Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Pacific Northwest

January, 2009
Regional Report

Shows & Events

2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
This is Portland's most inspiring garden show! If you'd like a preview of spring, this is the place to visit. You can walk through hundreds of exhibits, get tips from free seminars, stroll through ten breathtaking display gardens and purchase garden supplies.

The 2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show will take place Friday-Sunday, February 27-March 1 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR. The show will run from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $11 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be available (in the upcoming months) for purchase in advance through Safeway in the Portland area, TicketsWest locations, online at or on-site at the Oregon Convention Center ticket box office during the show.

For additional information visit the show's website at:

Favorite or New Plant

Amur Chokecherry
Truly a tree for all seasons, Amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii) is a stand-out in my garden. Its bright green leaves emerge in May, followed by clusters of mildly fragrant white flowers. Tiny dark fruits follow in midsummer, providing a feast for small birds. In autumn the leaves turn bright yellow and drop early, revealing its graceful form and smooth, shiny, bronze-colored bark. Some of the bark peels and sheds, adding interest to my winter garden.

Chokecherry grows in any soil, prefers exposure to full sunshine, and rarely needs pruning -- all plusses for a busy gardener!


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