The Home & Garden Show is a bit skimpy on plant vendors this year, but at least the five they have lined up are really nice and reasonably priced. Don't miss a visit to Jockey Hill Nursery's booth. Normally a wholesale outfit, owner Michelle shows up at just a few retail plant sales per year to sell great plants to the public at great prices.

Expect to see ornamental grasses, heathers, heucheras, evergreen herbs like rosemary and lavender, fall-blooming perennials, and plenty of shrubs and trees.

The other (non-plant) vendors include a cut flower farm and a company making cedar planter boxes out of cedar salvaged from construction residue.

Plant, flower and landscaping vendors:

  • Jockey Hill Nursery - great selection of reasonably priced perennials, shrubs, and herbs
  • N&M Herb Nursery - wide selection of perennials and herbs (no website, but they're on Facebook)
  • Northern Pacific Farm - shrubs including hydrangeas, dogwood, willow - and cut flowers
  • Little Tree Nursery - grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees
  • French Prairie Perennials - perennials, shrubs and trees
  • Northwest Cedar Specialties - salvage cedar planter boxes (website down / ph: 503-816-9026)
  • Woodlawn Nursery - no web presence/working phone, so not sure what they sell
  • OSU Extension Master Gardeners - resources and information

WHAT: Portland's 24th Annual Home & Garden Show

WHEN: Thurs October 4 - Sunday October 7, 2012: hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

 WHERE: Portland Expo Center - 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217 / Tel: 503-736-5200 - directions here. Easy access (and no parking costs) if you take Max Yellow Line.

COST: $1 general admission - pay with cash or there's a $1 fee for credit card transactions. Event is free to children 12 and under. Pay for parking. $2 discount coupons to the Thursday or Friday days of the show can be downloaded here.