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Gardening for Pollinators: Summer Bees

Summer Bees by Susan Masta

ARTICLE BY: SUSAN MASTA Susan Masta is a biology professor at Portland State University, and also curates the insect collection at PSU’s Natural History Museum. Her garden is very much a part of her teaching, as she integrates her observations in her garden into her courses and public outreach efforts. *** It’s 6 pm and still a sweltering 97 degrees F outside. Time to get out of the house shuttered against the heat and take a stroll through the shaded part of the garden. Stepping outside I can see the catmint, Nepeta ‘Walkers Low,’ is abuzz with Vosnesensky bumble bees. These… 


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… 


The Courtyard Garden

The Courtyard Garden by Linda Wisner

ARTICLE BY: LINDA WISNER Linda Wisner, a designer, and Chet Orloff, an historian, live, work and garden on a 1.3-acre property on Sauvie Island. Linda is a past president of HPSO and currently designs HPSO’s Quarterly magazine, among other volunteer activities. Their garden will be open to HPSO members this year on Monday evening, September 10. *** I’m sitting in our courtyard, shelling fava beans, which is feeling like a very indulgent thing to do on a mid-week afternoon in late June. It’s calmly repetitive and providing me the opportunity to enjoy this space and reflect on its creation. I’m… 


Contained Exuberance for the Portland Summer Garden

Bob Hyland Contained Exuberance

ARTICLE BY: BOB HYLAND Bob Hyland is a Portland-based garden designer and former HPSO board member. He sells an eclectic, contemporary assortment of outdoor garden pots at his shop Contained Exuberance next to Xera Plants in southeast Portland. Bob designs container displays and plant-driven gardens when not in his Shop. *** I love pairing pots and plants to boost a garden, outdoor patio, and business entrance in Portland’s summer-dry climate. Well-placed containers carrying artful plant combinations become focal points during the dog days of July and August. Granted, that’s easier for me to say and do with a shop full… 


Plant Profile: Crocosmias

Crocosmia

ARTICLE BY: TOM FISCHER HPSO member, Tom Fischer, is editor-in-chief at Timber Press in Portland, Oregon. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living. His book, Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season, was published by Timber Press in February 2009, followed by The Gardener’s Color Palette in 2010. You can read many of his articles on his website, OverPlanted.com. *** Excessive caution is as great a blight in the garden as powdery mildew or anthracnose. It keeps us from unleashing… 


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… 


Symphony in Green: the Plants of the Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden - Natural Garden

Just because the trees are not from Japan, it doesn’t mean the integrity and taste of the Japanese garden are compromised…thinking like a Japanese gardener, practicing the composition of Japanese garden design, applying the practice, and the consistent fostering of the garden are what keeps the authenticity. –Takeshi Kato, garden craftsman, Ueyakato Landscape Co. Ltd, Kyoto Visitors to the Portland Japanese Garden frequently ask whether all our plants are Japanese natives. The answer is that many are, but some aren’t. The Pacific Northwest Japanese garden is an original form with its own history and identity, and not merely a piece… 


Ground Cover is the Answer

Benefits of Ground Cover

ARTICLE BY: KATE McMILLAN Kate McMillan is a HPSO Board member and owner of Cultiverity, a garden design company in Portland. When she’s not working on her own or someone else’s garden, she’s running her web design studio, Outbox Online. She can often be found posting to the HPSO Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and coordinating this blog. *** You know that person who is always like, “Have you heard about ____? You have to try it!” That’s me with ground cover. I tell everyone about its virtues in the garden, and why not? It’s the answer to so…