Classes & Events
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Classes & Events
Grow your gardening knowledge with us!
We have a passion for plants and we want to share it with you! Our garden centers in Lake Oswego, Cedar Hills, Bridgeport Village, and Seaside offer free classes and hands-on workshops throughout the year to help you succeed in your garden. Whether you’re still developing your green thumb or you’re a seasoned gardener, our events will give you lots of great ideas and unique ways to express your creativity. From learning how to care for roses to growing your own edible garden and everything in between, you’re sure to find something fun and educational. Check back regularly for new events and schedule updates at each of our garden center locations. We look forward to growing with you!
Privacy Screens & Hedges
Friday, April 3 | 10:00 am (live stream)
Making a space that feels private and intimate in your urban garden can sometimes pose a challenge. Learn about the best plants to use for creating privacy screens and hedges for a variety of conditions as well as planting and care information. If you’ve been feeling like you are gardening in a “fish bowl” or providing entertainment for the neighbors and are looking for solutions, this class is for you!
Spring Container Inspiration
Friday, April 10 | 10:00 am (live stream)
Spring is here! It’s time to spruce up your entryway, porch, or patio with colorful container plantings. Join us for ideas and inspiration as we discuss which plants to use and how to keep things looking their best throughout the season.
Beginning an Organic Veggie Garden
Friday, April 17 | 10:00 am (live stream)
Grow your own organic food! What to plant, when to plant it, and how to reap the most from your efforts will all be covered during this fast-paced class for beginners.
Basic Indoor Plant Care & Selection
Friday, April 17 | 1:00 pm (live stream)
Want to grow your indoor jungle, but not sure how to get started? Want help selecting the ideal plant for your home based on care needs and light requirements? This class will answer basic questions related to choosing your new plant and how to care for it once you take it home. Everyone leaves with a “green thumb”!
Growing the Best Tomatoes
Friday, April 24 | 10:00 am (live stream)
If you love garden-fresh tomatoes, you may be willing to try almost anything for earlier ripening, more flavor, or longer lasting crops. Having hosted an annual tomato tasting event for more than a decade, Nicole is quick to share her passion for all things tomato. She will talk about some of the top-voted varieties from years past, recommend several fantastic heirlooms, and suggest hybrids developed right here at home. Growing tips and secrets used by successful local tomato growers will also be revealed. Whether you want to grow grafted or not, hybrid or heirloom, from seed or with started plants, you will want to watch this class.
Meet Instructor Nicole Forbes
Nicole has lived and gardened in Portland for more than 20 years and started working for Dennis’ 7 Dees in the late 1990s. She has experience in nearly every retail garden center job position that exists, but she has found her niche in teaching gardening classes and hosting events like our annual Tomato Tasting Festival. Nicole’s love of plants and people is evident in her fun and energetic teaching style. She also writes many of our blog articles and helps with employee training at the garden centers.
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