Classes

Classes with Chris at Barn Owl Nursery:

If you have a group of 6 to 20 people, and you are interested in scheduling one of the classes listed below, please call, 503-638-0387, or e-mail chris@barnowlnursery.com to schedule a class for your group.
Chris will work with you to design a class that will meet your interests and budget.

Most of these classes are designed to be 1 hour presentations. Additional time may be added to answer individual questions, include a guided garden tour, or to take part in a workshop to make a few herbal gifts to take home.
These are private classes for your group members only.

Growing Culinary and Ornamental Herbs in the Pacific Northwest
This class will provide basic information for growing herbs in your existing landscape and in containers. Approximately 50 herbs will be discussed and shown. Tips on how to prune and harvest these herbs, as well as some common uses, will be included.  Printed information is available for an additional fee.

Growing Lavender in the Pacific Northwest
This class covers how to select plants from the many varieties of lavender that are available in the Pacific Northwest.  We will discuss how to plant, prune, and combine lavender with other herbs in the garden and in containers.  A guided garden tour is usually added to this class.  Printed information and recipes using lavender are included for an additional fee.

Growing & Using Basil
Herb of Year in 2003!  This class will cover how to grow basil in our climate and give tips on how to get the most from your own basil.  A list of different basil varieties, and other printed information to help you select, preserve and use basil in the kitchen, are included for an additional fee.

Growing & Using Rosemary
This class will feature some of the culinary, fragrant, and ornamental uses of rosemary.  Discover some of the ways you can bring the scent and the taste of rosemary into your home and garden. A plant list, selection guide, growing information and recipes are included for an additional fee.

Growing & Using Sage
There are over 700 species of Salvia, but only a few are used for culinary purposes. This class will feature Garden Sage, (Salvia officinalis), and other favorite culinary varieties that are available in Oregon. You will receive sage advice on how to grow and use these salvias in your garden and in your kitchen. A plant list, selection guide, growing information, and recipes are included for an additional fee.

Growing & Using Scented-Leaf Geraniums
Herb of the Year in 2006! Pelargonium is the correct name for these highly scented plants in the geranium family. We sell about 20 of our favorite rose, lemon, mint, fruit and spice-scented varieties. This class shares information on how to grow and use these fragrant herbs. A plant list, selection guide, information, and recipes are included for an additional fee.

Growing & Using Thyme
Thyme is a beautiful, evergreen perennial. Among the many species that are available, there are around 15 that we enjoy for culinary purposes and many more that we enjoy growing for their beauty in the landscape. This class will some provide information on the culinary, fragrant and ornamental uses of this hardy perennial herb. A plant list, selection guide, information, and recipes to help you use thyme in your home and garden are included for an additional fee.

Growing & Using Your Own Culinary Herbs
This is not a cooking class, but a lecture and demonstration on how to grow and use some of your favorite culinary herbs. We will discuss how to harvest and preserve these herbs to retain their best flavor, and give ideas of how to use them in family meals, for entertaining guests and for special gifts.  There will be samples of fresh and dried herbs for smelling and tasting.  Printed information and recipes can be included for an additional fee.

Culinary Herbal Gifts
This class and/or workshop will give you lots of ideas and recipes to make your own culinary creations and gifts from the herb garden. Herbal teas, vinegar, oil, fresh and dried herb blends and herbal table decorations and ideas for holidays and special occasions, will be included. You may choose to make 3 gifts to take home for an additional materials fee.

Fragrant Herbal Gifts
This class and/or workshop will give you lots of ideas and recipes to make your own fragrant and ornamental creations and gifts from the herb garden. Ways to use potpourri, simmering potpourri, moth sachets, bath bags, sleep pillows, tree ornaments, fragrant herbal table decorations, and ideas for the holidays and special occasions will be included. You may choose to make 3 gifts to take home, for an additional materials fee.

Creative Potpourri Making
Learn the traditional method for making dry potpourri, from picking and preserving the materials, to mixing and creating your own unique blends. This workshop includes written instructions, recipes and materials to make two batches of potpourri in class to take home.