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!   […]

Tips and tricks to save water during a hot summer

As the heat ratchets up so does water use, costing homeowners money and doing no favors for the environment. Homeowners can learn to save water and money, however, with help from Oregon WaterWise Gardening, a statewide program of the Oregon State University Extension Service. Its website includes profiles of water-efficient plants. Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist […]

Color up the garden with evergreen, free-flowering Hebes

If you like to prolong color in your landscapes through the summer and into the fall, consider planting evergreen shrubs called Hebes for vivid color in both flowers and foliage. “Most Hebes flower in the summer, but others bloom in late fall,” said Neil Bell, consumer horticulturalist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Some […]

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