Monday, June 30, 2014

Fling Preview: Joy Creek Nursery

After years of being frustrated by their inability to find the plants they wanted, the owners of Joy Creek founded the current nursery in 1992.

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What started out as a mail-order nursery soon grew to include both retail sales and garden design and installation.

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The nursery is located 18 miles north of Portland, Oregon, on a ridge overlooking the Joy Creek canyon and the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

The nursery proper occupies about seven acres of a forty-acre farm. Nestled between wooded hills, the site can very fairly be described as 'idyllic'.

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Four-and-a-half acres are devoted to gardens and stock fields, a half-acre to retail sales, and three acres to growing space.

Many of the plants for sale can be observed in mature states in the display fact, your visit is best started in the display garden to get ideas for plants, plant combos, and design ideas.

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The staff at Joy Creek is very excited to meet you all...and, of course, so is the resident feline, Yowler!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fling Preview: Cistus Nursery

Cistus Nursery is a unique micro-nursery, offering plants found virtually nowhere else in the industry. Founded in 1996 by Parker Sanderson and Sean Hogan, the nursery has a strong botanical foundation drawn from the pair’s professional backgrounds; Parker having been Horticulturalist at the Arboretum at University of California at Davis and Sean a Curator at University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. 
Their exciting collection of treasures, gathered around the globe with brilliant plantspeople, quickly outgrew a 100-year-old greenhouse in North Portland so the nursery opened to the public on Sauvie Island in 2000, expanding in 2003.
Visitors are invited to wander the all-season, display gardens showcasing West Coast natives and Mediterranean plants, architectural desert plants for the “dry garden,” Asian specimens, shade plants, and a dazzling mixed border of summer showstoppers – gardens that echo the pavilions and courtyards in retail itself.  
Eucalyptus, olives, evergreen oaks, many delicious items from the southern hemisphere, myriad magnolias and asian delights, tropicals and mature palms, the prickly, pricky plants of the desert - these are only a few of the many enticements for gardeners of all stripes. 
The nursery staff is always willing to assist and answer questions. 

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Public Gardens and Parks...

Staying in Portland a little longer than the Fling weekend? In case you don’t get your fill during the Fling here’s a short list of public gardens and parks you might enjoy visiting while here (each name is a link to learn more about them)…

And the smallest park in the world (according to the Guinness Book of Records)...MillEnds Park

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fling Preview: Lan Su Chinese Garden

After we say farewell to the fabulous folks at Timber Press, we head off on foot a few blocks to the Lan Sun Chinese Garden. The Garden is one of Portland’s great treasures and is a result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, our sister city in China’s Jiangsu province that’s famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens.

Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from Suzhou and is the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China, the garden was designed by Kuang Zhen Yan. Groundbreaking occurred in July 1999, and construction was completed 14 months later at a cost of about $12.8 million.

The garden’s grand opening was on September 14, 2000. Enclosing a full city block, roughly 40,000 sqft in the Chinatown area of Portland, Lan Su is much more than just a beautiful botanical garden, it is a creative wonder–a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony.

Once inside the garden’s walls, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled through time to another era in a faraway world. Lan Su is a window into Chinese culture, history and way of thinking.

Ever changing, Lan Su always has something new to offer - by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. The plant collections at Lan Su present hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms.

It is home to more than fifty specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, and curated collections of Magnolia, Peony, Camellia, Rhododendron, Osmanthus and bamboo.

Up next, we board the buses and head just outside the city to Sauvie Island and Cistus Nursery.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Portland Fling Sponsors...

Please join us in thanking our generous sponsors who have helped to make the 2014 Portland Garden Bloggers Fling possible…

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Potted Potted is the vision of Mary Gray, a former art director and set decorator, and Annette Goliti Gutierrez, a one-time screenwriter with a love for renovating homes and gardens. In 2004, we opened what we envisioned to be a mecca for like-minded, design-loving, garden enthusiasts, people like us who want to shop for the outdoor area of their homes like they do their interiors. At Potted, we create an eclectic environment filled with an array of styles, from kitsch to cottage and vintage to modern. Each have their own special personalities, and we get a huge kick out of blending them all together in our own Potted Style.

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Portland Nursery We have two great locations in southeast Portland, each of with its own personality and features. Our 100-year-old location at 5050 SE Stark is tucked in conveniently into to the Laurelhurst neighborhood. Here is where it all started. Come in and soak up the ambience of our courtyard and meet our knowledgeable staff! Our 9000 SE Division location, conveniently located off I-205, offers a similar range of plants as you will find at Stark, plus a wide selection of houseplants, water plants and an incredible selection of succulents, cactus and bonsai

Cistus Nursery is a retail micro-nursery located on scenic Sauvie Island, 15 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon. Cistus offers Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, and more. Come visit the nursery and wander through the display gardens, or browse our Plant Lists and have a small piece of the nursery sent to you through the mail... Plants are our passion, and sharing our treasures with fellow plant lovers is our joy.

We founded Joy Creek Nursery in 1992 after years of being frustrated by our inability to find the plants we wanted and reliable information about them at our local nurseries. What started out as a mail-order nursery soon grew to include both retail sales and garden design and installation. Our nursery is located 18 miles north of Portland, Oregon, on a ridge overlooking the Joy Creek canyon and the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The nursery proper occupies about seven acres of a forty-acre farm. Four-and-a-half acres are devoted to gardens and stock fields, a half-acre to retail sales, and three acres to growing space.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Fling Preview: Timber Press

For the next entry in our preview series, we give you the first official stop of the Fling...the much-loved local publisher, Timber Press!

DummyShelf_08_B&WTimber Press is an imprint under Workman Publishing. Founded in 1978 in Portland, Oregon, with a second office in London, Timber Press focuses on more advanced gardening topics targeted at horticulturists, botanists, naturalists, and landscape professionals.

Timber’s mission is to share the wonders of the natural world by publishing books from experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history.

“Our mission is to share the wonders of the natural world by publishing books from experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history. Grow with us.”

In addition to touring the offices and mini-store, the kind folks at Timber are providing us with a light continental breakfast. Coming up net, we head a few blocks to our next destination...the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

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