Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A New Garden Year for Pacific Northwest Gardeners

Spring has not sprung. The plants are still sleeping, snug in their compost and mulch beds. We, more than likely will get another snow storm or more freezing temperatures. Winter has officially just begun with the Winter Solstice. Yet the 2014 garden year is off with a bang for Pacific Northwest gardeners.

HPSO Winter Program
First off is the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO)Winter Program, "Time and the Garden with Rick Darke", on January 19, 2014. Rick Darke is an award-winning author, photographer and design consultant, former Curator of Plants at Longwood Gardens who has written many wonderful books such as The Wild Garden:Expanded Edition and my personal favorite, In Harmony With Nature:Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden. Sounds like a great way to wile away a lazy Sunday afternoon. Although the program begins at 1:30pm, the doors open at 12:30pm. Come early and enjoy an hour of perusing the books for sale, checking out the botanical displays or just chatting with fellow gardeners.
Where: Portland State University, Hoffmann Hall, Portland, Oregon
When: January 19, 2014, program begins at 1:30pm
How much: $20 members, $25 non-members, $10 students

Lecture by Mariane Binetti
Also on January 19th, for Seattle area gardeners, the Northwest Perennial Alliance is presenting a lecture by Mariane Binetti, entitled "Inspiration Is Where You Find It: From Ireland to Enumclaw with Marianne Binetti". Thanks for the tip, Debbie! Sounds very interesting. I wish I could be two places at the same time!
Where: Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, Washington
When: January 19, 2014, 1pm
How much: NPA members free, $10 non-members

Chinese New Year at Lan Su
Come check out the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, OR for Chinese New Year, starting January 31, 2014. It's the Year of the Horse. The garden is especially tranquil with winter beauties such as camellias, edgeworthia and daphne blooming along with stalwart bamboo and pine providing winter interest. The garden always provides many wonderful activities for Chinese New Year such as making your own "Happy New Year" greeting cards, lion dances, martial arts performances and much more. This year they will have a meet and greet with miniature horses. An activity that will be a hit with kids. I know my daughter will love this!
Where: Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon
When: January 31 - February 14, 2014
How much: $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.00 for students, free for children

Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Next up is the Northwest Flower and Garden Show (NWFGS), held in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center, February 5-9, 2014. For many gardeners, this is the premier event, kicking off spring in a big way. The title of the show this year is "Art in Bloom". You don't want to miss out on 25 display gardens, over 300 exhibitors and many informative and interesting seminars.
Where: Washington State Convention Center
When: February 5- 9, 2014
How much: Early bird tickets are $17 a day

HPSO Gen(i)us Series
One of my favorite programs put on by the HPSO is the Gen(i)us series. The first seminar of 6 will be Feb 23, 2014, "Expanding the Conifer Palette with Norm Jacobs". Norm is co-owner of Arbutus Garden Arts Nursery with Deb Zaveson. $5 dollars for an hour long program presented by noted plant authorities from around the Pacific North West? And with an opportunity to win door prizes and buy plants? How can you pass that up? Come visit a wonderful Portland neighborhood, Multnomah Village, have some lunch and enjoy a wonderful program on conifers. I can't wait to check out the goodies Norm and Deb will bring. Japanese maples, epimediums and dwarf conifers and more!
Where: Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Oregon.
When: February 23, 2014. Doors open at 2:30pm, program begins at 3pm.
How much: $5

Yard, Garden and Patio Show
Lastly, Yard, Garden and Patio Show is Portland's largest and best garden show. Come be inspired by eight wonderful display gardens, attend some amazing seminars, buy some terrific plants and visit more than 500 exhibits. HPSO will also have a wonderful botanical display, HPSO Winter-in-Bloom. I love this relatively new feature of the show. Last year, many different varieties of conifers were on display along with the blooms.
Where: Oregon Convention Center
When: February 28 - March, 2, 2014
How much: $12 regular admission, kids 12 and under are free

Whew, that's quite a line-up! Good thing winter is the "slow" season.

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