Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oregon Nurseries

The beginning of the 2011 garden season is fast approaching. For gardeners, that means dreaming of new plants and garden designs, browsing the internet, and strolling through nurseries. We have compiled a list of Oregon companies whose web sites, catalogs, and store aisles might entice you.

Bloom River Gardens
Springfield, OR
Specializing in unique, rare, and unusual landscape plants for the creative gardener

Forest Farm
Williams, OR

Fragrant Garden Nursery
Brookings, OR

Goodwin Creek Gardens
Williams, OR
Specialize in herbs, lavenders, scented pelargoniums, everlasting flowers, and fragrant plants

Gossler Farms Nursery
Springfield, OR
Specializing in shrubs and trees, especially magnolias

Greer Gardens
Eugene, OR
Specializing in shrubs and trees, most especially rhododendrons

Heirloom Roses
St. Paul, OR
Specializing in own-root roses

Joy Creek Nursery
Scappoose, OR

Nichols Garden Nursery
Albany, OR
Specializing in herbs and seeds for the gardener/cook

Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Salem, OR
Specializing in irises

Swan Island Dahlias
Canby, OR
Specializing in dahlias

Territorial Seed Co.
Cottage Grove, OR
Located here in the Grove, specializing in vegetable seeds and plants

Victory Seeds
Molalla, OR

This is not an exhaustive list. We encourage you to add your own favorites in the comments below.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Photo Contest

We are having a photo contest and all GC Garden Club members are encouraged to participate.

Two of the photos will be selected (by popular vote) to represent the Club at the District photo contest. However, ALL members who bring photos will be entered into a random drawing for prizes.

Contest rules are easy:
1. Photo subject must include plant material
2. Photos may be either black/white or color, and may not be digitally modified
3. Photos must be 8” x 10” in size
4. Photos must be unframed
5. No additional embellishments (e.g. scrapbooking) permitted
6. The photographer must be a Cottage Grove Garden Club member
7. Photos must be the original work of the photographer. Label back of photo with name of photographer, garden club, and district
8. Limit 2 photos per member
9. Bring your photos to the February 1, 2011 meeting

For each photo you submit (limit 2), you will be entered into a random drawing for a door prize.

Two photos will be chosen by popular vote to represent our Club at the District meeting. From the District meeting one photo from all district clubs will be selected to represent the District at the 2011 OSFGC convention in Albany.

Those entering photos in the contest are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the meeting starts.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tooting our own horn

Last night at the "State of the City" address, Mayor Gary Williams officially acknowledged the work of the Cottage Grove Garden Club. Mayor Williams thanked our group for the many hours put in by our volunteers at the All America City Square. Calling us up in front of the Council, he then gave us a plaque from the city in gratitude of our work.

Thanks to Andrea, Suzanne, and John for attending the address, and thanks to all the Garden Club members who have volunteered at the park over the past couple of years.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 2011 Events

We had an excellent speaker at Garden Club this month – Brett, from BRING Recycling, talked about reducing, reusing, recycling, and rethinking. It was an engaging presentation and full of information.

If you are hungry for more garden-related information here are a couple other events happening in the Cottage Grove/Eugene area this month:

Tuesday, January 11, 7 pm. The Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group will present John Greenlee. Mr. Greenlee’s talk will give a good introduction to the creation of meadow-like spaces in urban and suburban settings. Doors open at 6:30 for book sales and viewing botanical samples. Admission is $6 for non-members and free for members.

Saturday, January 15, 1pm. The North American Rock Garden Society will feature Norm Kalbfleisch speaking on the “Plants of Japan”. The talk is free and open to the public. Door prizes and refreshments follow. Location: the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Monday, January 17th, 7pm. Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne will speak on “Late Winter & Early Spring in the Garden–Culture and Combinations” at the Avid Gardeners meeting at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. This program will illustrate plant choices for the late winter/early spring garden, including hellebores, podophyllums, early bulbs, winter interest shrubs, and much more. The presentation will include cultural tips regarding the plants discussed.

On Tuesday, January 18, a nine week Master Recycler class begins at the Creswell Community Center. This promises to be an interesting class. Contact Kelly L Bell, Master Recycler Coordinator Lane County Public Works, kelly.bell@co.lane.or.us