Get Involved with Sustainable Overlook!

Thanks to all who came out for the garden tour and everyone who helped make it a success. It was a fun day with eight interesting gardens, each with their own style and story. Read about one in the Oregonian.

Sustainable Overlook has some great events coming up and lots of ways to get involved with making our neighborhood a healthier and friendlier place. We need volunteers to help with all of these events: Sign up to staff a booth, canvas your block or help in other ways. If you would like to help but don’t have much time, consider making a donation to Sustainable Overlook.

Email to volunteer or donate.

SUNDAY, September 1
Neighborhood Picnic (5:30 pm) and Movie in the Park (begins at dusk)
Stop by our booth for free organic seeds, Metro natural gardening information and take the healthy lawn and garden pledge to get a ladybug yard sign. Enter our drawing to win a garden consultation or a Bee Friendly gift basket.

Thursday, September 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Monthly Meeting /Pesticide Free Overlook volunteer orientation at The Lucky Lab on N. Killingsworth St. 
This month our meeting will be an orientation for neighbors who want to help with the Pesticide Free Overlook project.


Saturday, September 14, 11 am – 3 pm
Party in the Park – Patton Square Park 
Meet other Overlook neighbors and enjoy live music, food and activities in this little park next to the historic Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. Visit our booth for natural gardening information and free organically-grown ‘dancing gourds’ for kids, a natural, old-fashioned toy.

Thursday, September 19, 6:30-8:30 pm
Third Thursday Gardening Class – Food Preservation
Join Sustainable Overlook to learn hands-on how to preserve the bounty of the season. We’ll be picking green tomatoes, beets and more depending on what is ready to harvest. Class size is limited to 10, please RSVP by visiting

Sunday, October 6, noon – 4 pm
Carrot Mob at Garden Fever
Bee Friendly Portland is hosting an event at Garden Fever to thank them for pulling neonic pesticides and other toxic chemicals off their shelves. Come by and show your support, visit booths with pollinator information from The Xerces Society, Portland Urban Bee Keepers, Sustainable Overlook and more. Visit for more info.

Overlook Garden Tour Guide

The Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2013 has put together a guide telling about the gardens and some of the natural gardening strategies they use. The tour guide is available as a pdf that tour goers can read on a mobile device or print themselves a copy. Please note that printed copies won’t be available on the tour, though a limited number of maps will be.

Download the tour guide here: Garden_Tour_Guide_2013

And the map here: GardenTour _2013_Map_web

Tour Stops #3 and #7 will have booths with Metro Natural Gardening information where you can take the Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge and get a free ladybug yard sign. You can ask Sustainable Overlook members your gardening questions and get a free packet of organic lettuce seeds.



Overlook Garden Tour 2013


Sustainable Overlook is excited to hold the neighborhood’s 2nd annual garden tour. The eight featured gardens represent a wide variety of landscaping styles but are all pesticide-free.

Saturday, August 24

North Overlook (North of Going) gardens will be open 10 am – noon

South Overlook (South of Going) gardens will be open noon – 2 pm


A map and descriptions of the gardens will be posted here closer to the tour date.