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Elaine Joines Memorial Grants & Scholarships Program

The HPSO Grants & Scholarships Program is named in honor of the late Elaine Joines, who was designer and curator of the Martha Springer Botanic Garden at Willamette University and a dedicated member of the HPSO Grants Committee. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon works to promote education and understanding of herbaceous perennial plants, and is dedicated to helping special gardens of botanical, horticultural, or historic interest, including the support of community gardens. We award funds to non-profit organizations throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington, for projects that further these goals.  Specifically we award grants for plantings, horticultural equipment/supplies for gardening or… 


Garden Tour: Portugal – Lisbon, Cascais and Madeira

HPSO Garden Tour Portugal 2017

ARTICLE BY: JO ANN BONES Jo Ann Bones is a HPSO Board Member & Traveler. The 2017 Portugal tour escort was Lois Moss, HPSO Board Member & Treasurer, and owner of Gardens•Tours; and the conductor was Gavin Bade of G on Tour. *** Portugal was never on my list of places I wanted to visit. Then I attended an HPSO Travel Club meeting where Bruce Wakefield showed pictures of Madeira and talked about a trip he led to Spain and Portugal in 2014. I was fascinated by the geography and the beautiful semi-tropical gardens of Madeira, a volcanic island in… 


Open Gardens: Touring Portland’s Private Gardens (and surrounding areas)

Old Germantown Gardens

The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s Open Gardens program offers our members the opportunity to visit and learn from the gardens of other members, from the Oregon Coast to Bend and from the south Willamette Valley to the Seattle area. We publish an Open Gardens Book for our members each March with area gardens that are open each weekend from April through October. During June, July, August and September, gardens are also opened the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. This wonderful program offers gardeners the opportunity to see a variety of garden sizes and styles, gaining inspiration and… 


Brighten Your Winter Garden with Art

Garden Sculpture

ARTICLE BY: BETH HANSEN-WINTER Beth Winter is a HPSO Board Member, Photographer, Book Designer, and Hortiholic *** After 20 years of collecting, my husband began to chide me for having “too much” garden art. I must confess that when there are no leaves on the deciduous trees and shrubs to block the direct views, the garden IS a little bit crowded, but honestly, I don’t think one can have too much garden art! There are two things a garden needs in the winter when trees are bare and perennials are nonexistent: structural plants and garden art. Hardscaping defines a garden,… 


Hardscaping: Creating Structure, Context and Balance in your Garden

Lillyvilla Gardens - Hardscaping

ARTICLE BY: LAUREN HALL-BEHRENS Originally Published in the HPSO Quarterly in Winter 2013 Lauren Hall-Behrens is a HPSO Member, Garden Designer & Owner of Lilyvilla Gardens *** Hardscape, including paths, patios, arbors, and pergolas, is the solid material underfoot and the architecture overhead that creates the framework and the structure of a garden. It dictates how we move through and react to a space and establishes an architectural relationship between a garden and the home it surrounds. This structural framework also contains and organizes a garden’s plants. A well-designed hardscape can bring an overall sense of order and calm to… 


Gardeners’ Gift Guide

Gifts for Gardeners - Photo by @TheDangerGarden

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and while we are all loathe to admit it, it’s increasingly less inviting to spend time out in the garden.  The nights are drawing in, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the season with friends & family as a way of bringing more light into our lives.  If you count gardeners among your friends & family, you’re likely thinking about what gifts will delight them the most while they dream of spring.  We are lucky that Abigail Pierce, HPSO Member & Owner of Groundswell Garden Design, has done the legwork for us by curating… 


Zonal Denial Revisited – Winter Performers in the Garden

Winter Performers in the Garden

ARTICLE BY: SEAN HOGAN, Originally Published in the HPSO Quarterly in Winter 2016 Sean Hogan is a HPSO member who most recently presented the lecture at Plantfest 2017 & owns Cistus Nursery *** Nearly 20 years ago I wrote a small article for a very good newsletter published by the late plantswoman Stephanie Feeney. Jeez, TWENTY years ago! Anyway, I had just come back to Portland and was frustrated by the overwhelming commercial availability of so many plants grown en masse here for export to points east like New Jersey, Denver, and Bend—you know, the whole east coast! Little in the… 


Garden Terminology Gleaned from Words Past but Inspiring Gardens to Come

Muiderslot Gardens

ARTICLE & PHOTOS BY: ADRIA SPARHAWK HPSO Board Member & Owner of Thicket Nursery *** When my garden shop, Thicket, closes up for the winter months, I explore gardens for inspiration whenever possible. Last year I visited the Netherlands, and while researching historic gardens there I stumbled upon a fantastic website. They have an exhaustive list of fascinating historic garden terminology. I include here a few of my favorites, but please visit GardenVisit.com to get the whole shebang, as well as links to fabulous gardens, tips on growing, and purveyors of all things ‘gardeny.’ The images below are some lovely examples…