Saturday, 25 June 2016
Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon
garden 14: woodland garden
As you can see, the deck would have provided a good overview. Darn it!
Lance Wright IDed the plant and I thought I would remember it. Not likely! Fortunately, I was able to ask him on Facebook and got the name: Betula ‘Trost’s Dwarf’. He tells me that later that day, they were available for sale at Dancing Oaks. If only I had thought to look!
We next walked along the woodland garden at the edge of the lawn.
Allan was schmoozing. I went back around the side and to the front of the house.
I sat on the front steps, tired, a little punchy from touring, and waited for Allan, thinking about how I wanted to get to the plant vendors at the evening soirée at Dancing Oaks while the pickings were still rich.
Eventually, Allan rejoined me and we went out to the last private garden of the day.
garden 15: bird and wildlife garden in Dallas, Oregon
There was no sense at all back here of any neighbours. We could have been miles from anyone else. I found a satellite view that explains the sense of peace; we were surrounded on two sides by pastures.
When I overheard Marietta O’Byrne of Northwest Garden Nursery (who had shown a slide show of her exquisite garden on Friday night) telling someone that her garden was just an hour and a half south along a beautiful country road…I was sorely tempted to try to book another night at the hotel and visit her garden open on Monday. But then….it would be four and a half plus hours drive home, and Long Beach and Ilwaco plants needed our attention.
I do hope to see her garden one day.
Our touring of private gardens had ended for the day as we departed for our much anticipated evening at Dancing Oaks Nursery.