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Saturday, October 24th

4PM - 8PM

5626 NE Alameda
Portland, Oregon

Our largest fundraiser of the year, Potlatch, will be held at the German American Society of Portland, Saturday, October 22nd. Doors open at 4:00 pm. Funds raised from this event help fund our annual college scholarship for a horticulture or landscape stu- dent, and for our three designated Not For Profit organizations:

  • Lettuce Grow Garden Foundation
  • Growing Gardens
  • Janus Youth Project's Village Gardens.
Our club continues to be very successful fundraising at our annual Spring Plant Sale and at last year's Potlatch we broke all previous records. Hence we are sharing our success donating a total of $2,700 ($900 each) to these three outstanding organizations. A representative from each group will be at Potlatch to receive their checks and share a bit of news about their successes this year. Potlatch, as described by the Wikkipedia free encyclopedia, is a festival/ceremony practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The word comes from the Chinook-Jargon meaning "to give away" or "a gift." It is a vital part of indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest. The main purpose of the potlatch is the redistribution and reciprocity of wealth. Our success is directly related to the generosity of our partners in the gardening and nursery world and you. Everything is donated and raffle tickets are only a $1 each. Once again we've collected some wonderful items, both for the Raffle and our Silent Auction. As a 501(c)(3) silent auction items may be tax deductible beyond their fair market value. So bring your checkbook and win some great prizes! The club will provide baked chicken and some non-alcoholic beverages. We ask that you bring your favorite side dish, salad or dessert to share with the community. Get in the spirit of Potlatch, bring your neighbors, family members and friends to join in the fun and WIN some great prizes. Everyone is welcome.


Potlatch will be held at the German American Society building. Potlatch starts at 4pm and ends at 8PM. 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: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

The common name is Leadwort or Plumbago. Plumbago is a wiry, mat-forming perennial which spreads by rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover. Typically grows 6-10" tall on generally erect stems rising from the rhizomes. Oval to obovate, shiny, medium green leaves (to 2" long) turn bronze-red in autumn. Terminal clusters of 5-petaled, gentian blue flowers appear above the foliage over a long summer to frost bloom period. Flowers resemble those of woodland phlox. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Late, long-flowering plant serves as excellent ground cover for sunny to partly shaded areas in the landscape. A good plant for interplanting with spring bulbs because foliage emerges late as the bulb foliage is dying back.


Tips From Tom

It's been pretty hot lately to plant containers but if they need some sprucing up, here's a few tips for planting some fresh ones:

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.