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Crocus

ARTICLE BY: TOM FISCHER Tom Fischer is an HPSO member, a garden writer, and editor-in-chief at Timber Press in Portland, Oregon. *** Don’t get me wrong—I have nothing against the fat, hybrid Dutch crocuses that pop up in mid-spring, brightening lawns and borders with their cheerful cups of silky violet, vivid lavender, or egg-yolk yellow. But my heart belongs to their wild, more delicate kindred, which can begin blooming as early as January and really hit their stride in February, just when we desperately need a dose of color. I’ve been experimenting with these gems for over a decade, and… 


What’s Trending in Pacific Northwest Gardens? Find Out January 21!

Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide

ARTICLE BY: AMY CAMPION Amy Campion is a HPSO Board Member, freelance writer, editor, and photographer. She blogs about gardening at amycampion.com. *** A special Portland garden I discovered Paul Bonine’s garden entirely by accident one day. It was March of 2014—less than a year since I’d moved to Portland from Cincinnati—and I was walking around North Portland, taking plant pictures. Paul’s garden stopped me in my tracks. I was still getting acquainted with our amazing Northwest plant palette, and I was used to being humbled by not knowing some of the plants I encountered, but his garden was full… 


Bringing the Garden Indoors

ARTICLE BY: LOREE BOHL Loree Bohl is a HPSO Board Member, Pacific Horticulture Society Board Member, the mastermind behind Danger Garden, a garden writer, and a spiky plant lover. *** I’m a firm believer in bringing the garden indoors whenever possible. Before they’re tossed in the yard waste bin prunings are evaluated for vase-worthiness. During the winter months it’s even more important, if you can’t be out in the garden then bring the garden indoors! Fallen leaves, cones, bits of moss — all fair game for displaying on the mantle. I typically decorate for the holidays on the Friday after… 


Elaine Joines Memorial Grants & Scholarships Program

The HPSO Grants & Scholarships Program is named in honor of the late Elaine Joines, who was designer and curator of the Martha Springer Botanic Garden at Willamette University and a dedicated member of the HPSO Grants Committee. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon works to promote education and understanding of herbaceous perennial plants, and is dedicated to helping special gardens of botanical, horticultural, or historic interest, including the support of community gardens. We award funds to non-profit organizations throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington, for projects that further these goals.  Specifically we award grants for plantings, horticultural equipment/supplies for gardening or… 


Garden Tour: Portugal – Lisbon, Cascais and Madeira

HPSO Garden Tour Portugal 2017

ARTICLE BY: JO ANN BONES Jo Ann Bones is a HPSO Board Member & Traveler. The 2017 Portugal tour escort was Lois Moss, HPSO Board Member & Treasurer, and owner of Gardens•Tours; and the conductor was Gavin Bade of G on Tour. *** Portugal was never on my list of places I wanted to visit. Then I attended an HPSO Travel Club meeting where Bruce Wakefield showed pictures of Madeira and talked about a trip he led to Spain and Portugal in 2014. I was fascinated by the geography and the beautiful semi-tropical gardens of Madeira, a volcanic island in… 


Open Gardens: Touring Portland’s Private Gardens (and surrounding areas)

Old Germantown Gardens

The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s Open Gardens program offers our members the opportunity to visit and learn from the gardens of other members, from the Oregon Coast to Bend and from the south Willamette Valley to the Seattle area. We publish an Open Gardens Book for our members each March with area gardens that are open each weekend from April through October. During June, July, August and September, gardens are also opened the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. This wonderful program offers gardeners the opportunity to see a variety of garden sizes and styles, gaining inspiration and… 


Brighten Your Winter Garden with Art

Garden Sculpture

ARTICLE BY: BETH HANSEN-WINTER Beth Winter is a HPSO Board Member, Photographer, Book Designer, and Hortiholic *** After 20 years of collecting, my husband began to chide me for having “too much” garden art. I must confess that when there are no leaves on the deciduous trees and shrubs to block the direct views, the garden IS a little bit crowded, but honestly, I don’t think one can have too much garden art! There are two things a garden needs in the winter when trees are bare and perennials are nonexistent: structural plants and garden art. Hardscaping defines a garden,… 


Hardscaping: Creating Structure, Context and Balance in your Garden

Lillyvilla Gardens - Hardscaping

ARTICLE BY: LAUREN HALL-BEHRENS Originally Published in the HPSO Quarterly in Winter 2013 Lauren Hall-Behrens is a HPSO Member, Garden Designer & Owner of Lilyvilla Gardens *** Hardscape, including paths, patios, arbors, and pergolas, is the solid material underfoot and the architecture overhead that creates the framework and the structure of a garden. It dictates how we move through and react to a space and establishes an architectural relationship between a garden and the home it surrounds. This structural framework also contains and organizes a garden’s plants. A well-designed hardscape can bring an overall sense of order and calm to…