Beedazzled Gardens Blog

Gardening Ruminations and Germination

Lily Presentation: October 20

Are you addicted to lilies? So am I! I’ll be speaking about growing them successfully.
If you would like to come, let me know so I can let the event organizer know to save you a seat.

7:00pm Monday, October 20th

Tualatin Valley Garden Club
First Baptist Church of Hillsboro
177 N.E. Lincoln, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Mother’s Day Gardening Rumination

My husband and I were unable to have children. Instead I turned my focus to my garden and created a personal sanctuary to ‘heal’. My children are in their gangly teenager phase now. Most requiring a serious haircut this spring.

When people visit our garden, the first words uttered are “Wow, this is really peaceful. This is Beaverton? I can’t put my finger on how this garden makes me feel.” Transformative is the word I often use.

On Mother’s Day I generally hop in the car and head to the beach. I hike the well beaten path from Ecola State Park down to the beach. My goal? Avoid the media Hallmark moment onslaught. I liken Mother’s Day to Valentine’s Day. I desperately steer clear of the dazed-eyed crowds at Costco, Fred Meyer or the mall searching for the perfect last minute gift and card.

I implore you dear reader to make every day Mother’s day in your home. Instead, this one day should be relegated to those of us who wanted children and could not have them. A mourning day for life not created, but so desperately desired. My goal would be to change this ‘holiday’ into a national gardening day where we celebrate new life in whatever shape or form it takes.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Glenn Walters Plant Sale

May 17 – 18 as well as May 31 – June 1.
8:00am – 4:00pm
Glenn Walters Nursery
Oregon’s largest woody ornamental growers of trees and shrubs opens their doors once a year to the public.
I recommend going if you are searching for the perfect specimen tree to add into your landscape this season.

When I worked at GWN, I was assigned the Simon Cowell, American Idol judge, backyard boxwood project.
That story is for another day and multiple blog postings.

Make sure to stop by Blooming Junction which is on the way. Grace Dinsdale from Blooming Nursery opened a landscape yard April 26 to sell her fabulous perennials directly to the public.

FarWest Tradeshow: August 23 – 25

What a difference a year makes! Last year I was at Kraemer’s Nursery as their New Product Development Marketing Coordinator. This year, I am assisting Maria Zampini launch her new business UpShoot LLC.
UpShoot assists ornamental woody shrub and tree growers nurture new plants into successful products marketed to chain stores and independent garden centers nationwide.
It’s been really busy getting ready to strut our stuff at the FarWest Tradeshow in UpShoot’s Booth #2047…. from the website, pot wraps, tags, enewsletter campaigns and more. I would love to have the chance to show all of this to you in person!

Garden on Display: July 21

Saturday, July 21 10:00 – 4:00pm
One day only FREE event sponsored by METRO and OSU Master Gardener Program.

Dawn Hummel Garden Shot

My garden is being featured with six others on the West side for its sustainability practices.

Tried and true ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials mix with new introduction trial plants from Skagit GardensProven Winners and Plant Haven while rubbing shoulders with native plants.

A New Day, A New Direction, A New Dream

I was laid off from my “dream” job at Kraemer’s Nursery on August 31.  I created digital portfolios to showcase my work.
Feel free to comment!

1. B2B Writing:

2. Product Development & Tradeshows:

3. Print & Graphic Design:

4. Website & Social Media Campaigns:

2012 Fiskar’s Community Gardening Grant

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb
This is a great opportunity to bring community gardening initiative to your area. If you’re part of a community garden group or civic organization in the U.S. or Canada, simply apply to our 2012 grant program between September 26 and December 5. Your organization could be among 10 groups to receive $3,500 in grant funding and $1,500 in Fiskars® garden tools to help you reach your goals of community change. Grant recipients will be announced January 9, and all grants will be awarded in the spring of 2012.

Want to do even more to help your community? 
Specify on your grant application that you want to be considered for a complete garden makeover. The Project Orange Thumb team will come to the neighborhood of one lucky group to turn unused space into a beautiful community garden in just one day. Grant recipients and the recipient of our complete garden makeover will be announced January 9. All grants will be awarded in the spring of 2012. The recipient of our complete garden makeover will be announced January 9 with the makeover to take place in the summer of 2012.

Steven Koch: Landscape Architect Extraordinaire

What do Sitka Apartments, The Lexis Courtyard, The Pinnacle Condominiums and Park Place Lobby have in common?

Steven Koch led the Association of NW Landscape Designers (ANLD) members on a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of his design projects on September 12, 2011.  A wry wit coupled with innovative solutions to urban courtyard design challenges were highlights of the evening.

Learn more about the 10th @ Hoyt courtyard design to truly appreciate Steven’s groundbreaking work with storm water management, concrete and load bearing principles since the courtyard literally ‘floats’ above an underground parking garage.