The Study Weekend Optional Events

Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden   PHOTO © JULIA TAYLOR MAY

Friday Morning Workshops

Before the open gardens on Friday, three Portland-area garden organizations are offering workshops:


“Translating Tradition: A Curator’s Tour of the New Garden Spaces at the Portland Japanese Garden”  Desirae Wood, Project Manager and Assistant to the Curator, and other staff will lead a tour of the new spaces unveiled when the Garden expanded in 2017. These include a stunning dry creekbed that channels runoff out of the Garden to reduce burden on the city’s sewer system, a tsubo-niwa (urban courtyard garden) that inspires with its verdant beauty in a tiny space, two areas for displaying a rotating bonsai collection, the green roofs on the new Kengo-Kuma-designed buildings, and time permitting, the new chabana research garden. The tour will include discussion about how the new spaces take traditional ideas from Japan to serve ecological demands in 21st century Portland.  

Price per person: $35. This includes Garden admission and participants are welcome to visit the Garden further after the tour concludes. Maximum 30 participants.

Friday, June 28, 2019, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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Rogerson Clematis Garden

“Clematis & Company: Roses and Herbaceous Perennials in the Rogerson Clematis Garden”
Although the Rogerson Clematis Garden (RCG) boasts over 1800 clematis, they do not have over 1800 obelisks or 18,000 linear feet of fencing. They grow clematis the way they think home gardeners should grow them, blended with other plants. The Heirloom Garden features old garden roses with Victorian-era clematis, and the entire garden relies on clematis paired with herbaceous perennials for seasonal color. Rose aficionado Linda Rectanus will begin the day with advice about growing clematis with roses including valuable maintenance tips. After a break, RCG curator Linda Beutler (the herbaceous perennials instructor at Clackamas Community College) will discuss growing clematis and perennials, her favorite topic.

Price per person: $35 includes break snacks, informational handouts, garden tour, and gift perennials.

Friday, June 28, 2019, 9:30 am to noon

125 Rosemont Road, West Linn, OR
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Wildlife Botanical Garden


“Landscape for Wildlife”
The Wildlife Botanical Gardens is a demonstration garden for creating backyard wildlife habitats. This two-hour workshop involving a classroom segment and tour of the specialty themed gardens introduces participants to key concepts in habitat-friendly gardening. Learn how to meet essential wildlife needs by including sources of water and food, and by creating garden layers suitable for nesting. Kickstart your long-delayed plan to get backyard wildlife certification! The Wildlife Botanical Gardens is a project of NatureScaping of Southwest Washington, a non-profit educational institution. The workshop fee includes a year’s membership in the NatureScaping of Southwest Washington and free admission to all classes offered by NatureScaping (classes are approved for Master Gardener Continuing Education).

Price per person: $25 includes workshop and one-year membership with free classes.
Maximum 30 participants.

Friday, June 28, 2019, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
11000 NE 149th St · Brush Prairie, WA
(approx. 30 minutes north of Study Weekend’s headquarters at Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center)
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Friday workshops and the Saturday evening soirée are open only to Study Weekend attendees.  Please register concurrently with your main Study Weekend registration.

Pomarius Nursery

Saturday Night Soirée - SOLD OUT

Experience the stunning grounds of Pomarius Nursery at the Saturday night Soirée. Be inspired by the European-styled ambience, plants, and architectural objects while sharing a seasonally- influenced dinner prepared by Vibrant Table, Portland's award-winning caterers.

Cost: $75 plus no-host wine and beer

Maximum attendees: 200

Saturday, June 30, 2019, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Pomarius Nursery

1920 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
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Register for the Soirée HERE.

Note: Phytosanitary certificates will not be available for purchases made at Pomarius Nursery.


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