Try This: All about gardens

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Anastasia Colesnic, 21, of Vancouver, holds a lilac bouquet that she planned to share with a friend during Lilac Days in Woodland.

The Clark Public Utilities Home and Garden Idea Fair is today and Sunday at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield.

More than 100 boats are available for people to try at the 22nd annual Spring Paddle Festival at Vancouver Lake.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, right, and Cameron Diaz star in "The Other Woman."

In sunshine or during rain showers, spring gardening season is in full bloom with events this weekend. Lilac Days celebrates the work of lilac hybridizer and gardener Hulda Klager. Visitors can tour the historic 1880s Victorian farmhouse and gardens where multiple lilac varieties will be in bloom. Author Jane Kirkpatrick, who wrote a novel based on Klager’s life in “Where the Lilacs Still Bloom,” will visit the gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; Lilac Days runs through May 11.

Where: Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, 115 S. Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission: $3, free for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-606-7359.


The 23rd annual Clark Public Utilities Home and Garden Idea Fair features hundreds of ideas to transform your home, yard and garden. The event includes children’s activities, demonstrations, a large plant sale and home displays. There will also be a canned food drive to help support local food banks.

When: 9 to 6 today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road.

Admission: Free, $6 for parking.


Pomeroy Farm hosts the Country Life Fair, Herb and Plant Sale is a community festival featuring a variety of demonstrations, including woodworking, soap making, weaving and chainsaw carving. Children’s activities include crafts, hayrides and a chance to meet the farm animals. There will also be a wide selection of plants, herbs and vegetable starts for sale.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Pomeroy Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt.

Admission: Free, donations encouraged.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.


The garden festivals are some of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Square dance fun

The Silver Stars Square Dance Club will celebrate the club’s 34th anniversary with a 1980s-themed dance, complete with Cyndi Lauper and John Travolta look-alike contest. Led by square dance caller Richard Lane and round dance cuer Dorothy Lowder, the night will begin with an hour of intermediate square dancing, followed by mainstream dancing.

When: 7 to 10 tonight.

Where: Hazel Dell Grange No. 1124, 7509 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver.

Admission: $6.

Telephone: 360-600-1804.


3. Community recreation

The Clark County Family YMCA is hosting a free community event to celebrate the renovation of its facilities. The Healthy Kids Day event includes games, demonstrations to live healthfully, arts and crafts and activities. The grand reopening dedication begins at 9:30 a.m.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Where: Clark County Family YMCA, 11324 N.E. 51st Circle, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-885-9622.


4. Paddle around

The 22nd annual Spring Paddle Festival features 100 kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards for visitors to try at Vancouver Lake Park. Hosted by Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, the event includes demonstrations, safety clinics, and a kayak polo tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


5. Revenge comedy ‘The Other Woman’

High-power lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz) discovers the man she’s been dating (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is already married. And his hysterical housewife, Kate (Leslie Mann), wants to recruit Carly to help with her plot

of revenge. “The Other Woman” is rated


Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; Regal Cinemas, various, Vancouver.

Cost: Varies by location.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.


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