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Why I Garden, by Kim Pokorny

“Why I Garden” essays appear intermittently in the HPSO Quarterly magazine. We hope you’ll enjoy a few of these stories from our archives and we invite you to submit your own essay on the subject. Contact the Quarterly Editor, Eloise Morgan (rcmelm@aol.com) for submission details. Kim Pokorny’s essay first ran in the Spring 2014 issue… *** I fell in love with the house on the corner, the one with no plants at all. As an avid gardener, I coveted the bare ground and the full sun. I could finally plant the ‘Cecile Brunner’ rose my grandmother had loved. Every spring… 


On the Cusp of Winter’s Pleasures

On the Cusp of Winter’s Pleasures

ARTICLE BY: Barbara Blossom Ashmun Barbara Blossom Ashmun is the author of seven books, most recently Love Letters to My Garden. *** When I first began to garden in the 1970s all I cared about was summer. Give me roses and peonies, cosmos and cleome, salvias and sunflowers. I lived for the culmination of color and fragrance. But as time went by I noticed that winter was when I craved color and fragrance the most. There was so little of it in my February garden that I drove to the florist and bought bouquets of cut flowers to cheer up… 


The Shade Pavilion Becomes a Greenhouse

ARTICLE BY: LOREE BOHL Loree Bohl is an HPSO Board Member and the lady behind the blog Danger Garden, she’s a freelance garden writer and a spiky plant lover who grows desert loving plants here in Oregon. This article originally appeared in the Rock Garden Quarterly, the journal of the North American Rock Gardening Society, it is republished here with their permission. *** Summers in Portland, Oregon, are the stunning reward for our long, wet, grey and cool winters. Summer days are sunny and the weather is warm (some would say hot, and after the temperature records set this last summer I… 


Why I Garden, by Barbara Blossom

“Why I Garden” essays appear intermittently in the HPSO Quarterly magazine. We hope you’ll enjoy a few of these stories from our archives and we invite you to submit your own essay on the subject. Contact the Quarterly Editor, Eloise Morgan (rcmelm@aol.com) for submission details. Barbara Blossom’s essay first ran in the Winter 2014 issue… *** The other day I came in from the garden and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Who was that woman in the muddy jacket, hair sticking up like a punk rocker, hands streaked with dirt, with a deliriously happy grin on her… 


Why I Garden, by Dave Eckerdt

“Why I Garden” essays appear intermittently in the HPSO Quarterly magazine. We hope you’ll enjoy a few of these stories from our archives and we invite you to submit your own essay on the subject. Contact the Quarterly Editor, Eloise Morgan (rcmelm@aol.com) for submission details. Dave Eckerdt’s essay first ran in the Winter 2015 issue… *** I live in a garden. I am a lucky man. I am guilty of not fully appreciating the wonder I now feel each day as I move about our garden. My consciousness of living in a beautiful world evolved slowly. Early on in my life… 


Looking at Botanicals Through Different Eyes When Designing

ARTICLE BY: Françoise Weeks Françoise Weeks, born and raised in Belgium, has infused her work with a quintessential European reverence for flowers and nature. Combined with creativity and mechanical ingenuity, she has crystalized her singular style of Textural Woodlands and Botanical Haute Couture pieces, garnering a global following. Françoise’s studio is located in Portland, OR. She teaches workshops in her studio, out of state and internationally; she offers online courses and Skype classes as well. In January 2019 her book The Herbal Recipe Keeper will be published by Timber Press. *** In 1996 I started my flower business. Eleven years… 


7 Tips on Gardening With Big Trees

Gardening With Big Trees - Laura Heldreth

ARTICLE BY: LAURA HELDRETH Laura Heldreth teaches beginning gardeners through her work as a garden coach and as an adjunct professor at Clark Community College where she teaches gardening courses through the community education program.  Laura volunteers through the Clark County WSU Master Gardeners organization and is recognized this year as its Master Gardener of the Year. Laura gardens in Vancouver, Washington. *** The question that I most frequently ask a nursery employee is, “What do you have that grows in dry shade under Douglas Fir trees and that can handle the pee from Barnaby, my 200-pound male Great Dane?”… 


Talking Soil, Mulch, Amendments and more with Heather Havens of Concentrates NW

Talking Soil, Mulch, Amendments and more with Heather Havens of Concentrates NW

Most every gardener thinks about things like the condition of their soil, whether/when to mulch and what to use, what kind of fertilizer is best for what they grow, and myriad other questions that have to do with supporting their gardens so that they flourish. Luckily we have lots of experts in our midst here in the Portland gardening community, and one of those folks is Heather Havens of Concentrates Inc. If you’re not familiar with them already, Concentrates is a supplier of agricultural products specializing in organic soil amendments, fertilizers, feeds, minerals, and salts. Concentrates’ staff members include organic… 


Garden Experiments Based on Inspiration from Other Gardeners

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. *** Gardeners help one another in numerous ways, sometime knowingly and at other times, unintentionally. That “aha” moment, when visiting other gardeners, can come at a moment’s notice. This article features my garden experiments set in motion by the influence of other gardeners. Lucy Hardiman, of Perennial Partners, truly influenced my garden experiments over the years. Her garden opened for the Portland Metro’s Gardens of Natural Delights and for…