Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Kuzma Garden

With our modified Mediterranean climate Portland gardeners are able to garden across styles and zones. As a result many of us constantly push the boundaries of what “should” grow here. This garden* exemplifies that zonal wishing/pushing (some might call it denial) as well as the desire to garden with all the cool plants, water lovers and desert dwellers alike.
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*Schedule subject to change.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Garden Bloggers Fling Attendees and Their Blogs...

We figure you'll probably want to get to know the people (and their blogs) you'll be "flinging" with this July. Below is a list of registered attendees* by state (country if outside the U.S.). I also thought it would be fun to see how many years we've been blogging, so that's the number after the blog name. All totaled up that's 383 years of blogging experience! (If there is a spelling or other error please email me and I'll make the change, spikyplants at gmail dot com).

Mary Beth Shaddix, Mary Beth Shaddix (3)

Gerhard Bock, Succulents and More (4)
Annette Gutierrez, Potted-Our Blog (2)
Kathy Stoner, GardenBook (5)
Gail Lord, Piece Of Eden (5)
Denise Ginger, A Growing Obsession (4)
Dina Falk, Dina Digs This (2)
Stefani Bittner, Star Apple Edible Gardens (5)
Christian Cobbs, Star Apple Edible Gardens (3)

(British Columbia) Kristin Crouch, That Bloomin' Garden (4)
(Ontario) Helen Battersby, Toronto Gardens (8)

Ryan Schmitt, In the Garden (3)
Judy Seaborn, In the Garden (less than 1)

Robin Horton, Urban Gardens (5)

Karin Hicks, Southern Meadows (4)

Mary Ann Newcomer, Gardens of the Wild Wild West (8+)
Andrea Bruce-Niederer, I Garden Daily (3)

Jason Kay, Garden in a City (2)
Judy Hertz, Garden in a City (2)
Rosalie Fisher, Prairie Rose's Garden (6)

Jean McWeeney, Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog (6)

Robin Ripley, Bumblebee (7)
Clair Jones, The Garden Diaries (4)

Stephanie Gilmour, See Jane Dig (4)

Amy Andrychowicz, Get Busy Gardening!  (4)

Alan Lorence, It's not work, it's gardening! (4)
Catherine Cameron, Gardener's Roost (7)

New York
Kate Walz, Gardening and Gardens (4)
Elizabeth Licata Garden Rant ( 9)

North Carolina
Daricia McKnight, A Charlotte Garden (6)

Kylee Baumle, Our Little Acre (7)

Dee Nash, Red Dirt Ramblings (7)

Scott Weber, Rhone Street Gardens (5)
Heather Tucker Just a Girl with a Hammer (4)
Loree Bohl, danger garden (5)
Tamara Paulat, Chickadee Gardens (less than 1)
Ann Amato-Zorich, Amateur Bot-ann-ist (6)
Matthew Hubbard, The Lents Farmer (2)
Jennifer Dennis, Rainy Day Gardener (6)
Darcy Daniels, Bloomtown (10+)
Jane Finch-Howell, MulchMaid  (5)
Dawn Hummel, The CoHort Zone (5)
Ryan Miller, gnomicscience (3 )
Ricki Grady, sprig to twig, (7)
Katrina Bryant, TBD (she promises it will be up soon), (5, her former blog - plantwise)
Patrick Hughes, Wheel & Barrow Landscape, (2)

Leslie Grayson, Leslie Grayson Design (2)

South Carolina
Julie Thompson-Adolf, Garden Delights (4)
Lisa Wagner, Natural Gardening (7)
Janet Ledebuhr, The Queen of Seaford (5)

(Madrid) Lisa Calle, Descubriendo hojas (1)

Gail Eichelberger, Clay and Limestone (6)
Barbara Wise, Bwisegardens (5)
Cindy Shapton, Cindy Shapton the Cracked Pot Gardener (4)

Cindy Tournier, From My Corner of Katy (6)
Laurin Lindsey, Ravenscourt Gardens, (less than 1)
Laura Wills, WillsFamilyAcres (6)
Pam Penick, Digging (8)
Diana Kirby, Sharing Natures Garden (7)
Sheryl Williams, Yardfanatic (4)
Ally Stresing, Garden Ally (2)
Vicki Blackman, Playin' Outside (7)
Caroline Homer, The Shovel-Ready Garden (5)
Andrea Fox, grow where you're planted (6)

United Kingdom
(Bedfordshire) Mark Domingo, Alternative Eden (3)
(Bedfordshire) Gaz Jones, Alternative Eden (3)
(Gloucestershire) Victoria Summerley, Tales from Awkward Hill (7)
(Sussex) Charlotte Weychan, The Galloping Gardener (5)

Tammy Schmitt, Casa Mariposa (4)

Vanessa Gardner Nagel, Garden Chirps (6)
Alison Conliffe, Bonney Lassie (4)
Mavis Butterfield, One Hundred Dollars a Month (5)
Lola Gravenstein, One Hundred Dollars a Month (5)
Naomi Goodman, Be Good Garden (less than 1)
Laura Heldreth, Gravy Lessons (1)
Peter Herpst, The Outlaw Gardener (2)
Lorene Edwards Forkner, Planted at Home (7)
Debbie Teashon, Blog-on Rainy Side Gardeners (10+)
Skyler Walker, Tangly Cottage Journal (8)
Alan Fritz, Tangly Cottage Journal (4)
Christina Salwitz, Personal Garden Coach (9)

(*pending receipt of your check of course)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fling Hotel Open For Reservations!

