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Workshops and Books

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Current Workshops

Container Workshop

Saturday, June 4th, 10-11am. Hosted by Shawna. Please email hello@livingscapeportland.com to sign up for the workshop.

Learn how to plant a container with natives, herbs, medicinal and/or ornamental plants. You will learn how to design a planter with a focus on being pollinator friendly for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and for aesthetics. Your friends will be wowed and the animals and insects will love you! You can bring your container or purchase one from us and shop for plants. We will provide soil, help with planting, and consultation on choosing the plants.

Kokedama Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 6-7pm. Hosted by Weina from Poppy and Finch. At Livingscape. To register, email or call us with your name, and we’ll reach out for payment. Registration is $75, due by June 3rd.

You’ll learn to create and care for a striking and unique Japanese moss ball. The workshop includes all the materials for assembling your moss ball, a step-by-step breakdown of the process, and helpful care tips for keeping your creation happy and healthy. During the workshop you can also decide to make a hanging or table-top version. Last but not least, you’ll also learn the difference between native and non-native including tropical plants. You will walk away feeling empowered with information about native plants & resources to become a steward for our habitat!

Previous Workshops

Composting Worms Workshop

And red wrigglers for composting! Worms are an excellent method for converting kitchen waste into an ultra-nutritious soil amendment. Setting up and maintaining a bin is simple, and they can consume up to six pounds of waste per week!

We’ll be having a Vermicompost Workshop Saturday, March 19th, 10:30-11:30 am, to go over the basics of setting up a bin and how to keep it tidy and well-functioning. The class will be free with limited participants. Participants will need to bring two plastic tupperware bins, a drainage spout, and a newspaper. We will provide a drill for the holes and dirt. Worms will be for sale live or by certificate to be mailed to you when you are ready.

Fall Mason Bee Harvest

Join us on November 14th, from noon to 1:30pm for this free, hands-on workshop.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up in advance by emailing hello@livingscapeportland.com.

To ensure your mason bees thrive each year, fall is the time to extract your mason bee cocoons and place them safely in storage through the winter. At this hands-on workshop, you’ll open your bee house, remove and clean your cocoons, remove any pests and parasites, and prepare your cocoons for winter storage. The workshop will be held in our new, covered outdoor area. We are asking that all participants be vaccinated, and masks will be required at all times.

Workshop will be led by Stephen Anderson, local mason bee grower and guide. If you have questions ahead of the workshop, you are welcome to contact Stephen at smanderson100@earthlink.net.

Mason Bee Keeping Workshop

It’s nearly mason bee time! Our native bees are powerhouse pollinators, especially in early spring.

On Saturday, March 5, we’re hosting a mason bee keeping workshop with local expert Stephen Anderson. Learn more about mason bees and how you can bee successful with these amazing native pollinators. We’ll get some hands on experience by sorting cocoons, and each household will leave with a box of them.

Space is limited, so please sign up in advance by emailing hello@livingscapeportland.com.

Once the cocoons are all sorted, they’ll be available for sale. If you’re not participating in the class you can pick up your bees starting Saturday afternoon.

Books

The gardening season doesn’t end just because the vegetables have been harvested and the cover crop is sown. There is always more to learn that can be applied to the next growing season, and the books section at Livingscape has the best information out there. We carry books on vegetable and herb gardening, pruning, landscape design, permaculture, container gardening, chicken keeping, and so much more. We also have a growing selection of books on growing and preparing herbal remedies.

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