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Portland, Oregon, USA 2019 - Part 2


This is the second of my informal illustrated reports on the Society visit and meeting to Portland, Oregon, USA in 2019. As usual, a full set of articles by members of the group will be published in the next journal, Clematis International 2020. To those of you who came along, I hope it will bring back happy memories. To others, perhaps it will encourage you to join us on a future year.

My first report covered the first two days of the meeting, including the Welcome Evening at University Place Hotel, Ainsworth House and Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Argyle Garden and Winery and Red Ridge Farms/Durant Olive Mill & Vineyards.

Dancing Oaks Nursery

Wednesday and a fairly early start for a 1¾ hour journey to Dancing Oaks Nursery, near Monmouth, Oregon. Owned by Fred Weisensee and Leonard Foltz, it is a cornucopia of wonderful and unusual plants, although you don't get this impression as you drive up to the nursery gates, past the polytunnels and sales area, until you reach the pavilion.

This large display garden surrounds the pavilion, which is used both as an office and, with an added patio area, for relaxing and for visitors to enjoy their own lunch, has many different planting areas that run into each other, with water features, dry areas, bamboos, perennial borders, native plants and many more. It also includes the nursery growing tunnels and sales area.

After a brief introduction, we were left to wander. It was only then that the true size of the display garden and the huge variety of planting started to become apparent.
Dancing Oaks Nursery Entrance©Ken Woolfenden

Dancing Oaks Nursery Entrance

Sales area and polytunnels©Ken Woolfenden

Sales area and polytunnels

The Pavilion, surrounded by gardens©Ken Woolfenden

The Pavilion, surrounded by gardens


Bubbling water feature©Ken Woolfenden

Bubbling water feature

C. 'Juuli' or 'Arabella' scrambling through shrubs around the house©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Juuli' or C. 'Arabella' scrambling through shrubs around the house

Attractive Acer in pot©Ken Woolfenden

Attractive Acer in pot

Clematis, but which species?©Ken Woolfenden

Clematis, but which species?

It's surprising who you meet in a garden!©Ken Woolfenden

It's surprising who you meet in a garden!

Dry areas can also be colourful©Ken Woolfenden

Dry areas can also be colourful

Dry areas can also be colourful©Ken Woolfenden

Dry areas can also be colourful

Dry areas can also be colourful©Ken Woolfenden

Dry areas can also be colourful

Viewing corner of the Pavilion©Ken Woolfenden

Viewing corner of the Pavilion


Just one of many impressive bamboo groves©Ken Woolfenden

Just one of many impressive bamboo groves

A hidden stream©Ken Woolfenden

A hidden stream

Sebright Gardens

This nursery specializes in hostas, with nearly (at the last count) one thousand different cultivars, including some of their own introductions, as well as ferns, Epimediums and shade-loving plants. However strolling through the large (about 1.6 hectares or 4 acres, so I've read) display gardens, we also found quite a few clematis. The display gardens were very well maintained, as you can see from some of the photos below.
Beautifully manicured lawns dotted with flower beds©Ken Woolfenden

Beautifully manicured lawns

Beautifully manicured lawns dotted with flower beds©Ken Woolfenden

dotted with flower beds

Another flower bed©Ken Woolfenden

Another flower bed

C. 'Haizawa'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Haizawa'

C. 'Piilu'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Piilu'

C. 'Westerplatte'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Westerplatte'

C. 'Myofuku'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Myōfuku'

C. 'John Warren'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'John Warren'

C. 'Evipo046'  MOONFLEET, a member of the Evison/Poulsen 'Gardini'™ collection©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Evipo046' MOONFLEET, a member of

C. 'Evipo046'  MOONFLEET, a member of the Evison/Poulsen 'Gardini'™ collection©Ken Woolfenden

the Evison/Poulsen 'Gardini'™ collection

Suddenly I spotted a Hummingbird, but only briefly, they move incredibly fast©Ken Woolfenden

