Community Garden
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There is a huge City of Lake Oswego community garden on the property – I’ve never seen so many creative and beautifully-maintained plots!

red monarda
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A luscious clump of red Oswego tea (Monarda didyma) grew in one of the community garden plots. You can taste the sweet and spicy-floral nectar by pulling out the individual red tepals – the nectar collects at the base. Just make sure you have the right plant! (Thanks, Josh, for introducing me to this delicious treat.) Monarda is a fantastic hummingbird, butterfly and bee plant – but spreads a bit too fast in damp soil.

Tilth Organic Ed Center
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Oregon Tilth’s Organic Education Center is at Luscher Farm. There are many demonstration plots showing food crops being grown using different methods. I gleaned some interesting ideas.

potatoes in straw bale
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One new thing I learned about my all time favorite food: potatoes can be grown in partial shade and within a bale of straw. Nice idea! Let me know if you want more info on doing this.

Clematis florida Sieboldii
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Clematis florida Sieboldii – a fussy customer but that’s never stopped clematis lovers from trying… this was in a greenhouse at the Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farm.
blue textural clematis
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In flower now at the Rogerson Clematis Collection garden at Luscher Farm – Clematis crispa.

pink clematis on birdbath
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Twining delicately around a bird bath, this pink clematis (Adagio) only grows a few feet tall – perfect for the small garden.

Rogerson Clematis Collection path
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The farmhouse is surrounded by blowsy cottage gardens stuffed with clematis vines, interplanted with shrubs and perennials. It’s a great place to see the versatility of clematis in the garden – they can twine up the trunk of a tree or into a shrub, wind up a trellis or tuteur in the traditional style, drape over a bird bath, or just twine through perennials, depending on the size and type.

Community Garden
red monarda
Tilth Organic Ed Center
potatoes in straw bale
Clematis florida Sieboldii
blue textural clematis
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pink clematis on birdbath
Rogerson Clematis Collection path
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