Leach Botanical Garden is offering an assortment of garden-inspired classes throughout October.

n Digital photography in the garden is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The class is for adults of all ranges of experience, from beginners with a point-and-shoot camera to those who comfortable with a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). Participants will spend the morning exploring a variety of techniques including macro, wider compositions and how to capture the essence of a space. Bring your camera and batteries, and if you have a tripod or special filters, bring them too.

Joshua McCullough, a professional garden photographer and owner of PhytoPhoto (, is the instructor. Registration required and space limited to 12 students. Cost is $40 or $35 for garden members. To reserve a spot in a class, go to or call 503-823-1671.

n A Cherokee wheel basket class is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 19. This three-hour round reed basketry class is suitable for all levels as students learn to make an elegant table basket, approximately 6 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall. Some students will choose to learn the arrow pattern traditional to the style while others may prefer to attempt a less complex pattern.

A discussion of traditional Cherokee materials and styles is included. Materials and tools are provided. Carol Ross is the instructor, and participants must be at least 12 years old. Registration is required, and cost is $30 or $25 for garden members. Class includes a $10 materials fee payable to the instructor at the start of class. To reserve a spot in a class, go to or call 503-823-1671.

n A free rain garden workshop also is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Learn how to build your own rain garden while learning about the role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration and water quality, while providing beautiful landscaping at the same time.

Participants will receive a comprehensive manual outlining all the steps to constructing a rain garden. Expect a short tour of Leach’s rain garden also if time allows. East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is teaching the class. To register, visit

Leach Botanical Garden is at 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave., Portland, just south of Foster and along Johnson Creek.

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