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Meet Christina Pfeiffer and Learn how to Create a More Resilient Garden

Meet Horticulturist Christina Pfeiffer, author of  “Pacific Northwest Month-By-Month Gardening”. She gardens in Seattle, Washington, Zone 8. In this profile, Christina shares her expertise in planting and maintaining gardens that are sustainable in our changing climate. You can learn more about Christina and her lectures at her website.  Additionally, Christina is speaking at an upcoming HPSO Climate-Wise Zoom program, “Cultivating a More Resilient Garden”, on June 14th. Sign up here.  What is the most important thing people can do in their garden to mitigate the impacts of climate change? Take really good care of the soil. Minimize soil disturbance. Use… 


Meet HPSO Member Ruth Clark and tour her Garden

Meet HPSO member Ruth Clark who gardens in Vancouver, Washington, Zone 8. Ruth has been opening her peaceful, park-like garden to HPSO members for ten years and her garden will be part of the Clark County Mini-Tour on June 11th.  What methods do I use to reduce water usage in my garden? I don’t buy plants that need a lot of water. If the tag says ‘moist soil’ it goes back on the table. I’m really just trying to reduce work for myself as watering is not something I enjoy doing. I have drip lines in my vegetable garden and… 


Meet HPSO Member Anton Klemens and tour his Collector’s Garden

Meet HPSO member Anton Klemens who gardens in West Linn, Oregon. He is opening his garden to HPSO members this year on June 4th from 10AM to 3PM. Anton’s garden features his collection of over 600 plants, particularly rare conifers and Japanese maples. He shares his favorite plants and tips for growing beautiful conifers in this Profile.   What gardens have most influenced me? Long before my wife Jill and I moved to Oregon we planned our vacations around visiting gardens in the PNW. Two of those gardens from our first visit in 2007 and 2008 still inspire me today. Both gardens… 


How to Attract Insects into Your Garden – by HPSO Member Susan Masta

This essay, “How to Attract Insects into Your Garden,” was originally published in the HPSO 2020 Spring Quarterly, under the title “Insects in the Winter Garden.” The gardening practices outlined by author Susan Masta, however, apply year-round and are especially helpful guidance as our gardens are increasingly affected by climate change. A biology professor at Portland State University, Masta promotes biodiversity throughout the seasons in her intriguing Southwest Portland garden. It will be open to visitors on June 4 and 5, 10 am-5 pm, as part of HPSO’s 2022 Open Gardens program. The sunny yellow flowers of our Hamamelis x… 


Meet HPSO Member Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes and Tour her Climate-Wise Garden

Meet Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes, HPSO board member and Open Garden Owner. She gardens in USDA Zone 8, SE Portland, Oregon and is sharing her garden with HPSO members on her Open Garden date, May 1st, 2022, and by appointment. Jeanne applies climate-wise gardening methods to create a beautiful, sustainable garden, and shares some of her tips in this Profile.  Some of the climate-wise elements I include in my garden are: Respecting my garden’s natural conditions – I designed the gardens to meet the site conditions. I would think what kind of soil do I have here, how much sunlight is… 


Meet Jeff Moore

Meet Jeff Moore, owner of a small retail succulent nursery, Solana Succulents, in Solana Beach, CA – about 20 miles north of San Diego.  Jeff has written 5 books on agaves and succulents and has amassed an incredible collection of unique varieties. What’s my gardening style? I ‘garden’ in Southern California, blissfully unaware of what zone number I live in. Everything grows here. I put ‘garden’ in quotes, because in the succulent world we don’t really garden. We just dig holes and stick plants in, creating living sculpture displays. There is very little gardening to do in the traditional sense… 


Meet HPSO Member Matthew Hubbard and Visit his Open Garden

Meet Matthew Hubbard, HPSO member and gardener in SE Portland, Zone 8. He shares more stories and photos of his garden on his blog, The Garden of the Lents Farmer. Matthew has been sharing his garden with HPSO members for 6 years as part of the Open Gardens program, and this year his garden will be featured in a SE Portland Mini-Tour of  member gardens on May 7th! HPSO Members, please log in to the Member Center and scroll down to the Open Gardens section where you will find the full details for this Mini-Tour. What do I wish I’d… 


Member Garden Tour: Rita’s Tropical Backyard Paradise

Member Garden Tour

The power of gardens can be difficult to quantify, although we know a great garden when we see it. But what is it that makes a garden great? Is it unique plants, art and furniture, or landscape design? This all contributes to a beautiful garden, but it often comes down to the personal touch of the gardener that really makes a garden stand out. In Rita’s case, the garden transports her family to their favorite vacation spot – Hawaii. Located in a suburban neighborhood in Lake Oswego on a little over a 1/4 acre, the garden bursts with tropical color… 


‘Grow With Us’ Lecture Series at Hortlandia 2022 – with Sue Goetz, Bob Hyland and James Wilson

Hortlandia 2022

This year’s Hortlandia sale will be better than ever before! In addition to the 20+ plant and garden art vendors, stunning botanical displays, and book sale, we’ve invited 3 expert speakers to join us at our ‘Grow With Us’ lecture series. Your $5 Hortlandia ticket purchase includes attendance at these events. Click here to purchase tickets to the Hortlandia event. This year’s sale will be held April 1st & 2nd, 2022, at the Westside Commons in Hillsboro.  Sue Goetz: The Herbal Landscape 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 2nd Mingling Herbs Beautifully with Ornamental Landscape Plants Get to know the best herbs… 


Meet James Golden

"The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves" with James Golden

Meet James Golden, gardener and author of ‘The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves’. James gardens in New Jersey, Zone 6b and shares photos and stories on his blog. His garden has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Gardens Illustrated, the Financial Times, Horticulture, Elle Décor, and Better Homes and Gardens. What struggles did I face when starting my garden 15 years ago? My heavy, wet, saturated clay soil severely limited the range of plants I could grow, but by making the plants part of the solution—for example,…