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Upcoming Event: Club Meeting

Tuesday, August 26th

Social/Garden Time at 6:30PM

Meeting at 7:00PM

Guest Speaker: Norm Jacobs

Topic: Dealing with Dry Shade

Meeting Location: Members Home

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Arbutus Garden Arts is a wonderful example of dry shade gardening and Norm will be sharing info born of experience! I began gardening under my grandmother's tutelage in New Jersey at around age five - tending vegetables, trimming boxwood hedges, and pruning roses. While in high school, we moved to California where I quickly supplemented the three old apricot trees around our house with fruit and veggies in the back yard, and a typically Bay Area ornamental front yard. College was math/physics, but I got involved in what was then fledgling "community garden" programs where landless apartment dwellers could rent a plot of ground for gardening. I was also very fortunate to have been in the neighbor- hood when Alice Waters launched her first "edible classroom" in North Berkeley. Ornamental horticulture became a hobby, then an obsession, and finally a business after I met my wife and now partner in Arbutus Garden Arts. Deb is a botanist with an eclectic view of plants and landscaping while I pursued training in Japanese garden design. We moved onto 20 acres of bare land thirty years ago and began a garden almost immediately. In the late 1990s we moved the farm's focus over to nursery, which along with landscape design and my design work in storm-water storage systems is now Arbutus Garden Arts. As a nursery we specialize in Japanese maples, dwarf conifers, and Epimedium, with sidelines such as dry-woodland species peonies.

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Plant of the Month: Hydrangea Paniculata 'Limelight'

Hydrangea Paniculata 'Limelight'

This is an exciting hardy Hydrangea from Holland, 'Limelight' has unique bright chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that hold bright and refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change color to a rich deep pink. The autumn display of chartreuse and pink blooms on the same plant is breathtaking! The color makes a great addition to the garden and it blends wonderfully with all other colors. Use 'Limelight', either fresh or dried, in bouquets to make a unique floral design. This is an easy to grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil pH. The flower heads are of good size, ranging from 6 to 12 inches and are held upright on the shrub. The blooms are well distributed making a very nice plant and display.


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Metropolitan Garden Club of Portland is devoted to the promotion of the aesthetic appreciation of gardens. To develop the love of growing plants and promote general interest in individual and community gardens through membership networking, education and civic activities.