Memorial Day Weekend Garden Trip
Here are three wonderful display gardens all within an easy
drive from Portland or Salem. They are
relatively close to each other and can all be visited in a day. All three gardens are quite diverse and many
plants are at their peak at this time of year.
The display gardens of all three are open to the public at no
3625 Quinaby Road, Salem,
Display garden hours, dawn to dusk. The largest bearded iris grower in the United States, Schreiner’s not only offers views of the iris growing fields, but has a spectacular 10 acre display garden for viewing. The display garden is not just iris, but includes many other perennial and annual plants that compliment iris. Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day) is the Annual Chicken BBQ served from 11:30am-4pm. For $11.00, this includes chicken, coleslaw, baked potato and beverage. You are welcome to bring a picnic. The Capital City Jazz Band provides entertainment from 1pm-5pm.
Adelman Peony Gardens
5690 Brooklake Road NE, Salem,
Open Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend from 9am-6pm. The bloom season is progressing rapidly and this is an ideal time to visit. The display garden has over 200 varieties of peonies to view with the midseason and late season peonies in bloom now. This is a great opportunity to see peonies growing as they would in a garden setting. The indoor showroom has vases of peonies on display and cut flowers of peonies will be available this weekend.
7185 Lakeside Drive NE, Salem,
Hours are 10am-5pm and there is no charge for visiting the display garden. Specializing in shade plants, the display gardens here are wonderful and I never cease to be amazed at how well everything all flows together. There are several hundred varieties of hostas available and 800 varieties on their website. They also have over 100 varieties of hardy ferns and 65 varieties of epimediums. Plus you will see many companion plantings of other shade loving plants.
Alice Doyle's New Tomatoes
My guest (show of 5/11) Alice Doyle from Log House Plants, is the supplier of these new tomatoes. She will be speaking as part of The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Gen(i) us Series which will be on Tuesday evening, 7pm, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy (Portland). Fee; $5.00 at the door. She will have plants for sale.
Garden Conservancy Open Gardens 2013
This year’s Garden Conservancy Open
Gardens for metro Portland includes five private gardens in the Lake
Oswego/West Linn area plus the Rogerson Clematis Collection. The Garden Conservancy is a non-profit
national organization created to help maintain public and private gardens
throughout the US. My (Mike Darcy) own
garden is included this year and I hope that many listeners will visit.
The gardens included this year are the Darcy Garden which has many new featured added since our last open garden. We have new water features, many new containers, new garden art and a children’s garden. Across the street from us is the Ervin Garden which in addition to a spectacular view of Lake Oswego and Mt. Hood (on a clear day) has an emphasis on urban food sourcing. There are raised vegetable beds, aquaponics, chickens, ducks, bees and a small vineyard. The Tuttle Garden (also in Lake Oswego) has extensive plantings of fuchsias, hydrangeas, clematis, fruit trees, vegetable garden and many new iron structures. In West Linn, the Sheng Garden overlooks the Willamette River and is lushly planted offering vignettes of plants and garden art as well as water features and metal plant structures. Just outside the city limits of Lake Oswego is the Bates Garden which is a collector’s garden that has been developed for over 70 years. It has many unusual and not often seen plants as well as a hardy fuchsia collection, many native plants and a Chilean garden. The Rogerson Clematis Collection is part of the tour this year and this botanical garden showcases one of the most complete collections of the genus Clematis in North America.
The date is Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10am-4pm. Tickets are $5 per person per garden or 6 tickets for $25. Tickets are available from The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, www.hardyplantsociety.org or the Garden Conservancy www.opendaysprogram.org
12TH ANNUAL PLANT NERD NIGHT
Each year I try to select a plant that might not be well known and so perhaps might be a new plant for many. My special plant this year is Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’. This is a dwarf Bald Cypress that is slow growing and will reach about 6 ft tall in ten years. It makes a great container plant and I have had one on our deck for several years. People are drawn to the soft to the touch delicate foliage. It is a deciduous conifer and so the plants (one gal size) look like sticks but will soon leaf out. I am very pleased to offer this at $10.
The six presenters for this year are listed below. Each presenter has one particular plant on special in limited quantities and I have listed that plant and the price (SP= Special Plant). A partial listing of other plants they will be showing and selling is also listed.
Cistus Design Nursery
22711 NW Gillihan Road
Sauvie Island, OR 97321
(SP) Cyclamen Silver Leaf
3" pots, $5, 3/$12
New Manzanita varieties
Dancing Oaks Nursery
17900 Priem Road
Monmouth, OR 97361
Leonard Foltz & Fred Weisensee
(SP) Epimedium davidii
4" pots, $5
Gillenia 'Pink Profusion'
Daphne 'Wilhelm Schacht'
Far Reaches Farm
1818 Hastings Avenue
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson
(SP) Iris unguicularis
'Mary Barnard', Qt $10
Gossler Farms Nursery
1200 Weaver Road
Springfield, OR 97478
(SP) Nandina filimentosa
1 gal, $15
Pieris 'Passion Frost'
Northwest Garden Nursery
86813 Central Road
Eugene, OR 97402
Marietta & Ernie O'Byrne
(SP) Arisaema taiwanense
4" pots, $8.50
Cyclamen 'Something Magic'
Hellebore 'Winter Jewels'
Rare Plant Research
13245 S Criteser Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
(SP) Yucca rostrata
1 gal size, $10
Musa sikkimensis 'Red Tiger'
Musa 'Mekong Giant'
Mike Darcy is well known in the Portland gardening community and it all started 30 years ago when he began his garden show on KXL. Mike has done garden television programs for OPB, KPTV, and KATU and did garden segments on Good Day Oregon when it first premiered. He writes a column for Digger, trade magazine for Oregon Association of Nurseries, and has been a speaker at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle and the Yard, Garden & Patio Show in Portland. He and his wife Linda, frequently open their garden to various garden groups and other non-profit organizations.
In The Garden 05/25/13 Hour3Mike talked to tomato breeder, Fred Hempel, about the exciting new breeds of tomatoes for the home gardener.
In The Garden 05/25/13 Hour2Mike talks with author, Barbra Damrosch, about her new book "The Four Seasons Farm Gardener's Cookbook".
In The Garden 05/25/13 Hour1Mike talked with Doug Barragar from Raleigh Park Gardens Tour. Also, Mike takes your calls.
In The Garden 05/18/13 Hour3Mike talks with Eamonn Hughes about ponds. What to plant, what to feed your fish and much more.