Saturday, Sept. 13• The 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.

• Ferguson's Fragrant Nursery in St. Paul holds free classes on pansy moss basket making, 10 a.m., and winter gardening, 2 p.m. The basket class repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday. The nursery's located at 21763 French Prairie Road N.E. For more information, call (503) 633-4585 or go online to

• Territorial Seed Company holds its third annual Great Northwest Tomato Taste-Off in Cottage Grove. It's in conjunction with the Gathering of Gardeners - a two-day event designed to motivate, educate and inspire gardeners of all ages and stages. The prizes for the tastiest tomato include first place booty of $500 and two nights at the Village Green Resort. There is a $10 entry fee and contestants must be present to win. For complete Tomato Taste-Off contest details and a printable entry form, call (541) 942-9547 or go to the Territorial Seed Company Web site, You will find more information about the Gathering of Gardeners there, too.

Sunday, Sept. 14Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose offers "Part Two: Organic Gardening - Composting." Don't give all that yard debris away! Turn it into rich complex nutrients to feed your soil. Compost happens and you can speed it up with a little careful preparation and maintenance. The 1 p.m. class is free. 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

Friday, Sept. 19Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, Wash., holds an open weekend through Saturday. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The folks at Heronswood are glad to provide directions, either on the nursery's Web site - - or by phone (360) 297-4172. The nursery is located at 7530 N.E. 288th St.

Sunday, Sept. 20Al's Nursery in Woodburn holds an Autumn Celebration. The seminar schedule includes classes on dividing perennials, planting bulbs, fall container gardening, making hypertufa and a presentation on SoilSoup. Festivities start at 9 a.m. The address is 1220 N. Pacific Highway. For more information, call (503) 981-1245.

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. Call (503) 325-8573 with your questions.

• Brim's Farm & Garden has started carrying compost tea on Saturdays, or by reservation. For more information, call (503) 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 or call (800) 551-5971.


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