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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

By the ninth garden of the day, I was getting a little punchy (as you might be if you are keeping up with two posts a day).  At first, I couldn’t figure out which garden it was on the short dead end street.

a handsome garden by where we parked

a handsome garden by where we parked

Was it this one? No.

Was it this one? No.

Was it this one? No.

Was it this one? No.

This one had mosaics, but no.

This one had mosaics, but no.

Allan reminded me that the description included distinctive gargoyle pillars.

garden 9: mosaic garden

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found it!

found it!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

so punchy I did not wait for Allan to get out of the picture!

so punchy I did not wait for Allan to get out of the picture!

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Origanum rotundifolium, a favourite of mine that I do not have this year.

Origanum rotundifolium, a favourite of mine that I do not have this year.

front garden

front garden

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having entered the back garden

having entered the back garden

in the back garden

in the back garden

meerkats

meerkats

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Even though there were steps with railings, neither Allan nor I were up to getting down to the lower level.

quite a drop off

quite a drop off

The pebble mosaic path on the edge of the steep drop off made me faint to look at. These are brave gardeners!

The pebble mosaic path on the edge of the steep drop off made me faint to look at. These are brave gardeners!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo. He said the composter was way down below. So the people must go up and down a lot!

Allan’s photo. He said the composter was way down below. So the people must go up and down a lot!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a pond with a delightfully deep section

a pond with a delightfully deep section

stairway at back of house (Allan's photo)

stairway at back of house (Allan’s photo)

returning on the other side of the house

returning on the other side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back from the front garden

looking back from the front garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Grand Hotel and Old Mill

We had just managed to finish viewing the 9 gardens by 4 PM, with time to check into the Grand Hotel, Salem, and have some dinner before 6.  The left hand turn from a busy one way street into the tiny hotel check in area was harrowing, especially when we were asked to back out into the traffic because a wedding party was checking out.  Fortunately, when Allan refused to do that dangerous move, they let us go down into the free parking garage from whence we could take an elevator up to the hotel lobby.  Whew.  The sudden onset of citification was almost too much.

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel from online (picture traffic roaring by)

Grand Hotel (Allan's photo)

Grand Hotel (Allan’s photo)

After dinner at the hotel restaurant, we decided to walk the half mile to the evening events.  I couldn’t take another moment in city traffic.

hanging basket along our walk (Allan's photo)

hanging basket along our walk (Allan’s photo)

Baskets had black eyed susan vines, interesting.

Baskets had black eyed susan vines, interesting.

some pruned ivy (Allan's photo)

some pruned ivy (Allan’s photo)

We walked across the Willamette University Campus, and then across a railroad track, avoiding a high-in-the-air and very long pedestrian overpass.

on campus (Allan's photo)

on campus (Allan’s photo)

This caught my eye. Later we learned it was likely a small botanical garden on campus, so I wish we had walked in.

This caught my eye. Later we learned it was likely the Martha Springer Botanical Garden on campus, so I wish we had walked in.  It was across a deep channel of water at this point.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill

The two lectures were at the Old Mill at the Willamette Heritage Center.  Usually, a Hardy Plant Study Weekend has two lectures Friday evening, three on Saturday morning, one on Saturday evening, and three more on Sunday morning.  This particular weekend was not going to be very studious as it only that the two lectures.  While I found that odd, I relished the thought of not having to be in a lecture hall by 8 AM.  The morning lectures were replaced by more gardens to tour than usual.  Another unusual factor was the plant sales:  Instead of having them at the event venue, they would be at two different nurseries during the weekend.  That was fine with me.

The Old Mill Building

The Old Mill Building

a glass elevator

a glass elevator

seating, and a clever touch of two screens showing the identical slide show

seating, and a clever touch of two screens showing the identical slide show

Dave Eckerdt, he who had had my favourite garden (Deerly Missed), gave the intro talk with clever references to gardening events similar in name to Olympic events.  Normally, this weekend would have taken place in Eugene, Oregon, had not the Olympic trials been there this very week.  I was glad that Salem had gotten the event instead as it would open a new world of gardens to us.

Dave and one of a number of funny Olympics/gardening puns.

Dave and one of a number of funny Olympics/gardening puns.

Professor Ryan Contreras spoke about ornamental plant breeding.

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Hs talk was mostly about cotoneasters.

Hs talk was mostly about cotoneasters.

He made the subject interesting.

He made the subject interesting.

Then Marietta O’Byrne gave us a gorgeous slide show about her Northwest Garden Nursery garden in Eugene (now mostly a private garden).  I have wanted to see that garden for years.  Even though it would be open on Monday, we needed to get back home and back to watering city planters on that day.  I was deeply tempted to change my plans after viewing and hearing her talk.  And, in the door prizes, Allan had won a golden hellebore from her collection.

Allan's prize. I got nothin'.

Allan’s prize. I got nothin’.

We walked back to the hotel without any problem other than tiredness. I think we were the only people who walked to the event (due to my traffic phobia only). Saturday, we would have 7 more gardens to tour, including an evening soirée at Dancing Oaks Nursery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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