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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… 


Hortlandia Sunday Programs

At Hortlandia this year (April 14 & 15 at Portland EXPO Center), we’ve got a special treat for Sunday, April 15. We’ve got 3 free programs lined up to help you learn from the experts: 10:30AM 30 Great Plants for 30 Great Years Learn more from Tom Fischer about the plants that made the celebratory list, including what makes them special and how to use them in your own garden. After Tom’s talk, you’ll have plenty of time to shop for the plants that look great to you. Tom Fischer is editor-in-chief at Timber Press here in Portland. His garden… 


Musings — Piet Oudolf & The New Perennial Movement

ARTICLE BY: SCOTT WEBER Scott Weber is a HPSO Board Member. More of his breathtaking photographs can be seen on his blog, Rhone Street Gardens. *** As gardeners, most of us at some point sort of settle into a certain design aesthetic…sometimes by happenstance, sometimes quite deliberately. One garden style, while not for everyone, is almost irresistible to those with a longing for spaces inspired by nature. It is the New Perennial Movement, championed by the well-known garden designer, Piet Oudolf. What defines this style…what makes it unique…what is its appeal? While closely related to the naturalistic style, which often… 


Celebrating Hortlandia’s 30th Anniversary with a Focus on Pollinators

Hortlandia’s 30th anniversary is coming up fast, and one of the ways we’re celebrating is by focusing on pollinators. After all, where would we gardeners be without them?!  If you don’t already know about it, Hortlandia is The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s Annual Plant & Garden Art Sale on April 14 & 15, 2018 at the Portland EXPO Center.  The event features dozens of vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest — it’s open to both HPSO members and non-members alike, and admission is FREE. Paying Tribute to Pollinators As any gardener knows, pollinators are crucial to the overall health… 


8 Tips for Creating Plant Combos That Are Practical AND Pretty

ARTICLE BY: DARCY DANIELS Darcy Daniels is a longtime HPSO member, garden designer with Bloomtown® Gardens, and most recently the creator of eGardenGo, a website devoted to helping gardeners unlock the secrets of successful planting combinations. In this post, she dishes 8 tips garnered from 20 years of thinking about combining plants and garden-making. *** I’m quite practical and down-to-earth when it comes to choosing plants for the gardens I make, particularly those I do with clients. I tend to be quite a bit more experimental in my own space, but most of the time, my clients don’t want to… 


HPSO Open Gardens: Kicking off the 2018 open garden season!

In just a few short weeks – April 7 to be exact – the new season of the HPSO Open Gardens begins! Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our members who are opening their gardens, we have a wide-ranging group of beautiful gardens you can visit each weekend, and even some weekday evenings straight through until early October. This year, approximately 120 private gardens, as well as nursery display gardens, are open for your viewing pleasure. Whether you are seeking design inspiration or you just need a relaxing stroll through a beautiful garden, the tour has something for everyone… 


Plant Nerd Night — it’s official! A new gardening season kicks-off

For us gardeners spring is full of milestones, both big (Hortlandia!) and small (Daylight Savings Time, aka “when I can finally see the garden in the evening, after work”). Plant Nerd Night qualifies as big, after all it’s been the official kick-off for a new gardening season for 17 years now. Plant Nerd Night 2018 occured back on March 2nd, and as is tradition, it was a packed house. The lines formed early… And once the doors opened the crowd rushed to find a seat, and then storm the nursery tables. This annual (free) event features speakers from six local… 


Plants that Earn Their Keep: Plant Selection & Design

Plant selection and design with Darcy Daniels

ARTICLE BY: DARCY DANIELS HPSO member, Darcy Daniels is a renowned garden designer with Bloomtown® Gardens and creator of eGardenGo a web site that helps gardeners decide what to plant with what. Loaded with plant combination recipes, the site is perfect for gardeners at all levels — beginners as well as pros can find lots of fresh ideas and inspiration within its pages. Her gardens have been featured in many publications, and her home and client gardens have been included in numerous local, regional and national garden tours. *** In 1998, I was a completely novice gardener when I began…