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 Hemisphere woody plants generally.
How did I become interested in gardening?
My maternal grandparents on Bainbridge Island made it fun!
One of my favorite garden writers is:
W. Arnold-Forster, author or Shrubs for the Milder Counties.
What garden has most influenced me?
The Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, which I first visited in high school, falling in love with the breadth of its woody collections, then almost entirely grouped taxonomically. I came to know that collection intimately, ultimately becoming a historian of its development and an advocate for its preservation and development.
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