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WVHPG Coming Events for 2018 - 2019
Our Monthly Meetings and Speaker Programs take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene at 1685 W 13th Ave (the corner of Chambers St and W 13th Ave) in Eugene, Oregon. Entrance is on the east side of the building and there is ample parking in the parking lot which can be accessed from both Chambers St or W 13th Ave. Additional parking is available in the adjacent Looking Glass Center parking lot, but please do not park under the covered entry way. Overflow parking is also available in the EC Cares parking lot on W 12th Ave just east of the Looking Glass Center. 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...


Saturday, May 11, 2019 ~ 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


October 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Soil: What It Is and How It Works" with James Cassidy from Oregon State University

Please join the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM in our new location at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene, 1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene OR for our speaker program presented by James Cassidy, the Senior Instructor of Soil Science, Soil Physics and Organic Agriculture at Oregon State University. Entrance to the meeting space is through the double doors on the east side of the building.

The introductory soil class James Cassidy teaches now has over 200 students each term and is very popular. James is also the faculty advisor for the wildly popular OSU Organic Growers Club – OSU’s student farm. Coming from a non-traditional background (music industry for over 30 years) he is passionate about soil and is popular with students because of his dynamic speaking style. The student farm project has over 300 student volunteers on its list-serve and continues to grow. The farm cultivates over 50 different fruit and vegetable crops and is just beginning its 17th season.

Cassidy’s presentation, “Soil! – What It Is & How It Works” explains it’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients, and how soil is "made". The fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know! Soil is a living thing – a habitat! Managing that habitat is THE fundamental factor in getting your garden to produce more with fewer inputs.
November 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"An Autumn Visit to the Maples of Westonbirt - England's National Arboretum" with Elaine Sedlack

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Exciting Plants for the Adventurous Gardener" with Pat Thompson of Secret Garden Growers

February 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Yet To Be Decided" with Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken of Far Reaches Farm

March 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Growing Bulbs - Around the World - Species & Hybrids" with Steve Vinisky of Cherry Creek Daffodils

April 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Snowdrops" with David Culp of Brandywine Cottage in Pennsylvania

May 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Deerly Missed! An Alphabetical Garden" with Dave Eckerdt from Salem