Up until this year the Yard, Garden & Patio Show had been a production of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. As such the emphasis was heavily on the plants. The show is now owned and produced by Metropolitan Productions, Inc. This is their first year putting on the show, I wondered what the change in ownership would mean for us crazy plant lovers...
As you saw yesterday the display gardens were heavy on the hardscape. However I am happy to report there were still many opportunities at the show to see, and buy, plants. The Remarkable Green Market was back, showcasing the offerings of local favorites Dancing Oaks Nursery, Gossler Farms, Rare Plant Research, Cistus, and more.
At the Gossler Farms table I couldn't help but ogle this Chamaecyparis ob 'Maureen', I know, it doesn't look like much here but in person there were no less than 50 shades of green on that plant.
Daphne x rossetti was a beautiful, simple, daphne. It's not so blurry in real life.
This Rhododendron 'Everred' almost came home with me. The undersides of the leaves were a dark purple and I was told the new growth as well as winter color have the tops darkening up as well. I came so close to buying one of these!
Over at the Cistus table I was tempted by Asarum maximum, some of that green on green variegation that I love.
Always love the spikes!
The slight variegation on this Pyrrosia was quite beautiful.
I'm not sure how I feel about the crested version however.
Out on the show floor there were a few nurseries I really missed, chief among them Bauman Farms. Their booth was always creative and I don't think I ever left without purchasing at least one plant (but usually more). I hope their absence was just a single year thing and they'll be back in 2016.
On the upside the Dennis’ 7 Dees booth was fabulous this year. My favorite thing was this bromeliad tree...
Individual plants were in bagged burlap.
Dare you to buy just one.
But I did, this one. As modeled by my friend Bridget...
There were many tempting things in their booth...
I didn't look to see if there was a price on the table and benches. I really loved them...
Kokedama was everywhere at 7 Dees. A couple of friends told me to look up the 7 Dees tutorial on YouTube, it's fabulous! I happen to have met Nicole (the lady in the video) at the show, talk about someone who is perfectly suited for her job. She was spreading the plant love and knowledge to every person who had the luck to ask her a question.
This was the N & M Herb Nursery booth. They're a fixture at this show, the NWFG Show and the upcoming HPSO Plant Sale.
I was thrilled to see they'd labeled this ceanothus as Zone 9. After buying one with a Zone 8 label I heard from many people they've lost every one they've tried to grow here in Portland.
I bought this fabulous Begonia luxurians, it's going in Spotty as soon as the weather warms.
I also bought one of those crazy silver and purple/black begonias (Jurassic Silver Swirl Rex Begonia). I blame it on this guy and his begonia loving ways.
This great metal cart was in the Garden Gallery Iron Works booth.
Love the leaf...
From this guy...
I didn't spot the NW Cactus & Succulents booth until the second day I visited. If they had anything spectacular on day one I missed it.
The color on the carnivorous plants was pretty fabulous.
Nice to see hammer + vine at this show...
I really should have bought a couple of those shells.
Speaking of buying, here's a look at the package check area when I went to pick up my plants before leaving. Nice to see folks did some shopping!
All in all I am heartened by what I saw from the new show owners, hopefully things will only get better. It was a good sign they're interested in what we want from the show, there were multiple touch screen stations set-up by the exit, where we were asked to share our opinions. I doubt anyone asked for more hardscape and outdoor kitchens...at least I hope not.
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