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The Fling Committee scoured through a myriad of downtown hotels until they found the perfect one for the Fling. Centrally-located in the heart of Downtown, the Portland Marriott City Center will be our Home Base during the Fling.

"Located in the heart of Rose City, Portland Marriott City Center allows guests to tap into the pulse of Portland's most enchanting urban rhythms. Boasting the city's best location among boutique hotels in downtown Portland, we are a traveler’s delight. Centrally located in the business district near shopping, restaurants and MAX Light Rail, we have it all."

DEN Drink Eat Network - Our restaurant near Pearl District Portland offers local food, local wine surrounded by local art in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Dine in at any point during the day for a casual meal while catching up on the day’s adventures with friends and family.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

• High-speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms and meeting rooms to keep you connected.
• Downtown Portland accommodations have refrigerators to keep food and drinks cold and refreshing.
• Premium cable, flat-screen TVs and on-demand movies are offered in hotel rooms.
• Our lodging destination includes in-room coffeemakers with complimentary coffee and tea for guests.
• Sleep in one of our PURE hypo-allergenic rooms when you stay with us for an allergy-free night.
• With an ADA-accessible hotel room, downtown Portland accommodations at our property are top-notch.
• This hotel has a smoke-free policy
---Please note...we've negotiated as part of our rate that all Fling Attendees will get FREE WiFi internet during their stay. You'll still have to sign up as if you are going to pay the first time you use it...but the charges will be backed out upon your checkout...just like at the hotel in San Francisco last year.

Just like the Event Registration, we anticipate the rooms to fill up book your rooms TODAY!!!

UPDATE: If you want to add on days before or after the fling, just give them a call...they are happy to help you out!

DOUBLE UPDATE: Usually calling the hotel directly will work, but if you run into a roadblock, please let me know by sending me an email HERE.  I'll do my best to find a solution, if I can :-)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fling Registration Update!

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Yup...we're full up already..thanks to everyone who registered!
For those of you who are still interested in registering, but didn't make it in time, please send me an email and I'll put you on our waiting list.
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Thanks again...and we can't wait to see you all in July!

Monday, February 3, 2014

2014 Portland Fling Registration Is Open!

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It's here, everyone...the moment you've all been waiting for! Registration for the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling is officially open! There are a limited number of spots available, so please sign up soon to ensure your spot in what is going to be an amazing Fling!


FYI, we'll be releasing information on how to make reservations at the Official Fling Hotel very soon as well.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Fling Teaser - Neighbor Gardens!

Do you ever wish your neighbors were as passionate about gardening as you are? During the Fling we’ll visit the adjoining gardens of Joanne Fuller & Linda Ernst*. The beautiful doorway in the middle photo creates an open passageway between their two gardens, each with their own distinctive personality.

Joanne Fuller Linda Ernst

*Schedule subject to change

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fling Teaser - Cistus Nursery!

Located on scenic Sauvie Island, Cistus Nursery* offers an eclectic collection of Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, a mature display garden in which to wander, and best of all…shipping for your plant purchases!

Cistus Set

*Itinerary not final and subject to change

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Fling Teaser - Chickadee Gardens!

Tamara Paulat has created a beautiful garden that is welcoming for humans and wildlife alike. Her small urban garden is certified under Portland’s Backyard Habitat Program and, yes, those are plants on that roof!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Fling Teaser - danger garden!

Not all the gardens we’ll be visiting are large. One of the smaller ones features more agaves, and other spiky plants, than you thought probably possible in “rainy” Portland. Yes, the Fling itinerary will include a stop at the danger garden.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Portland Fling Teaser - Joy Creek Nursery!

Today we take a look at a fabulous nursery we'll be visiting...Joy Creek in Scappoose...which also has a stunning display garden. And yes...they offer shipping ;-)

Joy Creek Nursery v

Monday, January 20, 2014

Portland Fling Teaser - Floramagoria!

Happy Monday, we get a sneak peak at the lavish, over-the-top Floramagoria...the delightful garden of Craig Quirk & Larry Neill.

Floramagoria 1

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Fling Teaser - Mike & Maryellen McCulloch Garden

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's teaser is from the beautiful hillside garden of Maryellen McCulloch*, which marries a subtle, sophisticated palette of plants with crisp, elegant hardscaping. And, of course, a million-dollar view to the Tualatin Valley!

BTW...those are Portland Fling Planners Kate Bryant and Heather Tucker enjoying a quick dip in the pool :-)

Maryellen McCulloch 1

*Itinerary not final and subject to change

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fling Teaser - Bella Madrona

How about another teaser's teaser is from Bella Madrona*...what do you think about that rad path!?!

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*Itinerary not final and subject to change

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Portland Fling Teaser - Walkefield/Grossnickle Garden

Hello Flingers! The planning committee for the Portland Fling this year are working hard and will hopefully have some fun details to share with you soon. In the meantime, we're releasing a series of photos, one at a time, teasing you with some of the amazing gardens & nurseries we hope you'll be seeing this July.*
Bruce Wakefield 1 *Itinerary not final and subject to change