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Portland Spring Garden Fair – Oregonians celebrate plants in May

Learn More About The Portland Spring Garden Fair!

Perhaps there is no life form as underappreciated and under acknowledged as vegetation. In spite of giving us oxygen, food, shelter, paper and even inebriation, the plant is often taken for granted; regarded as background scenery at best and a nuisance to those suffering from allergies and those whose lawns could use a good trim. Learn more about to care for plants at the Portland Spring Garden Fair.

The month of May in Portland gives the human race a chance to make amends to the plant world. Several festivals in town and around town celebrate flowers, weeds and the great outdoors in general. Whether your admiration for them is utilitarian or aesthetic, you are certain to find a festival that will let you pay homage to kingdom Plantae.

Don’t Miss The Spring Garden Fair!


Spring Garden FairSpring Garden Fair

Friday, April 30th to Saturday, May 1st

For the last thirty two years Portland has hosted this fragrant fair one week before Mother’s Day. The weekend will include everything from, growers with exhibition tables, to plant positive artists, to the trademarked, “Ten Minute University,” which will include educational seminars in such things as landscaping with edible plant and growing blueberries.

They’ll be plenty of gift selections for mom at the fair. If you decide to get more than just a couple of plants, you can check your purchases at a check station while you shop for more. If you want to roll through the festival like a celebrity you can get a personal caddy to wheel your plants around for you in a wagon as you shop.

The event takes place at the Clackamas County Event Center at 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, Oregon.

Tickets to the fair are only $3.00 for adults and free for those persons under 16.

All those trees might be a bit too tempting for the average dog, hence there are no pets allowed.

 Global Cannabis MarchGlobal Cannabis March

Friday, May 7th

Although it may technically be a weed, there is no plant quite as popular as cannabis. After a long struggle, pot is legal in Oregon, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about our friends in other states. On Friday, May 7th Portlanders can participate in this national event.

The day begins at noon at Pioneer Courthouse Square and will include speeches by local activists including one about marijuana and the law and another about patients’ rights. There will be a variety of booths where one can learn about pot friendly organizations and, of course there will be plenty of Grateful Dead influenced music. The day will end with a march through downtown accompanied by the Portland police department.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest - 2Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

Saturday, May 8


If you are of a certain age or just a fan of classic cult music you will undoubtedly remember Tiny Tim’s homage to a lovely and delicate perennial plant entitled, “Tip Toe through the Tulips.”

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon gives you a chance to tiptoe near and around the tulips and maybe even learn a bit about them and have some of your very own.

The event takes place at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm which features over a million tulips on forty acers of land. The festival features hot air balloon rides and hay rides.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for mom, the farm features a gift shop with freshly procured tulips and daffodils as well as some colorful wooden shoes. Feel free to bring the whole family with you because, unlike other flower festivals in and around town, dogs are perfectly welcome.

Tickets to the event are only $5.00. The farm is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

Eliza Gale – Contributor

Eliza Gale - ContributorEliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for and