• The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St. in Silverton, holds "Saturday 4 Kids," an afternoon of self-directed activities in the Children's Garden covering birds, bugs, plants and trees. Violinist Ron Kilde performs acoustic music. On Sunday, Parks & Zelmer offer music. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. events are free with garden admission. The garden is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September. For directions and information, call (877) 674-2733 or go online to

• Swan Island Dahlias, on Northwest 22nd Avenue in Canby, holds a free open house from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 4 through 6. The farm offers fresh cut flowers, floral displays and fields of blooming dahlias. For directions and information, call (800) 410-6540.

SUNDAY, Sept. 5

• The Astoria Sunday Market takes place downtown, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Joy Creek Nursery, 20300 N.W. Watson Road in Scappoose, offers a free 1 p.m. session on heathers and heaths. This group of versatile evergreen shrubs requires minimal care and extends the season with colorful foliage and flowers. For information, call (503) 543-7474.


• The Oregon State Fair runs through Sept. 6 in Salem. Discount days and other information is offered at

• Photos of the Lower Columbia Preservation Society's 2004 Garden Tour are now up on the group's Web site. You can start the virtual tour at

• The Clatsop County Master Gardener hotline gives gardening advice from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Call (503) 325-8573 with your questions. The new Clatsop County Master Gardener Web site is

• The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon holds its annual fall sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12, at the Washington County Fairplex in Hillsboro. For information, call (503) 224-5718.

• Learn about renovating a garden during a two-day Joy Creek Nursery workshop with Ann Lovejoy and Lucy Hardiman Sept. 18 and 19. The class fee of $150 includes lunches. For information, call the Scappoose nursery at (503) 543-7474.

• The annual Great Northwest Tomato Taste-Off takes place Sept. 18 at the Gathering of Gardeners Festival in Sweet Home. Territorial Seed Company helps sponsor the tasty contest, which features a $500 first place award, a $250 second place award and a $100 third place prize. For information, see the Web site.

• The National Gardening Association joins the Hydroponics Merchants Association for the "Hooked on Hydroponics Awards" for education programs. The deadline is Sept. 30. For information, go to the Web site or write the National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset St., South Burlington, VT 05403.

• The Sunset Empire Orchid Society Show takes place Oct. 2 and 3 at Broadway Middle School in Seaside. Show hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (503) 861-1344.


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