Thursday, Oct. 16• The Berry Botanic Garden offers a four-class series on gardening with native plants, running Thursdays through October. For more information or to register, contact The Berry Botanic Garden, 11505 S.W. Summerville Ave., Portland, OR 97219 or call (503) 636-4112. The email address is bbg@rdrop.com

• The Clatsop County Master Gardener Association meets at 7 p.m. at Clatsop Care Center, 16th Street and Grand Avenue. Helen Harkin will demonstrate Ikebana flower arranging.

• Washington's Master Gardener program hosts a weekend of "Gardening on the Edge," Oct. 16 through 18. The advanced training conference will be held in Port Townsend, Wash., and features garden writers Marianne Binetti, Valerie Easton, Ann Lovejoy and Ciscoe Morris. The fee is $140. For more information, stop by the Clatsop County/OSU Extension Service office, 2001 Marine Drive, Astoria, or call 325-8573.

Saturday, Oct. 18• The Japanese Garden in Portland holds a show featuring bonsai, through Oct. 19. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and entrance to the show is free with garden admission. The garden is located at 611 S.W. Kingston Ave.For more information, call (503) 223-1321.

• Raintree Nursery in Morton, Wash., lets you sample apples and quinces, along with cider making. From noon to 2:30 p.m., help nursery staff make and blend cider from lots of different varieties of apples. No need to bring fruit. For more information and directions, go online to info@raintreenursery.com or call (360) 496-6400.

• The Berry Botanic Garden in Portland, and Metro, hold a free class on Natural Pest Control: The Long and the Short of It. You'll learn what to do in the short-term (and why) to conquer the most common garden problems such as an aphid infestation, an outbreak of black spot and a swarm of dandelions. But you'll also gain some skills that will pay off in the long-term for attracting beneficial insects, getting and keeping healthy soil and outsmarting pesky weeds.. The session is from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact The Berry Botanic Garden, 11505 S.W. Summerville Ave., Portland, OR 97219 or call (503) 636-4112. The email address is bbg@rdrop.com

Sunday , Oct. 19The annual Horticulture Magazine seminar takes place at Portland State University. "Architecture of the Garden, Linking House and Garden Through Plants and Structures" runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in PSU's Hoffmann Hall. Admission is $109 for the general public, $99 for Horticulture subscribers, and $95 for members of the following: Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, OSU Extension Service Master Gardeners, WSU Master Gardeners of Clark County, Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group. For registration or questions, call (877) 426-7764.

Tuesday, Oct. 21• The Berry Botanic Garden in Portland offers a class on "Discovering Lewisia." Not just famed for their role in the survival of Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery (the edible "bitterroot" is Lewisia rediviva), lewisia plants are also favorites of the rock garden, their showy flowers ranging from rich rose to candy-stripe peach to snow white. Burl Mostul of Rare Plant Research will share from his years of experience in cultivating lewisia. He'll present a slide show of species in their habitats, followed by examples of varieties in the home garden. The session is from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact The Berry Botanic Garden, 11505 S.W. Summerville Ave., Portland, OR 97219 or call (503) 636-4112. The email address is bbg@rdrop.com

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