Thursday, November 21, 2013
Visiting Western Horticultural Products…
I first met Sally Priest of WeHoP at the Farwest Show in 2012; the cool plants in their booth stopped me in my tracks. Once I started chatting with Sally something clicked and I just knew this was a cool company. When they got wind of us garden bloggers making the trip up to the Heronswood open garden and plant sale in September they invited us over to see their operation and even put out a fabulous snack spread for us to munch on (after all plant shopping is hard work).
WeHoP “is a Pacific Northwest plant broker for wholesale growers, grower/retailers
and retailers.” They bring up exotic plants from growers in California like San Marcos Growers and Monterey Bay Nursery. At Sally’s place in Poulsbo, WA, they trail various plant combinations in the idea garden and maintain a small group of greenhouses, which also serve Sally's other project - filling the signature blue pots in downtown Poulsbo. That’s Sally in the black and white tee and Tonya (WeHoP Marketing Director) in orange.
Because of the time of year we visited (early September) the greenhouses were mostly empty. Still we poked around and found some treasures.
Synadenium grantii Rubra
Leucadendron 'Jester' I believe. What I don't believe is that I left without it.
Another lust worthy Furcraea...
Adenanthos, I think maybe A. x cunninghamii.
It was time to leave the greenhouse area and venture back to the garden. I regret not getting a shot of the beautiful spread, but we were all so ravenous we kind of attacked it.
There was even entertainment! Diego was a charmer who wouldn't take no for an answer. Look how big that stick is...
Gorgeous containers were everywhere...
Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare'
Sally and Tonya also announced the beginnings of another company, Petula (the sign on the gate across the bridge reads "the future"). No doubt this will mean even more fabulous plants available to us here in the PNW. You can read more about their plants and plans here, on their blog.
Black Tulip Magnolia
Red Buckeye, Aesculus pavia
Another mixed planting.
Grevillea 'Ned Kelly'
Adenanthos sericeus (Coastal Woollybush) is the star here.
Gomphrena 'Pink Zazzle'
In case you haven't already figured it out Sally has a lot of fun here in the idea garden. These are small glass votive holders she filled with succulents, stuck in chicken wire and framed.
She certainly has a way with mixed plantings doesn't she? And a dramatic flair with display. What a fun visit, thank you ladies for inviting us, I hope to come back again next year!
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