Suddenly I spotted a Hummingbird, but

Suddenly I spotted a Hummingbird, but only briefly, they move incredibly fast©Ken Woolfenden

only briefly, they move incredibly fast

A beautiful C. texensis, probably Tarpley River Form©Ken Woolfenden

A beautiful C. texensis,

A beautiful C. texensis, probably Tarpley River Form©Ken Woolfenden

probably Tarpley River Form

Bauman's Farm and Garden

Bauman's Farm and Garden started life in 1895 as a small family farm, run by Elizabeth Bauman. It has developed over the years, with a few ups and downs, into the multi-facited business it is today. It is a nursery, garden centre, bakery, gourmet foods, country store, cider producer, hanging basket specialist, with a play area for children and a petting zoo.  Their website even has a number of "how to garden" instructive videos.

We sampled their "famous" fruit pie - absolutely delicious - before having time to wander round their country food store, look round the garden centre and plant tables, and/or venture into the animal area, complete with "high-walking" goats.
Bauman Farms are well-known for their floral displays and hanging baskets, as well as their pies!©Ken Woolfenden

Bauman Farms are well-known for their floral

Bauman Farms are well-known for their floral displays and hanging baskets, as well as their pies!©Ken Woolfenden

displays and hanging baskets, as well as their pies!

They have an extensive plant sales area©Ken Woolfenden

They have an extensive plant sales area

Their goats get some unusual exercise©Ken Woolfenden

Their goats get some unusual exercise

Silver Star Vinery

Next day and a slightly damp start for the first time during the meeting. We'd also been warned that Silver Star Vinery, situated north of Portland and up in the hills, could often be quite a bit cooler than the city. After a journey of a little over an hour the coach stopped and we got out to walk the final 400 m (just over ¼ mile), uphill in light drizzle, to Silver Star Vinery.

Debbie Fischer greeted us and welcomed us to her nursery, as did two very large carved bears!

We were scheduled for more than 3 hours here, which that included a beautiful locally prepared lunch, but in spite of the weather, this was barely enough time. There are so many different areas in the nursery/display garden to investigate, and every one had many treasures. Roy and Angela Nunn visit quite regularly from Great Britain. Roy has helped a lot with maintaining and developing areas of the display garden.

The rain did eventually ease off and finally stop, so we could enjoy lunch, a final hour or so in the dry and a group photo.
A somewhat damp walk to Silver Star Vinery©Ken Woolfenden

A somewhat damp walk to Silver Star Vinery

Debbie Fischer welcomes us©Ken Woolfenden

Debbie Fischer welcomes us

We are also welcomed by the local wild life, though at least one appears friendly©Ken Woolfenden

We are also welcomed by the local wild

We are also welcomed by the local wild life, though at least one appears friendly©Ken Woolfenden

life, though at least one appears friendly

Debbie's house©Ken Woolfenden

Debbie's house

Very attractive wooden support©Ken Woolfenden

Very attractive wooden support

The garden is laced with paths, lined with clematis and other plants©Ken Woolfenden

The garden is laced with paths, lined with clematis and other plants

Loved this C. 'Arabella' climbing over an old wooden bench©Ken Woolfenden

Loved this C. 'Arabella' climbing over an old wooden bench

Mixed border with many integrifolia clematis©Ken Woolfenden

Mixed border with many integrifolia clematis

Note all the bird boxes around the garden©Ken Woolfenden

Note all the bird boxes around the garden

Rose arch, leading the eye further©Ken Woolfenden

Rose arch, leading the eye further

Communial bird seed feeder©Ken Woolfenden

Communial bird seed feeder

Possibly C. koreana var carunculosa 'Lemon Bells'©Ken Woolfenden

Possibly C. koreana var carunculosa 'Lemon Bells'

Another nice blue but unknown Clematis on a picket fence©Ken Woolfenden

Another nice blue but unknown Clematis on a picket fence

C. 'Odoriba'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Odoriba'

Getting near lunch time by the look of that smoke!©Ken Woolfenden

Getting near lunch time by the look of that smoke!

