Independence Gardens' chicken coop in the Incredible Edible Garden
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Independence Gardens’ chicken coop (check out the chickens inside!) in the Incredible Edible Garden area designed by Karen Schwartz of Magnolia Manor Nursery in Lake Oswego.

Territorial Seed area at YGP 2011
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The YGP show is a brilliant time to buttonhole the staff at Territorial Seeds and pepper them with questions. Their booth was busy-busy-busy for much of the day, full of people asking questions about getting their vegetable seeds started. (Now’s the time to start the first vege garden seeds indoors!)

YPG N&M Herb Nursery
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There were some well-grown and even uncommon plants available – and at excellent prices – at the N&M Herb Nursery’s booth. Salvias, fuchsias, abutilons, and bromeliads were just a few of the delectable finds…

YGP Out in the Garden Nursery
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If you are looking for reasonably-priced hellebores, stop by Out in the Garden nursery. Their plants are well-grown and many are in small, economical sizes. They also had the stunningly beautiful Clematis x cartmanii ‘Avalanche’ for $8 – a fantastic deal!

YGP schmoozing
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Mike Darcy, who runs In the Garden with Mike Darcy on KXL am radio (left) with Nancy Goldman and Lucy Hardiman – two women who wrested the YGP Show back from the brink two years ago with their energy and acumen. They are the ones to thank for this year’s amazing roster of speakers – they have been volunteering their time for this massive project for two years running! Thank you, Nancy and Lucy!

YGP Matt Cartwright
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Matt Cartwright of Cartwright Design had an inviting booth in the Cracked Pots area… he makes all kinds of things (open up his photo book to see garden gates, among other things) but he also made engaging tiki heads from pieces of repurposed concrete. I really liked his re-built garden tools with bamboo handles (he kindly humored me by posing with them!) but he also has a really fab sun or rain tent for a rustic bench: stop by and have a chat with him.

YGP Gina Nash
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Gina Nash of Experienced Materials is both charming and talented: I bought some of her very first filigree lanterns made from recycled tin cans about 12 years ago. Now, her business has blossomed to include large-scale work such as gates, large lanterns (behind her) and all variety of metal work. Gina, I love your work!

Independence Gardens' chicken coop in the Incredible Edible Garden
Territorial Seed area at YGP 2011
YPG N&M Herb Nursery
YGP Out in the Garden Nursery
YGP schmoozing
YGP Matt Cartwright
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YGP Gina Nash
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