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Meet HPSO Member Ruth Clark and Tour Her Garden (2022 Clark County Mini-Tour Participant)

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 2022 Clark County Mini-Tour.  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 very few… 


Meet HPSO Member Anton Klemens and Tour His Collector’s Garden (2022 Lake Oswego Mini-Tour Participant)

Meet HPSO member and Open Gardens host, Anton Klemens, who gardens in West Linn, Oregon. 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 utilize raised beds, pathways, boulders and berms to display plants at eye level…. 


How to Attract Insects into Your Garden – by HPSO Member Susan Masta

This essay, “How to Attract Insects into Your Garden,” was originally published in the HPSO 2020 Spring Quarterly, under the title “Insects in the Winter Garden.” The gardening practices outlined by author Susan Masta, however, apply year-round and are especially helpful guidance as our gardens are increasingly affected by climate change. A biology professor at Portland State University, Masta promotes biodiversity throughout the seasons in her intriguing Southwest Portland garden, which was a part of HPSO’s 2022 Open Gardens program. The sunny yellow flowers of our Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ witch hazel light up a gray winter day, and I… 


Meet HPSO Member Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes and Tour a Climate-Wise Garden (2022 Open Gardens Host)

Meet Jeanne DeBenedetti Keyes, HPSO board member and Open Garden Owner. She gardens in USDA Zone 8, SE Portland, Oregon. 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 there? What kind of plants would do well? The garden on the north lot reflects an interest in Chinese… 


Meet Jeff Moore and Learn about Agaves

Meet Jeff Moore, owner of a small retail succulent nursery, Solana Succulents, in Solana Beach, CA – about 20 miles north of San Diego.  Jeff has written 5 books on agaves and succulents and has amassed an incredible collection of unique varieties. What’s my gardening style? I ‘garden’ in Southern California, blissfully unaware of what zone number I live in. Everything grows here. I put ‘garden’ in quotes, because in the succulent world we don’t really garden. We just dig holes and stick plants in, creating living sculpture displays. There is very little gardening to do in the traditional sense… 


Meet HPSO Member Matthew Hubbard (2022 SE Portland Mini-Tour Participant)

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 in 2022 year his garden was featured in a SE Portland Mini-Tour. What do I wish I’d known when I started my garden? The main thing I wish I’d known was to plan for an in ground watering system! I’m still using a combination of conventional sprinklers and hand watering… 


Member Garden Tour: Rita’s Tropical Backyard Paradise

Member Garden Tour

The power of gardens can be difficult to quantify, although we know a great garden when we see it. But what is it that makes a garden great? Is it unique plants, art and furniture, or landscape design? This all contributes to a beautiful garden, but it often comes down to the personal touch of the gardener that really makes a garden stand out. In Rita’s case, the garden transports her family to their favorite vacation spot – Hawaii. Located in a suburban neighborhood in Lake Oswego on a little over a 1/4 acre, the garden bursts with tropical color… 


‘Grow With Us’ Lecture Series with Sue Goetz, Bob Hyland and James Wilson (2022 Hortlandia, this event has passed)

Hortlandia 2022

This year’s Hortlandia sale will be better than ever before! In addition to the 20+ plant and garden art vendors, stunning botanical displays, and book sale, we’ve invited 3 expert speakers to join us at our ‘Grow With Us’ lecture series. Your $5 Hortlandia ticket purchase includes attendance at these events. Click here to purchase tickets to the Hortlandia event. This year’s sale will be held April 1st & 2nd, 2022, at the Westside Commons in Hillsboro.  Sue Goetz: The Herbal Landscape 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 2nd Mingling Herbs Beautifully with Ornamental Landscape Plants Get to know the best herbs… 


Meet James Golden, Author of ‘The View from Federal Twist: A New Way of Thinking About Gardens, Nature and Ourselves’

"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,… 


How to list your garden in the Open Gardens Directory

HPSO Open Gardens

HPSO members create some truly incredible gardens and share them with others as part of our Open Gardens program! It’s an opportunity to learn from other gardeners, get inspiration for your own garden, and meet other Pacific Northwest gardeners. Thank you to those of you who opened your garden in 2021! This video is to thank those of you that opened your gardens in 2021 as well as those that visited the gardens. Please sit back, enjoy some gorgeous member gardens, and most of all THANK YOU !!!!!  How to list your garden in the Open Gardens Directory All…