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Holiday Wreath and Centerpiece Drop-In Workshops 2016

Create your own unique wreath or centerpiece!

Come alone or bring family and friends.

Everything will be ready for you to drop in from 11 through 2PM

Start with a basic noble fir wreath or centerpiece base form.

Choose additions from our wonderful selection of greens and colorful dried natural materials. You can also bring your some of your own Holiday pieces to add.

It doesn't matter whether this is your first time or a repeat Holiday tradition. With your creativity and how-to design suggestions from Misty and Stephanie, the finished work is sure to delight.Your guests and neighbors will be full of admiration!

Join us at these fun workshops. Music and laughter supplied!

 When: November 26th, 2016 from 11AM - 2PM ***FULL****

             December 3rd,   2016 from 11AM - 2PM ***FULL***

             December 10th, 2016 from 11AM - 2PM ***Open***

             December 17th, 2016 from 11AM - 2PM ***Open***

 Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton 97007

 Cost: Wreath $30.

           Centerpiece $25.

           Please prepay before the class.

 Register by calling 503.649.4568 or emailing events@farmingtongardens.com

Wreath or Centerpiece Group Workshops 2016

Family and Friends Holiday Event

Embellish a wreath.

Create a centerpiece for the holiday season.

Great for garden clubs, co-workers, activity groups or just a group of friends and family!

Call to schedule your own private group workshop for any day of the week.

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!

Assorted greens, cones, dried seeds, twigs and other natural material will be available along with a basic wreath or base for a centerpiece.

Feel free to bring other special items you might like to use.  Sentimental Christmas ornaments or toys would work. We'll even help you with your bow tying techniques.

Time slots fill quickly so be sure to call ahead to schedule your group's fun holiday activity.

When: Any day of the week starting November 27th, 2016

Where: Farmington Gardens

Group Size: Minimum of 5 to a maximum of 20 people

Cost: $25. for a centerpiece and $30. for a wreath

To arrange a specific time and date please

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com or

Call: 503.649.4568

Staghorn Ferns: Build a Unique Mounted Display

    ****NEW CLASS****

Staghorn ferns naturally live on tree branches and stones- no soil needed!

You can grow and display one of these unique and popular plants in your home.

   Join us for this Hands-On class!

You choose the staghorn fern and mounting style. We'll take you step-by-step to creating a finished piece of living art.

All materials and care instructions supplied.






What:   The Care and Mounting of Staghorn Ferns

 When:  November 12th, 2016 @ 10AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton 97007

 Cost:     Basic Mounted Staghorn $25.

               Deluxe Mounted Staghorn $50.

  Registration required

 Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

 Phone: 503.649.4568

Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning

Final of our series of classes given by Master Gardener and Native Pollinator Specialist Ron Spendal.

Open to anyone interested in learning about our native, solitary bee but especially helpful to those who want to keep the healthiest and productive nest environment for their mason bees.

Learn how to harvest, clean and care for your mason bee cocoons.  An easy sand cleaning process will be demonstrated. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their mason bee nesting devices for review and processing.  Cocoons needing harvesting and cleaning will be available for this hands-on workshop.


 What:   Mason Bee Cocoon Cleaning                               

 When:  November 5th, 2016 @ 11AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton 97007

 Cost:     FREE but please Register

 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com

 Phone:   503.649.4568

There are succulents and there are tender succulents. They look similar but are not alike.

The sempervivem will do fine left outdoors during our Pacific Northwest winter. As long as they have good drainage, they will flesh out come spring. This also applies to some of the hardier cactus.

The huge variety of tender succulents, with their larger sized leaves of different shapes and colors, have been striking additions to your rock gardens, pots, and tabletop displays this summer. They have loved the heat! But the cold is another matter.

They do not like wetness and cold! Most will do fine down to 45 degrees - they will just go into a semi-dormant state - but colder than that and they will turn to mush.

So, to answer the question, YES!

