Visit the Spring Garden Fair in Canby

Oregon is ranked as one of the top three nursery production states in the country–we’ve got every kind of nursery from large to small scale, specialty, and houseplant. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO) just had their annual Hortlandia event, but if you missed it, don’t fret, there’s more to come! This weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to attend the Spring Garden Fair in Canby, Oregon, and you won’t want to miss it!

What is the Spring Garden Fair?

The Spring Garden Fair is an annual fundraiser event in Canby, Oregon that provides a community space for local, small business owners to sell their plants and gardening equipment. The Clackamas County Master Gardener Association has hosted the fair for decades and it’s still growing. This year marks their 40th anniversary, which is a huge milestone for the event.

What is a Master Gardener?

Master Gardeners are well-informed, volunteer educators and gardeners who use science-based information to serve their local and regional communities. They work to encourage and support sustainable gardening efforts as well as life-long learning. If you’re looking to get more informed, the Oregon State University Extension offers a Master Gardener Program that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants.

Who Will be at the Spring Garden Fair?

The Garden Fair offers something for everyone, and this year, you can shop from over 100 different vendors, featuring garden goodies like:

  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Specialty plants
  • New plant introductions
  • Veggies
  • Herbs
  • Fruits
  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Garden art
  • Décor
  • Containers
  • Tools
  • Supplies
  • Amendments
  • Greenhouses
  • Raised beds

In addition to vendors, you’ll have access to:

Visit the Iris Society Booth

On Sunday, the Greater Portland Iris Society will be at the Spring Garden Fair on the porch of the Main Pavilion, displaying select flowers for judging. The booth is open to the public and judging takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 5th. Members will be available to answer any questions you may have about the organization or the plants that are being judged.

Where is the Spring Garden Fair this year?

The Spring Garden Fair takes place at the Clackamas County Event Center at 694 NW 4th Ave in Canby, Oregon. It will be open Saturday, May 4th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $7 per person for a single day pass and $12 per person for a two-day pass–kids under 16 can attend for free. Tickets can be purchased on the Spring Garden Fair website, and parking is complimentary!

Explore the City of Canby

Before or after you pick up your new plants and fun garden items at the Garden Fair, be sure to check out other things to do in Canby. Invite your friends or family and make a trip out of it! The Pacific Highway goes right through the center of downtown, so you can find a good place to eat at one of the many restaurants along the way. You can also check out:

Find Lunch Spots in Aurora

If you’re headed to Canby on I-5, don’t miss out on the historic hamlet of Aurora. There you’ll find Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage in addition to some favorite, local dining spots such as Filberts Farmhouse Kitchen and White Rabbit Bakery.

Go on an Oregon Adventure

After the fair, take the longer, scenic route back north–this will take you along the old Highway 99E before you get to I-205. You can take the exit for Oregon City to wander Oregon’s hometown. In the historic center of the Oregon Territory, you’ll find the historic McLoughlin House up on the bluff, overlooking downtown.

Get Out into Nature

If you’re feeling a bit too cramped by all the urban exploring, take a detour west, across the Willamette River to visit the Camassia Nature Preserve in West Linn. This is a great option if you’re looking to enjoy green space and wildflowers without going too far outside of the Portland metro area. The park offers 26 acres of protected land that’s home to more than 300 native plant species. The Nature Conservancy made this great brochure to guide you along your visit. We recommend doing this in the afternoon so you still have plenty of time at the sale, but do what’s best for your schedule, and mind the time!

Enjoy Your Weekend

However you choose to plan your trip to the Spring Garden Fair 2024, you’re sure to have a great time. Oregon has so much to offer in the Spring, and we’re only just getting into peak garden and wildflower season. And, remember to have your rain gear prepared as May in Oregon can still be rainy!