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Meet Sue Goetz and her Landscape Designs (2023 Annual Meeting Speaker)

Meet Sue Goetz. In this profile, Sue shares excellent advice and tells us a little about where she gets her inspiration. Check it out below! What type of garden do you have? I call it my eclectic muse- an experimental ground for what works in design that I do for others and what inspires me! I ripped out my front lawn to plant a perennial community after visiting the High Line in New York, the Lurie Garden in Chicago, and the works of Piet Ouldolf. This part of my garden has taught me a lot about designing naturalistic meadows for clients…. 


Meet Preston Pew of Cistus Design Nursery (2023 PlantFest Speaker)

Preston Pew of Cistus Design Nursery speaks about his inspiration and gives us some advice. Check it out below! How did you get interested in gardening? Growing up my family always grew a vegetable garden in Summer. I remember growing my first cherry tomato from seed and all of the wonderful red tomatoes it gave and how that gigantic plant grew from a tiny seed really made an impression on me. Aside from my love of hiking around the Cascades growing up near Mt. Rainier, and being in nature in general, I had no interest in gardening until I was… 


Meet Amy Campion and her Pollinating Population (2023 Summer Program Speaker)

Meet Amy Campion. In this profile, Amy shares her experience creating a space for NW native plants and the insects they support. Where do I garden? I gardened for 17 years in the Cincinnati area, and I’ve gardened for the past 10 years in Portland. My current garden is in Northeast Portland on a sunny, flat, 7,000-square-foot lot. How would I describe my garden? In Cincinnati, I mostly planted things I thought were pretty or interesting. I didn’t care where they originated from. In Portland, I continued that practice. You could say I had a collector’s garden. Then, a couple… 


Meet HPSO Member and Garden Designer Darcy Daniels

"Mix and Match – Tips for Creating Perfectly Coordinated Plant Combos" with Darcy Daniels

Meet Darcy Daniels, garden designer and creator of eGardenGo, a resource she created to help gardeners easily choose beautiful plant combinations to reflect their personal style.  Darcy gardens in NE Portland, USDA Zone 8b, and we are excited to feature her profile on the HPSO blog so we can all get to know her better!  How did I become involved in gardening professionally? I’d always loved plants when I was growing up, but it wasn’t until I bought a house in 1998 that things changed. The house is a small bungalow, and when I moved in, it had no garden… 


Passed – Member Garden Tour: The Courtney’s Garden with a View

HPSO Member Garden Tour

What do you get when a meticulous gardener with an eye for color teams up with a master craftsman? A truly one of a kind, unique garden bursting with personality. Mary and Harlan Courtney started gardening on their property in 2015 and as they gave a tour during their HPSO Open Garden day in August 2021, their excitement and love for the garden was obvious. Perched in the hills in Banks, Oregon, stunning views of the forest surround Mary and Harlan’s gorgeous garden full of fun. The Garden Layout & Design You won’t find straight lines in the garden –… 


Garden Design for Winter Interest with Pomarius Nursery

Garden Design for Winter Interest with Pomarius Nursery

The easy answer to creating a garden that looks just as good in January as it does in July is to plant more evergreens. But the skill comes in designing an evergreen garden that you want to enjoy for several months of the year without turning your backyard into an arborvitae-filled parking lot. Pomarius Nursery in Portland, Oregon, is a testament to that skill. The nursery is a prime example of how to use both tried-and-true evergreens and unique varieties in garden design to keep your garden looking fresh and modern – even through the winter. The wide range of… 


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… 


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… 


Symphony in Green: the Plants of the Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden - Natural Garden

Just because the trees are not from Japan, it doesn’t mean the integrity and taste of the Japanese garden are compromised…thinking like a Japanese gardener, practicing the composition of Japanese garden design, applying the practice, and the consistent fostering of the garden are what keeps the authenticity. –Takeshi Kato, garden craftsman, Ueyakato Landscape Co. Ltd, Kyoto Visitors to the Portland Japanese Garden frequently ask whether all our plants are Japanese natives. The answer is that many are, but some aren’t. The Pacific Northwest Japanese garden is an original form with its own history and identity, and not merely a piece… 


Renovating an Overgrown Garden or Creating a New One?

ARTICLE BY: JEANNE DEBENEDETTI KEYES Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes is a member of the HPSO Board where she is on on the Gen(I)us Series Planning committee. *** Why do we decide to create a garden? Are we tired of looking at the same, overgrown shrubs that seem to suck precious free time in summer with trimming projects? Do we want to remove invasive plants that just spread seed around, producing millions of little seedlings? Do we want to provide habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and other creatures large and small? Do we need privacy from the street and pedestrian traffic? How…