March 3, 2018

Hanakago: The Art of Bamboo and Flowers
February 3-April 1, 2018 • Garden Hours
Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR

Our first exhibition of 2018, Hanakago (flower basket), features more exquisite bamboo masterpieces from Portland resident Peter Shinbach’s incredible bamboo art collection, highlighted by the ikebana art of Mrs. Etsuho Kakihana, master teacher of ikebana of the Saga Goryu School at Daikakuji, one of Kyoto’s oldest and most revered Buddhist Temples. Kakihana sensei travels from Kyoto with two prominent ikebana teachers to celebrate Kyoto with floral displays for the exhibition opening. A selection of baskets, including one by a Living National Treasure artist from Kyoto, will be paired with Saga Goryu ikebana arrangements. Staged in the Pavilion and Tanabe Galleries, this is the first bamboo art exhibition of its kind to feature flowers in the baskets designed originally to hold them. Location: Pavilion Gallery & Tanabe Gallery.

BEEvent Pollinator Conference
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Linn County Fair and Expo Center, Albany, OR

On Saturday, March 3, the Linn County Master Gardeners will host their fourth annual BEEvent Pollinator Conference at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center in Albany. The theme of the conference is “Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape in your Home Garden.” Linda Hardison of OregonFlora and her colleague Dennis Albert will address specific ways to make pollinators welcome. While planting diversity is a good start, botanical data tells us why it matters which plants we choose. Learn how to design your pollinator garden and find out what works in the Willamette Valley.

Also on the program will be Master Gardener Rich Little, entomologist extraordinaire, who will share his research into non-food source amenities for pollinators. Do you know where bees sleep at night? Learn how to create a sustainable environment in your yard for native pollinators, plus ways that we may be making our yard an unfriendly place for bees. Learn hardscaping techniques that help pollinators be more successful. Ranee Webb and Susan Morton, mason bee midwives, will talk about the life cycle of one of Oregon's native super-pollinators, the mason bee. They will explain how to attract them to your yard by providing appropriate plants, habitat and year-round care. Mason bee cocoons and nesting materials will be for sale, along with books and a variety of vendors with related merchandise.

An interview with some of the presenters may be found at

Register at Registration for the all-day conference is $30. You may preorder a box lunch or bring your own.

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