Every summer, Portland gets hit with berry fever – raspberries, blackberries, marionberries, Hood River strawberries, and delicate blueberries take over our gardens, farmers’ markets, and wild green spaces. You can tame the wild berries in your own garden, and with a little help from your neighborhood nurseries, it couldn’t be easier. This month Garden Fever – located at 3433 NE 24th Ave (just south of Fremont) – is selling premium-quality blueberry shrubs with buds, as well as all the tools, soil, compost, and garden accessories you’ll need to get growing in no time. Blueberry harvesting season starts in June, so start now to ensure a great season of berry madness.
Garden Fever also hosts a lecture series of garden experts. Two exciting lectures are coming on April 16th and 17th, just in time for the Spring planting frenzy. On April 16th at 1pm, Anne Marsh will be speaking on “Trees for the Urban Gardener”: “Urban home lots lend themselves to creating ‘garden rooms.’ Trees can be the walls of the room, the ceiling, or a beautiful sculpture in the corner of your garden. Anne’s lecture will inform and inspire your decisions on the perfect tree for your garden room.” On April 17th at 1 pm, Jolly Butler will give a lecture on “Gardening in Small Spaces for Big Effect.” Jolly is a garden columnist, Portland community college instructor, and call-in radio garden show host on KPAM in Portland. Her experience in small garden design will benefit the novice or experienced gardener. Small gardens can be visually impressive and often are easier to work with than large spaces. Jolly will present her methods for creating a stunning garden environment in a small area.
Reservations are required for the lectures. Call 503-287-3200 for more information and to reserve your spot.