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Classes & Events

Learn & Grow

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Give your growing talent some polish by attending classes & plant-centric events at the Depot.

All around the seasons, Karen teaches classes herself or provides a class with special growers who both will add to your knowledge & enhance your skillset.

Check back for added events & classes – the most upcoming will be here at the top, and past events (so you can get an idea of our offerings) are listed in the accordion tabs below.

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Coming Up

Past Classes & Events ::

Beginning Hypertufa

10:30-12:30, Saturday, July 8th at Madras Garden Depot. Cost: $45

Heads up all succulent & alpine gardening fans! Come join us at the Depot for our annual Hypertufa container class. Each participant will make 2 Hypertufa rock-like projects to take home and plant up! (They make really nice gifts, also.)

Hypertufa is a recipe of cement & other inorganic & organic additives, and the final product greatly mimics quarried stone. Rectangular stone troughs have long been used for planing small, hardy alpine plants, but more xeric (water thrifty) rock garden plants such as sedums & sempervirens can also be used. Each hypertufa is unique & beautiful!

We’ll mis our recipes by hand and we have a huge inventory of forms to use, incorporating different tints & stains.Wear grubby gardening clothes and bring sturdy rubber gloves. Be ready to get dirty & have fun!

*Cost: $45 includes all supplies and a light lunch & refreshments. This is a very popular class, so please prepay by stopping by or call us at 541.475.2068. Attendance is limited to 10 participants.

Crevice Gardening

10:30-12:30, Saturday, June 10th at Madras Garden Depot. Cost: $30

Mark Akimoff will teach crevice gardening, which considers root structure and soil preparation in planting succulents and other strong-rooting plants into garden crevices, rock gardens, and other stony surfaces.

Mark is the owner of Illahe Rare Plants a, specialty nursery of flower bulbs and geophytes from around the world. Over his 25-year career as a professional horticulturalist, Mark has worked in many sectors of the industry.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Horticultural Science from Oregon State University and studied biotechnology at Montana State University.

At the nursery in Salem, Oregon Mark trials many different dryland and xeric plants to better help gardeners adapt to  changing climate conditions we are seeing especially in the drought-stricken Western US.

Mark’s time at Madras Garden Depot will be 10:30-12:30, Saturday, June 10th at Madras Garden Depot. Cost: $30

Holiday Wreathmaking

holiday wreathsThe holiday “green” decor at Madras Garden Depot continues! Come down to the cozy event space inside La Petit Maison in downtown Madras at 6pm Wednesday, Nov 15th and create a holiday masterpiece while beating the chill with warm seasonal refreshments. We’ll have a great collection of amazing natural wreath making “ingredients” foraged from the forest and our garden to work with, including grapevine & wire forms, fragrant greens, dried flowers & bows. Plus, we’ll clean up the mess after for you too 😉

Wed Nov. 15th, 6 – 7:30 pm @ La Peitit Maison, 222 SW 5th St, Madras.
$40 base cost, prepaid before 11/14, or $45 at the door for a basic wreath. Add $6 for a grapevine base. Limited to 10 participants. To save your spot please DM or call us at: 541.475.2068

Porch Planter Class

outdoor planter in snowWe’re excited about a favorite class coming up. Make an Evergreen Porch Planter, led by Claire Hafer. Claire owns The Garden Specialists LLC, Horticultural and Consulting services for residential and commercial clients in Bend. She really knows her way around decorating outdoor spaces, especially entry areas!  Claire loves teaching and has presented to garden clubs and taught at the college level about botany and gardening with native plants.

Join us inside our cozy greenhouse to create your holiday planter while beating the chill with warm seasonal refreshments. We’ll have a great collection of amazing evergreen and other natural decorative “ingredients” to play with, and we encourage you to bring foraged goodies of your own from your garden.

This is an all ages class, but we do ask that each child under 12 have an adult accompanying each of them.

DATE: Sunday Nov 26th 1:30-3:30 pm
COST: $48 pre-registration & payment required.
Call (541.475.2068), message or stop in to save your spot. Class is limited to 10 participants.

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