C. 'Jenny Keay'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Jenny Keay'

Ever get that feeling someone is watching you?©Ken Woolfenden

Ever get that feeling someone is watching you?

An assortment of integrifolias©Ken Woolfenden

An assortment of integrifolias

Group photo©Ken Woolfenden

Group photo

Linda Rectanus Garden

Another garden and another walk, at least in the dry but uphill and a good 25 to 30 minutes, owing to a misunderstanding by the coach company as to where they dropped us. Never mind, exercise is good for you, especially with the good catering we were enjoying. And the garden was very well worth the walk.

Linda lives in an attractive house in the middle of a good sized, but sloping, mature garden. It's divided into areas, each with different planting. It's obvious from the various brightly painted posts and bird boxes and the decorative hangings that she is very artistic and has an eye for design.

She also has an eye for plants. Her favourites appear to be roses, fuchsias and clematis and, of the latter, she has a number of less-common ones, for example, C. baldwinii.

As we walked down the hill back to our coach, it occurred to me that Linda's garden was not jsut a garden to visit and view, it was for living, working in and enjoying.
Linda Rectanus (left)©Ken Woolfenden

Linda Rectanus (left)

Lovely display on the patio©Ken Woolfenden

Lovely display on the patio

One of many artistic creations, with C. 'Sizaia Ptitsa'©Ken Woolfenden

One of many artistic creations, with C. 'Sizaia Ptitsa'

Wonderfully painted post©Ken Woolfenden

Wonderfully painted post

C. 'Sizaia Ptitsa'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Sizaia Ptitsa'

C. 'Sharpie'©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Sharpie'

Another bright design, this time on a bird box©Ken Woolfenden

Another bright design, this time on a bird box

Decorative panel on shed door©Ken Woolfenden

Decorative panel on shed door

Another decorative panel©Ken Woolfenden

Another decorative panel

Fun sculpture©Ken Woolfenden

Fun sculpture

C. baldwinii©Ken Woolfenden

C. baldwinii

Very attractive support, not sure of the clematis, though©Ken Woolfenden

Very attractive support, not sure of the clematis, though

Vanessa Nagel Garden

Vanessa Nagel is a garden designer and writer and this is reflected in her garden, which she has created over the last 28 years. It is divided into discrete areas with different designs and themes, demonstrating her skill and expertise in design and planting. 
Vanessa Nagel©Ken Woolfenden

Vanessa Nagel

Clematis table display©Ken Woolfenden

Clematis table display

C. 'Madame Julia Correvon' welcomes you as you walk up to the house©Ken Woolfenden

C. 'Madame Julia Correvon' welcomes you as you walk up to the house

Cosy seating area, surrounded by garden artwork and low gabion walls©Ken Woolfenden

Cosy seating area, surrounded by garden artwork and low gabion walls

Secluded path with backdrop of tall native trees©Ken Woolfenden Many different materials gave colour and texture©Ken Woolfenden

Many different materials gave colour and texture

Secluded path with backdrop of tall native trees

Textured and artistic pebble circle©Ken Woolfenden

Textured and artistic pebble circle

Boules pitch©Ken Woolfenden

Boules pitch

Large bell - Tibetan?©Ken Woolfenden

Large bell - Tibetan?

Complementary row of smaller bells©Ken Woolfenden

Complementary row of smaller bells

More garden art, but with a message©Ken Woolfenden Striking colour from this grass©Ken Woolfenden

Striking colour from this grass

More garden art, but with a message

C. heracleifolia catching the evening light©Ken Woolfenden

C. heracleifolia catching the evening light

The next project - taming the gully©Ken Woolfenden

The next project - taming the gully

View back to house as we leave©Ken Woolfenden

View back to house as we leave

My next and final report will cover our visit to the Rogerson Clematis Garden at Luscher Farm, including the dedication of the Antopodean Area and the Strawberry Tasting, Lake Oswago Farmers Market, the McCoy Family Nursery and the Gala Dinner.

For those of you who missed it, or wish to re-read it, click here for my first report.


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