The Spring Garden Fair has been held the weekend before Mother's Day since 1984. What began as a small fuchsia sale has grown to one of the Northwest's most anticipated springtime events. Our vendors include the Pacific Northwest’s favorite growers, artists and specialty vendors. With perennial favorites like 10 Minute University™, Free pH Soil Testing and Ask an O.S.U. Master Gardener, it’s well worth the drive out to Canby for our two day event!
Garden Fair Passport - printed on the front of the Gate Brochure
Explore what we have to offer! Visit the following 5 locations – Potting Station (row L) New Plant Introductions (row F & G), pH Soil Testing (4-H Hall), Ask A Master Gardener (4-H Hall and row F & G). Volunteers will stamp the passport squares on your brochure. When all 5 squares are stamped you may enter a drawing for a Garden Gift Basket. Each location will have drawing slips and a jar for entering. Drawings will be held on Saturday at 1 and 3 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. You need not be present to win. Have fun, and Good luck!
Returning again this year: Greater Portland Iris Society's annual Early Show, Sunday, May 7th. The Greater Portland Iris Society is an affiliate of the American Iris Society, whose main purpose is the education and registrations of rhizome iris to and for the public. This event will showcase the many different early blooming irises, and will be judged by American Iris Society Judges. Come join us on Sunday on the porch of the Main Pavilion to see and get information on the different kinds of irises that we grow here, and were to find them.Floral arrangements are provided by the Ikebana Schools of Portland, Oregon. www.greaterportlandirissociety.org & www.irises.org.
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. And pick-up is easy with a drive up area to get you on your way quickly. Look for them in Rosebrook Arena, towards the back of the fairgrounds. Just look for the green and white banners! Plant-Check closes at 4:30 on Saturday, and 3:30 on Sunday. And please don't forget to pick up your plants before you leave for the day!
Plant Taxi Service: Students from local schools work for tips and donations as a fund raiser for extra activities. A 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 between the restrooms and Clackamas Hall, accross from row L.
Pots for Sale - the Potting Station: Our Potting Station buyer starts shopping early to get you the latest colors and styles to buy. If you buy a new plant at the Fair, 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. Look for the big blue tent in front of row L.
Ask a Master Gardener : We will have two locations for your 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. Located in Clackamas Hall, Master Gardeners will educate and answer questions on topics from ‘Raised Bed Gardening” to Growing Blueberries, Tomatoes, Vegetables and more. Where else can you buy your plants and learn how to grow them all in one place! Click here for link to handouts.
Check back in April, 2017 for the updated schedule.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016
|10:00||Pruning Trees and Shrubs|
|10:30||Growing Tomatoes||10:30||Raised Bed Gardening|
|11:00||Growing Blueberries||11:00||Growing Blueberries|
|11:30||Pruning Ornamental Plants||11:30||Growing Tomatoes|
|12:00||Raised Bed Gardening||12:00||Growing Edibles in Containers|
|12:30||Successful Vegetable Gardening||12:30||Plants that Attract Pollinators|
|1:00||Growing Tomatoes||1:00||Pruning Ornamental Plants|
|1:30||Plants that Attract Pollinators||1:30||Successful Vegetable Gardening|
|2:00||Growing Blueberries||2:00||Growing Tomatoes|
|2:30||Landscaping with Edible Plants||2:30||Growing Blueberries|
Free 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. Please bring no more than 6 samples for testing. Use plastic baggies with about 1/2 cup of your soil. Mark each bag with 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 and more! Click here for a detailed listing for our 2016 Fair.
Silent Auction featuring New Plant Introductions: 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. Look for them on row F/G in the front of the center section. You can't miss that big yellow banner!
We have an all-star lineup for you again this year, featuring selections from Terra Nova Nursery, Iseli Nursery, Skagit Gardens, Proven Winners, Sunflower Acres and the Portland Rose Festival Rose from the Rose Festival Foundation. Click the link to see the complete plant list: 2016 New Plant Introductions
A special thanks to our supporters. We couldn't do it without you!!
Garden Fair Raffle: One of our most popular features each year, the Raffle is a wonderful way to add to your plant collection. 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. Look for volunteers wearing their yellow and green aprons, walking around selling tickets, inside 4-H Hall or in the raffle area between row L and M.
4/ $1.00 tickets: Drawings are held hourly from 10 to 4 on Saturday and 10 to 3 on Sunday. (Prizes will be determined after the Fair begins, and must be picked up the days they are chosen)
Grand Prize Tickets $1.00 each: Winners are drawn at 3:30 on Sunday, and you don't have to be present to win.
Special thanks to our 2016 Grand Prize sponsors:
Coffee Thyme: 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. Enjoy a meal or a snack. And on Sunday check out the Portland Iris Society's Early Show on the porch of the Main Pavilion. (Sunday, 10 - 3)
ATM's available on site: If you come to the Spring Garden Fair short on cash 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.
Smoking and Dog Policy of the Event Center: The Clackamas County Event Center is a Smoke-Free facility. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on the grounds or buildings. No pets are allowed on the Fairgrounds at any time, but Service Dogs are welcome. Clackamas County Event Center webpage.
Disability Access: Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by April 15 by notifying the metro Master Gardener program at 503-655-8631 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Spring Garden Fair: 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 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 trained volunteers, educated through OSU Extension Service to offer the local community Reliable, Relevant and Reachable gardening information and education opportunities. Click here for more information on becoming a Master Gardener: What does it take to be a Master Gardener Volunteer?
Oregon State University Extension Service: Offering educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.