Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

December, 2000
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Winter Twig Identification
A Winter Twig Identification workshop will be conducted by Carolyn Devine on January 24, 2001, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Berry Botanic Garden in Portland, Oregon. In the warm comfort of the visitor's center, learn how to identify 12 of the Pacific Northwest's most common shrubs and trees solely by their twigs, an important skill for those with a year-round interest in plants. Once you learn how to shift your focus from the familiar leaves and flowers, you'll realize that a leafless twig is sometimes even more diagnostic for identification. For more information, driving directions, or to register for the seminar, call (503) 636-4112.


Time-Tested Plants: Thirty Years in a Four-Season Garden
In Time-Tested Plants: Thirty Years in a Four-Season Garden (Timber Press, 2000; $40), Pamela J. Harper takes us on a walk through 30 years of gardening in good conditions and bad, season by season. She describes the plants that didn't live up to expectations, as well as those that exceeded all hopes. Each season reveals a different aspect of a plant, from spring blooms and lush summer foliage to the fruits and bark of autumn and winter. All trees, shrubs, and perennials included are hardy at least to USDA zone 7. Each plant has earned the author's trust and affection for a decade or more. It's a fun book, full of timely advice and lots of wonderful plants.


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