2014 Portland

 2014 Portland Fling attendees

The Portland Fling is over now and all of us on the planning committee had a great time...we hope you did too!

As in the past, please put links for your own posts about each garden in the corresponding post on this site. To make things a little easier, we've implemented the same linking system used by several Memes...if you've participated in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, it will be very familiar. At the bottom of each post, you'll see the graphic below followed by a simple form for submitting your own links...hopefully this will be easier than posting in the comments section.

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Also, to make it easier to navigate, here's a list of all the gardens, just click on the name to go directly to that page, we can't wait to see all your posts!!!

Pre-Fling Event
Pomarius Nursery

Day 1 - Friday, July 11
Timber Press
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Cistus Nursery
Joy Creek Nursery
Old Germantown Gardens
Westwind Farm Studio

Day 2 - Saturday, July 12
Portland Japanese Garden
McMenamins Kennedy School
Danger Garden
JJ De Sousa Garden
Chickadee Gardens

Day 3 - Sunday, July 13
Ernst/Fuller Gardens
Rhone Street Gardens
John Kuzma Garden
Bella Madrona

And a spot for any other miscellaneous post that doesn't quite fit into these categories
Miscellaneous Posts

Also, just an FYI...the linking widget used is sometimes almost instant, other times, it might be a few minutes before your link shows up.

The Portland Fling (July 10-13, 2014) was a memorable gathering of bloggers from around the world. Please join us in thanking our generous sponsors who helped to make this event possible…

At the Bloom Level of $1,000                                                                                    

We Inspire and Educate The Gardener Within. At Botanical Interests our goal is to inspire and educate the gardener in you. That is why, since 1995 we have been supplying gardeners with the highest quality seed in the most beautiful and informative seed packets on the market. Curtis and Judy started Botanical Interests because they believed that gardeners were not getting the information they needed from their seed packets. Their desire for more information along with their passion for spreading gardening wisdom led them to create a unique seed packet that is not only beautiful, but is also filled with facts, tips, recipes and quality seed.

Dramm Dramm Corporation has been a leader in watering tools and accessories for over 67 years. Imagine it all started with a man named John G. Dramm and his invention that revolutionized the way greenhouses; nurseries and gardeners water their plants. Today, Dramm continues to provide quality, durable and professional watering tools, accessories and natural fertilizers to nurseries, greenhouses and avid gardeners nationwide. Dramm strives to produce products that save time and energy while providing quality products that will last a lifetime.

Gardener’s Supply has long been a socially responsible business, which we've expressed by supporting employee volunteerism, sourcing sustainable products and donating 8 percent of our profits back to the community. To solidify our commitment, we have become a certified B Corp, a relatively new corporate designation that combines bottom-line profits and social responsibility.

Corona Founded in the early 1920s, Corona, Inc. is a leader in the marketing and manufacturing of professional and consumer tools for the lawn and garden, landscape, irrigation, construction and agriculture markets. With a retail and distribution network that extends throughout the United States and Canada, Corona's proven designs, quality manufacturing processes and unparalleled customer service make it the best choice in tools for contractors, agricultural professionals and avid gardeners alike.

Bud Level of $750

Blooms of Bressingham (Leucanthemum Freak!)
Blooms of Bressingham was founded by father and son Alan and Adrian Bloom, prolific English plantsmen who have been responsible for introducing over 200 perennial cultivars over the company’s 100 year history. A real garden showstopper, Freak!® is covered with large amounts of fluffy-looking flowers formed from layers of white petals. Large 2 to 2-1/2 inch (5 to 6 cm) flowers are evenly distributed all over compact, well-branched plants. Freak!™ reblooms, providing flowers over a long period. Dark green toothy foliage provides a clean, well-contrasting backdrop. Plants reach just 9 inches (23 cm) in containers. Bred by Har Stemkens of Syngenta Flowers. 

Root Level of $500

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.

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.

McMenamins McMenamins has been a neighborhood gathering spot throughout Oregon and Washington since 1983. Our goal is to keep the past in the present, to celebrate and connect us all with the people and events that have helped define each McMenamins property. To that end, we research, interview and compile materials to identify and commemorate our properties and their surroundings. McMenamins employs teams of year-round gardeners who work hard to keep the grounds of our properties fresh, healthy and in bloom. While Edgefield has the largest variety (including herb and vegetable gardens, an orchard, multiple flower beds and beyond), several other locations have lovely onsite gardens as well. Admission is free; take a pint on a stroll around the flora.

