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Memorial and Commemorative Trees being planted at the Clackamas County Fair and Event Center (Photo) - 04/07/17


DATE ISSUED: April 4, 2017

CONTACT: The Clackamas County Fair and Event Center Office at 503-266-1136

SUBJECT: Memorial and Commemorative Trees being planted at the Clackamas County Fair and Event Center.

EVENT DATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

EVENT LOCATION: Clackamas County Fair and Event Center in Canby, OR

TREE ORDERING INFORMATION: Memorial trees are available to order and purchase. There are only 36 being offered, so it is being handled on a first come basis.
Please place order to: The Clackamas County Fair and Event Center Office, 694 NE 4th Avenue, Canby or call 503-266-1136.


Thirty-six (36) memorial trees will be planted at the Clackamas County Fair and Event Center in Canby, OR on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. This tree planting is also being done honoring Arbor Day (which is on Friday, April 28th). The cost per tree is $150.00 which includes the tree and an engraved memorial plaque per tree.

The concept for memorial trees initiated with a family who wished to plant a memorial tree at the fairgrounds in honor of their father. Together with Clackamas County Fair and Event Center executive director Laurie Bothwell, this idea merged with a group of Canby citizens, Canby Garden Club president Cathy Rae Smith and parliamentarian Vern Hulit and the Canby Chamber of Commerce executive director Mallory Gwynn. They have led activities to beautify Canby, such as the more than 10,000 spring bulbs planted along Hwy 99E. The combined goal is another step taken to truly transform Canby into "The Garden Spot". DirectLink (formerly Canby Telcom) agreed last year to be among the first businesses along Hwy 99E to plant flowering trees as a contributing factor to Canby's beautification, which was done earlier this month. They lead by example as they take an active part in the enrichment of our community.

The concept was expanded to plant thirty-six (36) memorial trees to run along the Red lot fence line parallel to Hwy 99E and down Pine as it turns into 4th Avenue along the roadway to frame both the Red and Blue lots of the Clackamas County Fair and Event Center. The trees will alternate pink dogwood trees and crape myrtle trees. The pink dogwoods will bloom in early summer and the crepe myrtle trees will bloom in late summer. These blooming trees will provide a profusion of color visible from Hwy 99E, thereby enriching the visual landscape to our community in celebration of those for whom the trees are planted as well as for those planting the tree, thereby leaving a symbol of legacy for our community.

The planting is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th, 2017 to honor Arbor Day, which is the day before on Friday. Saturday was selected so it may involve more community members, including tree-planting volunteers from the local chapters of FFA and 4H.

Trees are being provided at a reduced cost by Al's Garden Centers, who proudly partner with this effort for beautification and legacy. This concept planning coincided with the opening of their new location in Wilsonville in March and they enthusiastically rose to the call.

Clackamas County Master Gardeners presents 33rd Annual Spring Garden Fair (Photo) - 03/30/17

Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, 2017.

The Spring Garden Fair returns once again for the 2017 growing season, bringing together some of the best growers in the region side by side with local garden artists and specialty vendors. Our two day event offers plenty of free attractions, making it worth the drive to Canby!
Returning once again is our award winning 10-Minute University team with short, information-packed classes on gardening, along with free pH Soil Testing, and Ask an O.S.U. Master Gardener. Don't forget about the Garden Fair Raffle with prizes each hour, and the Silent Auction featuring New Plant Introductions. The Potting Station will be available with great deals on containers, and free advice for potting up your new treasures. Each year we invite local student volunteers to work the Plant Taxi's, towing for tips. And don't forget the Free Plant Check to hold your purchases while you continue shopping -- you can even drive by to pick them up in your car on the way out of town!
4-H Hall features educational displays from local organizations, children's activities, inside seating for the Good Thyme Food Court, and Coffee Thyme. The Greater Portland Iris Society will be back again this year with their annual Early Show. On Sunday, May 7, they will be set up on the back porch of the Main Pavilion. And what fair would be complete without a food court? You can find ours on the main lawn behind 4-H hall, with covered seating.
So dust off your little red wagon, and come see us the weekend before Mother's Day at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, Oregon 97013. Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is just $5.00 with under 16 free, always FREE parking, and we have ATM's on site. Please remember the fairgrounds is a non-smoking facility, and only service dogs are allowed.
About Clackamas County Master Gardeners: We are volunteers trained by Oregon State University in the science of gardening. We provide free advice and information to our community. The Spring Garden Fair is a major fundraiser for the Clackamas County Master Gardeners. Proceeds fund horticulture scholarships for students at Clackamas Community College as well as community grants and free educational programs. Find out more about our event at or

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by April 14, 2017 to Jean Bremer, 503-655-8631, Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.