The Medford Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Umpqua Bank parking lot at 1211 E. McAndrews Road, Medford.

The Medford Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Umpqua Bank parking lot at 1211 E. McAndrews Road, Medford.

A large selection of plants, tufa pots, annual flower baskets and baked goods will be available.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Jackson County Agricultural/Horticultural Teachers Association, which disburses money to the three high schools in the valley that have a horticultural program: Eagle Point, Crater and Phoenix.

For more information, call Karen Hee at 541-734-4872.

Southern Oregon University professors Prakash Chenjeri and Daniel Morris will speak on "The American Character: The Power of Individualism and Volunteerism in a Democracy" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Prospect Branch Library, 150 Mill Creek Drive.

Call 541-878-2270 or see www.jcls.org.

(Correction: This story and headline have been corrected to show the location of the presentation.)

A Taste of Ashland 2012 will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, at 17 galleries, 20 wineries and 23 restaurants.

Tickets cost $55 for both days, $45 for Saturday only and $35 for Sunday only, and are available at Illahe Studios & Gallery, 215 Fourth St., Ashland, or by calling 541-292-2302.

A free shuttle will be provided to all 17 galleries, but all are within walking distance.

See www.atasteofashland.com.

The 22nd annual Ashland Bike Swap will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St., Ashland. Admission is $1 per person or $3 per family.

For those interested in selling, items can be dropped off beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, or starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 28.

For more information, call Ashland Parks and Recreation at 541-488-5340 or visit www.rvtd.org/bikeswap. To volunteer, call 541-951-7642 or email lori.ainsworth@ashland.or.us.

Learn how to create and care for rock gardens from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Applegate Branch Library, 18485 N. Applegate Road.

The presentation will include the basics of planning, building and caring for a rock garden. Slides of new and mature rock gardens, along with plants and companions such as dwarf conifers, will be shown and discussed. Making and planting your own hypertufa trough gardens will be included.

For details, call 541-846-7346 or see www.jcls.org.

Compiled from staff reports