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Club Meeting

Tuesday, May 26th

7:00PM Social / 7:30 Meeting

German American Society
5626 NE Alameda
Portland, Oregon

Topic: Container Gardening

Our speaker for May is Betsy Huber of Betsy's Blooms

She is going to enlighten us and fill us with great information about gardening in containers. We all love to have great pots and containers, some of us rely on them as our total garden. There are lots of ways to make them wonderful! Betsy Huber opened Betsy's Blooms in 2003 to design, install and maintain portable planters that change with the seasons for entryways and terraces. Her clients include businesses, condominiums, private homes and realtors staging houses for sale. Huber grew up in Texas where her horticulturist mother's "Southern Garden" became a destination for Garden Club of America tours. Betsy and her spouse moved to Oregon in 1976. She designed container gardens for herself and friends and studied horticulture at Portland Community College and the OSU Master Gardener program.

You can visit Betsy at Betsys Blooms.


After many years meeting at Subud Center in Northeast Portland, the Metropolitan Garden Club will move its monthly meetings to the German American Society center. 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.

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Plant of the Month: Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

'Spotty Dotty' is rhizomatous perennial distinguished by its unusual spotted leaves. Plants typically grow 12-18" tall. Each plant bears a single stem crowned with one or two large, palmately-lobed, umbrella-shaped leaves which emerge chartreuse (yellowish-green) with brown spotting in spring but change to green with lighter spotting by summer. Flowers are quite showy but hidden beneath the large leaves. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade.


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.