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May 7, 2010
garden tours
Acrocona Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Acrocona’) with gorgeous hot pinky-purple new cones I recently visited Porterhowse Farms, a small retail nursery – nestled in a surprisingly...
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Apr 17, 2010
plant files
This lovely tulip – a Triumph type – has a powerful, deliciously citrusy fragrance, in addition to being a nuanced shade of orange. I think it pairs well with the apricot flowering...
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Apr 6, 2010
Festival Report
Who needs the sun? The Spring Beer and Wine Festival is a good excuse for indoor imbibing. Image: Dan Cronin No two ways about it, the annual Spring Beer and Wine Fest is a...
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Mar 9, 2010
places to go
Magnolia sargentiana var rubra The Bishop’s Close (Elk Rock Gardens) in the Dunthorpe neighborhood is one of the city’s best kept secrets. The garden and house – once in private...
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Feb 14, 2010
One of the Cracked Pots artists made some lovely metal animals In case you didn’t make it, the Portland Yard, Garden & Patio Show was a lot of fun this year. We’ll have the...
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Feb 6, 2010
Seattle garden shop Ravenna Gardens created this display titled ‘Urban Nest’ I had a fleeting but action-packed trip North to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle...
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Nov 3, 2009
Out and About
  Halloween is my favorite holiday, hands down. Christmas and Thanksgiving are not without their charms, but both involve stressful family get-togethers with their attendant mind-numbingly tedious...
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Oct 27, 2009
Edgeworthia chrysantha has lush, tropical-looking foliage that turns yellow in autumn before dropping. In winter, shimmery white buds gradually open to reveal wonderfully fragrant,...
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Oct 19, 2009
Rock the Clubs
  An entire day devoted to fuzzed-out, three-chord 1960s-style bashing? Kind of. It became evident early on that Scion’s Garagefest was operating under a fairly spacious umbrella, from the...
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Oct 12, 2009
Reading and Drinking
  Richard Meltzer (author, poet, Blue Oyster Cult songwriter): What are you doing here? Me: I’m covering Viva’s party for the society pages. Richard Meltzer: Hmmmph. Some society. It was a very...
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