Monthly Programs

The Portland Garden Club Speaker Schedule   2018-2019

Third Thursdays at the Clubhouse
9:30 am Social, 10:15
Program:  In Our Own Backyard

October 18th, Conservation:Plastic Purge: How to use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save Sea Turtles! Michael SanClements, PhD.

November 15th, Photography:By the Light, Doug Steakley.

December No Speaker

January 17th, Horticulture: The Science and Culture of Coffee, Sarada Krishnan, PhD.

February 21st, Community Outreach: Gorgeous Again? Restoring the Scenic Columbia River Gorge, Panel with Lisa Platt, Moderator.

March 21st, Garden History & Design, Weaving Spring Blooms into Your Garden, Marietta and Ernie O’Byrne, Tapestry Garden, Eugene.

April 18th, Floral Design-Live Challenge Class with Bold Designers from The Portland Garden Club.

Friday, May 10th, Special Presentation, Andrea Wulf, author, “Founding Gardeners” and other books--note day of week.

History of Guest Speakers


September, The Intertwine: A Collective Impact Model For Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas Panel with Mike Wetter – Executive Director, Intertwine Alliance; Mike Houck – Executive Director Urban Greenspaces Institute; and Dr. Phil Wu, Intertwine Alliance Board (Community Outreach)

October, Truly Compelling Combinations – Creating Sizzle and Subtlety, Brenda Adams, Gardens by Design (Garden History & Design/Horticulture)

November 1, Impact Investing and TPGC, Lori Flexer, Jim Rudd & Mary Lago, Ferguson Wellman (Community Outreach)


January, C-Change Conversations (creating effective dialogue on climate change), Kathleen Biggins, (Conservation)

February, Garden Goddesses: Four California Women and their Legendary Gardens, Donald Olson (GH&D)

March, The Real Dirt: How the Soil with Save Us, Kristin Ohlson (Horticulture)

April, Wildflower Highlights: California Superblooms to the Gorge and Mount Adams, Darryl Lloyd (Photography) Plus workshop with Digits

May, Floral Diplomacy at the White House, Laura Dowling (Floral Design) Plus afternoon workshop for Hand-Tied Bouquets