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Leach Botanical Garden Summer 2019 Classes and Events

June 6 - June 30

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

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Honeybee Hikes

Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00am through December 10, 2019. Your little one will look for wildlife, listen to the wind and the creek, and touch a thimble-berry leaf!  Our wonderful guides will then read a story and help the children craft something fun. Each week is different with seasonal themes. Ages: 2 – 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Starts in the upper garden. Dress for the weather!

Fee: $3.00 per child.

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Leach Garden First Saturday Guided Tours First Saturday of the month through Nov. 2.      11:00am – noon.

Join Gardener/Curator Courtney Vengarick for seasonal explorations of the Garden. She will show you what’s blooming and of seasonal interest, provide useful and engaging information, and share fun stories about the adventurous creators of the Garden, Botanist Lilla Leach and pharmacist/civic leader John Leach. Meets in front of the Manor House.

Free. No registration required. First come, first served. Limit 15.

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

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Kalmiopsis Discovery Day at Leach Botanical Garden

Saturday, June 15 10:00am – 2:00pm

Come celebrate the Garden’s first ever Kalmiopsis Day, with a Botany Discovery Table, a Weird and Wondrous Nature Tour (1 pm), a Stone Cabin Open House (11-1), and botanical scavenger hunts for adults and kids. We hope you’ll join us for this fun, exploratory, out-in-the-garden event in honor of the day that Lilla Leach discovered a plant new to science, Kalmiopsis leachiana. “I had never seen anything so beautiful,” she said when seeing it for the first time. The Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area in the Siskiyou Mountains was created in large part to protect the unique habitat of this rare shrub.

https://www.leachgarden.org/event/2019-kalmiopsis-day/?eID=5213

Free.

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

 

 

Watercolor Painting Class

June 18 & 25   9:30am – noon

Seeking more freedom in your watercolors? Want to paint a little more loosely? Learn all that and more in this class! We will explore color mixing, watercolor washes, and glazing techniques, as well as different methods for creating texture. With beautiful Leach Botanical Garden as inspiration, we’ll paint flowers, trees and a landscape. This is an adult class suitable for all skill levels. See Melissa’s work at www.melissagannon.com

Fee: Each class is $30. LGF/$25

To register: Call 503-823-1671 or go to www.leachgarden.org and click on “Learn”

Registration link: https://www.leachgarden.org/event/watercolor-painting-classes/?eID=5209

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Community Science & iNaturalist Workshop

Saturday, June 29th 1:00 – 4:00pm

You don’t need to be an expert to contribute to Science. With iNaturalist, you can connect with experts who can identify the organisms you observe; record your observations, so that scientists have access to and can use your data to understand when and where organisms occur; find a project with a mission that interests you; and build your knowledge by talking with other naturalists. Jess Tyler, an expert on local pollinators, will show you how to use the iNaturalist App on your devices (Android or Apple). Then he and two other experts will help you find and record pollinators, birds and plants. You’ll be able to add to this world wide observation data base – from your own backyard or anywhere you go!

Fee: $25 or $20 LGF

To register, call 503-823-1671 or go to www.leachgarden.org and click on “Learn”

Registration link: https://www.leachgarden.org/event/watercolor-painting-classes/?eID=5209

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Leach Botanical Garden Annual English Tea

Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at noon or 2:30

Enjoy a lovely three course English Tea served on the beautiful Leach Garden Terrace, with tea, scones, sandwiches, and desserts. Complete with colorful china and flowers, this is a Garden tradition you’ll long remember.

 

2:30 seatings are still available on both Friday and Saturday.

For reservations: go to www.leachgarden.org, or call: 971-217-6794. The menu is posted on the website. A nice benefit of the 2:30 seatings is that you can linger at your table after the meal.

Direct link for tickets: https://www.leachgarden.org/event/2019-english-garden-tea/?eID=5062

            Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

Ecodyeing Silk Scarves with Anna Zell

Sunday, July 28   9:00am – 3:30pm

Botanical printing uses historical methods to capture colors, textures, and shapes found in nature – resulting in stunning plant portraits on fabric. Textile artist Anna Zell will lead you step-by-step through this environmentally gentle process that permanently transfers botanical pigments without synthetic dyes, inks or paints. You’ll take home your own eco-printed silk noil and a crepe de chine or charmeuse silk scarf, and you’ll have the knowledge to make more for yourself, or as spectacular gifts for others. Includes all silk fabric and dying supplies. (See Anna’s work at www.facebook.com/annazelldesigns)

Cost: $130general/$120 Leach Garden Friend.

For more information and to register, call 503-823-1671 or go to www.leachgarden.org and click on “Learn.

Direct link for registration: https://lbg.yapsody.com/event/index/417486/ecodyeing-silk-scarves-with-anna-zell

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Lilla Lit presents “Seek”

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Manor House East Terrace

(Doors open at 4 PM; readings begin at 4:15)
Lilla Lit is a quarterly literary reading series featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on the evening’s theme from Portland writers and beyond. The series is named after botanist Lilla Leach who, with her husband John, created the house and garden that is today Leach Botanical Garden. Every Lilla event celebrates, supports, and promotes authors. Our goal is to create and deepen literary community in Portland.  The next Lilla Lit event will be held in November.

