NEWSLETTER: Three Weekends, Three Plant Sales!

Greetings from Sequim! This is not really meant as a comprehensive update on our doings, but we wanted to provide a quick note to inform you of the opportunities you will have to come and find us in three regional plant sales we will be participating in, during this very busy month of April. Please keep in mind that we welcome your special requests if there are any plants we can bring to any of these sales!

This weekend, you can find us at the Bloedel Reserve Premier Plant Sale and Open House. Not only will all the best nurseries of the Olympic/Kitsap Peninsulas represented (as well as some farther afield), but there will be a rare plant auction, numerous lectures, and the chance to see the Reserve and its gardens for free. The dedicated Bloedel folks are putting out so much publicity about this, it is certain to be huge! I should mention that, since this sale has been very good for all involved, the participating nurseries here tend to bring a LOT of stock, including all the coolest and rarest treasures! For more information see

Then, the following weekend, we will be in Portland for Hortlandia on April 13 – 14. This sale is probably now the biggest and best in the Northwest. With over 100 (!) nurseries present it is well worth the drive from the Seattle area. In fact, in our first year of participation in this sale last year, I met people from as far away as Bellingham, Boise and Sacramento who came to this sale because they thought it was the best one, period! And I would agree – it’s a whole expo hall full of plants! And if you’re in Portland, well, you’re just lucky to have this event in your home town. Let us know what you want, and we’ll bring it!

Finally, on April 19 – 20, we will be in Federal Way for the Rhododendron Species Foundation Sale. This would be a great chance for those of you in the South Sound area to come and say hi or pick up certain plants you might be wanting. There are lots of other great vendors here as well in what we think is an excellent combination that cannot usually be found in one place at any of the other sales.

This weekend I will be giving a talk during the Bloedel Reserve sale; it is on Sunday at 1 pm and will be about Southern Hemisphere plants. I will attempt to sort out which are hardy and which are not. Since I have killed so many of them I feel well qualified to talk about this! Bring your questions, and I’ll bring lots of cool plants!

Then when that’s over, we can get back to our usual spring frenzy of potting up stuff as fast as possible and never leaving the nursery – ha ha.

Thanks for reading! If you can’t make it to any of these events, you’ll hear from us again in May some time before our first open house of the year, at the end of the month. Until then,

Ian & Co.
The Desert Northwest

And one slight addendum if you will. Those of you with an interest in Heronswood and current happenings there will want to be aware of an event this Saturday being hosted by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation. Their description of the event is as follows.

Heronswood: Past, Present and Future
Saturday, April 6th from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Foundation has announced a multi-media presentation by plantsman Dan Hinkley, together with Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Chair, Jeromy Sullivan. Hinkley, one of the co-founders of Heronswood, will talk about the past and what’s happening currently to restore the gardens that are treasured by so many people around the world. Sullivan will talk about plans for the future, including the formation of a steering committee and some exciting garden events happening this year.

Before the presentation, visitors will be able to experience a performance by the S’Klallam Singers. Coffee, tea and pastries will be available. There’s a suggested donation of $5 per person, which will benefit the garden fund.

This event will be held at the House of Knowledge Longhouse on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation, 31964 Little Boston Road NE, Kingston, WA 98346.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mark and Gaz
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 00:37:58

    Busy busy times ahead but that’s great! Good luck with the sales and have fun guys!


  2. Ian
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 20:30:38

    Thanks Mark and Gaz! Yeah, it has already been a crazy couple of weeks. Fortunately I think the last sale will be the easiest to prepare for.


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