Decoding Plants: Conifers

Juniper_MMM_smHappy new year!

My next workshop is coming up the last two Saturdays in February and will be held in my new little garden studio in North Portland! This workshop is one that I was inspired to teach after camping in the Cascades this summer and being blown away by the diversity of conifers growing around our camp site. I had a lot of fun identifying them and making a cone collection – but I remembered how daunting it felt to learn the conifers when I moved to the Pacific Northwest over a decade ago. There are a lot of them here! Fortunately there are ways to learn and remember the ways they are distinct and unique.

This hands-on course will have you identifying many trees from a distance by clues like habitat context, shape and texture and then confirm your identification from up-close details like needles, bark and cones. We’ll cover both native and introduced species that are grouped into 3 main families. All experience levels welcome.

Course details and registration can be found at

Decoding Plants: Conifers
Portland Underground Graduate School
Date: Saturdays, February 16 and 23
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Meets in Overlook Neighborhood || North Portland
Cost: Two days, Tiered pricing $99 to 199 || Space is limited to 20 students.
Registration open now at

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