Spring is almost here and some trees and shrubs are starting to push new growth here in the Northwest. I’m itching to get my hydrangeas and roses pruned, thin out the branches of my Japanese maples to show off the shape of the trees and give the garden its spring cleanup. Random Acts of Gardening
Photo: http://www.dannylipford.com/how-to-clean-sharpen-and-maintain-garden-tools Kate Bryant says: Clean, sharp tools make gardening safer, better for your plants and much more fun. A sharp shovel melts through clods of dirt like butter, and branches can be cut cleanly and with minimal effort with freshly-sharpened blades. Ever seen a tree that’s been pruned with a dull pair of clippers?
Lake Oswego’s Magnolia Manor, perhaps Oregon’s newest retail garden center (they call themselves a boutique nursery), has great taste! Karen Schwartz, their on-staff landscape designer, created this beautiful “first place” display for the 2011 Yard, Garden & Patio Show’s Container Contest. The natural containers complement the plant selection and grouping containers creates a lush effect. Karen
Garden shows are good for sparking the imagination and getting us to re-imagine our garden spaces. The Yard, Garden & Patio Show wrapped up on Sunday. As one of the OAN staff working on the show, I took a few minutes on Sunday to snap photos of the things I was most inspired or intrigued
This is the third and final installment of favorite spring plants my gardening and nursery friends shared with me. I hope you’re inspired to give something new a try (look at the grape hyacinth!) or find a spot for something that’s been in the nursery trade for awhile, because you can’t go wrong with Sarcococca
All the volunteers and staff at the Oregon Association of Nurseries are thrilled to bring you the 2011 Yard, Garden & Patio Show. Check out the time lapse video of the Showcase Gardens coming together. It’s an amazing process and we hope you, your family and friends enjoy the results.
The bees have been busy in The Oregon Garden’s four hives and they have 300 pounds of honey to show for it. “It’s an exceptional feat to have just four new hives produce that quantity in the first year,” said Mark Thompson, who manages the new beekeeping program at The Oregon Garden. Thompson attributes much
By the makers of EarthPot® “At Landscape East & West, we love the EarthPot! They are quick to plant, there’s no plastic pots and mess to pick up after the job is done, and the plants establish faster with no transplant shock!” – Cody Plath, Landscape East & West, Clackamas, Ore. To gardeners, few things
Iseli Nursery trough garden with dwarf conifers The Yard, Garden & Patio Show (YGP) has so many great things to offer that, regrettably, I can’t mention them all. But I wanted you to know that the Western Chapter of the American Conifer Society has a booth at YGP. And they are selling dwarf conifers, many
Lilium occidentale endangered plantand conservation programreintroduction subject.Photo by Ed Guerrant The Berry Botanic Garden (BBG) closed and is selling its 6.5-acre Dunthorpe estate. The good news is that the BBG native plant seed bank*, established in 1983, has a new home at Portland State University. BBG’s conservation program collects the seed of endangered plants, grows