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The Garden Awakens

Anise 'Woodland Red' ( Illicium floridanum ) A few weeks ago, I thought spring would never arrive, but now the change is astonishing. The nights are still cold (40s and sometimes even 30s) so planting tender annuals and vegetables is unwise although I have already succumbed, but covering and uncovering things gets old quickly. Someone made a wise comment last week and I must agree with them - "Don't plant anything tender until after May 1". Several plants are blooming like never before. One is the Anise shrub (above and below). I don't know if the recent tree pruning, which is allowing more sun into the woodland path, is affecting it or perhaps it is just age, but I've never seen so many blooms. Michael refers to this as "the stinky fish shrub" and I have to admit to smell of the flowers is quite unpleasant. It is so beautiful that I can overlook that. The old pink dogwood tree, which was already here, shades our woodland path and it too is prett


If you love plants, you don't want to miss one of the biggest plant sales of the year this weekend at the Expo Center in Portland. Hortandia 2019 is the 31st year for the event. Admission is free and you don't even have to be a member of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to attend although I encourage you to consider joining this wonderful organization (you can do so at the event).

Nurseries from all over the region (over 90!) will be there. You will kind many unique and choice vendors like Far Reaches Farm, Joy Creek, Gossler Farms, Cistus, and Dancing Oaks just to name a few. 

A lecture series, Grow With Us Lecture Series, will also take place and includes the following:

  • Cory Jarrell: “Houseplant Care with the Plant Nerdist” / 10:30am Saturday
  • Judith Jones: “Ferns Beyond Shady Borders” / 12pm Saturday
  • Riz Reyes: “Plants for Year-Round Flower Arranging” / 1:30pm Saturday
  • Laura Heldreth: “Made in the Shade” / 10:30am Sunday
  • Janis McBride: “The Gift of Orchids” / 12pm Sunday
  • Linda Beutler: “Some Like it Hot - Clematis” / 1:30 Sunday
There is also art and book sales and the book sale table is where you will find me on both days. The book and art sales areas will open at 9am, one hour before the plant sale begins. Please stop by and introduce yourself if you read my blog. See you there!

Time: 10am - 3pm (book and art sales open at 9am)
Place: Portland Expo Center, Hall E

A room map and vendor cross-reference list is now available for download here!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


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