Last weekend was the annual Yard, Garden & Patio Show here in Portland. This is the second year under the new ownership (formerly a production of the Oregon Association of Nurseries). When I first attended this show, back in 2006, I remember being so amazed there was a show all about the plants and gardens. Not a home show with a few booths targeted to the gardener, but the entire show. Well that was then. Sadly the show has dwindled. Gone are a number of the nursery booths, replaced by home products and wine tasting. The display gardens are fewer, and less "grand" and there's a lot of empty space on the show floor. Not a promising sign for the future...
But, there were a few things worth pointing the camera at...
Like this pathway in the garden by L Meyer Design. I especially loved the mottled color, but then realized that was the result of some of the bricks being wet. Duh.
This garden by Autumn Leaf Landscaping captured my attention for a bit.
There was water falling from the rusted structure.
And I love the round pavers set in river rock.
This garden had me confused.
Why the focus on stumps?
Ah yes, of course Stumptown is one of Portland's nicknames (as well as other places I guess).
In this "garden" (ode to hardscape) everyone else was fascinated with the waterfall, I wanted to grab that metal cylinder.
Thankfully the "Remarkable Green Market" was still located in a corner of the show floor, there you could buy from several of our fabulous local nurseries.
Asarum splendens 'Quicksilver' at the Secret Garden Growers table – after seeing this, and another wild ginger, I came home to see if mine was blooming. No such luck.
Now that's a cart for a serious shopper!
The Cistus Nursery table was packed – Astelia 'Red Devil' on the right.
Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Akebono'
Pyrrosia lingua - crested (this is the one that got away – I should have bought it).
Over on the Gossler Farms table the same plant called out to me that did last year. Rhododendron 'Everred' – being good (and not buying plants you "don't have room for") is no fun...
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