Thursday, May 30, 2013

Even MORE of our fabulous Raffle sponsors for this year's Garden Tour

Leach Botanical Garden

Leach Botanical Garden is generously donating a $10 gift certificate!

Discover Portland's secret garden
30 years of sharing our unique botanical collection, tranquil setting, and the inspiring story of John & Lilla Leach.
The Garden opened to the public in 1983 as a partnership between Leach Garden Friends and Portland Parks & Recreation. The core of our landmark Garden is the estate of John and Lilla Leach, who went on botanical expeditions and,in the 1930s, built the Manor House and began the gardens that bear their name. They left the beautiful grounds, buildings and more than 2,000 species of plants to the City of Portland. The Friends group formed as a non-profit in 1981 and since that time has anchored daily operations with a large active volunteer group and a small staff.

As a result of their efforts, the Garden continues as a place of respite in the urban landscape. The Leach story---their pioneer roots, expeditionary adventures, scientific and artistic pursuits, botanical interests, whimsy, affection and humor—continues to inform our work. In partnership with other organizations, we offer practical instruction in a variety of garden-related topics. Children and adults pursue learning in the Garden through educational offerings ranging from botany to geology, from painting to illustration, from discovery to deduction.

Today the Garden has grown to nearly seventeen acres. A Master Plan approved in 2010 provides direction for new facilities, botanical interpretations, and spaces for community activity. We look forward to sharing the secrets of Leach Botanical Garden with you.

Follow Leach Botanical Garden on Facebook!
6704 SE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236

Bar Carlo

Bar Carlo is generously donating Dinner for Two gift certificate, valued at $30!

Bar Carlo is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a neighborhood bistro inspired menu. We feature a popular weekend brunch, with specialty cocktails (including champagne mimosas!), Stumptown coffee and vegan and vegetarian options.

Happy Hours from 4-6pm Weekdays and 10pm-12am on Weekends

Follow Bar Carlo on Facebook!
6433 Foster Road, Portland, Oregon 97206


Defense Arts NW

Defense Arts NW is generously donating TWELVE gift certificates,  each good for one month of FREE Training!
 Community oriented, family minded martial arts school

The Five Rules of our school:

Effort - Etiquette - Sincerity -Self Control - Character

Welcome to the home of Defense Arts Northwest, a family minded martial arts school committed to creating a brighter future for ourselves, our kids, and our community. We are located at 6420 SE Foster Road, Portland OR 97206. Check the Contact Us page or call for more information on how to find us.

Like us on Facebook or check in frequently for updates and useful information on our training programs and community events. Classes are going on now so come on in and join the fun!

Portland Nursery

Portland Nursery is generously donating a $35 Gift Certificate!

 Your place for plants, garden advice, design and superior garden service
 Portland Nursery

Our 100-year-old location at 5050 SE Stark is tucked in conveniently into to the Laurelhurst neighborhood. Here is where it all started. Come in and soak up the ambience of our courtyard and meet our knowledgeable staff!

At 5050 Stark, you will find a wide selection of plants, including some unusual and unique varieties of old standbys, not to mention an enticing assortment of containers, gifts and supplies for those of you with chickens! Read more about our Stark Street Store. See details..

Our 9000 SE Division location is conveniently located off I-205 – making it handily accessible for plant seekers from Lake Oswego and Oregon City and up to Vancouver - we love meeting both our "corridor" customers and neighbors alike!

9000 SE Division offers a similar range of plants as you will find at Stark, plus a wide selection of houseplants, water plants and an incredible selection of succulents, cactus and bonsai. And Division is home to our own Landscape Design service. Take the Division exit from I-205 and visit us soon! See details..
Spring Hours
Sunday - Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday & Saturday 8:00am - 8:00pm

5050 SE Stark • Portland, OR 97215 • 503-231-5050
9000 SE Division • Portland, OR 97266 • 503-788-9000



GreenSaversUSA is generously donating a Gift Certificate for $200 OFF Home Energy Upgrades!

Serving Portland and Central Oregon
Specializing in home energy audits and energy efficiency upgrades, we provide energy saving solutions for comfortable living and safe, healthy homes.
Home Energy Audits • Insulation & Ventilation • High Performance Windows • Heating & Water Heating Systems • Appliance & Lighting Upgrades

Are you inspired by home comfort, lower energy bills, or a smaller carbon footprint? Let’s talk. GreenSavers was one of the first firms in the country to focus specifically on in-depth energy audits and home performance upgrades.
Sign up for our home energy audit - a comprehensive, diagnostic test of your home - and we'll create a customized plan for boosting your home's energy efficiency. Save money every month and live comfortably without breaking the bank. Call us today in Portland 503.223.8767

The 6th Annual FoPoGarden Tour is FAST approaching...Saturday June 15th, 10AM-4PM...hope you have your calendars marked!!

