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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Plant Sales This Weekend

Tulip 'Lilac Wonder'
We kick-off the plant sale season at two area plant sales this weekend.

On Saturday, you can find us at Gardenpalooza, a large carnival style event at Fir Point Farms in Aurora, located mid-way between Portland and Salem.  There are dozens of vendors at this sale, all under the cover of big tents.  We will be easy to find since our display is located at the front of the very first tent.

On both Saturday and Sunday, we will be at The Trillium Festival located at Tryon Creek State Park on SW Terwilliger Blvd in Portland.  The native and hardy plant sale features vendors tucked in a picnic shelter among the trees.  This annual event also includes Garden Art and The Trillium Market as well as family oriented activities in the Park. 
Fritillaria meleagris
For those of you who prefer a more leisurely shopping experience, the nursery will be open on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  A nursery visit gives you the opportunity to browse a much wider selection of plants than we can take to plant sales.

Kalmiopsis fragrans
Two spring flowering plants we will offer at both sales are Kalmiopsis fragrans and Trillium recurvatum. 

Kalmiopsis fragrans is a newly described species formerly known as Kalmiopsis leachiana Umpqua form.  It is a small scale shrub with bright pink flowers and is perfect for a rock garden or trailing over a rock wall.   As the name implies, the flower is scented to attract pollinators.  Kalmiopsis fragrans is the most cold hardy and easiest to grow Kalmiopsis.

Trillium recurvatum

Trillium recurvatum is called The Prairie Trillium but it is actually a woodland species from the Eastern U.S.  This attractive and easy to grow Trillium features dark reddish-brown flowers and mottled foliage.  A great addition to the woodland garden, it will thrive in moist, humus rich soil in full to partial shade.

We hope to see you this weekend.  Bring a warm jacket, you will no doubt leave with garden treasures.

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