Hoyt Arboretum Friends (HAF) is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation to support Hoyt Arboretum.

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Saturday Crew

Saturday, April 4, 9am-12pm

The Saturday Crew helps with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, special projects and more. No experience required; tools and instruction provided. Email volunteer@hoytarboretum.org to sign up, or sign up online here.

 

English Ivy Basket Weaving

Saturday, April 4, 12:30pm-3pm

Learn to weave a basket from English ivy! Hoyt Arboretum Friends is partnering with Rewild Portland to host this family-friendly workshop at Hoyt Arboretum. Participants will use the English ivy cleared from the arboretum by our hardworking Saturday Crew (you can join them that morning from 9am to 12pm!) to craft their baskets.

The workshop will be held outside at the Stevens Pavilion. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and snacks. Gloves, garden clippers and basket materials will be provided.

This free workshop is limited to 20 participants; early registration is encouraged. To sign up, please contact Becky at info@hoytarboretum.org or 503-823-1649.

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Native Plants of Hoyt Arboretum

Wednesday, April 8, 10am-12:30pm

Angie Moore, wildflower enthusiast and Hoyt Arboretum volunteer, will give a presentation on native plants in the Hoyt Arboretum. Have you ever wondered about the blanket of understory plants beneath our conifers? This is a chance to start learning about the native plants that make up that understory. She will have photos, key characteristics for identifying these plants, their Latin and common names and what plant family they belong to. When appropriate she will include ethnobotany - how those plants were and are used by humans. If you have been meaning to learn more about our native plants, this is a very basic and friendly lecture to jumpstart your learning.

This is a free presentation.Please meet at the Visitor Center at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd; registration is not required.

 

Magnolia Tree Tour

Thursday, April 9, 12pm-1:30pm

Join Hoyt Arboretum’s curator Martin Nicholson for this annual tour through the arboretum’s nationally-recognized Magnolia collection. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water. Please meet at the Visitor Center at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd; this is a free tour and registration is not required.

 

Finding David Douglas, A film by Lois Leonard

Sunday, April 12, 2-3:30pm

Join us at Hoyt Arboretum for a viewing of the critically-acclaimed film Finding David Douglas, which focuses on David Douglas’s contributions to science—forestry, botany, and horticulture. During his career, Douglas introduced more than 200 new species to the gardens and forests of Europe. Produced and directed by historian Lois Leonard, this free film screening will take place in the Bill deWeese Classroom at the Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center. The director will be in attendance, and DVDs will be available for purchase at the screening.

About the director: Lois Leonard has worked in the field of public history and museums for more than twenty-five years. Her work includes the creation and management of nationally-recognized exhibitions, documentary videos and publications. Her work has received regional and national awards, and her films broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting and the History Channel.

 

Native Conifers of Northwest Oregon: Learn to identify all 18 conifers native to northwest Oregon

Wednesday, April 15, 10am-1pm

Interested in expanding your knowledge of native conifers? Instructor Ken Denniston (author of nwconifers.com) will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon.

The class will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.

Limited to 15 people per class. $15/members, $20/non-members. Registration is required.

Please sign up below via Paypal or contact Becky at becky.schreiber@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.1649.

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Oregon for the Curious: A slide show presentation by William L. Sullivan

Friday, April 17, 2pm
Free event! 

Author William L. Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of Oregon’s oddest hiking and travel destinations, from an island sea cave to a forgotten canyon of colored pinnacles. Expect off-the-beaten-path tales of history and geology, as told by the bestselling author of a new short story collection, “The Oregon Variations.”

Sullivan has hiked every trail he could find in the state for his popular “100 Hikes” guidebooks, a series that he updates continually. He has also written four novels and many nonfiction books about Oregon, including “Hiking Oregon’s History,” “Oregon Favorites,” and “The Case of D. B. Cooper’s Parachute.” His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon, “Listening for Coyote,” was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s “100 Books,” the 100 most significant books in the state’s history.

This presentation is free and open to the public. The author will be available to sign books following the slide show. 

 

Botanical Illustration with Watercolor

Saturday, April 18, 11am-3pm

20150210_160331.jpgWhether you are a budding artist wanting to learn about botany or a plant lover eager to hone your botanical illustration skills, this class is for you! Students will learn the basics of botanical illustration and complete one or two watercolors. 

Supplies: Students are asked to bring their own watercolor paints or watercolor pencils. A small set is fine (or just tubes of red, yellow, blue and a palette or plate for mixing). Students should also bring their own brushes, including a fine round #2 or #3 brush and a ½”-wide flat brush. All other supplies (paper, pencils, etc.) will be provided at the class.

About the instructor: Ruth Williams is an Arborist and plant enthusiast with a degree in Horticulture from UC Davis. She learned to draw plants in weed science 101, and later at the Mojave Desert Studies Center. She lives in Southeast Portland with two heritage California Bay Laurels, her husband, and six chickens.

Limited to 12 people (must be 12+ years old). $15/members, $20/non-members. Registration is required.

Please sign up below via Paypal or contact Becky at becky.schreiber@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.1649.

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Spring Blossom Tour

Saturday, April 25, 12pm-1:30pm

Join our tour guide for a stroll through the arboretum to view the season’s colorful blooms and learn about the fascinating transformation that is spring! Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket, camera and water. Please meet at the Visitor Center at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd; this is a free tour and registration is not required.

 

Saturday Crew

Saturday, May 2, 9am-12pm

The Saturday Crew helps with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, special projects and more. No experience required; tools and instruction provided. Email volunteer@hoytarboretum.org to sign up, or sign up online here.

 

Saturday Crew

Saturday, May 30, 9am-12pm

The Saturday Crew helps with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, special projects and more. No experience required; tools and instruction provided. Email volunteer@hoytarboretum.org to sign up, or sign up online here.

 

Saturday Crew

Saturday, June 6, 9am-12pm

The Saturday Crew helps with trail maintenance, invasive species removal, special projects and more. No experience required; tools and instruction provided. Email volunteer@hoytarboretum.org to sign up, or sign up online here.

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