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    2017 Field Experiences

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    Pre-symposium: Full day at The Oregon Garden, Wednesday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    The Oregon Garden is an 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty that can be found in the Willamette Valley and throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Our trip to the Oregon Garden will include a specialized tour of the Children’s Garden and the Silverton Market Garden with Ty Boland, Horticulture Manager.  Ty will share his knowledge about sustainable and organic garden practices and designing garden spaces with youth in mind.  We will enjoy a picnic lunch in the outdoor Discovery Pavilion, and provide plenty of time to explore the rest of the gardens at your own pace.  Transportation to and from the Oregon Garden will be provided by Best Oregon Tours with tour guide and fellow garden enthusiast Clem Ogilby.  On our 90 minute journey to and from downtown Vancouver, Clem will provide us with information about the horticultural, agricultural, and natural landscape that we are passing through. (Additional registration is required to attend this trip.)



    Pre-symposium: Morning tour of Portland school gardens, Wednesday, July 12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Join Rick Sherman, School Garden Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Education for a pre-symposium trip that will visit three school gardens in the Portland area. Locations include Trillium Charter, an urban rooftop school garden, Candy Lane Elementary, and Lent Elementary Garden.  Two of the stops showcase some world-class nonprofit school garden educators that partner with area public schools to create educational growing spaces.  At Candy Lane Schoolyard Farms will share their summer school garden camp experience.  Lent Elementary partners with Growing Gardens, which has been instrumental in teaching students in school gardens, as well as adults in their School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training. (Additional registration is required to attend this trip.)

    This trip is currently at capacity.  No additional registrations will be taken.

    Concurrent session, Legacy Health Therapy Garden tour, Friday, July 14, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

    Legacy Health, a Portland-based health care system, is a leader in therapeutic gardens. Legacy features Healing Gardens across its health campuses to offer therapy, a peaceful setting and gathering places for events and community walks. Several have won national awards for their healing design. Teresia Hazen, MEd, HTP, QMHP, and Coordinator of Legacy Therapeutic Gardens and Horticulture Therapy will introduce us to Legacy’s program and guide us around Legacy Emanuel Children’s Garden and the Family Birth Center Garden.(Excursion is included in Friday symposium registration, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.

    This trip is currently at capacity.  Please email if you would like to be placed on a waitlist.



    Afternoon optional excursion: Gardening for Wildlife, Friday, July 14, 3:30 – 6:00 pm

    Spend your afternoon enjoying one of Vancouver’s unique gardens.  The Wildlife Botanical Gardens in the suburb of Brush Prairie are a cohesive blend of specialty theme gardens, spread over three acres. The gardens, and devoted gardeners, demonstrate and teach gardening concepts that attract birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife to residential gardens.  Extensive urban growth over the last few decades has had a significant impact on habitat that birds and other wildlife once called home. Naturescaping encourages homeowners to help curtail this loss of habitat by creating your own backyard wildlife sanctuary. Master Gardeners will be on hand for informal tours and answering questions.  Likewise, visitors are free to wander, discover, and enjoy the gardens on their own.  Shuttles will depart from and return to the Hilton. (Excursion is included in Friday symposium registration.)

    Post-symposium: Farm-to-Table Dinner and tour, Saturday, July 15, 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

    Our Table Cooperative will host a post-symposium farm-to-table dinner.  Our Table farms on 58 acres of land located about 15 miles south of Portland. They raise a variety of crops, including vegetables, blueberries, strawberries, apples, and pastured chickens and eggs.  Additionally, Our Table Cooperative offers a variety of farm-based educational opportunities for children and adults.  Our evening will consist of a farm tour and overview of educational offerings.  We will explore farm production by peeking into the greenhouse, pack shed, hoop houses and fields - and maybe even try some berries along the way!  We'll also say hi to the chickens, check out the education garden and take a nice evening walk past the pond and heritage oak tree.  Along the way we'll talk about what's going on at Our Table and answer any questions!  Then we will sit down to a delicious family-style dinner featuring organic, farm-fresh and local ingredients.  Adult beverages will be available for purchase.  (Additional registration is required to attend this trip.)