Springtime in Beaverton! Time to get outside and work some magic in your garden

Springtime in Beaverton! Time to get outside and work some magic in your garden



Gardens can be many different things. If you live in a small apartment, your garden might be a porch or deck or window box with fresh herbs and flowers. If you have a small yard or a plot in a community garden, you might grow fruits and vegetables. If you have a bigger space, you might develop a pollinator paradise – with steady streams of birds, bees, and butterflies.

Regardless of your space and your approach, there are many local businesses that can help.

If you are a novice gardener, like me, it helps to get a trained professional to help with design and planting ideas. Farmington Gardens has dedicated staff that can help, and they also host classes with all sorts of great ideas. Be sure to check out the schedule at the garden at the Jenkins Estate. They host regular programs in coordination with OSU Master Gardeners in a beautiful and historic setting. You might also contact Becky at Nuthatch Garden Designs.


And if you need to buy things to plant, there are abundant sources:

  • Our very own Beaverton Farmer’s Market, a Saturday ritual in our community.
  • Cornell Farm on Barnes Road (yeah, just outside of Beaverton), is an amazing place to explore, eat, learn, and stock up on all things for your garden!
  • As summer approaches, look for the Beaverton Garden Club Annual Plant Sale and Fundraiser in early May.


Remember, you can also bring images of gardens into your home to brighten things up and feel like spring and summer all year. Ela’s Art and Design has some great paintings that you can find online or at seasonal festivals. Be sure to check out the new Grey Raven Gallery, adjacent to the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts for other great ideas, including some amazing woodworking! Plus, Aimee at Aimee Joy Art can create a personalized magic space for you in your home.

As you plan and shop, we encourage you to think local, buy local, and focus your designs on native plants and trees. This magical paradise we call the Pacific Northwest is a treasure trove of beautiful flowers, vibrant fruits, and hardy vegetables. You can help yourself while also helping our planet and our local businesses.

Happy planting!


By Rob Routhieaux, Director of Small Business Support & Development. For more information about how your business can be involved or sponsorship opportunities, email us at info@beaverton.org or call, 503-644-0123.