Category Archives: gardening

Emerson Street Garden Harvest Celebration

Saturday, October 20th, 1-3pm
Emerson Street Garden, 822 NE Emerson

Join your neighbors in celebrating nature’s bounty at this fun, family-friendly event. Learn about sustainable gardening, neighborhood history, and the inspiring story of the Emerson Street Garden. There will be a potluck, planting party, and pumpkin decorating for the kids!

At Emerson Street Garden we’re sowing seeds and growing community.

Contact Rob Rouse at 970-497-9053 for more information.

Rain garden and naturescaping workshops return

Dig into Fall: Workshops are Open!

Looking for some fresh garden ideas? Want to bring more color and beauty to your yard all throughout the year? There’s still plenty of time to attend our FREE workshops!

You’ll learn how to create a low-maintenance (& low-cost!) landscape that conserves water, prevents pollution, and is safe for children, pets and streams. Tell your friends and register today while space is still available!
Click Here to Register

Workshop Offerings

Rain Gardens 101: Learn how to create a sunken garden bed that captures stormwater runoff and also benefits urban streams and wildlife.

Naturescaping Basics: Design your landscape to conserve water, decrease stormwater runoff and minimize pollution while saving you time, money and energy!

Site Planning 1: An extension of Naturescaping Basics, this workshop covers how to prepare a site plan utilizing naturescaping techniques.

Site Planning 2: Share your landscape site plan and receive personalized advice from our landscape specialists in this feedback session.

Fall Schedule

You can view the full workshop schedule, start times, location details and register online here.

Rain Gardens 101
10/7 – Hollywood Senior Center
10/13 – Pilgrim Lutheran Church
10/20 – People’s Food Co-op
11/4 – Historic Kenton Firehouse
11/11 – SMILE Station

Naturescaping Basics
10/7 – Historic Kenton Firehouse
10/14 – Loaves & Fishes
10/20 – Pilgrim Lutheran Church
10/27 – Smith Memorial Presbyterian
11/17 – Leach Botanical Garden

Site Planning 1
10/21 – Historic Kenton Firehouse
10/28 – Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
11/10 – Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Site Planning 2
11/14 – EMSWCD Office
Click here to register.


Leaf Day(s) 2012 Coming, Will Cost $30

It’s that time of year again! Leaf Day is fast approaching. If you live in King west of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., city crews will be sweeping streets and removing the leaves on November 20th and December 13th. You will be billed $30 for the service unless you opt out due to not having street trees or because you agree to take care of your own leaves. To opt out or for more information, go to the PBOT website:

Leaf Day Made Easy

King School to Host Second Round-Up May 31st

King School will host an informational open-house for parents of incoming students and prospective students as well as anyone else who would like to learn more about the school such as parents of pre-school age children.  Set aside time on your calendar on May 31st at 6pm to get your questions answered.   For parents not currently enrolled in Portland Public Schools or unfamiliar with King’s program, this will be an important opportunity to get up to speed about all the changes such as:

  • King is currently an International Baccalaureate school.  The elementary grades, prekindergarten through 5th are authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization while the middle school grades 6-8 are finishing up the authorization process.  IB is an interdisciplinary, globally focused approach to education that “help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.”
  • King is in its second year of a federal school improvement grant that is funding a transformation effort at the school.  Oversight from the State of Oregon will ensure that “the new principal has the experience and skills needed to implement successfully a transformation model; implements a rigorous staff evaluation and development system; institutes comprehensive instructional reform; increases learning time and applies community-oriented school strategies; and provides greater operational flexibility and support for the school.”
  • The President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities selected King as one of eight schools nationally to participate in its Turnaround Arts Initiative, a program that recognizes King’s commitment to arts education as part of a holistic approach to education, reinvigorating the school, and improving overall achievement.
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Let’s finish the job! Earth Day planting at King Facility

We are nearing the successful completion of the invasive species removal and replanting project at the King Neighborhood Facility. Thank to the tireless advocacy of neighbor Diego Gioseffi, this Earth Day will be another opportunity for the community to come together and plant the slope by the site of the farmers market with native plantings. Spread the word to all your friends!