We'll be showcasing MORE generous sponsor info shortly so stay tuned!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Foster-Powell Community Garden WORK PARTY!!!!

For those just tuning in: Work Party this Sunday May 26th 10-4

Yes, there is a work party this weekend. Sunday, May 26th from 10-4. We’ll be building the first round raised bed, the first water cistern, scraping the asphalt, laying cardboard and spreading wood chips. Please come and help! Bring tools and friends!

For those of you just tuning in and to answer a few frequent questions. Here’s the “current” lowdown:

A few years ago, a couple of neighbors had the idea to approach ODOT (the owner of this lot) about doing a beautification project. The project has finally been approved and a garden is on the way. This is a slow process. The more help we have from neighbors, the faster we can realize and enjoy the final garden.

Our challenge is that we cannot depave or disturb the visible soil. A gas station is buried beneath this lot and ODOT is not giving us permission to work in the soil. That also means that we have no water on the site and cannot have a tap installed. The current plan is to build cisterns to catch water in the winter (from the gutters at the back of the lot) and get water delivered to the site in the summer (to a cistern in the front of the lot). The Foster Powell Neighborhood Association is supporting some of the start up costs for this project but we do not have enough funding and donations secured to finish this garden yet (we’re working on it). We are trying to do as much as possible with free materials which makes your volunteer labor and legwork the most valuable resource we have.

Foster Powell Community Garden (concept drawing-not to scale)

The spirit of this project is the beautification of this space at the entrance to our neighborhood. While individual plots may eventually be available, no one is reserving space at this time. The drawing you see here is the basic plan that ODOT agrees to, but the idea is organic and, as time passes and input and materials are received, the design continues to change. If you would like to have input on the project or how the space will be maintained, you are invited to pick up a shovel!

To find out how you can join the steering committee for this project, please email Vicki at: and visit the website to find out what’s been going on, what supplies we need and when you can come and lend a hand.

And be SURE to follow the NEW Foster Powell Community Garden on their Facebook Page

Some MORE of our fabulous Raffle sponsors this year

Backyard Habitat Certification Program

The Backyard Habitat Certification Program is generously donating a gift cerficate good for the program's certification fee!

Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Land Trust and Friends of Tryon Creek have teamed up to create a unique Backyard Habitat Certification Program.

NaturescapingThe Backyard Habitat Certification Program provides assistance and incentives to residents on lots less than one acre, within the cities of Portland and Lake Oswego, to restore native wildlife habitat in their backyards. 


 The Egg Carton

Sarah & Tim of The Egg Carton are Generously donating a $15 gift certificate!

The Egg Carton - Portland, ORA food cart where the egg ALWAYS comes first!

The Egg Carton is family run by Sarah and Tim Arkwright. We pride ourselves on both our service and our fantastic food and drinks. The Egg Carton has been named one of the top food carts in Portland and one of the friendliest. Come on down and visit our pride and joy. 

Carts on Foster, 5205 SE Foster Rd, Portland OR 97206

Performance Works NW

Linda Austin of Performance Works NW is generously donating a pair of tickets to her 30th Anniversary performance, REACH:30 running 6/27-6/30! 

 Performance Works NorthWest/Linda Austin Dance (PWNW) advances the performing arts in the Pacific Northwest through the development of contemporary performance, artists and audiences. As an artist-run incubator for contemporary performance, PWNW simultaneously nurtures local artists and provides opportunities for nationally renowned performers to present their work to Portland audiences and lead master classes for Portland artists.

 4625 SE 67th Ave Portland OR 97206 (503) 777-1907


Elmer's Flag & Banner

Elmer's Flag & Banner is generously donating  a $20 gift certificate as well as a special discount coupon!

America's Largest Flag Store

At Elmer's Flag and Banner, Kites Too! we practically invented the modern feather flag....... although we must give credit to 3000 years of Chinese art and history. Mike Hale, a student of Oriental art and a practitioner of Chinese art and calligraphy, began building feather flags in the mid 80’s. He noticed that if you give a Westerner a piece of paper and ask them to draw a flag, they will draw a horizontal rectangle. However, over half of the world from China, Japan, India, etc. traditionally will draw a tall vertical shape.

From Teardrops to Custom Sculpted Feather Shapes, we sew in house to control quality.  Whether you need a hundred (or a just a few) custom flags or feathers, we use the method best suited to your job needs at Elmer's Flag & Banner.  We have 45 years of experience and rely on our huge volume and long time relationships to get you the best process, the best quality, the best price, and the best service. 
All this spells VALUE for you.  Trust the guys who originated the printed Feather Arte Flag!

1332 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232



Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden is generously donating 6 pairs of tickets to the garden!

Lan Su Chinese Garden sheds the cold and gray of winter to “drink in the fragrance” of spring with two months of plants, flowers and everything blooming!

