Pomarius Nursery welcomes the Garden Bloggers Fling

Mt. Hood as seen from our airplane approach into PDX

Mt. Hood as seen from our airplane approach into PDX

Can I just start out by saying how much I enjoy attending the Garden Blogger Flings…? Even if I cringe a bit, sorry, at the term “Fling.” While I have yet to post about Asheville (2012) and San Francisco (2013) – and don’t get me wrong, they too were amazing – I had a such a great time in Portland, Oregon (PDX) for this year’s round of garden touring and plant oogling with 80 or so fellow gardenerds. While it’s a bit intense and somewhat exhausting for the introverted amongst us to try and play catch up with everyone, let alone meet & greet the newcomers, it’s also incredibly invigorating and inspiring to hang out with them while touring so many wonderful spaces in three jam-packed days. Kind of how reading the previous sentence tires you out 😉

The PDX Fling crew (Scott, Loree, Jane, Heather & Ann, along with their spouses, friends, and fuzzy four-legged creatures) did an outstanding job! We toured all over Portland to see specialized nurseries, private and public gardens, and the headquarters of Timber Press. The weather even surprised us with blue skies, hot temps in the mid-90’s, and just a bit of thunder and rain on the last day to ensure we experienced the “Portlandia” effect.

Pomarius Nursery

Pomarius Nursery

Our first event was a “pre-fling” cocktail party at Pomarius Nursery. Proprietor Peter Lynn welcomed us to his artfully arranged space full of interesting foliage plants and architectural accoutrement. First to distract us from plant shopping was the Tamale Boy food truck, beckoning us with giant tamales wrapped in steamy banana leaves. Libations were ready, on ice, under one of the shade structures. Nice!

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I love white lights strung under a tented canopy… especially when pretty shadows are cast from above. Makes for a nice atmosphere.

We wandered the many plant rooms of Pomarius…

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full of “plants with character!” (Pomarius’ motto)

We stopped to sit and chat with old friends and new…

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listening to the gurgle of water fountains

And we dined under the light of the setting sun.

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gathered around tables, nestled amongst the greenery

Portlandians Ann (Amateur Bot-ann-ist) and Kate (formerly of the blog Plantwise – now Plant Chronicles and Fancies) co-conspired the wearing of beautiful, locally-grown floral arrangements for the hair. It made many of us want to get married again. Or at least participate in the #flowersonyourhead movement. Next year I hope to come more prepared… recall how some donned fascinators in Seattle (#gbfling11), perhaps it’s becoming tradition.

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Ann and her woodland+meadow inspired creation

Wandering the grounds made me wistful for a specialized nursery of my own…

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follow the light

If only my fair city had such an offering…

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a bridge beyond the glass

I was immediately drawn to this cast of characters… cause really, these are my people, can’t you tell…?!

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Ann, Peter (the smiling photo bomber), John Greenlee (yes, THAT meadow man) and Kate (wearing specialty floral pieces by none other than Francoise Weeks )

The nursery had its own army of honey mavens, swarming a somewhat Swiss (? Belgian? Welch?) inspired hive design.

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all that buzzes makes gold

Adjacent to the nursery was a trio of modern buildings housing an architectural firm appropriately suited to the nursery’s aesthetic.

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Judy of Botanical Interests and Floradora Kelly talking shop

A tower above balances a sunken garden below…

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Might a modern day Rapunzel live near?

I could envision a live+work situation here

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the garden carts await

Such a well-hewn gate with hearty detail…

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A delectable palette

As we boarded the bus to return to the hotel nursery owner Peter grabbed his own photo of the garden paparazzi lucky to spend an evening on his grounds. I hear he made several time lapse videos of the event as well… thankfully we were all on our best behavior.

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The parting shot

If I do say, this was the best start to a garden bloggers fling yet. The setting, the refreshments, the leisurely time to wander around with others amongst plants. We all left with smiles on our faces. Whatever may the next days hold?

 

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