As a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions, Toro helps customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields.  We value the trust customers place in our people and our products, and are proud to partner with many sites and events around the world.

With over 30 years of herb and vegetable growing experience, Peace Tree Farm has never seen a lavender as excellent a performer as 'Phenomenal'. One of the hardiest lavenders seen throughout Europe and the United States, 'Phenomenal' has exceptional winter survival, as it does not have the winter die back that other varieties like Munstead and Hidcote commonly demonstrate.

Seed Level of $200

Sunset Western Garden Collection™, introduced in spring 2012, is the first plant collection designed specifically for the Western gardener. Sunset® magazine and Plant Development Services collaborated to bring these superior plant introductions to retail garden centers through
out the thirteen Western states.
The Southern Living® Plant Collection, first introduced in Spring 2008, provides gardeners with innovative new plants designed to solve specific landscape challenges and to excel in Southern gardens. Each plant in the collection is the result of years of plant evaluations, plant trials and research.

Garden Design Magazine The reimagined magazine features compelling photography, captivating stories, and a striking design. Beloved and collected by avid readers for 32 years, the magazine, which will print four times per year, has a fresh aesthetic, 132 pages, and is advertisement-free, making it more akin to a "bookazine."

CobraHead LLC is a Family Business that produces and sells "The Best Tools In Earth®" - the highly acclaimed CobraHead®Weeder and Cultivator and the exceptionally useful CobraHead® Long Handle Weeder and Cultivator. CobraHead LLC was formed to develop and market the CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator. The CobraHead® is a multi-purpose hand tool for use in gardening, horticulture, and agriculture that is superior to all similar tools. We believe the CobraHead® will become a standard design in the garden and agricultural industry.

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.

Oregon Decorative Rock All About Rock since 1976, Oregon Decorative Rock has all of the landscape rock, ground cover, and accents you need to beautify your residential, commercial, or industrial landscape. We have the largest selection of natural stone in the Northwest. Our natural architectural and landscape stone is perfect for any design or landscaping project. You'll find that our material bids for construction projects are very competitive.

Steel Life is a company based in Central Oregon that is committed to bringing quality, design conscience planters to the modern home and garden. We work close at hand with our team of artisans to bring the
best, luxury quality, modern planters to your doorstep. We like to support local craftsmen and small businesses in our community. We are also proud to promote other American made products through our social media sites and purchasing practices.

Since our establishment in 1997, Little Prince of Oregon Nursery has been committed to producing premium quality plants. We are a wholesale nursery located in Aurora, Oregon. Our plant offerings include perennials, ground cover, NW natives, succulents, herbs, ornamental grasses, and rare and unusual plants.

Teak Closeouts Teak Closeouts - Real Savings on Real Teak. The economy is tough and watching our dollar is more important than ever. You'll find $179 teak benches, $129 teak arm chairs, and teak tables starting at $499. If you're looking for a durable, quality folding chair, nothing beats the $39 teak folding chair. Teak Closeouts has some of the lowest teak furniture prices on the internet.


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Guess what, everyone...the fling is now officially only ONE MONTH AWAY!!! I know, I know...it's hard to believe, but a month from now, you'll all be out here in beautiful Portland, OR enjoying our beautiful city. We've got three incredibly packed days of gardens and nurseries for you...and we can't wait to show them off. Without further ado...here's our itinerary! *SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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Pomarius Nursery - Thursday Night Pre-Fling Cocktail Party!
For those who arrive early, we hope you can join us at Pomarius Nursery in NW Portland. Bus departs at 6pm and returns at 9pm. Please bring $15 to cover transportation. If you miss the bus to the event, fret not...it's a quick cab ride (or, if you don't mind walking a few blocks, you can also take the streetcar)!

The first day is also the longest, so I hope you got enough rest the night before!

Timber Press
We depart the hotel lobby promptly at 8am and walk a few blocks to Timber Press, local publisher of a myriad of gardening titles. The kind folks at Timber are providing a light continental-style breakfast for us to enjoy while we browse their titles and learn a little bit about their company.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
From Timber's offices downtown, we'll take another short walk into Old Town, home of our next stop, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou (Portland'ds sister city in China).

Cistus Nursery
After we depart the Chinese Garden, we're off further afield to Cistus Nursery. Cistus Nursery is a unique micro-nursery, offering plants found virtually nowhere else in the industry. Tour the display gardens or indulge in some shopping!