Featuring four of China’s most auspicious and culturally significant plants: rhododendrons, camellias, peonies and magnolias, April and May will be filled with sight and scents of special floral arrangements, unique plant displays plant walks and talks on each of the four featured plants by experts. In addition, visitors will be able to tour Lan Su with plant guides for each of the four-featured plants.


Look for  EVEN MORE generous sponsor info coming soon!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Garden Tours galore...

Do you enjoy traveling throughout the Pacific NW and going to Garden Tours???

Well if so, then here is a great resource for you -

UW Botanic Gardens LogoThe University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Elisabeth C. Miller Library website has a slough of Garden Tours in Vancouver BC, Washington ansd a feqw here in Oregon...including yours Truly, the FosterPowell Garden Tour!!!

Elisabeth C. Miller Library logo

Check it out:

just SOME of our fabulous Raffle sponsors this year

Ruth Morris of Ready Aim Redo is generously donating 3-hrs of her professional design work at a total value of $150!!!

   "You don't have to have a big budget to have a big impact. Whether you need help with your home or business, I can assist you in creating spaces that are comfortable, inviting, fun and express your personal style."
Ruth Morris
 About Ready Aim Redo
Ready Aim Redo is based in Beaverton, Oregon. My belief is that your space should feel comfortable, inviting and thoughtful and it should be useful. Ideally, it evokes a part of your personality.
With more than a decade of design experience, I can help you create a space, redo rooms, merchandise your space and organize what you have into what you want.


The Backyard Bird Shop 

Backyard Bird Shop generously donating two $10 gift certificates!

Our shops provide the products and information necessary to transform a typical urban backyard into a habitat for birds, squirrels, bats, mason bees and other wildlife.  Our staff members share a love of nature, many with backgrounds in biology, gardening and teaching. 
At Backyard Bird Shop, we try every day to offer our customers attentive service, plus the highest quality and greatest variety of wild bird products you can find!  You’ll be satisfied with our fair prices, and with the great feeling you get when you connect with nature!

Five Portland Area Locations

1419 N.E. Fremont St. Portland, OR 97212
8101 N.E. Parkway Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662
16949 S.W. 65th Ave., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
8960 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Clackamas, OR 97015
11429 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Beaverton, OR 97005


Friends of Trees

Friends of Trees is generously donating a Gift Tree, valued at $35!

gift tree
Friends of Trees will plant a Gift Tree for a tax-deductible donation of $35 or a Gift Grove of six trees for a tax-deductible donation of $100. We'll also send a personalized gift card to the person you're honoring.
All Gift Trees are planted at the Collins Sanctuary near Forest Park in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland and Metro. Because of the sensitive nature of the site, we can't mark individual trees, but if you join us at one of our Gift Tree plantings, you can plant your trees yourself and watch them grow over the years.


Tango Berretin

Alex Krebs of Tango Berretin is generously donating 2 pair of entrances w/beginner tango dance lesson (each a $20 value)

Alex Krebs: Tango dancer, instructor, musician.

Tango Images
Alex has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1997 and teaching worldwide since 1998, including performances in Buenos Aires.  He has run his all-Argentine tango studio, Tango Berretin, in Portland, Oregon since 2001 and has also studied the bandoneon since 2001 currently directing his sextet.

   He is completely fanatic about the dance, and shares his passion with his students.  He teaches for the social dance floor, emphasizing the improvisatory side of the dance through a strong communication between the lead and follow and on musicality. Alex tries to give his students the vocabulary necessary so that each person can find their own unique way of dancing -- dancing the tango of their own body.


Dennis' 7 Dees Nursery

Dennis' 7 Dees Nursery on SE Powell Blvd is generously donating one 2012 Official Rose, 'Royal Rosarian'!

For 2012, the official rose was named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Rosarians -- the Official Greeters and Ambassadors of Goodwill for the City of Portland and the Portland Rose Festival.

This classic velvety deep red floribunda comes in clusters of large flowers with excellent disease resistance and is exclusively available at Dennis' 7 Dees. With a red Americans love, 'Royal Rosarian' is a deep velvety, bright, long-lasting rose that displays in great clusters of ruffled flowers that show off against a backdrop of glossy dark red-green leaves.

About Dennis' 7 Dees Nursery
A fourth generation of family ownership, President David Snodgrass believes a longstanding commitment to quality landscaping design, installation and maintenance has kept the organization in business throughout the decades.  We’ve always been committed to quality and service and we’ve never wavered from that.  Whether we are helping a “do it yourself” customer at our garden centers or offering complete design/build services and maintenance, we’ve always tried to do a great job in every project, and to build trust and relationships with clients that last over the long term.
Currently there are four Dennis’ 7 Dees retail garden center locations, three in the Portland metro and one in Seaside.  Dennis’ 7 Dees is owned and operated totally separate from Drake’s 7 Dees.  Because of the common history and shared 7 Dees name, the two separate businesses are easily confused as the same, but they are not.  The two businesses compete professionally, yet in a very family friendly way.


