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A New Day, A New Direction, A New Dream

I was laid off from my “dream” job at Kraemer’s Nursery on August 31.  I created digital portfolios to showcase my work.
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2012 Fiskar’s Community Gardening Grant

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb
This is a great opportunity to bring community gardening initiative to your area. If you’re part of a community garden group or civic organization in the U.S. or Canada, simply apply to our 2012 grant program between September 26 and December 5. Your organization could be among 10 groups to receive $3,500 in grant funding and $1,500 in Fiskars® garden tools to help you reach your goals of community change. Grant recipients will be announced January 9, and all grants will be awarded in the spring of 2012.

Want to do even more to help your community? 
Specify on your grant application that you want to be considered for a complete garden makeover. The Project Orange Thumb team will come to the neighborhood of one lucky group to turn unused space into a beautiful community garden in just one day. Grant recipients and the recipient of our complete garden makeover will be announced January 9. All grants will be awarded in the spring of 2012. The recipient of our complete garden makeover will be announced January 9 with the makeover to take place in the summer of 2012.

Steven Koch: Landscape Architect Extraordinaire

What do Sitka Apartments, The Lexis Courtyard, The Pinnacle Condominiums and Park Place Lobby have in common?

Steven Koch led the Association of NW Landscape Designers (ANLD) members on a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of his design projects on September 12, 2011.  A wry wit coupled with innovative solutions to urban courtyard design challenges were highlights of the evening.

Learn more about the 10th @ Hoyt courtyard design to truly appreciate Steven’s groundbreaking work with storm water management, concrete and load bearing principles since the courtyard literally ‘floats’ above an underground parking garage.

GWA Members: SafeLawns Organic Night Party

SafeLawns Invite for Organic Night

Who: Garden Writers of Association members attending 2010 GWA conference

When: September 10, Friday night 7:30 – 9:30pm

Where: Reunion A-C Lobby Level of Dallas Regency Hotel

Why: Network, eat, drink and be merry

What: Panel discussion on the state of organic lawn care and garden industry

Sponsored by: Eco Smart, ARBORjet, Master Nursery Garden Centers, Wingscape, Multibloom, Espoma, Triffia and BioSafe Systems

September Garden Events

GardenPalooza Tour
September 9 – 12, 9am – 4pm
Join enthusiastic gardeners at over 20 nursery locations in Oregon and SW Washington and enjoy a tour of fall fun!
Enjoy special events, discounts, demonstrations and classes.  Fall is a great time for planting and there is still plenty of time left to enjoy your yard or garden before winter returns. Take advantage of specials, discounts, classes and seminars that will help you be a better gardener and make your garden the envy of your neighborhood.

Berry Botanic Garden Estate and Moving Sale
September 11 – 12, 9am – 4pm (Members only)
September 18 – 19 9am – 4pm (General public)
Say it isn’t so – but it is. The Berry Botanic Garden is another casualty in our down Oregon economy. Over 33 years of public service with a historic garden ends as they shutter their doors. Make sure to add this to your ‘to do’ list.

HPSO Fall Plant Sale & Garden Festival
September 18 – 19 10am – 3pm
Free admission to the Portland Expo Center where plant geeks unite and money flies faster out of wallets than weed seeds on the wind. Specialty nurseries from distant locales in Oregon and Washington converge on Portland. Just think of the gas you will save by attending this event! That alone will let you buy at least one more baby.

8th Annual Gathering of Gardeners
September 18 – 19
Mix good food, garden talk, and the Great Tomato Taste Off. Mix in over 70 vendor booths relating to gardening. Sprinkle with live music and artwork and you have one incredible day.

Green on Green Fall Garden Tour
September 25 11am – 4pm
Six fabulous gardens are open for touring including the garden of Dulcy Mahar.  Special presentation by Linda Beutler on autumn floral display  in the Mahar garden (additional $10 fee). Marta Farris recycled garden art for sale in the Claybourne Street garden. $20 admission. Proceeds benefit the Portland Reading Foundation.
Proceeds support the Portland Reading Foundation.

Portland Fall Home and Garden Show
September 30 –  October 3 (Thursday – Sunday)
Great show to drag the hubby along to. Leave him with the tools, windows and hawking sales vendors while you stroll through the fabulous orchid display, creative display gardens and plant sale.