Joy Creek Nursery
We'll leave Cistus around noon and should arrive at Joy Creek Nursery just in time some well-earned lunch! Relax with your lunch, or stroll around the beautiful display gardens...and you certainly don't want to miss the retail area!

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Old Germantown Gardens
Once we leave Joy Creek, we head off to Old Germantown Road Garden. Tucked away on a wooded parcel near Forest Park, Old Germantown Gardens is a nearly 2-acre hillside garden that is a wealth of garden diversity.

Westwind Farm Studio
After Old Germantown Gardens, we'll head just down the road to Westwind Farm Studio. Westwind has breathtaking overlooks and undulating movement of grasses which combine to bring you a feeling of serenity and connection to wind and earth.

After we bid farewell to Westwind, we'll head back downtown to our hotel, where we'll have our Banquet in their gracious ballroom.

Yesterday was pretty intense, right? Well, guess what, you get to sleep in a bit today. At 9:30, we board the buses and depart for the Portland Japanese Garden.

Portland Japanese Garden
Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, Oregon.

After our time at the Japanese garden, we'll enjoy lunch at the Rose Test Garden.

After lunch, the two buses will each go their own way...so these next gardens will appear in a different order, depending on which bus you're on.

McMenamins Kennedy School
For some of you, your first stop will be the beautiful gardens at McMenamin's Kennedy School. McMenamins gardens, not just at the Kennedy School, but Edgefield, Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Grand Lodge, Rock Creek Tavern, Ander- son School (soon), and Wilsonville, to name a few, are meant to inspire, entertain, soothe, nourish, and embrace everyone who visits them!

Danger Garden
Surely you are all familiar with our next garden, it's the well-known garden of our very own Loree Bohl, the Danger Garden! This is a collector’s garden with little attention paid to what style-purists might think. The Danger Garden displays Loree's love of the rare and unusual mixed up with a lot of spikes.

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JJ De Sousa Garden
Our next garden is that of JJ De Sousa. Describing her garden, De Sousa says, "Our garden has two distinct personalities with one common goal. One personality is lush, soft and shady while the second personality is hot, dry and spiky. Both serve to expand indoor living space into outdoor areas with a focus on entertaining."

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Chickadee Gardens
A fairly new and small garden, certified gold by the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Many Pacific Northwest natives, plus a mix of hardy perennials arranged mostly by color.

Our day should end around 6 or 6:30, at which time we will return to the hotel...and your evening is yours to do with as you please!

On our last day, we board the buses at 9am to depart for NE Portland. Once again, the buses will split up and follow separate routes until the final garden...so the gardens listed may be in a different order, depending on which bus you are on.

Linda Ernst and Joanne Fuller Gardens
Here we will get to visit the side-by-side gardens of neighbors Joanne Fuller and Linda Ernst, two gardening neighbors who've been lucky enough to live next to each other. Different, but complimentary styles work together in these beautiful, refined gardens.

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Rhone Street Gardens
After enjoying the sophistication of the previous gardens, get ready for the rough-and-tumble, free-for-all atmosphere of Rhone Street Gardens. It's every plant for itself in this exuberant garden where the cats are outnumbered only by the grasses.

John Kuzma Garden
Having spent the morning on the East Side, we now head over to the West Side of Portland, where we visit the garden of John Kuzma. Full of many exotic and tender plants, John's garden is zone-pushing, with many successes and a few failures. Depending on which bus you are on, you will either have your lunch here, or at the next garden.

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The Floramagoria garden has a bit of a split personality. The front is elegant, refined and very "Northwesty", head around the back, however, and you'll be struck by an over-the-top display of botanic beauty! Throughout the garden, you will find interesting artwork, a custom metal fire pit, a one-of-a-kind floral chandelier in the dining area and an amazing colorful insect tile mosaic.

Bella Madrona
It's sad, we know, but this is our final garden on the tour. We end the 2014 Fling at the charming garden, well-known locally as 'The Garden of Sampson & Beasley', Bella Madrona. Quirky and full of humor, you could wander for hours in this garden and only scratch the surface of what it has to offer. Light snacks and drinks will also be served. We'll depart between 6 and 6:30 for the hotel.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Y'all,
    It's Ryan - The Horticulturist from Botanical Interests seeds. I'm sending off our sponsor check today and wanted to know if you had decided on registration fees yet? All the teasers are great! Can't wait to Fling it in Portland!


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