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Gardening with Nancy Goldman: It’s All About the Details

ARTICLE BY: NANCY GOLDMAN Nancy Goldman is an active member and past president, and board member of HPSO. She leads HPSO tours, and is instrumental in putting on our large programs. She gardens in NE Portland, and regularly opens her garden to members. Lucky us! *** Oh I do love gardening, especially in the Pacific Northwest. I was born and raised in North Dakota and also spent time in northern Minnesota where gardening is, at times, challenging. I do appreciate the prairie and it is a great place where tomatoes ripen and zinnias and petunias excel. But upon moving to… 


Why Draw Plants

Kate Blairstone Botanical Illustration4

ARTICLE BY: KATE BLAIRSTONE Kate Blairstone is a botanical illustrator and second-term board member at HPSO, specializing in social media and inching the board toward new adventures in the broader plant-loving community. View her portfolio at kateblairstone.com, or follow her process and current projects on instagram @kateblairstone. *** If you’re reading the HPSO blog, odds are you have thousands of photographs of plants in your collection. I’ve realized I snap plant pics for all sorts of reasons: to remember a great combination, to remember the light, to remember the before and after; photographs are indeed for remembering. But to know… 


How HPSO Changed My Garden in Winter

Joanne Fuller Winter Garden

ARTICLE BY: JOANNE FULLER Joanne Fuller is an HPSO member and volunteer who gardens in NE Portland. *** When I moved to my home in urban NE Portland 27 years ago I was not a gardener. I’d had house plants, and had gardened as a child, but I never owned a home or had a space to garden outside. The house was dark, the house plants began to die, and I turned my interest to the “yard” which consisted of long-neglected juniper, scruffy grass and sick trees. I don’t remember how I found the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, but… 


Gen(i)us Program – Truls Jensen of Wild Ginger Farm on Rock Gardening

Wild Ginger Farm HPSO Presentation

Soils, Plants and Gardens: A Plant Lover’s Guide to Rock Gardening THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY DUE TO SNOW Coming up on Sunday, April 22, 2018 Time:  3:00pm (doors open at 2:30pm) Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland 97219 Tickets: $5.00 @ the door, everyone welcome Plants will be available for purchase. Truls Jensen and his wife, Emma Elliott, grow hundreds of unusual alpine, rock garden, woodland and Western native plants at Wild Ginger Farm, their nursery in Beavercreek, Oregon.  In his presentation, Truls makes recommendations for creating rock gardens, or adding rock garden plants and features to existing gardens.  He’ll discuss… 


The Lifecycle of a Cardiocrinum giganteum (Giant Himalayan Lily) – plus a garden tip!

Cardiocrinum giganteum

ARTICLE BY: BRUCE WAKEFIELD Bruce Wakefield is an HPSO member, previous HPSO Board President, HPSO Office Administrator, and co-owner of Old Germantown Gardens. *** It’s hard to imagine drifts of towering Himalayan lilies during the gray days of January, but very soon their dormant bulbs will start to emerge.  The giant Himalayan lilies, or Cardiocrinum giganteum, are a sight to behold in early June.  These late days of winter are the perfect time to divide some of the more crowded Cardiocrinum bulbs. Cardiocrinums make a spectacular statement in the garden!  Whether they are in full bloom or in seed pod,… 


Species Crocus

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…