A Pacific Horticulture Tour
July 9-14, 2011
Escorted by Judy Bradley.
Local Host Mike Darcy
Tour Manager: Scott Borden
2011 Tour is Completed.
2012 Tour Under Development: Click Here
Saturday July 9 Travel independently to Portland, check into the Inn at Northrup Station for
a five- night stay. The all-suite hotel, located on the streetcar stop, is surrounded by restaurants &
boutiques. Meet the other guests at a welcome reception at the hotel.
Sunday July 10 After breakfast we will stop briefly to see
the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park.
In addition to the glorious display of roses, on a clear day,
there are beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Our destination is the
Portland Japanese Garden, considered one of the most
authentic and beautiful Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
We will enjoy early entrance to the gardens before they open
to the public. It features five traditional gardens, a pavilion,
and many plants imported from Japan. Our visit includes a
private guided tour with the curator and head docent.
Next we visit Tom Vetter, known as “Portland’s Picasso of Plant Combinations.” His personal
garden is beautifully planted to shine in every season as plants show off their textures and shapes.
Our day continues with a visit to Lucy Hardiman, one of Portland’s best-known designers,
lecturers, and former President of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon.
We’ll peruse the garden surrounding her big Victorian home, where
she tests plants and design ideas. Nancy Goldman’s Nancyland is a
place where plants and “art” mingle. Plants are important perennials,
shrubs, trees, and showy annuals, but they are better when accentuated
by unique elements, many recycled. The front garden features deep
beds with a gravel terrace and two unique pebble mosaic features by
Jeff Bale. The back garden, edged by enormous Deodar cedars features
a paisley-shaped pebble mosaic, potted plants, turquoise fence, and
much more. The garden has been featured in numerous American
and English publications and was shown on Canadian TV’s Weird
Homes. Nancy has invited us to lunch in the garden. Later we will stop
at Mike Darcy’s favorite eclectic, neighborhood garden center,
Garden Fever Nursery. Our final garden of the day belongs to Peter
Eastman. The property has lots of tropicals and sub-tropicals. It is composed of
‘rooms” with an eye for design. We return to the hotel with the evening at leisure. Breakfast, lunch
Monday July 11 This morning we travel to Salem where we will visit the private garden of
Ray Schreiner. Ray is part of the Schreiner Iris family. He is a plant collector with lots of plant
diversity. Next we will enjoy a private guided tour of Sebright Gardens with over 500 varieties of
hostas, shade perennials, hardy ferns, and beautiful display gardens.
Our day continues with a stop at Wind Dancer Garden
offering an outstanding ornamental grass display garden
as well as an interesting private garden surrounding the
residence. We will have lunch here. This afternoon we will
see David Rhoten’s fascinating private garden, which has
been featured in both the Oregonian and Better Homes &
Gardens. Our final garden of the day belongs to Dave & Pat
Eckerdt. Dave is President of the Salem Hardy Plant Society.
This is a plant person’s garden including lots of garden art,
much of it made by Pat. Breakfast, lunch.
Tuesday July 12 Today we have a special treat, the private garden of Dulcy Mahar. Dulcy
writes a garden column for Oregonian Homes and Gardens NW. The garden has achieved local
fame through her weekly articles. Dulcy’s fans have appreciated reading about the English-
influenced lush perennial borders and her recent emphasis on foliage and texture. Our morning
continues with garden designer Susan La Tourette’s garden, featured
in Sunset magazine in June 2009. She aims to create a tranquil space,
Susan says, “little nooks make you feel as though you have escaped
civilization. The nooks should remind you of happy moments; bowls of
water encourage one to slow down and take notice. It’s a very peaceful
way to approach your home.” Following, our local host Mike Darcy,
will give us a personal tour of his garden including lunch alfresco. Mike
is always trying new plants and pushing the zone. His personal haven
is a plant person’s garden, with many large ceramic pots and lots of
container gardening, with garden art scattered about. After lunch we will
enjoy a visit to Mike’s neighbors, Bob and Mignon Ervin’s urban farm on
a hillside overlooking Lake Oswego and Mount Hood. They planned a
sustainable garden mainly dedicated to organic food production. The
Ervins have ducks, chickens, honeybees, raised beds and a small family
vineyard. They are in the process of developing an aquaponic vegetable garden and koi pond for
fertilizer production. Our last stop is the private garden of Paul Beal and Michael Bruns. Their
front is flat with the back a very steep ravine. We will be amazed by how much they have
accomplished in less than ten years. The garden is linked by terraces, walkways, and pockets of
plants. Copper garden art was created by Paul. Breakfast, lunch.
Wednesday July 13 In the morning we visit a magnificent garden in the west hills of Portland
belonging to Bruce Wakefield and Jerry Grossnickle. Bruce is a former president of the Hardy
Plant Society. The large garden has a great variety of plant material with interesting paths and
walkways. Our next stop nearby is the garden of avid plant collector Bud Dietrich. Buddy is
interested in trying new plants and testing them for winter hardiness. We continue to Carolyn
Guinther’s woodland garden with log gazebo, perennials, rock garden, evergreens, waterfall and
pond, all conceived as a natural coast range landscape by a gardener who does all her own work.
The garden contains fountains and creations by local artists which blend with the many choice
trees and shrubs. We will have lunch in the garden. Our final stop is to a small garden packed
with plants with an emphasis on conifers for year-round interest. The collection includes trees
such as birch-bark cherry, strawberry tree, Manzanita, paperbark maple, 'Bloodgood' Japanese
maple, as well as dahlia, fuchsia, hosta, lungwort, hibiscus, aster and black-eyed Susan which
contribute summer color.The garden, belonging to Jerry Fortner and Anthony Glusa was recently
published in the Oregonian Homes & Garden section.
Tonight we will enjoy a special farewell dinner at Meriwether’s Restaurant. The restaurant garden
was featured on a local television show. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Thursday July 14
Today we will take a private
docent-led tour of Lan Su
Chinese Garden, an authentically
built cultural heritage garden and
living museum of Chinese trees
and flora. Within this authentic Ming
Dynasty scholar’s garden, serpentine
mosaic pathways lead to harmonious landscapes of plants, water, stones, pavilions, and poetry.
The collection includes hundreds of native Chinese plant species and forms. The Garden is home
to more than ninety specimen trees, many rare and unusual shrubs and perennials, including
magnolias, cymbidiums, camellias, osmanthus, rhododendron, and bamboo. After our visit we will
proceed to the airport in time for 1:30 PM or later flight departures. Breakfast.
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