I’ve been forcing myself to feel what it’s like to be in a disaster situation such as Haiti is experiencing. I want to try to understand how I—and my fellow Portlanders—might react to and be prepared for “the big one” and the damage it would likely cause. It’s an unsettling feeling, to say the least.
A few people, even in our USDA Zone 7-8, have told me they treat roses as annuals (gasp!). They buy them bare root, enjoy them for the season then yank them out and start over the following year. It took me years not to feel guilty about composting Poinsettias after the holidays, so I could
By Gardennia nutti For many people, signs of spring are wonderful bulbs that pop up to greet us with their sunny faces, the fragrance and flowers of witch hazel, or a mist of beautiful yellow forsythia. For me, the spring litmus test is a bit different: A new bottle of Advil (or other anti-inflammatory over
There are some gardens that cause me to pause as I’m walking by. When it happens, I often wonder if the garden has been professionally designed. Pleasing proportions, interesting design elements and textures, and exceptional plant combinations seem to be hallmarks of a well-designed—and often professionally designed—garden. I’ve designed parts of my own garden but
From Linda Beutler, Curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection The Rogerson Clematis Collection, the most comprehensive gathering of the genus clematis in the United States, has recently been granted National Collection status by the North American Plant Collections Consortium. Located in our own backyard at Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, the Rogerson Collection has amassed
Experience the joy of sharing your gardening expertise and interests. Many gardening-related organizations can use your help. These are just a few in the area that would love to have your involvement for a few hours or longer term commitments. Do you know of garden-related volunteer opportunities? Please share them with us. Bright NeighborFruit and
In response to Random Acts of Gardening readers requesting before and after design stories, our first story and photos come from landscape designer Roger Miller, owner of Homescaper LLC (503.648.4879).Roger’s clients live on vineyard property in Laurel, just outside of Hillsboro. The back of the house has a lovely view of their vineyard but the
We’ve written about the mental and physical well-being gardening brings to each of us and have received some heart wrenching responses to those blogs. Legacy, which has a well-regarded therapy garden, is offering gardening workshops for individuals with cancer. If you know of someone that might benefit, please share this with them. Gardeners’ Workshop for