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WVHPG Coming Events for 2017 and 2018
Our Monthly Meetings and Speaker Programs take place at the Campbell Community Center at 155 High Street (the corner of High St and Second Avenue) in Eugene, Oregon. There is ample parking in the parking lot at the corner of 2nd and High. Please see our Contact Us page for a map and directions.

Meetings begin at 7:00 PM, but the doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments, book buying, botanical sample browsing, and socializing. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, September through November, and January through May. The public is invited to attend our speaker meetings. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Our monthly meetings include:
~ Fascinating and informative presentations from the best plant people in the world.
~ Superb botanical samples - find out what's blooming now!
~ Gardening Tip of the Month series.
​~ Terrific door prizes.
~ Wonderful gardening and plant books at discounted prices.
~ Plants available for purchase.
~ Refreshments and a chance to visit with speakers and members before and after the presentation.
Join us for our next event...
Watch for more information on our up-coming programs and events...

January 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
"Latest Treads in Gardening from Seed" with Renee Shepard

February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
"Plant Combinations and Garden Art" with Mike Darcy

March 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
"All About Camellias" with Robert Herald

April 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
"The Hydrangeas" with Kristin Van Hoose

May 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
"Manzanitas and Hebes on Trial" with Neil Bell

Saturday, May 12, 2018 ~ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Annual Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group Plant Sale
Lane County Fair Grounds
See the Plant Sale page for more information

November 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"A Tale of Two Gardens: a Gardeners Adventure from the Desert to the PNW" with Lori Vollmer

Please join the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group at 7:00 PM in the Campbell Community Center for our speaker program presented by Lori Vollmer of Garden Fever in Portland OR.

Fourteen years ago, Lori and Richard Vollmer fired-up their personal love of gardening and extensive retail expertise to create Garden Fever! It has become the NE Portland neighborhood place to go for veggie starts, berry bushes, unusual ornamental plants and shrubs, and good old-fashioned annuals. Also, it has everything you need for plant care, tools and gear, garden décor, outdoor furnishings, and gifts for gardeners.

People often ask nurseries, “What’s your specialty?” At Garden Fever, it’s simple - 
It is a place where gardeners, novice or expert, can find good plants, good tools, good dirt, and helpful advice on sustainable gardening practices. And, it’s the gardening store Lori and Richard always wanted in their neighborhood. 

Before Garden Fever, Lori was a buyer for a 13 store antiques and home décor chain in Los Angeles. After moving to Portland, she was housewares and gift buyer for Nature’s Northwest grocery stores and moved on to do store design and planning for both Nature’s and New Seasons Markets. 

Lori grew up in the desert with her father’s garden – a Chicago, Illinois transplant. When her father passed away in 2000, she and her husband Richard took over the gardening (and the house) in Scottsdale, Arizona. With the first water bill at $300, they decided to pull up Chicago and replace it with the desert. This was the beginning of their adventures in gardening, from the desert to the Pacific Northwest.

In the mean time, both she and Richard have fallen in love with pollinators and the beauty they bring to gardens and the challenges of maintaining two very different gardens- one low maintenance/low resource use and the other, two acres of plants and nature in a more rainy Pacific Northwest environment.

In addition to the two very different garden environments, Lori will explore the challenge of growing older, the changing weather and how her garden keeps growing and dying, and growing again.