Thursday, February 18, 2016

A few images from the 2016 YGP...

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.

Echeveria 'Ebony'

Agaves!

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'

Coreopsis gigantea

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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22 comments:

  1. Sadly, most "garden" shows are finding that that "home" part (or in this case yard and patio) attract a wider audience, and seem to grow every year. I'm a bit worried to see how much (little) "garden" is left in the STL show in a few weeks. At least you still have plants available for sale...

    Glad to see somebody with a packed cart, as brisk sales is what will keep the plant vendors coming back! I don't think I could be as good as you, but I still have some space left. :)

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    1. Oh don't think I'm being an angel you should see what I've already bought this year! Plus I can go out to Cistus and get that fern...

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  2. That crested Pyrrosia is pretty fab. I think my Akebono may have bit the dust this winter. Haven't been out there in a while, but last time I checked there was no sign of buds.

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    1. Don't give up! I thought mine had last year and it turned around.

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  3. You found the highlights. Loved the round path. I remember seeing the round pavers out the corner of my eye, but forgot to check out. It's good. I resisted buying anything, because I didn't want to carry. But I was tempted...

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    1. And I even parked downstairs so carrying would be easy! Still nothing...

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  4. The up side of something dying in the garden is room for more. I notice the difference in our "rock" sources which used to have all sorts of unusual stones and now are all about pavers and gas grills and outdoor rooms. The garden aspect is not really very visible. A number of the special rocks we bought in the 1990s are no longer available.

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    1. Wow, it's effecting the rock stores too?

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    1. Thank you Shawna, missing you at NWFG Show this year!

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  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds it a shadow of its former self...although I'm just glad it's still going...since I still like attending, even if none of the plants were tempting, it's still fun to walk around and check things out.

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    1. Indeed! Better this show than no show, and I will continue to attend as long as they're doing it.

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  7. If it's any comfort, there's a lot more to love in your Portland show than there was at last year's OC show here and there's not even any indication there will be a show this year.

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  8. The home and garden shows in the Sacramento area are all about the "home" part. I don't bother going anymore.

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    1. Ya I don't do to the usual Home & Garden shows. And I don't expect much from them. This one however...well maybe it's time to change the name to the Yard, Garden, Patio & Everything Else Show.

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  9. I enjoyed the room to breathe, though I guess it doesn't speak well for the health of the show. Like Scott, I will continue to attend just for that shot of garden goodness after a long dark spell.

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  10. So many people, at least in this area, are building/buying homes with little to no garden space and with the move to make urban neighborhoods even more dense, I worry about the future of gardening and plant nerddom. So many kids aren't allowed to play outside for fear of them getting dirty or coming in contact with, ugh, soil or crawly things. So sad. Do you suppose the shows are a reflection of what sells? Maybe the urban farm/chicken thing will hook some of the next generation if they can get off of their phones or avert their eyes from the movies constantly playing in the back seat of their parents' vehicles. Okay, I'll step down from the soapbox now. Of course, I have a house that needs a ton of home improvements done but spend time and money on gardening. (Crazy.)

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    1. Is there room on your soapbox for me?

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  11. Thank you Loree for showing the path we created for the show! It had many compliments during and many after. I appreciate the coverage!

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    1. I wish I could have gotten better photos - it was always covered with people! (Which I guess means your garden was a hit!)

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