idaho, she spent 10 years with the USFS and BLM conducting rare and endangered plant surveys.  She now lives in Columbia City where she enjoys gardening and inspiring young children to love nature in her role as a preschool teacher.

May 22, 2016


1:00 p.m.

 The Principles of Color, Texture and Form:  A Practicum for Creative Plant Selection - with Lucy Hardiman

Lucy Hardiman is well-known throughout the Pacific Northwest for her lectures and workshops regarding the use of color in the garden and planting for seasonal interest among many other topics.  This year, she offers a two-part workshop during which she will demonstrate the basic principles of combining plants in the mixed border.  The shapes and textures of different plants work together to create the "feel" of a border and the colors of flower, stem, leaf and bark are essential in setting its "mood."  During the second half, participants will have the pleasurable challenge of trying out these principles using both potted and cut plant material to create vignettes of their own.  Attendance is limited to 25.  This is a two-part workshop with a 15 minute break.  The fee for the class is $25.  Registration opens on April 1.  To register please call us at 503-543-7474.

Lucy Hardiman was to the garden born - and a fifth generation Oregon gardener.  She is the principal of Perennial Partners, a design collective recognized for their innovative approaches to garden design.  Her garden and those of clients have appeared in many magazines and books.  A popular speaker who lectures and teaches throughout the country, she writes for regional and national publications.  She currently serves on the Great Plant Picks perennial committee and formerly was on the board of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection.  She is also a past president of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.

June 5, 2016


9:00 a.m.


 Basic Plant Propagation Workshop - with Leslie Gover

Leslie's goal is to demonstrate how plants reproduce in order that the home gardener understands the best methods to use to refresh treasured plants in their own gardens.  Join Leslie as she covers the fundamental steps for making and growing-on rooted cuttings, scaling lilies, dividing perennials, and cleaning and sowing seeds.  Discover ways to look at the summer garden for other opportunities to increase your plants.  Spend the morning learning about tools, techniques, timing and more.  You will take your own "propagules" home.  There is a $50 fee for this four-hour workshop.  Registration opens on April 1.  To register please call us at 503-543-7474.

Leslie Gover has worked around plants since she was a very young girl planting her first garden.  She now serves as the propagator, plant entomologist and plant pathologist for Joy Creek Nursery.  Her background in ornamental horticulture from Oregon State University has allowed her to spend lots of time in the field in both a professional and personal capacity.  As one of her personal goals, she began Daisytoes Nursery to teach her children what vegetables, business and a strong work ethic are all about.

June 19, 2016


1:00 p.m.






 Choosing the Right Vine - with Maurice Horn

Vines have long been used for privacy screening and to conceal unsightly fences and out-buildings.  Many also offer spectacular seasonal interest to the garden.  With so many vines to choose from, however, it is often difficult to decide which vine would be best for a particular site.  Maurice will share some of the methods he uses to select an appropriate climber.  The gardens at Joy Creek Nursery are home to many mature vines and Maurice will lead a tour to demonstrate his ideas.  Climbing hydrangeas, Holboelia, Star Jasmine, Jasmine, Honeysuckle and Clematis will be among the plants featured in this presentation.  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.
















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