Winter Garden Loveliness

Just wanted to share some November Pics:

  • winter veg and ground covers planted-check
  • a hillside full of native shrubs and perennial flowers-check
  • water storage system storing water-check
  • two rain gardens ready for overflow-check
  • covered deck flooring laid-check

Let the hibernation begin…

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Also, I spent a very pleasant morning a few weeks ago meeting with the founder of the Robinwood Community Garden in West Linn (West Linn is my home away from home these days). We exchanged good tips, garden ideas and some of our organizer woes as we strolled through the rich landscape of the garden. Thank you for your time and energy, Lisa. It was an inspiration.                                                 IMG_5244


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The Foster Window Project needs your input right now!

Over the winter months, another neighborhood project is brewing. We hope you will take a moment to give us your input on this art project that aims to beautify underused storefronts on Foster Rd.

We are still looking to involve more building owners if you know one or are one…

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7 Dees raised $1000 for the garden!

If you came out to the Dennis 7 Dees craft bazaar on Saturday, you know there were tons of really cool Oregon businesses selling everything from “shrubs” (delicious flavored sipping vinegars) to alligator jerky and reclaimed glass lawn ornaments (I just love those). You would have seen me stationed at the front of the event, thanking people for coming and supporting 7 Dee’s, which is supporting the FPCG! The table rental fees they collected, $1000, will go completely to a project in the garden. Will it be the other 10 beds or another cistern? You’ll have to stay tuned for Spring plans…


Also, there is a nice new article about the garden’s progress in the current copy of the Sellwood Bee

Thanks, Rita!


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7 Dees has a bazaar way to raise funds for the community garden!

The Dennis 7 Dees Craft Bazaar is happening tomorrow, Saturday November 1st from 10-3! This is not just neighborhood fun, it’s a fundraiser for the Foster Powell Community Garden! C’mon, shop some Portland crafts right in the hood and help support FPCG. I’ll be there ready to talk community garden with you, come by and say hi!

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The Perfect Storm

In the hours leading up to the Fall Fest, we toyed with cancelling the event…

As we put the finishing touches on lighted canopies and decorated tables, the whole thing started going sideways, and I mean that pretty literally.

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That’s when neighbors Allyson and Andy stepped in to offer their front porch as an alternative site! Just 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the event, we stripped the canopies and moved everything next door… and a good time was had by all. Our first annual Fall Fest and impromptu House party raised over $200 for garden activities and I’m pretty sure we greeted over 100 neighbors throughout the evening.

Special thanks to Allyson and Andy #1 (for house and cupcakes-we could not have done this without you), Sandy and Donna (my mom and sis who flew in from Virginia to help with the event), Cecilia (who baked 5 exquisite cakes and made countless other goodies), Monica and Jennifer from Midpoint Cafe for scrumptious rice krispy treats, John and Andy #2 (for setting it all up and taking it all down), Andy #3 and Chyna for letting us borrow canopies, SE Uplift for loaning us tables and chairs, Daniel for helping with clean up and a huge thanks to everyone who braved the weather to celebrate the garden with us.

The favorite garden t-shirt slogans are:

  • #1-Make peas with your neighbors
  • #2 FoPo gardeners do it in raised beds
  • #3 No rain, no gain.

“Cisterns are doin’ it for themselves” was a close 4th.

Our raffle winners have been chosen and all will be contacted this week:

  • Erica and Adrianna each get a bamboo vase
  • Margaret gets a ceramic pumpkin
  • and the ceramic platter was gone before I even saw who won it!

Don’t forget you can help support the garden by going to the Dennis 7 Dee’s craft bazaar on Saturday, November 1st from 10-3pm. Proceeds from the event production go to the Foster Powell Community Garden this year!

That’s a wrap, neighbors. Thank you.

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October 25th Festivities Update

Rain or Shine, the Fo Po Fall Fest is on for Saturday, October 25th from 4-8pm. This is a celebration of our very special neighborhood garden being 1/2 way done and fully operational!

What kind of fun are we talking about?

  • A costume contest
  • A cake walk-homemade cakes, people!
  • Raffle prizes
  • Goodies, music and games
  • Face painting
  • Pumpkin carving station: BYOP or see what we have available. We can gut and cut/paint/decorate, we can gut and you cut/paint/decorate, you can gut and cut/paint/decorate. Leave the mess at our place!

Your donations are lovely, suggested and you will have opportunities to drop dollars right back into the garden, but joining us for fun and treats is free!

How can I help out?

  • A few more pop up canopies would come in real handy. Could we borrow yours for the night?
  • Any businesses still want to donate a nice raffle prize or a delicious treat? Yes, please!
  • Have any extra pumpkins laying around? How about hay bales? We could borrow or keep them.
  • Feeling talented and love an audience? Wandering minstrels and performers are welcome!

Please contact me asap so we can make it happen:

Come out, and tell everyone you know to come as well!

See you at the garden party!

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Garden party ready!

October weekend garden love to Patty, Alex, Daniel, Cecilia, Andy and new neighbor Mateo. Big dirty kisses to Bosky Dell Natives and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) for the generous “min-grant” that allowed us to plant 89 new native plants this week.  A special big kiss to my husband John. Not only did he keep my lame ass motivated, but thanks to the fact that his mind has been in the gutter all weekend :) , our cistern is ready to collect water! Here’s a little visual progress report on our massive native planting, rain garden building, the Dennis 7 Dee’s veggie planting from last week and clean up. Be sure to join us on October 25th for the Fo Po Fall Fest and see the rest for yourself:

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