2014 Garden Bloggers Fling preview

I just got back from five jam-packed days in Portland, Oregon, attending the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling. We visited private and public gardens, nurseries, and even Timber Press, one of the world’s preeminent publisher of gardening, horticulture and natural history books. The organizers went above and beyond to create a memorable experience for us, and I couldn’t have been happier. I took well over 1,000 photos so it’ll be a while before I get them all processed. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of what I’ll be showing you.

The collage overview format below is a shameless rip-off of what Alan Lorence of It’s Not Work, It’s Gardening did on his own blog the other day. Don’t they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

140711 Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Cistus Nursery

Cistus Nursery

140711 Joy Creek Nursery

Joy Creek Nursery

140711 Old Germantown Gardens

Old Germantown Gardens

140711 Westwind Farm Studio-001

Westwind Farm Studio

140712 Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

140712 Chickadee Gardens

Chickadee Gardens

140712 JJ De Sousa Garden-001

JJ de Sousa Garden

Danger Garden

Danger Garden

140713 Ernst-Fuller Gardens

Ernst/Fuller Garden

140713 Rhone Street Gardens

Rhone Street Gardens

140713 John Kuzma Garden

John Kuzma Garden

140713 Floramagoria


140713 Bella Madrona1

Bella Madrona

Sean Hogan Garden

Sean Hogan Garden (not on tour)


2014 Garden Bloggers Fling index


  1. I can't wait to see your posts!

  2. Wow, me too Gerhard! Such cool photo montages! thank you! It was a treat to have you over and finally meet you!

    1. Tamara, I loved your garden and your house. Yours is a great example of how creative you can be with a small lot.

  3. Wow, fine work there Gerhard! Still buzzing with the fling and it's only now that I'm having the chance to look back at the event and how amazing it was. Truly unforgettable! Was great to spend time with you. We'll make it to California soon, a proper one that is as airport stay doesn't count :))

    1. Three days was the right length as well. Any longer, and my brain would have started to overload. Now I need to find time to go through all my photos and pick the best...

  4. Can't wait to see some of these, with your super-wide angle lens and great eye for composition! Especially Chickadee and JJ Sousa gardens, which I didn't get to see in person. (You certainly did take more photos than me!)

    1. Alan, I took 1,243 photos. Certainly not as many as I would have if the light had been better on day 1+2.

      I hope I didn't go overboard with the wide angle shots!

  5. This is going to be wonderful, seeing all these gardens I know so well but from another's point of view (scratch that, many others points of view). Hung your agave photo today...still madly in love with it!

    1. I love that, too. The first Fling posts are already trickling in.

      Agave print: Knowing you enjoy it makes me very happy!


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