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Meet Toni Gattone and Learn Methods for Lifelong Gardening

Meet Toni Gattone, author of “The Lifelong Gardener, Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age“. She gardens in Marin County, CA, Zone 10a. In this profile, Toni shares her passion for gardening and the importance of adopting methods to garden safely and comfortably. You can learn more about Toni at her website.  Additionally, Toni is speaking at an upcoming HPSO Zoom Program on October 5th, “You CAN Garden for Life”. Sign up here.  What type of garden do I have? My husband and I live on a small lot in a very pedestrian-oriented suburban neighborhood in Marin County, CA… 


Meet Christina Pfeiffer and Learn how to Create a More Resilient Garden

Meet Horticulturist Christina Pfeiffer, author of  “Pacific Northwest Month-By-Month Gardening”. She gardens in Seattle, Washington, Zone 8. In this profile, Christina shares her expertise in planting and maintaining gardens that are sustainable in our changing climate. You can learn more about Christina and her lectures at her website.  Additionally, Christina is speaking at an upcoming HPSO Climate-Wise Zoom program, “Cultivating a More Resilient Garden”, on June 14th. Sign up here.  What is the most important thing people can do in their garden to mitigate the impacts of climate change? Take really good care of the soil. Minimize soil disturbance. Use… 


Meet HPSO Member Ruth Clark and tour her Garden

Meet HPSO member Ruth Clark who gardens in Vancouver, Washington, Zone 8. Ruth has been opening her peaceful, park-like garden to HPSO members for ten years and her garden will be part of the Clark County Mini-Tour on June 11th.  What methods do I use to reduce water usage in my garden? I don’t buy plants that need a lot of water. If the tag says ‘moist soil’ it goes back on the table. I’m really just trying to reduce work for myself as watering is not something I enjoy doing. I have drip lines in my vegetable garden and… 


Meet HPSO Member Anton Klemens and tour his Collector’s Garden

Meet HPSO member Anton Klemens who gardens in West Linn, Oregon. He is opening his garden to HPSO members this year on June 4th from 10AM to 3PM. Anton’s garden features his collection of over 600 plants, particularly rare conifers and Japanese maples. He shares his favorite plants and tips for growing beautiful conifers in this Profile.   What gardens have most influenced me? Long before my wife Jill and I moved to Oregon we planned our vacations around visiting gardens in the PNW. Two of those gardens from our first visit in 2007 and 2008 still inspire me today. Both gardens… 


Meet HPSO Member Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes and Tour her Climate-Wise Garden

Meet Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes, HPSO board member and Open Garden Owner. She gardens in USDA Zone 8, SE Portland, Oregon and is sharing her garden with HPSO members on her Open Garden date, May 1st, 2022, and by appointment. Jeanne applies climate-wise gardening methods to create a beautiful, sustainable garden, and shares some of her tips in this Profile.  Some of the climate-wise elements I include in my garden are: Respecting my garden’s natural conditions – I designed the gardens to meet the site conditions. I would think what kind of soil do I have here, how much sunlight is… 


Meet HPSO Member Matthew Hubbard and Visit his Open Garden

Meet Matthew Hubbard, HPSO member and gardener in SE Portland, Zone 8. He shares more stories and photos of his garden on his blog, The Garden of the Lents Farmer. Matthew has been sharing his garden with HPSO members for 6 years as part of the Open Gardens program, and this year his garden will be featured in a SE Portland Mini-Tour of  member gardens on May 7th! HPSO Members, please log in to the Member Center and scroll down to the Open Gardens section where you will find the full details for this Mini-Tour. What do I wish I’d… 


Meet James Golden

"The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves" with James Golden

Meet James Golden, gardener and author of ‘The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves’. James gardens in New Jersey, Zone 6b and shares photos and stories on his blog. His garden has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Gardens Illustrated, the Financial Times, Horticulture, Elle Décor, and Better Homes and Gardens. What struggles did I face when starting my garden 15 years ago? My heavy, wet, saturated clay soil severely limited the range of plants I could grow, but by making the plants part of the solution—for example,… 


Meet Linda Cochran

Meet Linda Cochran, a home gardener in Port Ludlow, Washington, Zone 8. She has embraced native plants in her gardening and strives to create beautiful, naturalistic gardens with natives. How long have I been gardening in Port Ludlow? Before moving to Port Ludlow, I had a large well known garden on Bainbridge Island which I created over the 20 years I lived there. Since moving to Port Ludlow in 2013, I have developed my much smaller garden, using a lot of natives that I grow from seed. It is not an exclusive native garden, however. I also spend a lot… 


Meet Kate Bodin

kate bodin portland botanical gardens

Meet Kate Bodin, Executive Director of Portland Botanical Gardens, recently-retired instructor of horticulture at Portland Community College, and Registered Horticultural Therapist. Kate gardens in Portland in USDA Zone 8b, Sunset Zone 6. Additionally, Kate shared the plans for PBG in an online program which you can view below. What garden trends am I embracing in the future? I’m currently moving away from as much irrigation as possible and using more climate appropriate plants. It’s a long process and I may never completely give up some of my water hogging plants, but I’m in the midst of having the lawn and sunburned… 


Meet Scot Medbury

Meet Scot Medbury, Executive Director of Sonoma Botanical Gardens. Scot has managed various public gardens including Brooklyn Botanic Garden and San Francisco Botanical Garden. Additionally, he is excited to share a new personal garden project on the southern Oregon Coast.  Scot currently gardens in Glen Ellen, CA (USDA Zone 9b; Sunset Zones 15 & 16) and Curry County, Oregon (USDA Zone 9b; Sunset Zone 17). What are some of the more unusual plants or genera that I am looking forward to growing in Curry County? Araliads, citrus, Maddenii series rhododendrons; select palms, tree ferns, bromeliads, proteas, and araucariads; mild-temperate Southern…