Monday, September 17, 2018

Geeking out in Portland, OR

I just got back from a long weekend in Portland, OR. The nominal reason for my visit was the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's Plant Fest, a half-day program featuring a special lecture (this year by Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken of Far Reaches Farm) and a plant sale.

Fortunately, friend and fellow Northern California blogger Kathy of GardenBook was in Portland on business. She'd taken her own car so she could buy plants, and she agreed to transport my haul back with her. This allowed to me to buy with abandon—something I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise since I flew there and back. Kathy lives only an hour from my house so picking up my plants will be easy.

Loree of Danger Garden and her husband Andrew once again gave me a home away from home; they're not only great hosts, but also the nicest people. It was wonderful being able to step outside and explore the Danger Garden as much as I wanted. I took a lot of pictures and will have a couple of long posts in the new few weeks. Here are a just a few teasers:



Cloudy cabbage (Bukiniczia cabulica)

I did schlepp my camera to PlantFest but I was so focused on checking out the plants being sold by the 13 participating nurseries that I simply forgot to take pictures beyond a few snaps.


The day before PlantFest, Loree took me to several Portland nurseries, including Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island (of course!). Again, there was only time for a few photos in between shopping and catching up with owner Sean Hogan.





Loree also organized two garden visits for Kathy and me. The first garden we saw was blogger Tamara Paulat's 2-acre slice of heaven north of Portland, known to her readers as Chickadee Gardens. Lots of photos were taken here. Needless to say a profusely illustrated post will follow.



The second garden we visited belongs to John Kuzma and his wife Kathleen. This was the third time I've been to their garden—I guess you could say it's a tradition now. I feel very blessed that I've been able to follow the evolution of the Kuzma garden. It's a very special place, as you can see in my previous posts from 2014 and 2017. My 2018 update is coming up next week.




Stay tuned for a handful of exciting Portland posts to come!


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11 comments:

  1. What a great trip! I'm envious to say the least.

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  2. Ha, I just clicked over to your blog so I could link to it for my weekend recap post (tomorrow) and I see you've beaten me to it! So fun to have you here...hope your transition back to "warm" Davis wasn't too painful...

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    1. No rain here, of course. And next week we're supposed to climb back up to 100°F. Ugh.

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  3. I can report from the road (yes, I am still on the road) that today I removed all plants from the car for a moisture and health check-up prior to three more days of travel. They are all still alive and I did such a good re-arrangement job I think I have room for few more. Maybe I should have bought the 5 gal Melianthus 'Purple Haze' I saw at Cistus, lol.

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    1. Aah, good old I-wish-I'd-bought-it remorse. I have that all the time.

      Thank you for taking such good care of my plant babies.

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  4. Splendid planning and coordination by all! Looking forward to more posts...

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  5. Cool! Must have been fun. Maybe your daughter should have chosen a college in Portland?

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    1. So much fun! I'm already making plans for the HPSO's Hortlandia extravaganza on April 20+21, 2019.

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  6. Oh my gosh, that sounds like so much fun! I look forward to seeing future posts about the gardens you visited.

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