What does that mean? Experts take on gardening jargon

Garden jargon can leave a smart person feeling dumb, and let’s not even talk about Latin botanical names. Really, let’s not. Instead, we’ll concentrate on common terms used as if everyone should know them. Like what’s a cover crop or cold composting? What’s a hardiness zone? And what, for goodness sake, is an open-pollinated plant? […]

Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

As the gardening season winds down and you pick the season’s last vegetables, consider letting some plants go to seed and harvest them for planting next year. “Saving seed can be really fun and is a great way to learn about plants,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “If you choose […]

Clematis climb into a special place in the garden

As they climb up trellises and trees unfurling large, lusciously colored flowers, clematis put on a special show in the garden. These garden favorites need a little special handling at the start but once established clematis (clem-ah-tis or cla-mat-is) grow and flower year after year. Clematis vines have three main requirements to thrive – sunlight […]

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities?

Help steward your favorite natural area park by volunteering with Portland Parks & Recreation! Help by removing invasive plants, planting native shrubs and trees, and beautifying our parks for wildlife and communities. All ages are welcome to attend; young children must be supervised by an adult. Don’t forget about No Ivy Day coming up this October!   […]

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