Saturday, May 3• "Cultivating the American Garden," a conference sponsored by Taunton Press, will be held May 3-4 at the Hilton Portland. Speakers include Gordon Hayward, a garden designer, lecturer and author; Lucy Hardiman, a writer and garden designer, and Allan Armitage, an author and professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. For more information, call (800) 888-8286, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Or, go online to

• Raintree Nursery in Morton, Wash., throws itself a 30th anniversary celebration, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Everyone who loves Raintree is invited to come and share experiences with the Raintree plants you have grown and offer advice as to what you would like to see the nursery do and offer in the future. Raintree provides snacks and music at the free event. For more information, call (360) 496-6400 or e-mail

Sunday, May 4• Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose features a talk by Jolly Butler about "Seven Simple Steps to Gardening Success." Whether you are a new gardener starting from scratch or a veteran gardener looking for inspiration or new ideas for renovating your garden, garden writer, teacher and radio talk show host Butler will guide you to gardening success using the rock bottom basics of garden planning and design. The free event starts at 1 p.m. Reach Joy Creek by taking Watson Road, off U.S. Highway 30, and follow the signs. For more information, call (503) 543-7474 or visit the Web site

Wednesday, May 7• The Astoria High School plant classes raise money for materials and supplies with a plant sale that starts Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m., at the Area Vocational Center, near Miles Crossing in Astoria. The sale, which features annuals and hanging baskets, runs 1:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8; noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 and 9 a.m. until the plants are sold on Saturday, May 10. Checks and cash, please.

• The Clatsop County Master Gardeners hold a workday in their Demonstration Garden at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. The session runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be held each Wednesday.

• The Berry Botanic Garden in Portland offers a a series of classes called "Nature Journaling with Pen and Watercolor." Nature journaling is a way to record impressions, observations, experiences and musings in the garden, while traveling or in the field. Naturalist and watercolor painter Jude Siegel will share simple techniques that encourage a relaxed, enjoyable way to enhance drawing and watercolor skills and increase awareness of nature. No art experience is necessary. Expect to be working with plant materials inside and outside. You will receive a supply list upon registration. The classes run Wednesday through May, with the final meeting held June 4. The time is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the fee is $45. The street address is 11505 S.W. Summerville Ave. For more information, call (503) 636-4112 or email

Ongoing and upcoming• Gardeners on the go can let somebody else do all the planning with a new trip offered, June 6-9, by Marion/Polk County Master Gardeners. Working with Quantum Tours, LLC, a Salem-based company, Master Gardeners have come up with a four-day trip through Washington and Oregon garden country. The cost is $579 per person, double occupancy. For more information, call (503) 588-3144 or go online to

• Early bird tickets are available for the annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour, an event that takes in six personal gardens and offers a lecture series, book and plant sale. The 15th annual tour takes place July 12-13, and includes a day of children's gardening activities on July 9. Tickets cost $12 to $25 if purchased before May 15 afterwards, the prices go up. For more information, go online to or call (206) 219-3182.

• The Haystack Summer Program in the Arts is offering a weeklong gardening series July 14-20. There is a fee for most of the events. For more information, please call (503) 725-4186.

• The Clatsop County Beekeeping Association invites people to download past copies of the Clatsop Beekeepers newsletters from its website,