Monday-Friday, October 16, 2017

Pumpkin Patch, Pig Races, Mazes & More!
October 7-31, 2017
French Prairie Gardens, St. Paul, OR

The crisp fall air means it is time for some family fun at our pumpkin patch. Fall on the farm is much more than just pumpkins, we have animal feeding, giant slides, a corn maze, a hay maze, and a farm ninja challenge! There is so much to do for all in the family it’s hard to believe there could be a favorite, but the event everyone talks about is our Pigtucky Derby. The derby is our famous pig races!

The pumpkin patch event runs for 4 weeks in October from the 7th to the 31st. Unlimited event wristbands are available for purchase and cover most of the things to experience.

Art in the Garden - Mirrors of the Mind: The Noh Masks of Ohtsuki Kokun
October 14 - December 3, 2017 • Garden Hours
Japanese Garden, Portland, OR

Included with Garden Admission. Thirty hand-carved Noh masks by Ohtsuki Kokun and a selection of elegant brocade costumes from the traditional silk looms of Orinasu-kan in Kyoto bring the elusive world of Noh drama to Portland in the exhibition Mirrors of the Mind: The Noh Masks of Ohtsuki Kokun. The exhibition is highlighted by performances by Noh actor Kawamura Haruhisa, who has been designated an Intangible Cultural Asset, during the opening days of the exhibition. A demonstration of Noh mask carving will be presented by Mr. Ohtsuki, who will also be present for exhibition’s opening days. This aristocratic form of theater art is vastly different from the exuberant peoples’ art form of Kabuki.

Portland Nursery Elder Day at Apple Tasting
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Portland Nursery (Stark), Portland, OR • 1:00pm-3:00pm

In the relative quiet between the two weekends of our annual Apple Tasting festival, the front greenhouse at Stark is transformed into a welcoming and interactive space for our elder gardeners to enjoy the afternoon, sponsored by Home Instead and Portland Nursery. There will be activity tables where time can be spent visiting while working on pressed-flower crafts, planting crocus bulbs, getting ideas for fall patio containers. There will be a mini-apple tasting, with an assortment of familiar and unusual apple varieties to sample. Visit our Elder Day at Apple Tasting feature page for photos from last year.

Wine & Workshop Wednesday: Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 • 4:30pm
Al's Garden & Home, Sherwood, OR

Cost: $35.00. Includes pumpkin, sedum & succulent cuttings, wine, and a light dinner. It's fall! And what says fall more than pumpkins and succulents? Sip wine while you create a unique and beautiful centerpiece out of our Grown By Al's pumpkins and a variety of succulent and sedum trimmings. Judy Alleruzzo will walk you through the steps and provide you with tips and tricks to help extend the life of your creation. You are sure to wow your guests at any autumn gathering with this handmade piece.
21 and over only, please. Plants provided may vary depending on supply.

Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 • 7:00pm-8:30pm
Leach Botanical Garden, Portland, OR

Geologist Scott Burns joins us to share the story of the floods that are famous for carving out the Columbia Gorge but also might just explain the soil (or rocks) we find in our own back yards. The Missoula Floods are one of the greatest set of geological events to ever have occurred in North America. Scott's talk will focus on the story of J. Harlen Bretz's discovery and interpretation of the geological evidence of the floods throughout the Pacific Northwest and how that explains the landscape we know today. Scott received his PhD from the University of Colorado and has taught for 47 years, 27 of them at Portland State University where he is a Professor of Geology. Scott co-authored the book Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods with John Eliot Allen and Marjorie Burns. No-host bar opens at 6:00pm. Pre-registration required for everyone: $10 (Free for Leach Garden Friends.) Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97236. Thank you to Portland Nursery, sponsor of this year's lecture series.

30th Annual Apple Tasting Event
Friday-Sunday October 20-22, 2017 • 10:00am-5:00pm
Portland Nursery (Stark), Portland, OR

Our annual Apple Tasting comes every year, the second and third weekends in October. Come fall when the leaves on the trees begin to change color, we will be celebrating the abundance of apples and pears. We will be well-supplied with a large variety of apples and pears to taste and purchase by the pound. See our Apple Tasting Page for details.

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