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Member Garden Tour: Tamara of Chickadee Gardens

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February in Oregon is often a dreary time. There are signs that spring is on the way – daffodils and tulips poking out of the ground, a few brave early blooms. While we may be itching to get out in the garden, there’s still a couple months before the risk of frost is over. However, there’s no better place to be in February than in Tamara & David’s 2-acre garden in Saint Helens. Tamara documents her garden on her blog, Chickadee Gardens, and plans to open their garden for tours this summer for HPSO members. Put it on your list… 


Happy 35th Birthday HPSO; Looking Forward to Many More

ARTICLE BY: by Eloise L. Morgan Eloise is the editor of the HPSO Quarterly and a member of the HPSO Board of Directors. This article first appeared in the fall issue of the Quarterly, enjoy! The year 1984, for many, brings to mind George Orwell’s novel depicting a totalitarian future. But for the Portland gardening community, 1984 has far more positive associations—it is the year that The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon was founded. Born in the afterglow of a three-day study weekend produced in July 1984 by a small ad hoc group of Oregon gardeners who had attended similar… 


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… 


Welcome to the Hardy Plant Society Blog

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The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is a gardening community of over 2,500 members. We offer top-notch horticultural educational programs, a thriving open gardens program for our members, a diverse domestic & international garden tour program, a magazine & newsletter, a horticultural lending library, and local garden retailer discounts. And to enhance our offerings to our members, and beyond, we’re starting a blog to bring our content to a wider audience in a new format. Stay tuned for expert advice, garden stories, book reviews, open garden information, featured seasonal plants and more. Be sure to subscribe to stay up-to-date with…