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Member Garden Tour: Kathleen of Old Hurlburt School Gardens

Member Garden Tour: Old Hurlburt School Gardens

Buying a property can be hit or miss when it comes to the garden. It’s rare to find a home with a beautifully maintained and established garden. Oftentimes the best-case scenario is a blank slate, a standard lawn, rather than struggling with a garden overgrown with weeds. But imagine buying a home whose previous owners were talented gardeners that had spent 30 years creating an established garden on the 1-acre property. That’s not to say Kathleen Shelman and her family haven’t made it their own. Ducks peep through the borders from their pen, artful sculptures and tokens adorn the garden,… 


Spring is Here! Tour of Old Germantown Gardens

Spring is Here! Tour of Old Germantown Gardens

How many of us gardeners dream of a big piece of land to call our own and let our plant obsessions run wild? For Bruce Wakefield and Jerry Grossnickle, creators of Old Germantown Gardens, that dream is reality. They’ve been gardening here for over 30 years and have transformed a scrubby 5-acre property into a plant paradise. Bruce is heavily involved in HPSO, having served as president for years, and countless visitors have toured his garden. The garden is probably best known for the stunning displays of Giant Himalayan Lilies in summer, but I got the chance to visit in… 


Member Garden Tour: Tamara of Chickadee Gardens

Chickadee Gardens

February in Oregon is often a dreary time. There are signs that spring is on the way – daffodils and tulips poking out of the ground, a few brave early blooms. While we may be itching to get out in the garden, there’s still a couple months before the risk of frost is over. However, there’s no better place to be in February than in Tamara & David’s 2-acre garden in Saint Helens. Tamara documents her garden on her blog, Chickadee Gardens, and plans to open their garden for tours this summer for HPSO members. Put it on your list… 


HPSO Open Gardens in October 2018

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Open Gardens

Another season of the HPSO Open Gardens is coming to a close. This has been a very successful year with approximately 120 private gardens and nursery display gardens open to HPSO members. Gardens will still be open through October 14th (check the HPSO directory or the website for more details).  If you’re not yet a member of HPSO and would like to visit some of these gardens, become a member today to receive your Open Gardens directory with details! If you are a HPSO member and would like to open your garden next year, please contact us. There was a… 


HPSO Open Gardens in September 2018

September Open Gardens - Portland, Oregon

As we approach September, HPSO members are treated to even more opportunities to visit the gardens of other members through our Open Gardens program. Visiting other area gardens is a wonderful way to gain inspiration for your own garden projects, to meet people who share your passion for plants, and to enjoy the gorgeous days September (hopefully!) has in store for us. Some of September’s gardens include nurseries with display gardens, so you can get ready for fall planting with a little shopping too! There are 28 Open Gardens in September, including… Matthew Greydanus & Darin Simmons – Laurel Hedge… 


HPSO Open Gardens in August 2018

The annual HPSO Open Gardens program continues in August with almost 30 private and public gardens open on weekends and some on Monday evenings.  Several gardens are open for the first time and it is also a chance to see gardens that you missed earlier in the year. Some of the gardens open in August include: Michael Babbit & Ellen Bartholomew This small garden packs a punch with borders of roses and drought-tolerant plants along the hell-strip and driveway. The back garden is a labyrinth of garden rooms shaded by apricot and apple trees. Glass art and copper structures add… 


HPSO Open Gardens in July 2018

Sebright Gardens

The annual HPSO Open Gardens program continues in July with a wide variety of gardens, both private and public, open to our members on weekends and some Monday evenings. The gardens include new ones on the tour for the first time as well as a chance to see gardens that you may have missed in the past. The month of July is a time when a wide variety of perennials and shrubs are flourishing and many gardens are at their peak. Some of the gardens open in July include: The Bud Dietrich Garden Perennials, flowering trees, ornamental grasses and tropicals… 


2018 HPSO / Garden Conservancy Open Day, July 14th

Garden Conservancy HPSO Open Day 2018

We previously asked you to save the date, now it’s time to share a preview of five of seven the gardens that make up this year’s HPSO/Garden Conservancy Open Gardens Day on July 14th. To recap: this year’s event includes seven private gardens in North/Northeast Portland as well as 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. PLUS there’s a wrap-up reception at Portland Nursery. Tickets are $7 at each garden, or visit all… 


HPSO Open Gardens in June 2018

Thomas Vetter Garden

The annual HPSO Open Gardens program is in full swing with a plethora of gardens open for tours during the month of June.  The June gardens are open on weekends and some are open on Monday evenings (times and locations are listed for members in the HPSO Open Gardens directory). Some of this month’s gardens include – Thomas Vetter A plant lover’s paradise nestled in Hazelwood, the Vetter garden is entering its 20th season and is a favorite stop on garden tours. The garden is a palette of colors and textures with ferns, trees, perennials and shrubs framing one beautiful… 


HPSO Open Gardens in May 2018

Peony Garden Portland

The temperatures are rising and the sun is making more appearances as the glorious spring season begins in the Pacific Northwest. The annual HPSO Open Gardens program started in April and there are even more gardens to see during the month of May. The May gardens are open on weekend days (times and locations are listed for members in the HPSO Open Gardens directory). Approximately twenty of the gardens on this year’s HPSO Open Gardens are those that are featured on the tour for the first time. One of these is the garden of Matthew Hubbard (aka The Lents Farmer)….