You'll find us at the following upcoming events:

  • What in Carnation?!


    A How-To Workshop for Organic Gardens and Landscapes

    Saturday, April 21, 2018   10:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Happy Valley Library
    13793 SE Sieben Park Way, Happy Valley, OR 97015

    Longing for a beautiful yard but concerned about using toxic chemicals as a quick fix? Join us on Earth Day and learn to manage your home landscape using ecologically-sensitive techniques. Topics will include:

    • Principles to promote healthy soil and healthy plants
    • Organic management techniques for lawns, landscape beds, and vegetables/fruits
    • Why pesticides are not the easy answer we crave
    • Organic approaches to difficult issues, such as azalea lace bugs, slugs, aphids in trees, rose black spot, spotted wing drosophila, and other common challenges

    This interactive workshop will also feature demonstrations, pest management scenarios to work on in small teams, and an introduction to new resources under development for home pest management.

    Free! Pre-register to reserve your spot now.
    Residents of Clackamas, Sunnyside, Happy Valley, and Milwaukie have priority.

    Weston Miller serves as Community and Urban Horticulturist for OSU Extension Service.  Since 2007, he has managed the popular Master Gardener™ program in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties to provide research-based horticulture and pest management information to the community.  He provides leadership for Solve Pest Problems: the Oregon IPM website to make reliable pesticide risk reduction information available to audiences currently underserved by OSU's educational outreach. In his free time, Weston enjoys skiing, gardening and hiking with his family.

    Sharon Selvaggio is the Healthy Wildlife and Water Program Director for NCAP, a nonprofit dedicated to ecologically sound alternatives to pesticides. She studies pesticide risk to water and wildlife and serves on EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, a federal advisory group. She has collaborated previously with Oregon State University Extension and others to provide alternatives workshops for professional landscapers and for commercial growers in the nursery and berry sectors.  She has battled many a slug in her time!

    This workshop sponsored by:

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  • Excelling at Pollinator Gardening Workshop
    June 2, 2018  11 am - 2 pm

    Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams St, Oregon City, OR 97045
    Free, but pre-registration is required. A light lunch is provided.

    Supporting pollinators is all the rage, but how do you do it? This workshop will help you get started. You’ll learn about pollinator forage and nesting needs, which plants are pollinator-friendly, using bee-safe strategies to manage pests, raising mason bees, and how to identify bees in your yard.

    Never Doubt How a Small, Thoughtful and Committed Pollinator Garden Can Change the World!
    Andony Melathopoulos, Oregon State University

    AndonyAndony will teach you to identify 5 key bee species in your garden (and learn about their fascinating life histories) and apply 10 easy gardening tips to better support our diverse endowment of bees.

    Assistant Professor Andony Melathopoulos leads Oregon efforts to design, implement and evaluate a state-wide pollinator health program. Andony hosts a delightful weekly podcast on pollinator health (PolliNation), and trains 1,500 pesticide applicators annually to reduce pesticide exposure to pollinating insects.

    Don't Spray on Me! Sharon Selvaggio, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides


    Sharon will cover common garden pesticides toxic to bees and alternative pest management techniques for selected pests and common situations.

    Sharon works at NCAP, a nonprofit dedicated to ecologically sound alternatives to pesticides, and leads NCAP’s Healthy Wildlife and Water Program. Sharon serves on EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, a federal advisory group. She regularly teaches about pollinators and pesticides, and is a collaborator with the City of Wilsonville on their Bee Stewards project.

    Caring for Your Own Mason Bees John Edwards, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm


    Learn how easy it can be to become a small-scale beekeeper with non-stinging mason bees. John will cover the A to Z of getting started with mason bees.

    John Edwards has authored several field guides on beekeeping and keeps apiaries on the west and east side of the Cascades. John is part owner of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, and is often found at the Wilsonville facility of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm (formerly Ruhl Bees). 

    Plus - Local Neighborhood Pollinator Walk

    We’ll complete the workshop with a 30-45 minute walk around the neighborhood, looking for examples of pollinator attractive plants, good design, and will identify pollinators as we walk.

    Funding for this event provided by Oregon City Metro Enhancement Grant Program.
    Additional support provided by: