• The Berry Botanic Garden in Portland starts its year of excellent workshops with a session on winter twig identification from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $16.50.

• Al's Garden Center, 1220 N. Pacific Highwayr in Woodburn, offers a hands-on, free fruit tree pruning workshop at 11 a.m. Bring your pruners and loppers and dress for the weather. For information, call (503) 981-1245.

SUNDAY, Jan. 30

Horticulture Magazine invites garden makers and plant collectors to Portland Jan. 30 for a symposium on their personal approaches to developing residential gardens that soothe the spirit and reawaken the pleasure of being in the garden. For information, go to


The Berry Botanic Garden offers a session on "Pruning for Health and Beauty" Thursday and Saturday. This is a two-part (theory on Thursday, hands-on practicum on Saturday) introduction to the whys, whens and hows of pruning, and the selection, use and care of tools. For information, call (503) 636-4112.


• The Northwest Flower & Garden Show takes place in Seattle Feb. 9-13 at the Washington State Convention Center. For information, go online to or call (800) 229-6311.

• The Yard, Garden and Patio Show opens Feb. 18 in Portland and runs through Feb. 20 at the Oregon Convention Center. For information, go to the Web site.

• The Portland Home & Garden Show rolls into the Portland Expo Center Feb. 23-27. For more information, please see

• The Master Gardener Program Endowment creates an annual stream of program funds to benefit the entire state. For more information about the endowment, contact the OSU Foundation, (800) 354-7281 or go online to


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