I was very impressed. We stayed at this Days Inn back a few years before we lived in Portland; we made a quick, cheap trip down to visit and needed a place to stay. It is completely unrecognizable now.
The planting squares in the floor grid…
...and the rusted metal planters were well done.
I was surprised how much the wall still needed to grow in, but then again it was nice to see how it was put together. Had it been all lush and filled in I wouldn’t have been able to see the workings.
Next up a quick stop at Pioneer Place, our downtown mall (clearance jeans 40% off at The Gap!) and a surprise agave sighting, Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'…
10 of them! Perfect specimens too.
Funny to see desert plants in a water feature. And I wonder what will happen to them when they are replaced with the next feature plant?
Finally I made my way to Director Park (named for the grandparents of a prominent local developer, the park caps a 700 space underground parking garage), our 'newest' downtown park and designated meeting spot.
I followed the plans for this park as it was being built, and I was excited to see it back when Ricki of Sprig to Twig blogged about in March, only to be disappointed when I looked at the pictures. I thought there would be more green, but it was all hardscape.
So I had pretty low expectations…happily I can say it was better in person, of course seeing it on a hot day helped. Portlanders LOVE their fountains and this park featured a nice big one where kids and adults could cool off (on the left below). Unfortunately I didn’t get a good picture of it being used. Parents can be a little defensive when strangers start taking pictures of their kids.