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Zonal Denial Revisited – Winter Performers in the Garden

Winter Performers in the Garden

ARTICLE BY: SEAN HOGAN, Originally Published in the HPSO Quarterly in Winter 2016 Sean Hogan is a HPSO member who most recently presented the lecture at Plantfest 2017 & owns Cistus Nursery Nearly 20 years ago I wrote a small article for a very good newsletter published by the late plantswoman Stephanie Feeney. Jeez, TWENTY years ago! Anyway, I had just come back to Portland and was frustrated by the overwhelming commercial availability of so many plants grown en masse here for export to points east like New Jersey, Denver, and Bend—you know, the whole east coast! Little in the way… 


Garden Terminology Gleaned from Words Past but Inspiring Gardens to Come

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ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY: ADRIA SPARHAWK HPSO Board Member & Owner of Thicket Nursery When my garden shop, Thicket, closes up for the winter months, I explore gardens for inspiration whenever possible. Last year I visited the Netherlands, and while researching historic gardens I stumbled upon a fantastic website. They have an exhaustive list of fascinating historic garden terminology.  I include here a few of my favorites, but please visit GardenVisit.com to get the whole shebang, as well as links to fabulous gardens, tips on growing, and purveyors of all things ‘gardeny.’ The images below are some lovely examples of vintage… 


Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker, Allan Mandell

Sun Nov 5, 2017 2:00 PM PSU Hoffmann Hall, 1833 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR The lecture and Annual Meeting are free, but you must be current HPSO members to attend: REGISTER NOW The Annual Meeting includes the Marvin Black memorial lecture as well as the election of HPSO officers and directors and other society business. A silent auction for choice plants and garden art raises money for HPSO’s grants and scholarship funds. Admission is free but limited to members only. This year’s lecture features the noted garden photographer, Alan Mandell. Since 1994 his work has been published in over… 


A Brazilian Bombshell to Spice Up Northwest Gardens: Abutilon Megapotamicum

ARTICLE BY: JIM GERSBACH, Originally Published in the HPSO Bulletin in Fall 2000 Jim Gersbach’s garden in northeast Portland includes a number of shrubs, trees and perennials from temperate South America and other remote corners of the globe. Brazil. Just whispering the name conjures a lush, tropical landscape, where jungle giants are wrapped in lianas and the carefree inhabitants are clad in even less. Sultry Brazil, with an Amazon full of monkeys and macaws. Surely nothing from that paradise could grow outdoors in Portland, halfway to the North Pole? Despite the seeming impossibility, something does. Right in my backyard. Two… 


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The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a gardening community of over 2,500 members. We offer top-notch horticultural educational programs, a thriving open gardens program for our members, a diverse domestic & international garden tour program, a magazine & newsletter, a horticultural lending library, and local garden retailer discounts. And to enhance our offerings to our members, and beyond, we’re starting a blog to bring our content to a wider audience in a new format. Stay tuned for expert advice, garden stories, book reviews, open garden information, featured seasonal plants and more. Be sure to subscribe to stay up-to-date with…