Garden CLub Logo

Club Meeting

Tuesday, June 23rd

7:00PM Social / 7:30 Meeting

German American Society
5626 NE Alameda
Portland, Oregon

Topic: Hardy Tropicals in the NW

Our Speaker: Tim Huntington from Cistus Design Nursery

Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and has been involved with Cistus Design Nursery for over a year and is currently one of the main propagators. Along with a background of knowledge in landscape ecology and native horticulture, Tim has traveled to a wide range of tropical and sub tropical climates around the world. His travels include the Atlantic Forest of Northeastern Argentina, the Valdivian Rain Forest of Southern Chile, the Andean Highlands of Southern Peru, Eastern Guatemala, and Oaxaca Mexico to name a few. Growing up the Gorge, Tim is extremely familiar with the native landscape in that area, as well as the entire Willamette Valley. Working at Cistus has only expanded his already vast knowledge of plant life possible in this area of the country. Tim also has a garden that he enjoys working in located at 304 meters in the Colombia river gorge outside of Portland, OR.

You find out more about Cistus at


Monthly meetings are held at the German American Society building. Gathering starts at 7pm and the program at 7:30pm. The location is easiest described as the intersection of NE 57th and NE Sandy Blvd. There is parking on Alameda plus the Society's parking lot across the street. Trimet bus lines #12 and #71 stop near the intersection of NE Sandy at NE 57th, while bus routes #77 and #24 each stop about a half-mile walk away.

Click here for the application for our annual scholarship.
Club Newsletter: The Practical Gardener - For the latest issue click here.

Plant of the Month Info: Invasive vs. Weed

Geranium Lucidum

Geranium Lucidum "Shiny Leaf Geranium": Native to Eurasia, the species has found its niche in Western Oregon and Washington taking the region by storm in as little as 15 years. Used for centuries in Europe for herbal treatments primarily as a diuretic and astringent, it is now considered only a nuisance plant in North America. Tolerant of shade and wet soils, it grows prolifically in oak and ash woodlands in the Willamette Valley


Tips From Tom

With the early Spring upon us, it's time to start preparing your vegetable gardens:

  • Building up the soil is the single best thing to provide higher yields from your vegetable garden.
  • Round out your beds. Raised beds are more space-efficient if the tops are gently rounded to form an arc.

For more tips read the newsletter here

About MGCP

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.