$10 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit leach Botanical Garden. Go to  https://www.lillalit.com/ for more information.

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Historical Perspectives – 2019 Leach Garden Lecture Series

The History of Botanic Gardens with Historian Chet Orloff

Wednesday August 28   7:00pm – 8:30pm (Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and garden strolling)

With beautiful photos and entertaining stories, Chet Orloff will take us from the gardens of antiquity forward to the great documentary gardens of the 18th and 19th centuries and finally to the gardens of our own Pacific Northwest.  He will discuss the work of some of the great names in garden design, including Brown, Jefferson, and the Olmsteds and what they contributed to our current garden tradition. Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society from 1991 – 2001, Chet teaches urban studies, history, and planning at Portland State University and the University of Oregon School of Architecture. He is founding president and director of the international Museum of the City. Chet has served on the Portland Planning, Landmarks, and Arts & Culture commissions, as well as the Portland Parks Board and numerous other city, state, and national boards and committees.

Tickets: $15 general/$10 Leach Garden Friends

For reservations: Call 503-823-1671 or go to www.leachgarden.org

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Bedrock Theatre presents PERSEPHONE 

August 15, 16, 18, 23, 25 @ 7pm, Trail Performances

August 22 @ 7pm, Low-Impact Performance, ADA Accessible

Bedrock’s original adaptation of the epic classic tells the tale of the maiden Persephone, six fateful pomegranate seeds, and a painful compromise that is the genesis for Earth’s seasons. Presented along the paths and trails at Leach Botanical Garden, this in-motion musical takes audiences on an unforgettable outdoor adventure!

 

Bedrock Theatre’s mission is to connect audiences to their environment and to each other through immersive storytelling in natural landscapes. Bedrock takes the idea of outdoor theatre a step further, not simply setting a play outside, but allowing the innate character of the scenery to inform the story we tell there. With music, movement, and person-to-person storytelling, our adaptations and original works are lovingly crafted to transform an ordinary path into the world of the tale.

 

Details at bedrocktheatre.com.

TICKETS: Pay-what-you-can at the door. $5 – $25 suggested donation.

RESERVATIONS: Space is limited and advance reservations are strongly encouraged and appreciated! RSVP or send questions to bedrocktheatre@gmail.com!

                  Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Historical Perspectives – Leach Garden 2019 Lecture Series

The Fun History of Garden Tools with Seth Pauley, Red Pig Garden Tools

Wednesday, September 4    7:00-8:30pm (Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and garden strolling)

The story of garden tools is the story of civilization. Although tools have evolved from sticks and stones to bone and wood, to a wide range of modern plastics and metals, the work we do with the tools hasn’t changed much. Seth Pauley of Red Pig Garden Tools will talk about the history of garden tools and how that history informs what tools we use today. He will also cover how to choose the right tool for the job, offer tips for digging and weeding more efficiently in the garden, and answer questions. The audience will be challenged by Seth’s intriguing collection of old and unique tools ­- what on earth did they use that for? The artisans at Red Pig Tools are the only blacksmiths in the United States specialized in hand forged garden tools for home gardeners, nurserymen, landscapers, and farmers. Seth himself is a craftsperson, writer, and student of history as well as a blacksmith. With a life-long devotion to the creative arts, from creative writing to ceramics to wood-working and now blacksmithing, Seth’s interest in history and in learning obscure crafts has enabled him to learn his artistry through hands-on experience and direct contact with highly skilled and often renowned mentors.

Tickets: $15 general/$10 Leach Garden Friends

For reservations: Call 503-823-1671 or go to www.leachgarden.org

Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

Historical Perspectives – Leach Garden 2019 Lecture Series

Mutualism, Deception, and Self Defense: the complex dance of co-evolution in insects and plants with Celeste Searles Mazacano, PhD

Wednesday, September 18 7:00-8:30pm (Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and garden strolling.)

Learn about some of the fascinating and intricate ways in which plants and insects have evolved to affect each other’s traits and behaviors, including defensive arms races, attraction to sweet rewards, and trickery and death traps.

Celeste Searles Mazzacano is the Owner and Principal Scientist at CASM Environmental LLC, where her work focuses on insects, freshwater mussels, and other invertebrates. She has a B.S. in Genetics & Cell Biology and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Minnesota. Her research and teaching has taken her from river bottoms to tree canopies and from universities to fish & wildlife agencies, non-profits, and independent consulting as she investigates and preserves insect species, characterizes their impacts on habitats, and develops management plans that protect the overall ecosystem. As an educator, she strives to impart her almost excessive enthusiasm about insects to others and engender a greater awareness and appreciation of their functions.

Tickets: $15 general/$5 Leach Garden Friends

For reservations: Call 503-823-1671 or go to www.leachgarden.org

            Leach Botanical Garden 6704 SE 122nd Avenue Portland, OR 97236   503-823-1671

 

 

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