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Worm Bins and General Composting Tips

We all produce kitchen waste from our fruit and vegetable peelings, our tea leaves and coffee grounds. Find out how you can use these discards to feed worms in your very own worm bin. Their castings will in turn feed our plants. Easy to do and not a smelly project.

Not ready to be responsible for feeding worms? Learn how simple it is to compost in other ways.

Mother Nature does it all the time!

When: July 27th, 2014 @ 1:00PM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568

Patio Fruits

planter with apple tree, strawberries and blueberries


Three seasons of fruit!

Shown here is one planter growing a columnar apple, short blueberries and several strawberries. No matter how small your yard or patio, you can grow your own fresh food.

Lou has ideas for you on what fruits and berries you can grow in smaller spaces. He has tips on how to maximize your growing space and how to keep it productive the entire growing season.


When: July 27th, 2014 @ 11:00AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568

Japanese Maples

Joel from Eshraghi Nursery, our parent company that specializes in growing Japanese maples, will be here to discuss the amazing varieties of acer palmatums.

Whether you have your maple in a container, as part of a garden bed or alone as a specimen, Joel can tell you the best ways to care for it. This includes summer pruning. Yes, you can prune at this time of year!

For both an upright maple and a weeping laceleaf maple, there are certain ways to look at the intricate branch structure so that you can create and maintain a natural balanced beauty.

There will be time for questions at the end of this class, so bring a photo if you have a specific concern with your tree.

When: July 26th, 2014 @10:00AM- 11:00AM
Where: Farmington Gardens
              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
Cost:   Free but please REGISTER
Phone: 503.649.4568


Garden to Table: Summer and Your Slow Cooker


Summer has arrived in full force; temperatures are rising and gardens are bursting at the seams.  There is so much to do, and so much fun to be had that it’s sometimes hard to find time to cook what we grow.  Never fear!  Dust off those slow cookers and join Roberta Reynolds in  ‘Summer and Your Slow Cooker’.  We’ll share recipes and ideas for how to enjoy the bounty of your garden while keeping your kitchen cool.  You’ll never even miss your oven.   Bring your ideas – we’ll share ours, as well as providing recipes and free tastings. 

Here’s what we’ll be cooking:

  • Slow Cooker Yeast Bread with Black Plum & Nectarine Conserve
  • Roasted Beet & Purple Carrot Salad with Candied Nuts & Beet Vinaigrette
  • Slow Roasted Turkey Breast with Fingerling Herbed Potatoes

And on the sweeter side of life: 

  • Slow Cooker Berry Cobbler with Sweetened Whipped Cream


When:  Saturday, July 12th, 2014 @10:30AM - 11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007


                    THIS CLASS IS FULL


Phone:  503.649.4568

'Ellen Melon' Reading and Children's Activity

Local children's author Michael Patrick Stevens will be visiting Farmington Gardens.

He will read from his children's book 'Ellen Melon' 

It is the inspirational story of a young girl growing up on her father’s yam farm. For years, Ellen has secretly dreamed of growing anything besides boring old yams. Through a simple twist of fate, and a kind gesture from an unsuspecting old farmer, Ellen’s dreams suddenly become possible.

​As Ellen embarks on her grand adventure, she soon finds herself befriended by Benjamin the wise old owl of the great Verde Woods.

​After receiving help from the animals of the forest, which assisted in her dream becoming a reality, Ellen finds herself in a position to return the kindness that was bestowed upon her and help the people she loves most.

Michael will follow this with a short gardening activity suitable for children 10 and under.

More information about Michael can be found at


When: July 20th, 2014 @ 2:00PM

           July 27th, 2014 @ 2:00PM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568

Planting for Pollinators

bee in a white Franklinia blossomBirds, bees, and other insects such as butterflies and beetles are some of the pollinators. Their activities help us to produce the fruit and vegetables in our gardens, and in the fields and orchards around us.

You would think it is easy enough to attract these pollinators to our yards but there is always a good..,better.., best way. Come listen to a Master Gardener share which plants can be added to your yard to attract these pollinators. Understand the why's and how's of it. Shape and color of the flower does make a difference! Odor does too. We are not the only ones attracted to a sweet smell.

Our Master Gardener will help you plan and place plants that will give the insects and birds a variety of food choices spring through fall. The more we learn how to help these little workers in their massive task, the better it is for all of us.


When: July 20th, 2014 @ 1:00PM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568


Late Summer Gardening Tips


Your garden was lush in the cooler, moister spring days. But now, many plants have bloomed and are drooping in the summer heat. Can you keep the garden looking fresh and colorful?

Susan Jones will share maintenance tips and tricks to do just that. Plants can be pruned back, but how far? Many will rebloom if trimmed at the correct time. Staking certain plants now helps display their blossoms and protects them later from high winds and September storms. 

