Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A visit to Treephoria
Recently team plant lust took a field trip and visited Treephoria, a boutique nursery in Oregon that specializes in nurturing unusual and hard to find trees into landscape ready specimens. They also grow several tree forms of plants traditionally grown as shrubs; all lovingly cared for in this “expansive tree garden that jumped its boundaries and spilled into the adjacent hayfield.” Here is Forsythia grown as a tree. And Ceanothus… The day we visited began calm and cloudy but dry. We stopped at several small “mom and pop” nurseries in route and the weather kept getting worse. By the time we pulled up at Treephoria our arrival was powerfully announced by a wicked wind blowing the door of Nancy’s (Treephoria owner and all around inspiring lady) home wide open. Nothing like making an entrance! There was talk of sitting by the fire and sipping wine, but first there was a garden to see! We braved the elements for an amazing show. Now I hope you all remember that I have many times claimed to be tree stupid. I love them, they are beautiful, the world needs more of them but I don’t always know which one I’m looking at. I hope I’m doing Nancy’s wonderful collection justice and please point out any misinformation that I might be guilty of. First we were taken down an amazing row of Hamamelis, one bloom after another each more beautiful than the one before. Why do I not have a Witch Hazel? Not a single one. And I call myself a gardener, sad. This was a fun one…Carolina Allspice. I’ve seen (and smelled) the blooms, I’d never seen the pods. This magnificent color belongs to Acer conspicuum ‘Phoenix’… Wintersweet Tree… More photos from around the nursery… And of course Nancy saved the best most incredible tree for last…I give you Kalopanax septemlobus, or Castor Aralia: A hardy spiky tree! You are probably wondering if the danger garden has any Castor Aralia? Not yet. Heading back to the house and that wine by the fire this blue tree caught my eye…(to be planted with a vine come spring). Along with a bed of very healthy Euphorbia. And what I wouldn’t give for these cement cylinders! Of course wonderful garden ornament like this can’t be bought, it has to be found. If you live nearby and are looking for the perfect tree for your garden look no further, I’m sure Nancy and Treephoria have just the tree you’re looking for. Thanks for a fabulous afternoon Nancy!