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Garden mixer: Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's 'After Hours' events

The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon wants you to socialize with fellow gardeners and meet owners of horticultural and garden businesses during the group's new HPSO After Hours events. The first get-together is Saturday, Feb. 27 at Cornell Farm in Portland.

NE Portland garden tour helps Albertina Kerr (photos)

The annual Green on Green Portland garden tour Aug. 15 helps support Albertina Kerr services for children, adults and families with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Ticketholders ($20, AlbertinasPlace.org) will wander through six gardens in NE Portland that are a mix of styles.

If Japanese maple isn't sprouting leaves, check for Verticillium wilt

Maples and many other plants are very susceptible to Verticillium wilt. Here's advice from Oregon State University's Extension Service master gardener.

10 tips for growing fruit trees: April is Community Orchards month (photos)

The Portland Fruit Tree Project has declared April as Community Orchards Month. What does that mean? More healthful food for everyone. Members of the nonprofit group will plant flowering understory, edible vines and new fruit trees at five community orchards across Portland in April.

7 steps to water-saving gardening: Capture rain, irrigate deeply and infrequently

Saving water is a keystone to responsible gardening in all weather. "We have a role to play in preserving our natural resources," said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. "A waterwise garden is one of the ways to do that regardless of the amount of rainfall where you live."