Can you plant at this time of year? Absolutely! Find out which plants, added to your garden now, will flourish with this summer heat and look wonderful through fall. Your garden does not have to look like it has taken a siesta. You can extend its vibrancy with a few gardening tips for late summer from Susan.


When: July 20th, 2014 @ 11:00AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:  Free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568


Weed and Insect Identification Table

Bug, bugs, bugs!

You have seen insects crawling on your plants but is that good or bad? You have tiny holes in some leaves but what is responsible: the one you see right now or was it something that came out in the night? Maybe you have found wiggly things in your ground that are not worms and are not sure what they will grow up to be.

Chip Bubl an Extension Agent and a member of the OSU Extension Service will be here to identify the insects you bring in. Yes, he would like to look at an actual specimen. Catch it in a jar, plastic baggie or any other closed container. If you can snap a great photo, make a copy and bring that in.

Whether the insect is dead or alive(preferrably NOT squished), he can chat with you about whether this is a beneficial or a nuisance insect. He can tell you its stage of life and the best time to control it, if needed. He can also tell you what host plants the insect likes. Bring in a sample of the plant you think might have problems because of insects.

Weeds are all in the eyes of the beholder...or not.

Chip will also be ready to ID weeds. Bring in samples of the leaves, the flower, the seed head, even the root if you can. Find out what the plant is and the best season and way to control it. The ones of real concern are those which are poisonous or are truly noxious and should not be allowed to spread because they can cause problems to our waterways or wildlife. 


When: July 19th, 2014 @ 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Where: Farmington Gardens

            21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:   Free but please REGISTER if you will be stopping by


Phone: 503.649.4568

How Do You Take Care of Those Huge Dahlias?

Who doesn't smile when they see the large dahlia blossoms? They are looking wonderful at this time of year.

You, our customers often ask us how long will they last and do they come back each year. You needn't be hesitant about taking one of these beauties home.

  • With a little care, you can enjoy them all summer long. This applies whether you keep them in pots or plant them in the ground.

Dahlias like full sun. Without it, they will not bloom as well and can get tall and floppy.

They also like regular water down to the roots but do not like to sit in the wetness. That means, if grown in pots, you will probably have to water daily in the warmer months. If you plant in the garden, a long, deep watering twice a week or more will do. Soaker hoses can do this nicely.

Fast draining soil. Amend your garden soil with compost. Our Garden Valley compost is a great mix of peat moss, sand, volcanic pumice and perlite.

Fertilize with a low nitrogen fertilizer. Nitrogen is the first number. If it is high, you will get lots of leafy growth. The next two numbers, potassium and phosphorus, will promote good roots, strong stalks and more blossoms. Dr Earth Bud and Bloom, 4-10-7, has an excellent ratio. This can be added every 3 - 4 weeks, more often for plants in pots.

You can stake your dahlias to support the whole plant or to just hold up big blossoms. Bamboo, tomato cages, and wire hoops are all available. Be careful not to place them too close to the center of the plant as this could damage the tubers beneath the soil.

Watch for any slug, insect or disease problems and use the appropriate treatment.

With this care, your dahlias should keep blooming all summer long. Deadhead them so plant energy does not go to making seed but to producing new blooms. Still better, cut the flowers before they fade and bring them into the house for long lasting arrangements.

  • Will your dahlias come back next year? Yes! Again, all it takes a little care.

You can dig up the dahlia tubers and store them until next year. Certain guidelines need to be followed. Or, you can also just leave the tubers where they are.
If in a pot, bring them in the garage for the winter, place under an overhang or simply cover the pot with something to keep our winter rains off. Water causing the tubers to rot kills more dahlias than the cold of our Pacific Northwest.
If you want to leave the dahlias in the ground, cut back the foliage once it has been blackened by the frost. Cover the ground with some plastic or thick cardboard to prevent the area from getting too soaked. Mulch for some protection from the cold. Remember to remove all this come spring and you can enjoy them all over again!

Dahlias are huge showstoppers in any yard, patio or deck. Now that you know how to keep them at their optimum all season long, the hard part will be choosing what color you want. Red ... yellow…white…orange…multi-colored….


Garden to Table: Summer Berries and Jelly Making Day



The berries from our gardens are starting to come on fast and furious. Use them fresh to enhance the summer recipes you love. Preserve some to enjoy later in the year.               In this Garden to Table class, we hope to inspire you with some new combinations.

Jams and Jellies

  • Gooseberry
  • Bluebarb
  • Bumbleberry

Tasty Dining

  • Cucumber Blueberry Slaw
  • Summer Wild Rice Salad with Raspberries
  • Grilled Salmon with Blackberry Sauce

And on the sweeter side of life..

  • Blackberry Buttermilk Cake
  • Mixed Berries over Ice Cream


When: June 28th, 2014 @ 10:30AM-11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: This class is free but please REGISTER


Phone: 503.649.4568