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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

HPSO Book Fair this Saturday

The Book and Library Committee is hosting a pre-holiday event for Hardy Plant Society of Oregon members!  If you are not a member, you can purchase a membership at the sale.
Saturday, December 7, 2019: BookFair at HPSO

10am-4pm at the HPSO office at
4412 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 260, Portland 
Parking is convenient, directly under our building, and also on nearby side streets.

A sale of new horticultural books will be available at our cost prices for six hours only! You can save as much as 50% on some titles. This is a good time to do some holiday shopping for the gardening lover.

As well as new titles, we have an excellent assortment of used horticultural books, many donated by our members, attractively priced, that will also be offered.

A choice selection of small giftables for early holiday shopping, and hand-crafted art made by our members, will also be featured. Botanical cards and prints, collectible novelty boxes and gloves, quilted totes and other fabric items, and a few surprises await you at this once-per-year event.

Artists include:
  • Nancy Goldman (quirky decorated boxes, Hand-knitted fingerless gloves)
  • Kate Blairstone ( (distinctive botanical graphic art)
  • Jane Levy Campbell ( (botanical watercolors
  • Nancy Stober (unique quilted totes and accessories)
Gift memberships to HPSO will also be available with a special bonus to the gift provider!
Come join us and have a pleasant time perusing an assortment of new horticultural books, mainly Timber Press and Storey Publishing, offered to our membership at end-of-year pricing. Books make wonderful gifts for new gardeners, and for yourself too, with up to the minute books on gardening trends, new Pacific Northwest gardening guides and your favorite genera. 
We’ll have great holiday refreshments in a festive atmosphere to make this the most pleasant shopping excursion of the season!

All sales of donated books will go to our Grants & Scholarships programs.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. I've been waiting for book fair here, that provide gardening books


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