More Sponsor Info soon!

There are MANY more sponsors to this year's 6th Annual Foster Powell Garden Tour...
Look for more sponsor info soon and be sure to check out all our sponsors and tour friends on our Resources page

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Yard will be a STOP

Thank you LGA Creative for these spectacularly beautiful Tour Yard Signs

The 6th Annual FoPo Garden Tour is FAST approaching!!!!

Be sure the date is saved in your calendar...

 Saturday, June 15th, 10AM-4PM
There are 60 gardens on this year’s tour!!!!
  • WEST of Kern Park at 67th, 10am-1pm
  • EAST of Kern Park at 67th, 1pm-4pm
                 some locations open all day!
In the meantime look for the fabulously designed yard signs going up all around the neighborhood.
A BIG thanks goes to a few of our fantastic sponsors for their great work helping bring some of the very important tour details together:
LGA Creative for their beautiful Flyer and Signage design work;
B & T Printing and Lithography for the great print job;
Leonard Kanfer for the quality laminating;
Vicki Wilson & John Larsen for the Logo Design;
T-Stop Photography for the beautiful photos;
and of course Tamra Tiemeyer and all our Garden Tour Committee members for their tireless work!
Rain or Shine this is going to be a FANTASTIC Tour!
Important: Note that most gardens are not wheelchair/stroller-accessible, not all gardens are child-friendly so please keep a close eye on your children, and pets are not allowed unless they are service-animals. Also, please ask the gardeners' permission before taking photos, thank you.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Neighborhood Cleanup!

Saturday, May 4 
Arleta School 
SE 66th Ave and Mitchell St
It's Neighborhood Cleanup time!
We accept/recycle:
  • Bulky Waste
  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Scrap Wood
  • Tires
  • Any other large discards
  • Bikes & bike parts
  • Block Foam (no peanuts)

We CAN'T accept:
  • Yard debris
  • computers/electronics/TVs
  • Concrete
  • Hazardous waste
  • Household garbage
  • Curbside recyclables

Car: $10 / Van, Truck: $15-20 / Large load: $20-25

Extra charges:
  • Tires: $2
  • Roofing materials: $10
  • Appliances with freon: $15 each
If you are volunteering the day of the cleanup, most folks come from around either 8:30 - 11:45 or 11:30 - 2:45 or so. If you're just now thinking of joining us, we could use a few extra hands for the afternoon shift. Thanks!

Clackamas County Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair

Held the weekend before Mother's Day since 1984

The Fair offers some great features to make your day of shopping simple and fun, so get your little red wagon out and join us for our 29th Fair!

Check out their website for more Event info:

The Fine Print: Parking is Free and admission to the Event Center is $3, under 16 free. 

History of the Spring Garden Fair: What began as a small fuchsia sale in 1984 has grown to one of the Northwest's most popular springtime events. Today the vendors number over 200 and is the regions largest kickoff sale for spring planting. This event is planned, organized and hosted by Clackamas County Master Gardeners. Volunteer leaders plan September through May, and an additional 300 Master Gardener volunteers work at the two-day event.

About Clackamas County Master Gardeners : We are a non-profit organization supporting the Oregon State University Extension Service. The Spring Garden Fair is a major fund-raiser for the Clackamas Chapter. Proceeds from the event go to fund an endowment providing horticultural scholarships at Clackamas Community College, as well as community grants and programs of Oregon State University and in Clackamas County. 

How to get involved: Master Gardeners are Oregon State University Extension trained volunteers providing research based home horticulture information. Please click here for the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener page, and info on becoming a Master Gardener.

Woodstock Neighborhood Association Plant Sale - May 11

Sunday, May 11, 2013 – FWCC PLANT SALE:
Design by Jennie HoutsThis annual fundraising event is the main source of funds for the ongoing maintenance of the Woodstock Community Center, 5904 SE 43rd Ave

A wide variety of plants to choose from including native, exotic, ornamental, edible, water- and drought tolerant, small and large. Past sales have included a large selection of tomato starts. All plants are donated by Woodstock neighbors, so are known to thrive in our local climate. Plant experts will be on hand to answer questions related to planting and care, and plants are priced very reasonably. 
All proceeds for the Annual Pre-Mother’s Day Sale go directly to the Woodstock Community Maintenance Fund and support the volunteers’ efforts to provide routine maintenance to the site
Sale goes from 9am to 3pm the Saturday before Mother's Day. 

Wanted: Plant donations and volunteer assistants!
For more info contact Terry Griffiths at treeterry [at]

Here is a great article by SE Uplift on this event as well...