The Portland Expo Center is conveniently located along Interstate 5, between downtown Portland and Vancouver, Washington, and is served directly by TriMet’s MAX light rail Yellow Line.
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From Interstate 5 north and south
Traveling from both north or south on Interstate 5, follow either route:
- Take exit 306B and follow the signs to the Portland Expo Center.
- Take Exit 307, stay left at the fork and turn left onto N. Marine Drive. Follow signs to the Portland Expo Center, located on the west side of the freeway.
From Portland International Airport
When leaving the airport, turn left on N.E. 122nd Avenue. Turn left (west) onto N.E. Marine Drive and continue past (over) Interstate 5. The Expo Center will be to the left.
From Northeast Portland
Take N.E. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. north until it crosses over Interstate 5. The Portland Expo Center will be to the left.
TriMet MAX Light Rail Yellow Line to the Expo Center
A short 30 minute ride from downtown Portland, the MAX Yellow Line directly serves the Portland Expo Center. Upon arrival, you’ll cross the Expo parking lots west under a covered walkway. To plan your MAX trip and other information, visit the TriMet web site or call 503-962-7660.
Travelling a great distance? Use Tripcheck – a convenient and up-to-date tool to plan your visit to the Rose City from any location in Oregon. For current conditions in Portland, here is the link to the various ODOT cameras in the Portland area. For I-5 conditions closest to the Expo Center, check N. Marine Drive and Victory Boulevard.
Parking – General Information
For most events at the Portland Expo Center, parking is available in the main lot at the cost of $8 per space, per entry, without in and out privileges. Carpools of three or more people are only $7.
Go to Fall home and garden show
I think the Fall home and garden show is next weekend at the Expo center (check online). You can meet and talk with some local landscape designer there. Some will help with the design and even go shopping for plants with you. Maybe take pictures with you of the current garden and ask for suggestions.
I met one gal who gives a free 15 minute consultation and I did get a few ideas from her.
Also go to the library and check out books and magazines to get ideas.
Go to the garden shows
There is usually one at the Expo Center and another at the Convention Center that should be coming up soon before spring.
The one at the Expo is more 'home' stuff - hot tubs/spas, windows, etc. I find the one a the Convention Center has more 'garden' stuff. Either way they are fun and you can pick up a lot of information. I used a landscape designer I met at a show.
CA Native plant sales and show in April
Since there have been a few posts asking about CA natives recently, perhaps folks would be interested in these:
April 5, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tiburon Audubon Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Road
Further information. (415) 332-4117
April 12-13, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Skyline Wilderness Park, 2201 E. Imola Ave. Napa
Admission to the park will be free for this event only, the Martha Walker Native Habitat Garden will be open for self guided tours and we will have a large selection of natives as well as locally collected wildflowers on display! Please call 707 253-2665 for more information or log onto www