Disa Orchids By Wally Orchard
Yachats, OR 97498
Walter Orchard hails originally from South Africa. He became interested in Disas through his father, who grew them successfully in his retirement. He and his wife Christine now live in Yachats on the central Oregon coast where the local climate and water supply are ideal for Disa growing. Walter’s Disa collection is hosted by Jim Rassmann, in nearby Florence. When not repotting Disas, he can be found pulling invasive weeds, jogging around Yachats, playing bridge or baking artisan bread.
Bee Pollinators By Dylan Anslow Portland, OR Dylan is an associate landscape designer at Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture & Planning in Portland. She is also a beekeeper for Best Bees, a national honeybee management service company. She has Masters Degrees in both Earth Systems and Landscape Architecture. She has been keeping bees with her mother in Eugene for almost 4 years and has been an avid gardener for over a decade. Dylan is particularly interested in practicing and teaching sustainable agriculture and pollinator-friendly landscape and gardening practices; she taught multiple courses in sustainable agriculture at Stanford and led the student beekeeping club at the Graduate School of Design. She is furthering her knowledge of native pollinators by participating in the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Melittology Program. Dylan will be discussing honeybees, native bees, and other pollinators present in Western Oregon and why it is important to attract them to our gardens and landscapes. She will provide an overview of pollinator natural history and how a knowledge of their life cycles, diets, and preferences can inform gardening design and methods. Finally, we will discuss some appropriate plants, color palettes, and other design elements that can improve the pollinator health of your garden.
Bethany is one of the managers at The Thyme Garden in Alsea where she wears many hats (and aprons). She has been working alongside her parents in the herb garden since early childhood and has been fully immersed in the wonderful world of herbs. She enjoys sharing the knowledge and appreciation she has gathered on their magic and usefulness with others as well as crafting an ever-expanding herbal apothecary. By far one of the favorite parts of her job is starting the seeds and watching them spring from the soil in all their unique forms each spring. This presentation will focus on the propagation of herbs both from seeds and from tip cuttings. Through both a PowerPoint visual and hands-on materials, important factors like light requirements, stratification techniques, watering and soil mediums will be covered. We will also go over a basic timeline of when to take cuttings and start seeds for best results. Get ready to get growing your most successful herbs this spring with these helpful tips!
My Whispering Hope & Whispering Hope Garden… Where Green Things Grow
By Cynthia Restivo Professional Certified Executive Coach, Speaker, Author
Objective: Invite the audience to consider where personal lifestyle intersects with a garden to create places and spaces where they can live life as well as nurture it. Background: As a professional coach serving others in leading teams and building dreams, Cynthia and her husband took time to dream, create vision, plan execution and build their dreams on the Oregon Coast. Cynthia coaches executives and leaders but is more passionate about helping people write new stories. She is enthusiastic about transformation and leaves her fingerprints wherever she goes. This home in Newport is no different. The house was originally built in 1938 and Cynthia imagines it being a dream framed with love. More recently the house was remodeled in 2016 and when the family, who also dreamed of making memories couldn’t find a way to stay on the Coast, it became a vacation rental until it could be sold. Cynthia and her husband purchased the property just two years ago. Now she’s writing a new story for this property. The house sits on 2.5 acres of ocean front property that hadn’t been touched in nearly a hundred years. Except for a back lawn, this little gem sat neglected hiding amongst the chaos of dead trees, overgrowth and decay. A simple walk through the house and around the property was all it took for her to pull their dreams center stage and begin imagining where they belonged in this spot. In just under two years this dynamic DIY couple transformed this hidden gem, creating a unique space for people to experience the wonder of where farm and beach meet. Contributions Committee presents community recipients. Don’t forget to keep pinching back the buds at the ends of those branches on the flowering shrubs you have potted up for our June plant sale. Time to add some fertilizer as well.
“Private Gardens of the Pacific Northwest” By Brian Coleman Seattle, WA Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. Also an old-house enthusiast, Brian has transformed his home into a stunning vista and grown his love for historic restoration into an active second career as an architectural writer. He serves as the West Coast Editor for Old House Journal and is the author of 22 books including Fortuny, D. Porthault, Zuber and Private Gardens of the Pacific Northwest among his most recent. Brian divides his time between New York and Seattle. Private gardens of the Pacific Northwest is a stunning exploration of 20 lush private gardens. These sprawling estates, small sanctuaries, and artful retreats capture the natural the beauty of the verdant Pacific Northwest, each one splashed with hints of boldness, modernity, artistry and exquisiteness. Brian Coleman captures the personality of those who cultivate them. The book was released September 7, 2021 and is available on Amazon for about $50. Brian will be bringing copies for signing. (If you put $5 away each month, you could buy this beautiful edition to any gardener’s library, gift or a beautiful coffee table book.)
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