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Nursery Interview: Brothers Herbs & Peonies

Nursery Interview: Brothers Herbs & Peonies

As part of Virtual Hortlandia 2020, we’re doing a series of interviews with participating nurseries so that you can learn more about them and the folks behind them. This week Joanne Fuller, co-chair of the Hortlandia Planning Committee, talked with Rick Rogers at Brothers Peonies in Wilsonville, OR and edited the conversation for this article. Rick, what are your favorite tree peonies? I love the American hybrid tree peonies. I think they are much better plants than the Chinese and the interspecies crosses (sometimes called Itoh Peonies). The discovery of Paeonia ludlowii in Tibet in the 1880’s brought yellow into… 


Featured Hortlandia Nursery: Bonsai Akira

As part of our series of articles on nurseries participating in Virtual Hortlandia, Lucy Davenport from Bonsai Akira nursery shares her thoughts with us on her nursery and display garden: I opened my bonsai nursery in 2015, to promote the practice of bonsai in the Pacific Northwest. I decided to focus on species we see in our gardens and on our walks through old neighborhoods, where generations of gardeners have experimented with both exotic and native species. From Hydrangeas to Lilacs, Japanese Maples to Dogwood, and many rare and unusual flowering shrubs— the range of plant material for doing bonsai… 


Nursery Interview: Out in the Garden Nursery

Out in the Garden Nursery: More amazing oaks and viburnums

As part of Virtual Hortlandia 2020, we’re doing a series of interviews with participating nurseries so that you can learn more about them and the folks behind them. This week Joanne Fuller, co-chair of the Hortlandia Planning Committee, talked with Carol Westergreen at Out in the Garden Nursery in Molalla, OR and edited the conversation for this article. Carol, what are some of your favorite plants? That is like asking someone to name their favorite child or dog. I like both sun and shade plants. I love ornamental grasses, particularly Calamagrostis. We grow 5 or 6 varieties–easy and attractive for… 


Happy 35th Birthday HPSO; Looking Forward to Many More

ARTICLE BY: by Eloise L. Morgan Eloise is the editor of the HPSO Quarterly and a member of the HPSO Board of Directors. This article first appeared in the fall issue of the Quarterly, enjoy! The year 1984, for many, brings to mind George Orwell’s novel depicting a totalitarian future. But for the Portland gardening community, 1984 has far more positive associations—it is the year that The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon was founded. Born in the afterglow of a three-day study weekend produced in July 1984 by a small ad hoc group of Oregon gardeners who had attended similar… 


Library Sundays: Sam Hatch, the Maple Lady

Sam Hatch, the Maple Lady

Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 1:00 PM Come join us and spend a pleasant afternoon learning more about one of our favorite landscape plants for the Pacific Northwest, Japanese maples. Most of our maples will be in resplendent fall color, heightening our enthusiasm for their charms! Sam Hatch and her husband Dave own Eastfork Nursery in La Center, WA. Sam has been cultivating an ever-widening assortment of maple cultivars for over 30 years. She has accumulated a vast amount of knowledge on their cultivation, pruning techniques, seasonal highlights, and uses in the landscape. We are delighted that she will come to… 


WCMGA Education Garden

WCMGA Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek

The Washington County Master Gardener™ Association has an Education Garden at PCC Rock Creek, which is where HPSO is hosting PlantFest, our annual fall plant sale and featured lecture on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Just across from where the plant sale takes place, you’ll find the Education Garden, which was transformed from a one-third acre former gravel parking lot into a beautiful garden that serves as an outdoor classroom for education on sustainable gardening practices. The garden consists of over 700 plants and approximately 250 different varieties and is cared for by volunteer Master Gardeners. There are stations with detailed… 


Six Gardening Lessons I Learned from My Cats

Six Gardening Lessons I Learned from My Cats

ARTICLE BY: AMY CAMPION Amy Campion is a HPSO Board Member, freelance writer, editor, and photographer. She blogs about gardening at amycampion.com. *** They’re a ragtag team, but they help me get a lot of important work done. George, Leonard, and Kevin are my gardening crew, and they’re also my cats. Now, you may think that cats are of little use in the garden. While it’s true they prefer supervising to physical labor, they are good company, and they’ve taught me many valuable gardening lessons. Here are six of them. #1 Save Some Grass There’s a war going on against… 


A first-time visit to Hortlandia…

ARTICLE BY: GERHARD BOCK Davis, California, gardener and blogger Gerhard Bock made his first trip to Hortlandia this year, today he shares his experience with us. You can follow along with Gerhard’s travel and garden adventures on his blog Succulents and More. *** This spring I finally had the opportunity to experience an event my PNW gardening friends have been raving about forever: Hortlandia, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s (HPSO) annual spring plant sale. Hortlandia isn’t “just” another plant sale, it’s the Coachella of plant sales! It’s such a massive event that it’s held at the Portland EXPO Center…. 


Hortlandia 2019: Grow With Us Lecture Series

HPSO is delighted to bring 6 presentations to you at Hortlandia this weekend at Portland EXPO Center! There will be three each day: Cory Jarrell: “Houseplant Care with the Plant Nerdist” / 10:30am Saturday Judith Jones: “Ferns Beyond Shady Borders” / 12pm Saturday Riz Reyes: “Plants for Year-Round Flower Arranging” / 1:30pm Saturday Laura Heldreth: “Made in the Shade” / 10:30am Sunday Janis McBride: “The Gift of Orchids” / 12pm Sunday Linda Beutler: “Some Like it Hot – Clematis” / 1:30 Sunday Cory Jarrell: “Houseplant Care with the Plant Nerdist” 10:30am Saturday From starting your personal plant collection, to growing… 


Wait, there’s more than plants at Hortlandia?!

Hortlandia 2019

You’d be 100% right to be getting excited about all the plants coming up at Hortlandia, April 20 & 21st at the Portland EXPO Center. I mean, there are going to be SO MANY GREAT PLANTS. Go on, get excited! But there are also many non-plant vendors at the sale. They sell everything from pottery, to garden art, to bee and bird houses and more. Our non-plant vendors make their items themselves as creators, so you’ll be seeing one-of-a-kind artwork where you can talk (almost always) directly to the artist who created it. In addition to beautiful garden accessories, there…