Annual celebration of Irises at Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

BLOOM SEASON MAY 10 TO MAY 31 The annual celebration of Irises at Schreiner’s Iris Gardens in Salem, Oregon is only a couple of weeks away! Every year, thousands of iris lovers visit the 10-acre display, take in the sights and fragrances, enjoy local wines and liqueurs, eat delicious food, listen to music, participate in […]

Master gardeners share stories of missteps and successes

We all make gardening mistakes, some more serious than others. Planting an invasive plant will plague you for years. Putting the right plant in the wrong place can be fairly easily resolved by taking up a shovel and moving it. At a recent meeting of the Oregon State University Extension Service Benton County Master Gardeners, […]

Clematis garden tours feature tours, speakers, silent auction

The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection will host the 12th annual Inviting Vines event May 25, 2019 at Luscher Farm City Park, 125 Rosemont Ave, Lake Oswego, Oregon. The event starts with an optional breakfast and speaker Maurice Horn, co-owner of Joy Creek Nursery, at 9 a.m. in the milking parlor of Luscher Farm. […]

Let soil temperature guide you when planting vegetables

Spring is here and you’re raring to get your garden in. Well, hold on just a minute. Sowing seed or planting seedlings at the wrong time will bring nothing but heartache. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to plant too early,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “They […]

Attracting monarch butterflies with milkweed plants

Strange as it may seem, plants and clothes have some traits that make them parallel to one another. Clothes are fashionable. New styles appear every year, but there are always some holdovers from previous years. A parallel can be drawn here with plants. Some become more fashionable in gardens, while others fade away. A current […]

Retail Nursery Spotlight – Red Ridge Farms

Visit Red Ridge Farms in the heart of Oregon Wine Country. Shop edible and medicinal herbs, lavender, olive trees, unique shrubs, perennials, seasonal color, pottery, gifts and art. 5510 N.E. Breyman Orchards Road, Dayton, Oregon 97114 Open daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. year round. Facebook: Instagram: Email: | Web: [rev_slider redridgefarms] In […]

Offer nectar to tempt hummingbirds to the garden

Hummingbirds are garden jewels, as beautiful as they are valuable. Each weighing less than a nickel, hummingbirds play an important role in the garden as pollinators and insect predators. Five kinds of hummingbirds regularly visit Oregon, according to Nancy Allen, faculty member in fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University. Rufous hummingbirds, the most common, […]

Peel off the layers of growing artichokes

With deeply lobed silver leaves and a 3-foot stature, the artichoke unfolds as much mystery in the garden as it does on the dinner table. Used to set off any color in a perennial border, as a striking specimen plant or the flagship of a vegetable garden, the artichoke has much to recommend it to […]

Boxwood blight

Western Oregon homeowners with boxwood shrubs should keep their eyes peeled in early spring for signs of a disease that’s been making gradual headway in the state. Boxwood blight first showed up in nurseries in Oregon in 2011, and has continued to make inroads in the Portland area, according to Jay W. Pscheidt, a plant pathology […]

Seeds of inspiration

Confession time: I am a seed catalog hoarder. Especially during winter months, I can’t resist the beautiful books full of pages upon pages of the promise of spring! Right now, I have a pile of them on my nightstand, one or two on the dining room table and several more scattered throughout the house. Maybe […]

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