Friday, Sept. 5Swan Islands Dahlias, 955 N.W. 22nd Ave. in Canby, promises 40 acres of blooms through Sept. 7. The fields will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Saturday, Sept. 6You can join Ann Lovejoy and Lucy Hardiman at Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose to learn more about renovating a garden in a sustainable way. Saturday's lectures will offer insights into how we can garden with low-impact, organic methods, including site preparation, plant choices, pruning and maintenance. Sunday continues with hands-on experience that allows students to practice what they've learned. Pre-registration is required and the class size is limited. The fee of $150 includes lunches and refreshments. For more information, call (503) 543-7474 or visit the website at www.joycreek.com

Saturday, Sept. 13The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon holds its annual Fall Plant Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Washington County Fairplex, Hillsboro. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. The event includes a garden art fair.

Upcoming and ongoing• The Clatsop County Master Gardeners operate a Help Desk, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Please call 325-8573 with your questions.

• Brim's Farm & Garden has started carrying compost tea on Saturdays, or by reservation. For more information, call 325-1562.

• You can nominate someone who has made a difference through gardening and help them to win a cash prize. The deadline is Dec. 5. For more details, go online to www.scotts.com or call (800) 551-5971.

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