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Layering the Garden

Layering the Garden

ARTICLE BY: AMY WHITWORTH Amy Whitworth is a garden designer and owner of Plan-it Earth Design in Portland, Oregon since 1998. She teaches Naturescaping & Rain Gardens for E. Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. She is on the board of APLD Oregon as legislative advocate protecting the rights of landscape designers in Oregon for way too many years. *** You know that feeling when you walk through the forest? It surrounds you and activates all of your senses. It makes you feel good. The Japanese have a name for it: shinrin-yoku or forest bathing. In the Pacific Northwest, as… 


Sedum & Sempervivum: Cold Hardy Succulents with Sedum Chicks

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ARTICLE BY: KATE McMILLAN Kate McMillan is a HPSO Board member and owner of Cultiverity, a garden design company in Portland. When she’s not working on her own or someone else’s garden, she’s running her web design studio, Outbox Online. She can often be found posting to the HPSO Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and coordinating this blog. *** I think it’s fair to say that most everyone would like their garden to contain beautiful plants, with lovely color and texture, that can withstand drought, that play well with others, and that don’t require much maintenance. Whether your garden… 


Fall PlantFest 2018: It’s All About the Plants

Far Reaches Farm - HPSO Fall PlantFest 2018

HPSO’s Fall PlantFest 2018, which includes a lecture followed by a plant sale, features Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm as our lecture speaker.  Kelly Dodson and his wife, Sue Milliken, are true plant geeks. Their specialty nursery, Far Reaches Farm, located in Port Townsend, WA is a mecca for gardeners. Kelly and Sue met on a seed collecting expedition to China and the rest is history. The nursery, in its eighth year, offers a wide selection of unique and special plants. Kelly is a well-known speaker and he will regale us with plants from far and wide that are well-suited for our… 


Entertaining Strangers in the Garden: Underground Dining

Ann Amato Garden Dinners

ARTICLE BY: ANN AMATO Ann Amato is an ever-changing work-in-progress thanks to improving health. She’s a horticulturist who specializes in seeds with a background in arts management and publishing. She’s been a therapeutic foster parent, an ESL instructor, and she blogs at: Amateur Bot-ann-ist. Currently, she works part-time at Cistus Nursery and sells her own seeds at Milton’s Garden Menagerie on Etsy. *** “My house just happens to be in my garden.” It’s what I say to people, and for the most part, it’s true. Long ago this became a motto for me. The joke though was that there was… 


HPSO Open Gardens in September 2018

September Open Gardens - Portland, Oregon

As we approach September, HPSO members are treated to even more opportunities to visit the gardens of other members through our Open Gardens program. Visiting other area gardens is a wonderful way to gain inspiration for your own garden projects, to meet people who share your passion for plants, and to enjoy the gorgeous days September (hopefully!) has in store for us. Some of September’s gardens include nurseries with display gardens, so you can get ready for fall planting with a little shopping too! There are 28 Open Gardens in September, including… Matthew Greydanus & Darin Simmons – Laurel Hedge… 


Garden Experiments with Edible Plants

growing tomatoes in portland oregon

ARTICLE BY: RICHARD HOFFMAN Richard Hoffman is a member of the HPSO Board and his current interests range from identifying edible wildflowers to working edible plants into a mostly ornamental garden. *** Since childhood, I have taken an interest in edible plants. Getting your food directly from its source provides a unique sense of satisfaction, a connection to the land, and an appeal to the senses. You can try out fruit and vegetables in your own yard that stores do not carry. Some edible plants contribute greatly to the beauty to the landscape. A continuation of the theme of garden… 


The Beauty in Our Oregon Native Plants: Visiting Bosky Dell Natives

Native Plants for Oregon Gardens at Bosky Dell

ARTICLE BY: KATE McMILLAN Kate McMillan is a HPSO Board member and owner of Cultiverity, a garden design company in Portland. When she’s not working on her own or someone else’s garden, she’s running her web design studio, Outbox Online. She can often be found posting to the HPSO Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and coordinating this blog. *** The story of native plants in our gardens is, oddly, a story of adversity. There’s a pervasive idea that somehow a garden of native plants is less beautiful, less interesting, or less elegant because of its regional origins. But that… 


Gardening for Pollinators: Summer Bees

Summer Bees by Susan Masta

ARTICLE BY: SUSAN MASTA Susan Masta is a biology professor at Portland State University, and also curates the insect collection at PSU’s Natural History Museum. Her garden is very much a part of her teaching, as she integrates her observations in her garden into her courses and public outreach efforts. *** It’s 6 pm and still a sweltering 97 degrees F outside. Time to get out of the house shuttered against the heat and take a stroll through the shaded part of the garden. Stepping outside I can see the catmint, Nepeta ‘Walkers Low,’ is abuzz with Vosnesensky bumble bees. These… 


HPSO Open Gardens in August 2018

The annual HPSO Open Gardens program continues in August with almost 30 private and public gardens open on weekends and some on Monday evenings.  Several gardens are open for the first time and it is also a chance to see gardens that you missed earlier in the year. Some of the gardens open in August include: Michael Babbit & Ellen Bartholomew This small garden packs a punch with borders of roses and drought-tolerant plants along the hell-strip and driveway. The back garden is a labyrinth of garden rooms shaded by apricot and apple trees. Glass art and copper structures add…