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Free workshops and lectures on Earth-friendly gardening in Vancouver

Upcoming Lectures, Workshops, & Events

                              presented by

  Naturally Beautiful Backyards


Growing Vegetables Inexpensively with “Lasagna Gardening”

Tuesday, June 9th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Free workshop – Space is limited. Registration required.

Learn how easy and inexpensive it is to build a simple, Earth-friendly garden bed right on your driveway, lawn or other vacant area using the layered sheet-mulching technique known as “lasagna gardening”.  You can grow your own flowers and vegetables in record time with the “lasagna gardening” approach.  This workshop will also explore the benefits of eating locally grown foods.  Gardening specialist Kris Alexander will present a 30-minute slide show on the way to build an Earth-friendly “lasagna garden” bed and plant it with starts to get your garden growing.

The group will then work together to construct a lasagna-style garden bed.  You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience with the process and learn how easy and inexpensive it is to grow your own nutritious and delicious produce at home.

Location: Columbia Springs - Swift Classroom (Main Hatchery Building)

12208 SE Evergreen Hwy., Vancouver

Gardening with Limited Space

Thursday, June 11th 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Free Lecture - presented in cooperation with the Loo Wit Group of the Sierra Club

This program will demonstrate how you can grow vegetables in limited spaces using Earth-friendly approaches.  It will highlight the use of containers for gardening as well as ways that you can maximize the output of small patches of your garden or yard. 

This lecture is presented by Kenneth O’Brien, MS, Program Coordinator for Naturally Beautiful Backyards and Sustainability Educator with the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center.


Location: PUD Building (Clark Public Utilities) Community Room, 1200 Ft. Vancouver Way, Vancouver (across from the library)


Earth-friendly Garden Party

Saturday, June 13th, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Free Lecture – Space is limited. Registration required.

A lecture on “Right Plant – Right Place” will be presented in a lovely Smithsonian Award-winning garden setting on the Columbia River by Master Gardener Joan Veach.  This event will include a slide show on choosing plants and planting locations for success in northwest gardens.  The inclusion of native species will be emphasized.  Following the slide lecture, the group will take a short tour of the gardens on site be view examples.  This is a rain-or-shine event, so please dress appropriately for either. 

Location: Columbia Grove (residence of Erskine and Sandy Woods), SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver

For more information or to register, please contact us at (360) 882-0936 x225  or by email at [email protected]