Looking into the future:
Dates for our Fair thru 2020
Held the weekend before Mother's Day since 1984
Thank you for making this years Spring Garden Fair such a success
Please join us for our 30th Anniversary May 3 & 4, 2014
Plant-Check: This free service is available to make your shopping effortless; just drop off your purchases and volunteers will hold them until you are ready to venture home. We made pick-up easy with a drive up area to get you on your way quickly.
Plant Taxi Service: Students from local schools work for tips and donations as a fund raiser for extra activities. personal wagon driver will be your patient hauler of plants as you shop the Fair; this year we have 4 groups taking care of you: Canby High Horticulture Club, Baker Prairie Middle School, Molalla High School & Canby High Leadership Class. They even provide their own carts! You can flag them down inside the main gate and just off the Main Lawn vendor area.
The Potting Station: At our Potting Station Our buyer starts shopping early to get you the latest colors and styles. Buy a new plant, choose and purchase a pot and Master Gardeners will provide free potting soil for your new container and plant. Take it home and it's ready for your deck or patio ... you just add the water and the sunshine! Several nurseries will also have displays of what they sell and possible planting combinations for inspiration.
Ask a Master Gardener : We will have two locations for you questions, outside in a tent in the vendor area and another inside the 4-H Hall. Bring your home and garden plant or pest question to us and we will give you researched based answers and advice.
10-Minute University™ : A favorite attraction for our annual Fair is the 10 Minute University classes we offer. Clackamas County Master Gardeners will educate and answer questions on topics from ‘Raised Bed Gardening” to “Growing Blueberries and Tomatoes”, and new this year, a talk just for children "Hey Kids – Grow Your Own Salad Head!" Where else can you buy your plants and learn how to grow them all in one place! Click here for link to handouts.
pH Soil Testing: Located inside the Exhibits Center in 4H Hall. We will test soil samples taken from your garden for proper pH and make recommendations how to correct low or high pH. (No limit on samples) Please bring to us in a plastic baggies, about 1/2 cup of your soil. Mark each bag the location from which it was collected. Since we need an hour to do the testing please get your soil samples to the "testers" one hour before the days quitting time. Our hours are Saturday 9 - 4 and Sunday 9 - 3. Click for the handout from 10 Minute University™ about Testing Soil pH.
Exhibits Center in 4H Hall: You’ll find the following: educational displays, children’s activities, Ask a Master Gardener™ Clinic, Spring Garden Fair Raffle, pH Soil Testing, inside seating for the Good Thyme Food Court, and Coffee Thyme. Click here for details on this year's participants.
New Plant Introductions and Silent Auction: Do you crave knowing about the latest and greatest available from our Northwest Nurseries? Come into the New Plant Introduction and Silent Auction tent to view the new plant introductions for this year. The silent auctions run on both Saturday and Sunday; and you need not be present to win the auction, but if you have the top bid the item must be picked up between 2 & 3 that same day.
Garden Raffle: Another wonderful way to add to your plant collection; with prizes drawn every hour and Grand Prizes donated by our vendors, the Raffle is one of our most popular features each year. We have an Hourly Raffle and a Grand Prize Raffle both Saturday and Sunday. Donations come from several of our vendors and area merchants. (Many thanks to all who donate!) And the proceeds add to our ability to support our local OSU Extension and other community projects.
Coffee Thyme: Its a place to relax inside the Exhibits Center in 4H Hall and enjoy a quick treat.
It will be warm and dry if it's gloomy outside.
Good Thyme Food Court: Located on the Main Lawn behind 4H Hall.
ATM's available on site: If you come to the Spring Garden Fair short on money to purchase your treasured finds you will find the ATM machine on the asphalt between the 4-H Exhibit Hall and the Main Lawn vendor field and also another in a small building near the outside picnic tables on the asphalt near the Carnival Lot vendors.
The Fine Print: Parking is Free and admission to the Event Center is $3, under 16 free.
Smoking and Dog Policy of the Event Center
Please remember that the Event Center has a NO SMOKING policy and gardeners are also dog lovers, but the Event Center has a strict policy of NO DOGS are allowed except for the dog competitions that are sometimes held on the grounds. Please do not leave unattended dogs in your car for their safety.
So the mantra is, "No Smoking, No Dogs, No Smoking Dogs".
History of the Spring Garden Fair: What began as a small fuchsia sale in 1984 has grown to one of the Northwest's most popular springtime events. Today the vendors number over 180 and is the regions largest kickoff sale for spring planting. This event is planned, organized and hosted by Clackamas County Master Gardeners. Volunteer leaders plan September through May, and an additional 300 Master Gardener volunteers work at the two-day event.
About Clackamas County Master Gardeners : We are a non-profit organization supporting the Oregon State University Extension Service. The Spring Garden Fair is a major fund-raiser for the Clackamas Chapter. Proceeds from the event go to fund an endowment providing horticultural scholarships at Clackamas Community College, as well as community grants and programs of Oregon State University and in Clackamas County.
How to get involved: Master Gardeners are Oregon State University Extension trained volunteers providing research based home horticulture information. Please click here for the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener page, and info on becoming a Master Gardener.
last updated on May 17, 2013