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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… 


Why I Hortlandia

ARTICLE BY: PETER HERPST A special education teacher by day, a glass artist by night, and a choir director on Sundays; Peter Herpst somehow finds time to garden as well. He’s been expertly tending his .26-acre Eden in Tacoma, WA, for 26 years now. His personal jungle features everything from the rare to the common, all grown to perfection and planted with Peter’s one-of-a-kind style. Peter blogs at The Outlaw Gardener, where he shares his plant shopping, garden visiting, and vase-filling adventures. *** Why would a mostly sane person wake up at the crack of dawn and drive two hundred… 


Fall PlantFest 2018: It’s All About the Plants

Far Reaches Farm - HPSO Fall PlantFest 2018

HPSO’s Fall PlantFest 2018, which includes a lecture followed by a plant sale, features Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm as our lecture speaker.  Kelly Dodson and his wife, Sue Milliken, are true plant geeks. Their specialty nursery, Far Reaches Farm, located in Port Townsend, WA is a mecca for gardeners. Kelly and Sue met on a seed collecting expedition to China and the rest is history. The nursery, in its eighth year, offers a wide selection of unique and special plants. Kelly is a well-known speaker and he will regale us with plants from far and wide that are well-suited for our… 


Save the Date! 2018 HPSO / Garden Conservancy Open Day

Garden Conservancy HPSO Open Day 2018

Don’t you hate it when something fabulous ends up scheduled on a day you already have plans? That’s why we’re letting you know early about this year’s Hardy Plant Society of Oregon / Garden Conservancy Open Garden Day… July 14th, 2018 Save the date! / LEARN MORE… This year’s event will include touring seven outstanding private gardens in North/Northeast Portland plus free “Digging Deeper” programs at Garden Fever and Thicket Nursery. Timber Press authors will be signing books, and there will be pollinator classes from bee experts and water conservation information from the regional water consortium. All that, plus there’s… 


Hortlandia on TV (Video)

See HPSO President, Jim Rondone, on KGW’s Portland Today talking about the 30th anniversary of Hortlandia! He showcases some great plants you’ll be able to find at the sale. Featured photo by The Danger Garden / Loree Bohl


Hortlandia Sunday Programs

At Hortlandia this year (April 14 & 15 at Portland EXPO Center), we’ve got a special treat for Sunday, April 15. We’ve got 3 free programs lined up to help you learn from the experts: 10:30AM 30 Great Plants for 30 Great Years Learn more from Tom Fischer about the plants that made the celebratory list, including what makes them special and how to use them in your own garden. After Tom’s talk, you’ll have plenty of time to shop for the plants that look great to you. Tom Fischer is editor-in-chief at Timber Press here in Portland. His garden… 


Celebrating Hortlandia’s 30th Anniversary with a Focus on Pollinators

Hortlandia’s 30th anniversary is coming up fast, and one of the ways we’re celebrating is by focusing on pollinators. After all, where would we gardeners be without them?!  If you don’t already know about it, Hortlandia is The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s Annual Plant & Garden Art Sale on April 14 & 15, 2018 at the Portland EXPO Center.  The event features dozens of vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest — it’s open to both HPSO members and non-members alike, and admission is FREE. Paying Tribute to Pollinators As any gardener knows, pollinators are crucial to the overall health…