The York Street gardens will close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 23 for a private event and will close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 25 for a concert.

Victory gardens, vegetable gardens designed to produce food instead of flowers, originated with wartime food efforts but continue to thrive through home gardens, farmers markets and more. Experience the victory gardening movement through seed catalogs from the Gardens' Helen Fowler Library special collections, vintage posters, advertisements and cookbooks, and contemporary posters by Portland-based artist Joe Wirtheim inspired by historical gardening initiatives.