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WVHPG Coming Events for 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...

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

January 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"What's New and Unique from Seed?" with Renee Shephard of Renee's Garden

Please join the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group at 7:00 PM in the Campbell Community Center for our speaker program presented by Renee Shephard of Renee's Garden.

Renee will present the topic, "What's New and Unique from Seed?" a preview of hot items from seed breeders all over the world; herbs, flowers and vegetables new to us or new to you - including many of the latest varieties bred to grow in containers, perennials that bloom their first year from seed; the best new sweet peas and nasturtiums; many vegetables you may not have thought of growing from seed; the best gourmet picks for anyone who loves to cook from the garden.

Renee is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international specialty vegetable and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. After receiving her PhD from UC Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies department there, she founded the mail order company, Renee's Garden, offering her selected choices of seeds for exciting new and time-tested heirloom gourmet vegetables, culinary herbs and a wide range of fragrant cutting flowers, sourced from seed growers both large and small from around the world. Renee's Garden seed packets are available directly from www.reneesgarden.com and offered through independent garden centers in the US and Canada.

Renee regularly writes garden articles and creates recipes for Renee's Garden monthly e-newsletters, which reach over 35,000 gardeners monthly online. She writes the descriptions and growing information for all the company's seed packets, chooses seed varieties, manages marketing activities, and directs and enjoys the company's large trial gardens in California and Vermont. She has published three kitchen garden cookbooks: Recipes From a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes From a Kitchen Garden and her newest book, the Renee's Garden Cookbook, combines expert gardening advice with great recipes.

Renee lectures widely at national and regional garden shows and is a featured speaker at numerous gardening conferences. She has many community and environmental interests and serves on the Planning Commission for Santa Cruz County CA. She has served on the board of National Garden Association and is currently president of the Home Garden Seed Association. In 2015 Renee received the American Horticultural Society's Great American Gardener Paul Eche Jr award for her "commitment to the highest standards of excellence in commercial horticulture and the betterment of gardening practices everywhere."