• Raintree Nursery in Morton, Wash., kicks off its free October Cider Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Help make and blend cider from lots of different varieties of apples to see which you like the best. For information, call (360) 496-6400 or e-mail

• Berry Botanic Garden, 11505 S.W. Summerville Ave. in Portland, holds a 10 a.m. class on winterizing the garden. Learn the whys and wherefores of mulch, when to apply, how much, what kind and what to do with it in spring. The fee is $15. For information, call (503) 636-4112.

SUNDAY, Oct. 3

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

• The Berry Botanic Garden offers a free class on naturescaping for clean rivers from 1 to 5 p.m. Take home a free workbook and native plant. Rain or shine, the class heads to the BBG's Native Plant Trail for the day. To register, call (503)797-1842 or e-mail

• The Garden Conservancy Open Days takes place in Washington County, starting at Wild Rose Ranch, 50665 N.W. Staley Road in Banks, and includes four more private, rural gardens. The self-guided tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the fee is $5 for each garden. For information, call (888) 842-2442.


• Horticulture Magazine sponsors an Oct. 17 symposium at Portland State University. Plant experts include Joe Eck, Starr Ockenga, Nan Sinton and Wayne Winterrowd. To register for "In the Plant-Lover's Garden: What's Next?" go online to

• The Metro Natural Techniques Garden, 6800 S.E. 57th Ave. in Portland, is designed to show the benefits of using natural gardening techniques to grow healthy plants. Those techniques pay attention to the quality of local rivers, streams and wildlife habitat. The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October, and replicates a typical urban residential lot. For information, call (503) 797-1811.


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