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Club Meeting

Tuesday, January 27th


German American Society

5626 NE Alameda

Portland, Oregon

A Tour of the English Countryside: The Gardens of The Cotswolds

In September, 2014,Tom Barreto and Jenn Ferrante, toured with a small Portland group from the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to the English coun- tryside west of London calledThe Cotswolds. The area was designated an Area of Natural Beauty in 1966 for it's beautiful rolling hillsides. The presentation will show 20 different gardens from the area as well as some 15th century mansions that were also on the tour. Other famous English gardens on the tour which will also be represented include Kew Gardens, Hidcote,The Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.

New Meeting Location

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 beginning with the January 27, 2015, club meeting. 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. The building may still be remembered by many as a Masonic Lodge. In 2011, the German American Society acquired and started extensive renovation of the 17,000 sq. ft. historic building. 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.

We'll see you on Tuesday, January 27th.

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Plant of the Month: Edgeworthia chrysantha rubra (Paper Bush)


This is a fragrant reddish-orange flowered shrub that gets to about 4-6' tall and grows best in light shade and appreciates some protection from the wind. It is hardy here in the Pacific NW unless the temperatures dip down below 12 degrees F. The flowers hang down from leafless branching and bloom in the late winter/early spring and provide an unique architecture to your border.

One of the best features of this shrub is the sweet smell in winter when not much else is blooming


Tips From Tom

There are many ways to recycle and repurpose used items that might be sitting around your home. Here's a few tips for old worn yoga mats. Put them to good use in your garden:

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.