You really do have to protect your tender succulents from the cold.

What can you do? There are several ways you can minimze your loss.

  1. Put them in your winterized greenhouse. Right....and for the majority of us who are not fortunate to own such a thing?
  2. The easiest is to put your pots under the eaves where they will still get sunlight but no rain. If cold nights are forecast, you can cover them with a frost protection blanket. If freezing temperatures are on the way, you can bring them inside to a cool garage for those days.
  3. If you do not have many or your pots are not too big, you can bring them inside for the winter. Make sure you check for hiding insects and slugs under the pots, under the leaves and on the soil. Find a spot near a south or west facing window so they get as much as possible of the few hours of winter sun. They still might get a little leggy as they stretch toward the light but you can pinch back come spring. Consider using a grow light.

Water very sparingly and only after the soil is dry. Do not fertilize. You want your succulents to go into a semi-dormant state because conditions in your home can seldom meet their optimum growth requirements. Being in a cool room is perfectly acceptable.

  • If you have a huge selection, you might consider taking cuttings of the ones you love best. Grow the tiny plants inside the house for the winter.  Share some of your extras with friends. Maybe, with several people involved, your collection of different tender succulents will continue to expand over the years.

These are all acceptable choices but they require the right conditions, proper care and vigilance. An even simpler way to go is to remember that these are tender plants and therefore considered annuals here in the PNW. Give yourself a rest for the winter.

Come to our greenhouses next year to get new individual succulents, large and small, to add to your garden and displays. Find beautiful tabletop arrangements that will thrill you for another full season.

What's Blooming 10.06.2016 Fall Color

Shrubs with Great Fall Color

'Sunshine' ligustrum

'Red Elf' pyracantha

'Orange Rocket' barberry

And to add to the season, try some of these...

It’s Fall…Should I Be Doing Something with My Lawn?


Although fall is known as a time when plants start to go dormant, it is usually a time when our grasses come out of their summer dormancy and begin to grow again. Mowing may pick back up if you didn’t irrigate throughout the summer. Mowing 3-4 times a month is recommended for keeping a lush, healthy lawn. 


What's Blooming 9.30.2016

The changing season brings out fresh new blooms and color.

     Camellias are just starting to bloom.            Enjoy the blue centers of Bloomstruck -

                     Appleblossom                           Rebloom of Endless Summer hydrangeas.


          Supreme Cantaloupe Echinacea        Golden Ruby barberry has a yellow edge.

The flowers of the Wild Swan anemone have strong mauve/purple stripes on their back.

Plants and color for your Fall displays.

Pruning Japanese Maples

When can you prune Japanese maples? Is there a difference between pruning weeping maples and upright maples? How much can you safely prune without damaging the form and health of the tree?

Join Lou while he goes over these questions and more. He will demonstrate the pruning of a Japanese maple while giving tips and tricks to shaping the tree for years of beauty. So much better than trying to follow a diagram!

Tour our display garden to admire mature Japanese maples and all they have to offer.

This is a popular class and quickly fills up. Sign up early!

 What: Pruning Japanese Maples

 When: October 29th, 2016  @  10 AM
             October 30th, 2016  @    1 PM
             October 31rst, 2016 @ 10 AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens
              21815 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:     FREE but please register
 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com
 Phone:  503.649.4568


See Lou on YouTube

Garden Buddies: Fall Rains and the Water Cycle

Let's learn all about water, the water cycle and some tips for conserving water in our gardens and daily lives.
Then we will work on the scientific method for keeping track of how much rain falls.
We'll make rain gauges out of real test tubes! Take home a notebook for collecting rain data though the winter.

 What:   Fall Rains and the Water Cycle
 When:   October 22nd, 2016 @ 10AM
 Where:  Farmington Gardens
               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:     Free but Registration is Required
 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com
 Phone:  503.649.4568
Lessons are geared toward children aged 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage our Garden Buddies to dress appropriately for hands-on activities.