So even though I didn't have time for a full-fledged visit I circled back and made the one mile drive up to the visitor center...
I've only been here twice before, the first shortly after we moved to Portland in 2004, and then in 2010. If I remember correctly that first visit was in autumn, I picked up leaves from their Magnolia macrophylla and carried them around—in awe of leaves that size! (little did I know I'd end up with my own tree).
Did they have a Wollemia nobilis then?
Hard to say. I don't remember it, I think the first one I saw was at the UBC Botanical Garden.
Ah! I remember an Instagram commenter saying something about an Agave parrasana 'Meat Claw' growing here, I found it! (not that the visitors center area is that large that I could miss it).
Interestingly formed Aloiampelos striatula, aka Aloe striatula.
I love the rock garden /crevice garden, but wish there were more plants.
The scattered rock "mulch" is a nice touch.
And Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' always brightens up a dark spot.
Hmm, that's a nice little shady plant collection...
Pyrrosia sheareri (the sign in front of it says Microcachrys tetragona (aka creeping strawberry pine), but that's nowhere to be seen).
At first glance I thought the plant on the left was a Blechnum chilense, but it's not, this plant is much softer. The fern near the sign is a Dryopteris sieboldii.
Must be a crepe myrtle...
Oh this is not good! A crispy Lyonothamnus floribundus (aka Catalina ironwood)...
Thankfully this one was okay.
Nice arctostaphylos structure on this plant whose tag I couldn't read.
Mahonia nervosa, I believe.
Well here I am having to leave after barely scratching the surface! Hopefully I can convince Andrew to visit with me on a dry day later in the month. Since Portland doesn't have anything resembling a botanic garden (*yet, see below*) I really should know the arboretum better!
*Speaking of that long dreamed of Portland Botanical Garden... there is movement on that front. Check out the website here, and Instagram here. Things they are a happening!
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